Best living german actors

by dianaschmitt90 | created - 02 Dec 2011 | updated - 02 Dec 2011 | Public

There some german actors that should be recognised even in other countries. Here are my favorites.

1. 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 ...

2. 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 ...

3. Matthias Schweighöfer

Actor | You Are Wanted

Matthias Schweighöfer is one of the most successful German actors. Born into a family of actors, he soon knew he belonged in front of a camera, too. His parents, the theatre actors Gitta Schweighöfer and Michael Schweighöfer, often took him to some of their rehearsals, so he later participated in ...

4. 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 ...

5. Jan Josef Liefers

Actor | Tatort

Jan Josef Liefers was born on August 8, 1964 in Dresden, East Germany. He is an actor and director, known for Tatort (1970), The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008) and The Tower (2012). He has been married to Anna Loos since August 5, 2004. They have two children. He was previously married to Aleksandra...

6. 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 ...

7. Til Schweiger

Actor | Inglourious Basterds

Actor, producer, writer, and director Til Schweiger is Germany's best-known actor and also the country's most successful director. With more than 51 Million admissions no other German filmmaker drew more people to cinemas. He runs his own production company Barefoot Films based in Berlin, Germany.

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8. 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 ...

9. Christoph Maria Herbst

Actor | Stromberg

Christoph Maria Herbst was born on February 9, 1966 in Wuppertal, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. He is an actor, known for Stromberg (2004), Der Wixxer (2004) and Neues vom Wixxer (2007). He has been married to Gisi Herbst since 2012.

10. Michael Herbig

Actor | Der Schuh des Manitu

Michael 'Bully' Herbig studied photography and is well known in the German comedy scene as a writer, director and producer. In addition to his morning radio show 'Langemann und die Morgencrew' from 1992 to 1995, he also made 800 episodes of the comedy radio show 'Die Bayern Cops'. He has appeared ...

11. 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 Little Sharks (1992).

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 ...

13. 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 ...

14. 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 ...

15. Alexander Scheer

Actor | Sonnenallee

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 ...

16. 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), Salt (2010) and Love in Thoughts (2004). He has been married to Julia Malik since 1999. They have two children.

17. Sky du Mont

Actor | Eyes Wide Shut

Sky du Mont was born on May 20, 1947 in Buenos Aires, Argentina as Caetano Bremme Gaspar Neven DuMont. He is an actor and writer, known for Eyes Wide Shut (1999), Manitou's Shoe (2001) and (T)Raumschiff Surprise - Periode 1 (2004).

18. Thomas Kretschmann

Actor | King Kong

Thomas Kretschmann was born in East Germany. Before becoming an actor, he was a swimmer. He has acted in several popular American movies, such as Resident Evil: Apocalypse (2004), The Pianist (2002), U-571 (2000), In Enemy Hands (2004), etc. He has three children, Nicolas, Stella and Sascha with ...

19. Christian Berkel

Actor | Valkyrie

Christian Berkel was born on October 28, 1957 in West Berlin, West Germany. He is an actor, known for Valkyrie (2008), The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015) and Downfall (2004).

20. Christian Ulmen

Actor | Herr Lehmann

Christian Ulmen was born on September 22, 1975 in Neuwied, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. He is an actor and director, known for Berlin Blues (2003), Dr. Psycho - Die Bösen, die Bullen, meine Frau und ich (2007) and Stuckrad Late Night (2010). He has been married to Collien Ulmen-Fernandes ...

21. Friedrich Mücke

Actor | Friendship!

Friedrich Mücke was born on March 12, 1981 in Berlin, Germany. He is an actor, known for Friendship! (2010), Weinberg (2015) and Alles ist Liebe (2014).

22. Rick Kavanian

Actor | Der Schuh des Manitu

Rick Kavanian was born on January 26, 1971 in Munich, Germany as Richard Horatio Kavanian. He is an actor and writer, known for Manitou's Shoe (2001), (T)Raumschiff Surprise - Periode 1 (2004) and Bully & Rick (2004).

23. Max Giermann

Actor | Switch: Reloaded

Max Giermann was born on October 24, 1975 in Freiburg/Breisgau, Germany as Maximilian Giermann. He is an actor, known for Switch: Reloaded (2007), Woman in Love (2011) and FunnyMovie (2008).

24. Michael Kessler

Actor | Switch: Reloaded

Michael Kessler was born on June 24, 1967 in Wiesbaden, Hesse, Germany. He is an actor, known for Switch: Reloaded (2007), Look Who's Back (2015) and Little Sharks (1992).



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