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Famous People From Austria

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List of famous people from Austria, including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in Austria, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Austria you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in Austria, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

People include everything from Christian Hackl to Robert Stolz.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Austria?" or "Which celebrities were born in Austria?" then this list is a great resource for you.
  • Adolf Hitler

    Dec. at 56 (1889-1945)

    BirthplaceBraunau am Inn, Austria

    Adolf Hitler (German: [ˈadɔlf ˈhɪtlɐ] (listen); 20 April 1889 – 30 April 1945) was a German politician and leader of the Nazi Party (Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei; NSDAP). He rose to...  more

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  • BirthplaceVienna, Austria

    Boris Frederic Cecil Tay-Natey Ofuatey-Kodjoe (; born March 8, 1973), better known as Boris Kodjoe, is an Austrian-born actor of German and Ghanaian descent known for his roles as Kelby in the 2002...  more

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  • Franz Schubert

    Dec. at 31 (1797-1828)

    BirthplaceAlsergrund, Vienna, Austria

    Franz Peter Schubert (German: [ˈfʁant͡s ˈpeːtɐ ˈʃuːbɐt]; 31 January 1797 – 19 November 1828) was an Austrian composer of the late Classical and early Romantic eras. Despite his short lifetime,...  more

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  • Franz Liszt

    Dec. at 74 (1811-1886)

    BirthplaceRaiding, Austria, Austria

    Franz Liszt (German: [ˈlɪst]; Hungarian: Liszt Ferencz, in modern usage Liszt Ferenc [ˈlist ˈfɛrɛnt͡s]; 22 October 1811 – 31 July 1886) was a Hungarian composer, virtuoso pianist, conductor, music...  more

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  • BirthplaceVienna, Austria

    Alternative NameChristoph Waltz

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  • BirthplaceSankt Veit an der Glan, Austria

    Wolfgang Johannes Puck (né Topfschnig; born July 8, 1949) is an Austrian-American chef, restaurateur, and actor. Born in Austria, Puck moved to the United States at the age of 24. In 1973, Puck moved...  more

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  • Marie Antoinette

    Dec. at 37 (1755-1793)

    BirthplaceEurope, Austria, Vienna, Hofburg Palace, Central Europe

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  • Arnold Schoenberg

    Dec. at 76 (1874-1951)

    BirthplaceEurope, Austria, Vienna, Central Europe, Leopoldstadt

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  • Niki Lauda

    Age: 72

    BirthplaceVienna, Austria

    Andreas Nikolaus Lauda (22 February 1949 – 20 May 2019) was an Austrian Formula One driver, a three-time F1 World Drivers' Champion, winning in 1975, 1977 and 1984, and an aviation entrepreneur. He...  more

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  • Fritz Kreisler

    Dec. at 86 (1875-1962)

    BirthplaceEurope, Austria, Vienna, Central Europe

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  • Anton Bruckner

    Dec. at 72 (1824-1896)

    BirthplaceAnsfelden, Austria

    Josef Anton Bruckner (German: [ˈantɔn ˈbʁʊknɐ] (listen); (1824-09-04)4 September 1824 – (1896-10-11)11 October 1896) was an Austrian composer, organist, and music theorist best known for his...  more
  • Frederic Loewe

    Dec. at 86 (1901-1988)

    BirthplaceBerlin, Germany

    Frederick Loewe (, originally German Friedrich (Fritz) Löwe German pronunciation: [ˈløːvə]; June 10, 1901 – February 14, 1988), was an Austrian-American composer. He collaborated with lyricist Alan...  more
  • Robert Adler

    Dec. at 93 (1913-2007)

    BirthplaceEurope, Austria, Vienna, Central Europe

    Robert Adler (December 4, 1913 – February 15, 2007) was an Austrian-born American inventor who held numerous patents. He worked for Zenith Electronics, retiring as the company's Vice President and...  more
  • BirthplaceSankt Veit an der Glan, Austria

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  • BirthplaceVienna, Austria

    Franz Artur Viehböck (born 24 August 1960 in Vienna) is an Austrian electrical engineer, and was Austria's first cosmonaut. He was titulated „Austronaut“ by his country's media. He visited the Mir...  more
  • Anton Walbrook

    Dec. at 70 (1896-1967)

    BirthplaceVienna, Austria

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  • Max Reinhardt

    Dec. at 70 (1873-1943)

    BirthplaceBaden bei Wien, Austria

    Max Reinhardt (September 9, 1873 – October 30, 1943) was an Austrian-born theatre and film director, intendant, and theatrical producer. With his innovative stage productions, he is regarded as one...  more
  • BirthplaceBad Ischl, Austria

    Helmut Berger (German pronunciation: [ˈhɛlmuːt ˈbɛʁɡɐ] (listen); born Helmut Steinberger; 29 May 1944) is an Austrian film and television actor. Berger, who often portrayed narcissistic and sexually...  more
  • Georg Trakl

    Dec. at 27 (1887-1914)

    BirthplaceEurope, Salzburg, Austria, Euregio Salzburg-Berchtesgadener Land-Traunstein, Central Europe

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  • Ferdinand I of Bulgaria

    Dec. at 87 (1861-1948)

    BirthplaceVienna, Austria

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  • Amon Goeth

    Dec. at 37 (1908-1946)

    BirthplaceVienna, Austria

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  • Martin Buber

    Dec. at 87 (1878-1965)

    BirthplaceVienna, Austria

    Martin Buber (Hebrew: מרטין בּוּבֶּר‎; German: Martin Buber; Yiddish: מארטין בובער‎‎; February 8, 1878 – June 13, 1965) was an Austrian philosopher best known for his philosophy of dialogue, a form...  more
  • Ludwig Boltzmann

    Dec. at 62 (1844-1906)

    BirthplaceVienna, Austria

    Ludwig Eduard Boltzmann (German pronunciation: [ˈluːtvɪç ˈbɔlt͡sman]; February 20, 1844 – September 5, 1906) was an Austrian physicist and philosopher whose greatest achievement was in the...  more
  • Otto Hofmann

    Dec. at 86 (1896-1982)

    BirthplaceInnsbruck, Austria

    Otto Hofmann (16 March 1896 – 31 December 1982) was a German SS functionary during the Nazi era. He was the head of the SS Race and Settlement Main Office. Sentenced to 25 years in prison at the...  more
  • BirthplaceVienna, Austria

    Carl Djerassi (October 29, 1923 – January 30, 2015) was an Austrian-born Bulgarian-American chemist, novelist, playwright and co-founder of Djerassi Resident Artists Program with Diane Wood...  more