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List of famous people from Berlin, 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 Berlin, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Berlin 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 Berlin, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

List people include Rudolf Schlechter, Horst Buchholz and many more.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Berlin?" or "Which celebrities were born in Berlin?" then this list is a great resource for you.
Katarina Witt is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Berlin
Age: 53

Birthplace: Staaken, Germany

Katarina Witt (German pronunciation: [ˈkataʁiːna vɪt]; born 3 December 1965) is a retired German figure skater. Witt won two Olympic gold medals for East Germany, first at the 1984 Sarajevo ...more
Mike Nichols is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Berlin
Age: 87

Birthplace: Eurasia, Berlin, Germany

Mike Nichols (born Mikhail Igor Peschkowsky; November 6, 1931 – November 19, 2014) was an American film and theater director, producer, actor, and comedian. He was noted for his ability to work ...more

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Elke Sommer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Berlin
Age: 75

Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Elke Sommer (born 5 November 1940), born Elke Baronesse von Schletz, is a German actress, entertainer and artist who starred in many Hollywood films.

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Karoline Herfurth is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Berlin
Age: 34

Birthplace: East Germany, East Berlin

Karoline Herfurth (born 22 May 1984) is a German actress.
Linda Harrison is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Berlin
Age: 73

Birthplace: Berlin, Maryland, United States of America

Linda Melson Harrison (born July 26, 1945) is an American television and film actress, and director and producer, who is internationally known for her role as Nova, Charlton Heston's mute mate ...more
Rudolf Peierls is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Berlin
Dec. at 88 (1907-1995)

Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Sir Rudolf Ernst Peierls, (; German: [ˈpaɪɐls]; 5 June 1907 – 19 September 1995) was a Jewish German-born British physicist who played a major role in the Manhattan Project and Tube Alloys, ...more
Bill Graham is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Berlin
Dec. at 60 (1931-1991)

Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Bill Graham (born Wulf Wolodia Grajonca; January 8, 1931 – October 25, 1991) was a German-American impresario and rock concert promoter from the 1960s until his death in 1991 in a helicopter ...more
Dominic Monaghan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Berlin
Age: 42

Birthplace: Eurasia, Berlin, Germany

Dominic Bernard Patrick Luke Monaghan (; born 8 December 1976) is an English actor who was born in Germany. Monaghan first gained fame for being Hetty Wainthropp's sidekick Geoffrey in Hetty ...more

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Ernst Lubitsch is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Berlin
Dec. at 55 (1892-1947)

Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Ernst Lubitsch (; January 29, 1892 – November 30, 1947) was a German American film director, producer, writer, and actor. His urbane comedies of manners gave him the reputation of being ...more
Alexander von Humboldt ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Berlin
Dec. at 90 (1769-1859)

Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich Alexander von Humboldt (, also US: , UK: , German: [ʔalɛkˈsandɐ fɔn ˈhʊmbɔlt] (listen); 14 September 1769 – 6 May 1859) was a Prussian polymath, geographer, ...more

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Colin Campbell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Berlin
Age: 88

Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Colin J. Campbell, PhD Oxford (born 1931) is a retired British petroleum geologist who predicted that oil production would peak by 2007. He claims the consequences of this are uncertain but ...more
Adolf Brand is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Berlin
Dec. at 71 (1874-1945)

Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Adolf Brand (14 November 1874 – 2 February 1945) was a German writer, egoist anarchist, and pioneering campaigner for the acceptance of male bisexuality and homosexuality.
Christopher Franke is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Berlin
Age: 65

Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Christopher Franke (born 6 April 1953, Berlin) is a German musician and composer. From 1971 to 1987 he was a member of the electronic group Tangerine Dream. Initially a drummer with The ...more
Walter Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Berlin
Dec. at 48 (1892-1940)

Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Walter Bendix Schönflies Benjamin (; German: [ˈvaltɐ ˈbɛnjamiːn]; 15 July 1892 – 26 September 1940) was a German Jewish philosopher, cultural critic and essayist. An eclectic thinker, ...more
Andrew Sachs is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Berlin
Age: 88

Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Andreas Siegfried "Andrew" Sachs (7 April 1930 – 23 November 2016) was a German-born British actor. He made his name on British television and rose to fame in the 1970s for his ...more
Gesine Cukrowski is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Berlin
Age: 50

Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Gesine Cukrowski is an actress.
Alec Empire is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Berlin
Age: 46

Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Alec Empire (born Alexander Wilke-Steinhof on 2 May 1972 in Charlottenburg, West Berlin) is a German experimental electronic musician who is best known as a founding member of the band Atari ...more

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Alexandra Neldel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Berlin
Age: 43

Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Alexandra Monika Neldel (born 11 February 1976) is a German actress from Berlin.
Max Schreck is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Berlin
Dec. at 57 (1879-1936)

Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Friedrich Gustav Maximilian Schreck (6 September 1879 – 20 February 1936), known professionally as Max Schreck, was a German actor, best known for his lead role as the vampire Count Orlok in the ...more

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Alexandra Finder is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Berlin
Age: 41

Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Alexandra Finder is an actor.
Lilly Reich is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Berlin
Dec. at 62 (1885-1947)

Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Lilly Reich (16 June 1885 – 14 December 1947) was a German modernist designer. She was a close collaborator with Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe for more than ten years in the late 1920s and '30s.
Igor Kipnis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Berlin
Dec. at 72 (1930-2002)

Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Igor Kipnis (27 September 1930 – 23 January 2002) was a well-known American harpsichordist, pianist and conductor.
Wolfgang K. H. Panofsky ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Berlin
Dec. at 88 (1919-2007)

Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Wolfgang Kurt Hermann "Pief" Panofsky (April 24, 1919 – September 24, 2007), was a German-American physicist who won many awards including the National Medal of Science.
Dion Dowell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Berlin
Age: 33

Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Dion Dowell is an American professional basketball player. A few days before he was released by the Golden State Warriors on October 9, 2008, Dowell played in his first and only National ...more
Martin Böttcher is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Berlin
Age: 91

Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Martin Böttcher (17 June 1927 – 20 April 2019) was a German composer, arranger and conductor.