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Famous People From Munich

Updated June 8, 2017 16.3k views995 items

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

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

    Dec. at 34 (1964-1998)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    GenderMale

    Robert Pilatus (8 June 1965 – 3 April 1998) was a German model, dancer, and singer. Pilatus was a member of the pop music duo Milli Vanilli, alongside Fabrice Morvan....  more
  • Richard Strauss

    Dec. at 85 (1864-1949)

    BirthplaceMunich, Germany

    GenderMale

    Richard Georg Strauss (German pronunciation: [ˈʁɪçaɐ̯t ˈʃtʁaʊs]; 11 June 1864 – 8 September 1949) was a leading German composer of the late Romantic and early modern eras. He is known for his operas,...  more

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  • BirthplaceMunich, Germany

    GenderFemale

    Tracey Elizabeth Bregman (born May 29, 1963) is an American soap opera actress. She is best known for the role of Lauren Fenmore on The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful....  more
  • Ernst Röhm

    Dec. at 47 (1887-1934)

    BirthplaceMunich, Germany

    GenderMale

    Ernst Julius Günther Röhm (German: [ˈɛɐ̯nst ˈʁøːm]; 28 November 1887 – 1 July 1934) was a German military officer and an early member of the Nazi Party. As one of the members of its predecessor, the...  more
  • Klaus Mann

    Dec. at 43 (1906-1949)

    BirthplaceMunich, Germany

    GenderMale

    Klaus Heinrich Thomas Mann (18 November 1906 – 21 May 1949) was a German writer....  more
  • Heinrich Müller

    Dec. at 45 (1900-1945)

    BirthplaceMunich, Germany

    GenderMale

    Heinrich Müller (28 April 1900; date of death unknown, but evidence points to May 1945) was a high-ranking German SS, police official during the Nazi era. He became chief of the Gestapo, the...  more

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  • Marie-Louise von Franz

    Dec. at 83 (1915-1998)

    BirthplaceMunich, Germany

    GenderFemale

    Marie-Louise von Franz (4 January 1915 – 17 February 1998) was a Swiss Jungian psychologist and scholar, renowned for her psychological interpretations of fairy tales and of alchemical manuscripts....  more
  • BirthplaceMunich, Germany

    GenderMale

    Klaus K. Klostermaier (born 1933) is a prominent German-Canadian scholar on Hinduism and Indian history and culture....  more
  • BirthplaceMunich, Germany

    GenderMale

    Michael Herbig (born 29 April 1968 in Munich) is a German film director, actor, voice actor and author. His nickname "Bully" (in German commonly associated with the VW Bully, rather than the...  more
  • King Ludwig II of Bavaria

    Dec. at 41 (1845-1886)

    BirthplaceNymphenburg Palace, Germany

    GenderMale

    Ludwig II (German: Ludwig Otto Friedrich Wilhelm; English: Louis Otto Frederick William; 25 August 1845 – 13 June 1886) was King of Bavaria from 1864 until his death in 1886. He is sometimes called...  more

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  • Nina Grosse

    Age: 62

    BirthplaceMunich, Germany

    GenderFemale

    Nina Grosse is a film and television director, and screenwriter....  more
  • Hans Ernst August Buchner

    Dec. at 52 (1850-1902)

    BirthplaceMunich, Germany

    GenderMale

    Hans Ernst August Buchner (16 December 1850 – 5 April 1902) was a German bacteriologist who was born and raised in Munich. He was the older brother of Eduard Buchner (1860–1917), winner of the 1907...  more
  • BirthplaceMunich, Germany

    GenderMale

    Aviezri Siegmund Fraenkel (Hebrew: אביעזרי פרנקל‎) (born June 7, 1929) is an Israeli mathematician who has made contributions to combinatorial game theory....  more
  • Fred Schuler

    Age: 80

    BirthplaceMunich, Germany

    GenderMale

    Fred Schuler is a cinematographer....
  • BirthplaceMunich, Germany

    GenderMale

    Mordechai Geldman (Hebrew: מרדכי גלדמן‎; b. 1946) is an Israeli poet, artist, and psychologist ...  more
  • BirthplaceMunich, Germany

    GenderMale

    Thomas Hitzlsperger (German pronunciation: [ˈtoːmas ˈhɪtsl̩s.pɛɐ̯ɡɐ]; born 5 April 1982) is a German director of football and former footballer who played as a midfielder. Since February 2019, he has...  more
  • Nick Menza

    Age: 56

    BirthplaceMunich, Germany

    GenderMale

    Nicholas Menza (July 23, 1964 – May 21, 2016) was an American musician best known as the former drummer for American thrash metal band Megadeth from 1989-1998 and again in 2004 as well as one final...  more

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  • BirthplaceMunich, Germany

    GenderMale

    Michael Haneke (German: [ˈhaːnəkə]; born 23 March 1942) is an Austrian film director and screenwriter. His work often examines social issues and depicts the feelings of estrangement experienced by...  more

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  • Hans Ziegler

    Dec. at 89 (1910-1999)

    BirthplaceMunich, Germany

    GenderMale

    Hans Ziegler may refer to: Hans K. Ziegler (1911–1999), solar cell/satellite engineer Hans Ziegler (politician) (1887–1957), former mayor of Nuremberg Hans Severus Ziegler (1893–1978), Nazi...  more
  • BirthplaceMunich, Germany

    GenderMale

    Arno Allan Penzias (; born April 26, 1933) is an American physicist, radio astronomer and Nobel laureate in physics who is co-discoverer of the cosmic microwave background radiation along with Robert...  more
  • BirthplaceMunich, Germany

    GenderMale

    Craig Lindsay Lefferts (born September 29, 1957) is a former relief pitcher for the Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Baltimore Orioles, Texas Rangers and California Angels...  more
  • BirthplaceMunich, Germany

    GenderMale

    Dominik Graf is a German film director....  more
  • BirthplaceMunich, Germany

    GenderMale

    Joseph Vilsmaier (born 24 January 1939) is a German film director....  more
  • BirthplaceMunich, Germany

    GenderFemale

    Alina Freund is an actress....  more
  • BirthplaceMunich, Germany

    GenderFemale

    Sabrina Fox-Lallinger is an actress, presenter and reporter....  more