The Best Actors Ever - Germany

by dziwnytenswiat | created - 02 Oct 2017 | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public

Native Speakers from Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Points from my "The Best Films Ever Made"-Lists. Vol. 1 = 100%, Vol. 2 = 50%, Vol. 3 = 33%, Vol. 4 = 25%, Vol. 5 = 20 %, Vol. 6 = 17%

1. Armin Mueller-Stahl

Actor | Eastern Promises

Armin Mueller-Stahl was born on December 17, 1930 in Tilsit, East Prussia, Germany. He is an actor and director, known for Eastern Promises (2007), Shine (1996) and The International (2009). He has been married to Gabriele Scholz since 1973. They have one child. He was previously married to Monika ...

4055 points

2. Sebastian Koch

Actor | Das Leben der Anderen

On stage, television or the movie theatre screen Sebastian Koch is undeniably one of Germany s most multi-faceted and successful actors. Born in Karlsruhe, Germany, May 31, 1962, he spent his childhood and youth in Stuttgart, southwestern Germany. He planned to become a musician, but in the late ...

3759 points

3. Burghart Klaußner

Actor | Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei

Burghart Klaußner was born on September 13, 1949 in Berlin, Germany. He is an actor, known for The Edukators (2004), The White Ribbon (2009) and The People Vs. Fritz Bauer (2015). He is married to Jenny. They have two children.

3584 points

4. Bruno Ganz

Actor | Der Untergang

Bruno Ganz was an acclaimed Swiss actor who was a prominent figure in German language film and television for over fifty years. He is internationally renowned for portraying Adolf Hitler in the Academy Award-nominated film Downfall (2004).

Ganz was born in Zürich, to a Swiss mechanic father and a ...

3376 points

5. Emil Jannings

Actor | The Last Command

His real name was Theodor Friedrich Emil Janenz, and in the early 1900s, he was already working in the theater under Max Reinhardt's company. Important movies where he defined himself as a convincing actor were Passion (1919) and Quo Vadis? (1924), followed by The Last Laugh (1924)(aka The Last ...

2895 points

6. Ulrich Tukur

Actor | Das Leben der Anderen

Ulrich Tukur was born on July 29, 1957 in Viernheim, Hesse, Germany as Ulrich Scheurlen. He is an actor, known for The Lives of Others (2006), Solaris (2002) and City of War: The Story of John Rabe (2009). He has been married to Katharina John since October 2003. He was previously married to Amber ...

2866 points

7. Horst Buchholz

Actor | La vita è bella

On the cast list of The Magnificent Seven (1960), you will find several names that doubtless you know well: Charles Bronson, Steve McQueen, and Yul Brynner. But there is one name that you will have difficulty pronouncing, let alone identifying as an actor you have seen before. That man is Horst ...

2866 points

8. Peter Lorre

Actor | Casablanca

Peter Lorre was born László Lowenstein on Rózsahegy, Hungary. He was educated in elementary and secondary schools in Vienna, Austria. As a youth, he ran away from home, worked as a bank clerk and, after stage training in Vienna, made his acting debut in Zurich. He remained unknown, traveling for ...

2596 points

9. Mario Adorf

Actor | Der große Bellheim

Mario Adorf, a tell-tale name indeed. Mario calls to mind the actor's Italian roots (his father was a Calabrian surgeon) whereas Adorf reveals his German origins (his mother was a radiologist from the German region Eifel). As for the full name Mario Adorf it echoes to perfection the international ...

2437 points

10. Otto Sander

Actor | Der Himmel über Berlin

Otto Sander was born on June 30, 1941 in Hanover, Germany. He was an actor and director, known for Wings of Desire (1987), Das Boot (1981) and Faraway, So Close! (1993). He was married to Monika Hansen. He died on September 12, 2013 in Berlin, Germany.

2371 points

11. Daniel Brühl

Actor | Good Bye Lenin!

Daniel Brühl was born in Barcelona, Spain. His father was German TV director Hanno Brühl (1937-2010), who was born in São Paulo, Brazil. His Spanish mother was a teacher. He also has a brother and a sister, Oliver and Miriam. Shortly after his birth, his family moved to Cologne, Germany, where he ...

2366 points

12. Moritz Bleibtreu

Actor | Das Experiment

Moritz Bleibtreu is a German actor born on August 13, 1971 in Munich growing up in Hamburg. He first appears in children's television series Neues aus Uhlenbusch (1977) at the age of six. His breakthrough was the role called "Abdul" in the movie Knockin' on Heaven's Door (1997). He also became ...

2240 points

13. Paul Henreid

Actor | Casablanca

Paul Henreid was born Paul Georg Julius Freiherr von Hernreid Ritter von Wasel-Waldingau in Trieste, in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He was the son of Marie Luise Heilig (Lendecke) and Baron Karl Alphons Hernreid. His father was an aristocratic banker, who was born to a Jewish family whose surname ...

2210 points

14. Erich von Stroheim

Actor | Sunset Blvd.

Erich von Stroheim was born Erich Oswald Stroheim in 1885, in Vienna, Austria, to Johanna (Bondy), from Prague, and Benno Stroheim, a hatter from Gleiwitz, Germany (now Gliwice, Poland). His family was Jewish.

After spending some time working in his father's hat factory, he emigrated to America ...

2160 points

15. Ulrich Mühe

Actor | Das Leben der Anderen

Ulrich Mühe was born on June 20, 1953 in Grimma, East Germany as Friedrich Hans Ulrich Mühe. He was an actor and director, known for The Lives of Others (2006), Funny Games (1997) and Der letzte Zeuge (1998). He was married to Susanne Lothar, Jenny Gröllmann and Annegret Hahn. He died on July 22, ...

2150 points

16. Hardy Krüger

Actor | Hatari!

At thirteen years, German-born and raised Hardy Kruger became a member of the "Hitler Jugend" (Hitler Youth), as did all 13-year-old boys in Germany then. The purpose of the organization was to prepare the boys for military service. At age 15, Hardy made his film debut in a German picture (Young ...

2124 points

17. Conrad Veidt

Actor | Casablanca

Conrad Veidt attended the Sophiengymnasium (secondary school) in the Schoeneberg district of Berlin, and graduated without a diploma in 1912, last in his class of 13. Conrad liked animals, theater, cinema, fast cars, pastries, thunderstorms, gardening, swimming and golfing. He disliked heights, ...

2085 points

18. Maximilian Schell

Actor | Judgment at Nuremberg

Maximilian Schell was the most successful German-speaking actor in English-language films since Emil Jannings, the winner of the first Best Actor Academy Award. Like Jannings, Schell won the Oscar, but unlike him, he was a dedicated anti-Nazi. Indeed, with the exception of Maurice Chevalier and ...

1966 points

19. Heinz Bennent

Actor | Possession

Heinz Bennent was born on July 18, 1921 in Stolberg, Germany as Heinrich August Bennent. He was an actor, known for Possession (1981), The Last Metro (1980) and Im Jahr der Schildkröte (1988). He was married to Paulette Renou. He died on October 12, 2011 in Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland.

1848 points

20. August Diehl

Actor | Inglourious Basterds

August Diehl was born on January 4, 1976 in Berlin, Germany. He is an actor and writer, known for Inglourious Basterds (2009), 23 (1998) and Salt (2010). He has been married to Julia Malik since 1999. They have two children.

1805 points

21. Milan Peschel

Actor | Halt auf freier Strecke

Milan Peschel was born in 1968 in East Berlin, East Germany. He is an actor, known for Stopped on Track (2011), Tatort (1970) and Netto (2005).

1797 points

22. Florian Lukas

Actor | Good Bye Lenin!

Florian Lukas was born on March 16, 1973 in East Berlin, East Germany. He is an actor, known for Good Bye Lenin! (2003), The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) and Weissensee (2010).

1699 points

23. Karlheinz Böhm

Actor | Peeping Tom

The son of conductor Karl Böhm began his acting career on stage in Germany. In Europe, he is still best known for his role in the Sissi (1955) series, although he later starred in several movies of cult director Rainer Werner Fassbinder. After 1981, he was exclusively involved in charitable work in...

1600 points

24. Oskar Werner

Actor | Fahrenheit 451

Remote, somewhat morose and, as a result, intriguing, Viennese talent Oskar Werner was born in 1922, not far from the birthplace of "Waltz King" Johann Strauss, and christened Oskar Josef Bschließmayer. His parents divorced when he was fairly young.

While growing up, Oskar found performing in school...

1512 points

25. Klaus Maria Brandauer

Actor | Out of Africa

Gave his debut as an actor in 1962. Member of the 'Wiener Burgtheater' in Vienna since 1972. Played at the 'Salzburger Festspiele' since 1975. Directed plays since 1977. Debuted as a movie actor in 1972.

1499 points

26. Klaus Kinski

Actor | Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht

Klaus Kinski was born as Klaus Günter Karl Nakszynski in Zoppot, Free City of Danzig (now Sopot, Poland), to Susanne (Lutze), a nurse, and Bruno Nakszynski, a pharmacist. He grew up in Berlin, was drafted into the German army in 1944 and captured by British forces in Holland. After the war he began...

1428 points

27. Werner Krauss

Actor | Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari

Werner Krauss was born on June 23, 1884 in Gestungshausen, Sonnefeld, Bavaria, Germany. He was an actor, known for The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), Robert Koch, der Bekämpfer des Todes (1939) and Paracelsus (1943). He was married to Liselotte Graf, Maria Bard and Paula Saenger. He died on ...

1427 points

28. Christoph Waltz

Actor | Django Unchained

Christoph Waltz is an Austrian-German actor. He is known for his works with American filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, receiving acclaim for portraying SS-Standartenführer Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds (2009) and bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz in Django Unchained (2012). For each performance, he ...

1398 points

29. Helmut Griem

Actor | Cabaret

Helmut Griem was born on April 6, 1932 in Hamburg, Germany. He was an actor, known for Cabaret (1972), The Damned (1969) and Fabrik der Offiziere (1960). He was married to Helga Koehler. He died on November 19, 2004 in Munich, Bavaria, Germany.

1398 points

30. Matthias Habich

Actor | Enemy at the Gates

Matthias Habich was born on January 12, 1940 in Danzig, Germany. He is an actor, known for Enemy at the Gates (2001), Downfall (2004) and The Reader (2008).

1370 points

31. Albert Bassermann

Actor | Foreign Correspondent

Classically-trained actor, former chemist, whose formative years on the stage were spent in Bern (Switzerland) and, from 1909, the Deutsches Theater Berlin under Max Reinhardt's direction. Specialised in Shakespearean roles ('Richard III', 'Hamlet') and was a famous interpreter of the plays of ...

1348 points

32. Tom Schilling

Actor | Oh Boy

Tom Schilling was born on February 10, 1982 in Berlin, Germany. He is an actor, known for A Coffee in Berlin (2012), Before the Fall (2004) and Who Am I (2014).

1340 points

33. Hilmar Thate

Actor | Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss

Hilmar Thate was born on April 17, 1931 in Dölau, Germany as Hilmar Otto Thate. He was an actor, known for Veronika Voss (1982), Paths in the Night (1999) and Die Wahlverwandtschaften (1974). He was married to Angelica Domröse and Lore. He died on September 14, 2016 in Berlin, Germany.

1297 points

34. Michael Gwisdek

Actor | Der Baader Meinhof Komplex

Michael Gwisdek was born on January 14, 1942 in Weissensee, Berlin, Germany. He is an actor and director, known for The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008), Good Bye Lenin! (2003) and Treffen in Travers (1988). He has been married to Gabriela Gwisdek since July 24, 2007. He was previously married to ...

1295 points

35. Joachim Król

Actor | Der bewegte Mann

Studied theatre, film and TV in Cologne, Germany. Studied play at the 'Otto-Falckenberg-Schule' in Munich, Germany. Played at several theatres in Germany, besides other at the 'Schauspielhaus', Bochum and the 'Schlosstheater', Moers.

1271 points

36. Jürgen Prochnow

Actor | Das Boot

Born in Berlin, Germany, in 1941, Jürgen Prochnow is a leading actor of the German stage and screen. He was memorable as the submarine captain in the gritty WW II film Das Boot (1981), which brought him to international prominence. He has since starred in many well-received European and Hollywood ...

1214 points

37. Heino Ferch

Actor | Der Untergang

Heino Ferch was born on August 18, 1963 in Bremerhaven, Bremen, Germany. He is an actor, known for Downfall (2004), The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008) and Allmen (2016). He has been married to Marie-Jeanette Steinle since August 10, 2005. They have two children.

1125 points

38. Peter van Eyck

Actor | The Longest Day

With his whitish blond crew-cut, slow, menacing drawl and Germanic manner, Van Eyck was destined to be typecast as stereotypically scowling, arrogant Nazi officers. This was ironic, because being an avowed anti-fascist, he had left Germany in 1931 -- two years before Adolf Hitler came to power. The...

1087 points

39. Gert Fröbe

Actor | Goldfinger

Tall, portly built German born actor (and talented violinist) who notched up over 100 film appearances, predominantly in German-language productions. He will forever be remembered by Western audiences as the bombastic megalomaniac "Auric Goldfinger" trying to kill Sean Connery and irradiate the ...

1073 points

40. Charly Hübner

Actor | Polizeiruf 110

Charly Hübner was born on December 4, 1972 in Neustrelitz, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany as Carsten Johannes Marcus Hübner. He is an actor and director, known for Polizeiruf 110 (1971), Magical Mystery or: The Return of Karl Schmidt (2017) and Unter Nachbarn (2011). He is married to Lina Beckmann...

1063 points

41. Ulrich Matthes

Actor | Der Untergang

Ulrich Matthes was born on May 9, 1959 in West Berlin, West Germany. He is an actor, known for Downfall (2004), Feuerreiter (1998) and The Ninth Day (2004).

980 points

42. Hans Albers

Soundtrack | Soul Kitchen

Life companion was the actress Hansi Burg. Their relationship started in 1925. They separated in 1935 due to the pressure of the German Nazi government. In 1938 she went into exile in Switzerland (later London). Shortly after this she married the Norwegian Erich Blydt. Burg returned to Germany and ...

970 points

43. Alexander Scheer

Actor | Gundermann

Alexander Scheer was born on June 1, 1976 in East Berlin, East Germany. He is an actor, known for Sun Alley (1999), Das Wilde Leben (2007) and Carlos the Jackal (2010). His first movie appearance was a national hit: the leading role in 'Sonnenallee'. He became one of the most successful stage ...

964 points

44. Devid Striesow

Actor | Die Fälscher

Devid Striesow was born on October 1, 1973 in Bergen auf Rügen, East Germany. He is an actor, known for The Counterfeiters (2007), Before the Fall (2004) and Downfall (2004). He has been married to Francine since 2008. They have two children.

955 points

45. Ronald Zehrfeld

Actor | Barbara

Ronald Zehrfeld was born on January 15, 1977 in East Berlin, German Democratic Republic. He is an actor, known for Barbara (2012), The People Vs. Fritz Bauer (2015) and In the Face of Crime (2010).

832 points

46. Heinz Rühmann

Actor | Ein Mann geht durch die Wand

Heinz Rühmann was born on March 7, 1902 in Essen, Germany as Heinrich Wilhelm Rühmann. He was an actor and producer, known for Ein Mann geht durch die Wand (1959), The Captain from Köpenick (1956) and The Good Soldier Schweik (1960). He was married to Hertha Droemer, Hertha Feiler and Maria ...

703 points

47. Ulrich Noethen

Actor | Der Untergang

Ulrich Noethen was born on November 18, 1959 in Munich, Germany as Ulrich Schmidt. He is an actor, known for Downfall (2004), The Slurb (2001) and The Flying Classroom (2003). He was previously married to Friederike Wagner.

652 points

48. Dominique Horwitz

Actor | Stalingrad

Dominique Horwitz was born on April 23, 1957 in Paris, France. He is an actor and director, known for Stalingrad (1993), Trickser (1997) and Anne Frank: The Whole Story (2001). He has been married to Anna Wittig since 2007. He was previously married to Patricia Horwitz.

629 points

49. Curd Jürgens

Actor | The Spy Who Loved Me

Curd Jürgens (commonly billed as "Curt Jurgens" in anglophone countries) was one of the most successful European film actors of the 20th Century. He was born Curd Gustav Andreas Gottlieb Franz Jürgens on December 13, 1915, in Solln, Bavaria, in Hohenzollern Imperial Germany, a subject of Kaiser ...

602 points

50. Birol Ünel

Actor | Gegen die Wand

Birol Ünel was born on August 18, 1961 in Silifke, Mersin, Turkey. He is an actor, known for Head-On (2004), Enemy at the Gates (2001) and Soul Kitchen (2009).

584 points

51. Willy Fritsch

Actor | Frau im Mond

Willy Fritsch was born on January 27, 1901 in Kattowitz, Upper Silesia, Germany as Wilhelm Egon Fritz Fritsch. He was an actor, known for Woman in the Moon (1929), Inglourious Basterds (2009) and Melody of the Heart (1929). He was married to Dinah Grace. He died on July 13, 1973 in Hamburg, Germany.

583 points

52. Benno Fürmann

Actor | Joyeux Noël

Benno Fürmann was born on 17 January 1972 in Berlin, Germany and worked as a waiter, bouncer and drifter before attending acting lessons at the Lee Strasberg Institute in New York. After returning to Germany, he played several minor parts in movie and television projects until his breakthrough ...

583 points

53. Götz George

Actor | Der Totmacher

Götz George, born in Berlin in 1938, is the son of the famous actor Heinrich George and his wife, the actress Berta Drews. After first appearances on the stage of Berlin's Hebbel Theater during his childhood, Götz George was trained as an actor by the recognized teacher Else Bongers. At the age of ...

582 points

54. Ben Becker

Actor | Comedian Harmonists

Ben Becker was born on December 19, 1964 in Bremen, West Germany. He is an actor and director, known for The Harmonists (1997), Polizeiruf 110 (1971) and Brother of Sleep (1995). He has been married to Anne Seidel since September 2012. They have one child.

576 points

55. Martin Benrath

Actor | Der Laden

Martin Benrath was born on November 9, 1926 in Berlin-Lankwitz, Germany as Helmut Kurt August Hermann Krüger. He was an actor, known for Der Laden (1998), Stalingrad (1993) and Morituri (1965). He was married to Marianne Klein. He died on January 31, 2000 in Herrsching am Ammersee, Bavaria, Germany.

491 points

56. Gustav Knuth

Actor | Sissi

Gustav Knuth was born on 7 July 1901 in Brunswick, Germany. After he received acting lessons from Casimir Paris, a well known actor at that time, he made his stage debut at the Stadttheater Heidelberg in 1918. Later, he played in Hamburg and also in Basel, Switzerland, but finally returned to ...

489 points

57. Lars Eidinger

Actor | Clouds of Sils Maria

Lars Eidinger, born in Berlin, studied at the prestigious Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Art in Berlin.

Since 1999 he has been an ensemble member at the Berliner Schaubühne. His portrayals of Hamlet and Richard III. in the productions of Thomas Ostermeier were internationally acclaimed and made him...

451 points

58. Jürgen Vogel

Actor | Die Welle

Jürgen Vogel was born on April 29, 1968 in Hamburg, West Germany as Jürgen Peter Vogel. He is an actor and producer, known for The Wave (2008), The Free Will (2006) and Life is All You Get (1997).

438 points

59. Klaus Löwitsch

Actor | Welt am Draht

Klaus Löwitsch was born on April 8, 1936 in Berlin, Germany. He is known for his work on World on a Wire (1973), Firefox (1982) and Cross of Iron (1977). He was married to Helga Heinrich. He died on December 3, 2002 in Munich, Bavaria, Germany.

398 points

60. Tobias Moretti

Actor | Kommissar Rex

Tobias Moretti was born on July 11, 1959 in Innsbruck, Tyrol, Austria as Tobias Bloéb. He is an actor, known for Rex: A Cop's Best Friend (1994), The Dark Valley (2014) and The Return of the Dancing Master (2004). He has been married to Julia Moretti since August 31, 1997. They have three children.

370 points

61. Georg Friedrich

Actor | Wilde Maus

Georg Friedrich was born on October 31, 1966 in Vienna, Austria. He is an actor, known for Wild Mouse (2017), Bright Nights (2017) and North Face (2008).

327 points

62. Axel Milberg

Actor | Tatort

Axel Milberg was born on August 1, 1956 in Kiel, Germany. He is an actor, known for Tatort (1970), Doktor Martin (2007) and The International (2009). He has been married to Judith Betzler since January 2004. They have one child.

253 points

63. Axel Prahl

Actor | Tatort

Axel Prahl was born on March 26, 1960 in Eutin, Schleswig-Holstein, West Germany as Axel Ferdinand Konstantin Prahl. He is an actor, known for Tatort (1970), Die Patin - Kein Weg zurück (2008) and Grill Point (2002). He has been married to Silja since 2014. He was previously married to Andra ...

251 points

64. Martin Held

Actor | Canaris

Martin Held was a leading German film actor of the 1950's and 60's. He attended school in Berlin and then worked for a while as a technician at Siemens. In 1929, he received a stipend to train for acting at the Berlin University of the Arts, graduating in 1931. He then performed at most of the ...

187 points

65. Robert Gwisdek

Actor | Circuit

Robert Gwisdek was born on January 19, 1984 in Berlin, Germany. He is an actor, known for Circuit (2013), Homesick Scientists (2011) and Kohlhaas oder die Verhältnismäßigkeit der Mittel (2012).

185 points

66. Michael Degen

Actor | Hannah Arendt

Managed to survive the Nazi terror regime together with his mother. While his father was deported to a concentration camp and died shortly after World War II, they were hidden by friends in Berlin.

Published his critically acclaimed autobiography "Nicht alle waren Mörder - Eine Kindheit in Berlin" (...

145 points



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