Screenwriters Famous Screenwriters from Austria

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List of notable or famous screenwriters from Austria, with bios and photos, including the top screenwriters born in Austria and even some popular screenwriters who immigrated to Austria. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Austrian screenwriters then this list is the perfect resource for you. These screenwriters are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known screenwriter from Austria is included when available.

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This historic screenwriters from Austria list can help answer the questions "Who are some Austrian screenwriters of note?" and "Who are the most famous screenwriters from Austria?" These prominent screenwriters of Austria may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Austrian screenwriters.

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Billy Wilder is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Austria
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Billy Wilder was an Austrian-born American filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, artist and journalist, whose career spanned more than 50 years and 60 films. He is regarded as one of the most brilliant and versatile filmmakers of Hollywood's golden age. Wilder is one of only five people to have won Academy Awards as producer, director and screenwriter for the same film, and was the first person to accomplish this. Wilder became a screenwriter in the late 1920s while living in Berlin. After the rise of the Nazi Party, Wilder, who was Jewish, left for Paris, where he made his directorial debut. He moved to Hollywood in 1933, and in 1939 he had a hit when he co-wrote the screenplay for the ...more

Age: Died at 96 (1906-2002)

Birthplace: Sucha Beskidzka, Poland

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#25 on The Greatest Auteurs in Film History

#16 on The Best Comedy Directors in Film History

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Fritz Lang is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Austria
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Friedrich Christian Anton "Fritz" Lang was a German-Austrian filmmaker, screenwriter, and occasional film producer and actor. One of the best known émigrés from Germany's school of Expressionism, he was dubbed the "Master of Darkness" by the British Film Institute. His most famous films include the groundbreaking Metropolis, and M, made before he moved to the United States, which is considered a precursor to the film noir genre. Fritz Lang played himself in Jean-Luc Godard’s film Contempt. ...more

Age: Died at 86 (1890-1976)

Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

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#22 on The Greatest Directors in Movie History

#21 on The Greatest Auteurs in Film History

#40 on The Best Horror Directors in Film History

#16 on The Best Directors Never Nominated for Oscars

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Maximilian Schell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Austria
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Maximilian Schell was an Austrian and Swiss film and stage actor, who also wrote, directed and produced some of his own films. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for the 1961 American film Judgment at Nuremberg, his second acting role in Hollywood. His parents were involved in the arts and he grew up surrounded by acting and literature. While he was a child, his family fled Vienna in 1938 when Austria was annexed by Nazi Germany, and they settled in Zurich, Switzerland. After World War II ended, Schell took up acting or directing full-time. He appeared in numerous German films, often anti-war, before moving on to Hollywood. Schell was top billed in a number of Nazi-era themed films, as ...more

Age: Died at 84 (1930-2014)

Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

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#39 on The Best Actors Who Won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for the Same Performance

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Florian Henckel von Donnersmar... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Austria
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Florian Maria Georg Christian Graf Henckel von Donnersmarck is a German film director, best known for writing and directing the 2006 Oscar-winning film The Lives of Others and 2010's The Tourist, starring Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp. ...more

Age: 44

Birthplace: Cologne, Germany

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