Famous Swiss Film & Theater Personalities

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Ursula Andress
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Birthdate: March 19, 1936
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ostermundigen, Switzerland

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Jean-Luc Godard
(Director and A Pioneer of the 1960s 'French New Wave' Film Movement Best Known for His Film 'Breathless')

Jean-Luc Godard
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Birthdate: December 3, 1930
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France

The Paris-born French-Swiss director and screenwriter has the reputation of adding new dimensions to filmmaking with his experimentation, a trend which came to be known as French New Wave. The director of acclaimed films like Breathless, My Life to Live and Pierrot le Fou, Jean-Luc Godard was married to actress Anna Karina. He is regarded as an all-time great director.

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Kate Burton
(actor, stage actor, television actor)

Kate Burton
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Birthdate: September 10, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Geneva
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Bruno Ganz
(Actor)

Bruno Ganz
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Birthdate: March 22, 1941
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Seebach, Switzerland
Died: February 16, 2019

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William Wyler
(Film director)

William Wyler
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Birthdate: July 1, 1902
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mulhouse, France
Died: July 27, 1981

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Sean Hepburn Ferrer
(Film Producer)

Sean Hepburn Ferrer
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Birthdate: July 17, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lucerne

Sean Hepburn Ferrer is an American author and film producer who has worked on films, such as Inchon and Blood In Blood Out. Also known for his charity work, Sean established the Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund a year after Audrey Hepburn's death. In 2020, he published a children's book, with the proceeds benefitting the European Organisation for Rare Diseases.

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Barıs Arduc
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Birthdate: October 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Münsterlingen, Switzerland

Barış Arduç is a Swiss-born Turkish actor best known for his portrayal of Ömer İplikçi in the romantic drama TV series Kiralık Aşk for which he won a couple of Golden Butterfly TV Awards. Also a humanitarian, Arduç has been serving as a goodwill ambassador for an organization called Life Without Cancer Society of Turkey since 2016.

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Maximilian Schell
(Actor Best Known for His Film "Judgment at Nuremberg")

Maximilian Schell
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Birthdate: December 8, 1930
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: February 1, 2014

Maximilian Schell was an Austrian-born Swiss actor who won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Hans Rolfe in the 1961 courtroom drama film, Judgment at Nuremberg. Remembered for his versatility, Schell received the Golden Globe Award for playing Vladimir Lenin in the 1992 TV film, Stalin. A multi-talented personality, Schell was also an accomplished conductor and pianist.

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Sofia Milos
(Actress)

Sofia Milos
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Birthdate: September 27, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Zurich, Switzerland

Sofia Milos is an Italian Greek actress and model best known for her portrayal of Yelina Salas in the popular American police procedural TV series, CSI: Miami. Before establishing herself as an actress, Milos entered several beauty pageants, winning provincial, regional, and national contests.

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Carla Juri
(Actress)

Carla Juri
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Birthdate: January 2, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Locarno, Switzerland

Carla Juri is a Swiss actress best known for her role in the biographical film Paula. She studied theater in London and Los Angeles and traveled across Berlin, London, and Rome to find jobs early in her career. She started acting professionally in the mid-2000s and has since appeared in many critically acclaimed films and TV shows. 

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Daniel Bernhardt
(Actor, Model)

Daniel Bernhardt
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Birthdate: August 31, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bern, Switzerland

While he initially studied architectural design, Daniel Bernhardt also co-owned a martial arts center with his brother. He later worked as a model in Paris, before stepping into films. Known for his roles in action films such as the Bloodsport franchise, he was later seen as Agent Johnson in The Matrix Reloaded.

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Aomi Muyock
(Actress)

Aomi Muyock
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Birthdate: January 14, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ticino, Switzerland

Ma Anand Sheela
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Birthdate: December 28, 1949
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vadodara

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Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
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Birthdate: July 8, 1926
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Zurich, Switzerland
Died: August 24, 2004

Best known for her pathbreaking bestseller On Death and Dying, Swiss-American psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross also made pioneering research in areas such as near-death studies. Her five stages of grief, or the Kübler-Ross model, has been adopted by corporates to help employees deal with loss and change.

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Jake Canuso
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Birthdate: January 13, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Zurich, Switzerland

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Marc Forster
(Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer)

Marc Forster
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Birthdate: November 30, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Illertissen, Germany

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Anthony Radziwill
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Birthdate: August 4, 1959
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lausanne, Switzerland
Died: August 10, 1999

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Irène Jacob
(Actress)

Irène Jacob
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Birthdate: July 15, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Suresnes, France

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Melia Kreiling
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Birthdate: October 6, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland

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Robert Frank
(Photographer)

Robert Frank
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Birthdate: November 9, 1924
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland
Died: September 9, 2019

Robert Frank was a Swiss documentary filmmaker and photographer best remembered for his photographic book The Americans which earned him comparisons with the likes of Tocqueville. An acclaimed photographer, Robert Frank won many prestigious awards, such as Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography in 1996 and the Edward MacDowell Medal in 2002.

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Maria Schell
(Actress)

Maria Schell
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Birthdate: January 15, 1926
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: April 26, 2005

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Anatole Taubman
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Birthdate: December 23, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland

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Gustav Knuth
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Birthdate: July 7, 1901
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Braunschweig, Germany
Died: February 1, 1987

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Marthe Keller
(Actress)

Marthe Keller
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Birthdate: January 28, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Basel, Switzerland

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Noemie Schmidt
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Birthdate: November 18, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sion, Switzerland

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Vincent Perez
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Birthdate: June 10, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lausanne, Switzerland

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Marie Laforêt
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Birthdate: October 5, 1939
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Soulac-sur-Mer, France
Died: November 2, 2019
French singer-actor Marie Laforêt had lost the ability to speak for a while after being raped by a neighbor at age 3. The Girl with Golden Eyes, Laforêt was famous for her drama-laced singing and films such as Rat Trap. She later moved to Switzerland and launched an art gallery.

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Luna Wedler
(Film actress)

Luna Wedler
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Birthdate: October 26, 1999
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland

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Ella Rumpf
(Actress)

Ella Rumpf
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Birthdate: February 4, 1995
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France

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Baran bo Odar
(Director)

Baran bo Odar
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Birthdate: April 18, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Olten, Switzerland

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Sandra Hess
(Actress)

Sandra Hess
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Birthdate: March 27, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Zurich, Switzerland

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Maya Stojan
(Actress)

Maya Stojan
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Birthdate: June 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland

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David Bennent
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Birthdate: September 9, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lausanne, Switzerland

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Michelle Hunziker
(Television Presenter and Former Model)

Michelle Hunziker
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Birthdate: January 24, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sorengo, Switzerland

Michelle Hunziker is a Swiss-Italian model, actress, and television hostess. After starting her career as a model by posing for brands, such as Armani, La Perla, and Rocco Barocco, Hunziker established herself as a TV personality, hosting popular shows like Paperissima Sprint and Colpo di Fulmine. Over the years, she has also acted in films and TV series.

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Li Tobler
(Actress, Model)

Li Tobler
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Birthdate: November 30, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Switzerland
Died: May 19, 1975

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Miriam Stein
(Actress)

Miriam Stein
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Birthdate: May 10, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

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Kojo Annan
(Businessperson)

Kojo Annan
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Birthdate: July 25, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland

The only son of former secretary-general of the UN, Kofi Annan, Kojo Annan is a serial entrepreneur who has been associated with various companies, such as Vector Global and Made in Africa. The Swiss-born Ghanaian-Nigerian was a talented college rugby player and works to provide sports scholarships to African students.

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César Ritz
(Entrepreneur)

César Ritz
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Birthdate: February 23, 1850
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Niederwald
Died: October 26, 1918

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Katharina Bohm
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Birthdate: November 20, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sorengo, Switzerland

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Nabilla Benattia
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Birthdate: February 5, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ambilly, France

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Pipilotti Rist
(Visual Artist)

Pipilotti Rist
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Birthdate: June 21, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Grabs, Switzerland

Pipilotti Rist is a Swiss visual artist renowned for producing experimental installation art and video art. Categorized as feminist art, Rist's artwork is also described as abstract art, intimate, and surreal. Over the years, Pipilotti Rist's work has earned her prestigious awards like the Wolfgang Hahn Prize, Joan Miró Prize, and Best Architects '11 Award.

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Adrian von Ziegler
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Birthdate: December 25, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland

Swiss instrumentalist and composer Adrian von Ziegler, known for his signature long mane, first gained international attention on YouTube, where he has over a million subscribers. A self-proclaimed lover of Celtic and fantasy music, he also often experiments with metal and Oriental music. He was initially known by his pseudonym Indigo.

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Max Hubacher
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Birthdate: October 1, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bern, Switzerland

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Suneil Anand
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Birthdate: June 30, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Zurich, Switzerland

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James Thiérrée
(Circus performer)

James Thiérrée
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Birthdate: May 2, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lausanne, Switzerland

Born to circus-owner parents, James Thiérrée began performing on stage at age 4. He later stepped into theater and films and gained international fame with his César Award-winning portrayal of George Foottit in the film Chocolat. He is also the grandson of legendary comedian and filmmaker Charlie Chaplin.

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Joel Basman
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Birthdate: January 23, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Zurich, Switzerland

Joel Basman is a Swiss actor. He began his career as a teenager with a role in the weekly soap opera Lüthi und Blanc. A few years later, he gained much fame for playing an autistic boy in the film Jimmie. While pursuing his acting career, he also completed his training at the European Film Actor School.  

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Anna Katarina
(Actress)

Anna Katarina
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Birthdate: March 14, 1960
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bern, Switzerland

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Monisha Kaltenborn
(Business women who is former team principal of the Sauber Formula One team and held a 33.3% stake in the outfit)

Monisha Kaltenborn
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Birthdate: May 10, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dehradun, India

Though born in India, Monisha Kaltenborn moved to Austria as a child. After attaining a master’s degree in law, she worked for the UN and various legal firms. She also headed Sauber Motorsport as its CEO and later formed KDC Racing. The mother of two now lives with her family in Switzerland.

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Panos Mouzourakis
(Singer-songwriter)

Panos Mouzourakis
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Birthdate: May 24, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Zurich, Switzerland

Swiss-born Greek singer-actor Panos Mouzourakis is best known for his roles in the Greek series S1ngles and 4. He had first gained attention with the play Acharnis, which toured around the globe. He has also lent his voice to the Greek version of the hit Disney animated film Frozen.

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Max Miedinger
(Graphic designer, Type designer, Typographer)

Max Miedinger
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Birthdate: December 24, 1910
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Zürich
Died: March 8, 1980