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32 Famous People of German Descent

Updated June 14, 2019 65.0k views31 items

This list of famous people of German descent ranked by fame and popularity. Many famous people are of German descent. Some of them have a mixed heritage, while others are 100 percent German. Celebrities of German descent have had successful careers in film, television, and sports. Even several Academy Award winners are of German ancestry.

Who is the most famous person of German descent? Angelina Jolie tops this list. The Mrs. and Mr. Smith actress is of French Canadian, Dutch, German, and Slovak descent. Halle Berry's mother is of English and German descent. Berry has appeared in films such as Catwoman and Monster's Ball.

Several Oscar winners are also of German descent. Ben Affleck is of English, Irish, Scottish, German, Swedish, and French descent. He won an Academy Award for screenwriting for Good Will Hunting and his film Argo took home the Oscar for Best Picture. Which other Oscar winners are of German descent? Which celebrities have German heritage? Read through the list below to find out.

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  • Halle Berry's mother is of English and German descent. Berry has appeared in films such as Catwoman and Monster's Ball.

    • Born: 1966-08-14
    • Age: 49
    • Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America

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  • Leonardo DiCaprio
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    Leonardo DiCaprio is of Italian and German descent. He has starred in films such as The Wolf of Wall Street and Titanic.

    • Born: 1974-11-11
    • Age: 45
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
  • Bruce Willis
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    Bruce Willis is of German descent and was born in West Germany. He has appeared in films such as Die Hard and Moonrise Kingdom.

    • Born: 1955-03-19
    • Age: 60
    • Birthplace: Idar-Oberstein, West Germany

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  • Cameron Diaz is of English, German, Irish, Cuban, and Spanish descent. She has appeared in films such as There's Something About Mary and Charlie's Angels.

    • Born: 1972-08-30
    • Age: 48
    • Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States of America