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Famous People Named Rainer

Updated September 19, 2019 90 items
Who knew there were so many famous people named Rainer in the world? Our list of celebrities named Rainer includes pictures and information about each person when available, so you can get to know them a little better if you don't know them. The famous Rainers below come from all walks of life, but all ended up achieving fame or notoriety in one way or another. This list includes singers named Rainer, actors named Rainer, and much more. Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Rainer Brüderle are only a few of the well-known people named Rainer on this list.
  • Rainer Werner Fassbinder

    Television director, Film Producer

    AgeDec. at 37 (1945-1982)

    BirthplaceBad Wörishofen, Germany

    Rainer Werner Fassbinder (German: [ˈʁaɪ̯nɐ ˈvɛɐ̯nɐ ˈfasˌbɪndɐ]; 31 May 1945 – 10 June 1982), sometimes credited as R. W. Fassbinder, was a West German filmmaker, actor, playwright, theatre director,...  more
  • Rainer Maria Rilke

    Poet, Novelist

    AgeDec. at 51 (1875-1926)

    BirthplacePrague, Czech Republic

    René Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke (4 December 1875 – 29 December 1926), better known as Rainer Maria Rilke (German: [ˈʁaɪnɐ maˈʁiːa ˈʁɪlkə]), was a Bohemian-Austrian poet and novelist. He is...  more

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  • Rainer Brüderle

    Politician, Economist


    BirthplaceBerlin, Germany

    Rainer Brüderle (born 22 June 1945) is a German politician and member of the FDP. He served as Minister of Economics and Transport of Rhineland-Palatinate from 1987–1998. On 28 October 2009, he was...  more
  • Rainer Schüttler

    Tennis player


    BirthplaceKorbach, Germany

    Rainer Schüttler (German pronunciation: [ˈraɪnɐ ˈʃʏtlɐ]; born 25 April 1976) is a retired German professional tennis player. As of 2019, he is the most recent male German player to reach the singles...  more
  • Rainer Woelki



    BirthplaceCologne, Germany

    Rainer Maria Woelki is a German Cardinal of the Catholic Church. He has been Archbishop of Cologne since his installation on 20 September 2014 following his appointment by Pope Francis on 11 July to...  more
  • Rainer Maria Latzke




    Rainer Maria Latzke (born 28 December 1950) is a German artist working in the field of Trompe l'oeil and mural painting. He taught at the Utah State University and is founder of the Institute of...  more


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  • Age43

    BirthplaceBleiburg, Austria

    Rainer Schönfelder (born 13 June 1977) is an Austrian former skier who won the 2003–2004 men's World Cup slalom title....  more
  • Rainer Lipski

    Rainer Lipski is a cinematographer....
  • AgeDec. at 91 (1921-2012)

    BirthplaceBerlin, Germany

    Rainer Penkert, was a German actor....  more
  • Age66

    BirthplaceKiel, Germany

    Rainer Bock (born 31 July 1954) is a German actor and voice actor....  more
  • Rainer Forst

    Political scientist, Philosopher


    BirthplaceWiesbaden, Germany

    Rainer Forst (born August 15, 1964, Wiesbaden) is a German philosopher and political theorist, and was named the "most important political philosopher of his generation" in 2012, when he won the...  more
  • Age56

    BirthplaceCelle, Germany

    Rainer Sellien is an actor....  more
  • Rainer Klausmann



    BirthplaceWettingen, Switzerland

    Rainer Klausmann is a cinematographer....
  • Rainer Feike

    Computer scientist


    BirthplaceMunich, Germany

  • Rainer Blatt



    BirthplaceIdar-Oberstein, West Germany

    Rainer Blatt (born 8 September 1952) is a German-Austrian experimental physicist. His research centres on the areas of quantum optics and quantum information. He and his team performed one of the...  more
  • Rainer Kaufmann

    Screenwriter, Actor


    BirthplaceFrankfurt, Germany

    Rainer Kaufmann is a film director, screenwriter and actor....
  • Rainer Bonhof

    Coach, Footballer


    BirthplaceEmmerich am Rhein, Germany

    Rainer Bonhof (born 29 March 1952 in Emmerich am Rhein, North Rhine-Westphalia) is a former German footballer, who played as a defensive midfielder or wing-back, but who was known for his occasional...  more
  • Rainer Wolffhardt

    Television director, Screenwriter


    BirthplaceHanau, Germany

    Rainer Wolffhardt is a film and television director and a screenwriter....
  • Rainer Ludwig Claisen


    AgeDec. at 79 (1851-1930)

    BirthplaceCologne, Germany

    Rainer Ludwig Claisen (German pronunciation: [ˈʁaɪ̯nɐ ˈklaɪ̯sn̩]; 14 January 1851 – 5 January 1930) was a German chemist best known for his work with condensations of carbonyls and sigmatropic...  more
  • Rainer Fetting

    Rainer Fetting (born 31 December 1949 in Wilhelmshaven, Germany) is a German painter and sculptor. Rainer Fetting was one of the co-founders and main protagonists of the Galerie am Moritzplatz in...  more
  • Rainer Ptacek

    Guitarist, Singer-songwriter

    AgeDec. at 46 (1951-1997)

    BirthplaceEast Berlin, German Democratic Republic

    Rainer Ptacek, also known mononymously as Rainer (June 7, 1951 – November 12, 1997), was a Tucson, Arizona-based American guitarist and singer-songwriter. His guitar technique, which incorporated...  more
  • Rainer Brandt



    BirthplaceBerlin, Germany

    Rainer Brandt (born 19 January 1936) is a German film actor. He appeared in 40 films between 1959 and 1986. He was born in Berlin, Germany....  more
  • Rainer Wendt

    Police officer


    BirthplaceDuisburg, Germany

  • Rainer Schmidt

    Rainer Schmidt may refer to: Rainer Schmidt (ski jumper), German ski jumper Rainer Schmidt (landscape architect), German landscape architect...  more
  • Rainer Henkel



    BirthplaceOpladen, Germany

    Rainer Henkel (born 27 February 1964 in Opladen) is a former freestyle swimmer from Germany, who won the bronze medal in the 4×200 m freestyle relay for West Germany at the 1988 Summer Olympics in...  more