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Popular Film Actors from Germany

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List of famous film actors and actresses from Germany, listed by their popularity with photos when available. Germany has given birth to some great movie actors and actresses over the years, many of who have gone on to star in comedies, dramas, horror movies and more. These are some of the best German screen actors in the history of the world, so if you're a native of Germany and an aspiring actor/actress then these are people you should look up to.

List film actors range from Claudia Michelsen to Anna Angelina Wolfers.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the best German actors?" and "Which movies stars are from Germany?"

You can click on the names of these legendary movie stars of Germany in order to get more information about each one. If you're a film buff use this list of talented German film actors to find some new movies you haven't already seen.
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Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Age 63, Credits: Pulp Fiction, Die Hard & The Sixth Sense

Birthplace: Idar-Oberstein, West Germany

Nationality: United States of America

Walter Bruce Willis (born March 19, 1955) is an American actor, producer, and singer. Born to a German mother and American father in Idar-Oberstein, Germany, he moved to the United States with ...more

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Marlene Dietrich is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Dec. at 91 (1901-1992), Credits: Touch of Evil, Get Shorty & Judgment at Nuremberg

Birthplace: Schöneberg, Germany

Nationality: German Reich, United States of America, German Empire

Marie Magdalene "Marlene" Dietrich (, German: [maɐ̯ˈleːnə ˈdiːtʁɪç]; 27 December 1901 – 6 May 1992) was a German-American actress and singer. Throughout her long career, which ...more

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Peter Lorre is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Dec. at 60 (1904-1964), Credits: Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon & Arsenic and Old Lace

Birthplace: Slovakia, Eurasia, Ružomberok

Nationality: United States of America, Austria-Hungary

Peter Lorre (born László Löwenstein; 26 June 1904 – 23 March 1964) was a Hungarian-born American character actor of Jewish descent. Lorre began his stage career in Vienna ...more

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Thomas Wlaschiha is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Age 45, Credits: Enemy at the Gates, Rush & 16 Blocks

Birthplace: Dohna, Germany

Nationality: Germany

Thomas Wlaschiha is an Actor.
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Mika Ela Fisher is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany

Birthplace: Munich, Germany

Nationality: Germany

Mika Ela Fisher is an actress.
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Nastassja Kinski is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Age 58, Credits: Inland Empire, Paris & Texas

Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Nationality: United States of America, Germany

Nastassja Aglaia Kinski (born Natassja Aglaia Nakszynski, 24 January 1961) is a German actress and former model who has appeared in more than 60 films in Europe and the United States. Her ...more
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Udo Kier is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Age 74, Credits: Blade, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective & Halloween

Birthplace: Cologne, Germany

Nationality: Germany

Udo Kier (born Udo Kierspe; 14 October 1944) is a German actor and voice actor. Known primarily as a character actor, Kier has appeared in over 200 films in both leading and supporting roles ...more
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Horst Buchholz is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Dec. at 70 (1933-2003), Credits: The Magnificent Seven, Life Is Beautiful & One

Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Nationality: Germany

Horst Werner Buchholz (4 December 1933 – 3 March 2003) was a German actor and voice actor who appeared in more than 60 feature films from 1951 to 2002. During his youth, he was sometimes called ...more
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Diane Kruger is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Age 42, Credits: Inglourious Basterds, Troy & National Treasure

Birthplace: Algermissen, Germany

Nationality: Germany

Diane Kruger (née Heidkrüger; German pronunciation: [diˈa:nə ˈkru:ɡɐ]; born 15 July 1976) is a German-American actress and former fashion model. She is known for roles such as Helen ...more

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Elke Sommer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Age 78, Credits: A Shot in the Dark, Carry On Behind & The Prize

Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Nationality: 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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Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Age 41, Credits: Inglourious Basterds, X-Men: First Class & 300

Birthplace: Heidelberg, Germany

Nationality: Ireland, Germany

Michael Fassbender (born 2 April 1977) is an Irish-German actor. His feature film debut was in the fantasy war epic 300 (2007) as a Spartan warrior; his earlier roles included various stage ...more

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Josef Sommer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Age 84, Credits: Dirty Harry, Close Encounters of the Third Kind & The Mighty Ducks

Birthplace: Greifswald, Germany

Nationality: United States of America, Germany

Maximilian Josef Sommer (born June 26, 1934) is a German-American stage, television, and film actor.
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Romy Schneider is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Dec. at 44 (1938-1982), Credits: The Trial, What's New Pussycat? & Bloodline

Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

Nationality: Austria

Romy Schneider (23 September 1938 – 29 May 1982) was a film actress and voice actress born in Vienna and raised in Germany who held German and French citizenship. She started her career in the ...more
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Mink Brar is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Age 35, Credits: Chalo Ishq Ladaaye, En Swasa Kaatre & Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain

Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany

Nationality: Germany

Mink Brar is a German-Indian model, actress and producer. Mink is known for her work in Bollywood films and on Indian television shows.
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Thomas Kretschmann is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Age 56, Credits: King Kong, Captain America: The Winter Soldier & Blade II

Birthplace: Dessau, Germany

Nationality: German Democratic Republic, Germany

Thomas Kretschmann (pronounced [ˈtoːmas ˈkʁɛtʃman]; born 8 September 1962) is a German actor. He played Lieutenant Hans von Witzland in the 1993 film Stalingrad, Hauptmann Peter Kahn in the 2013 ...more
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Armin Mueller-Stahl is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Age 88, Credits: The Game, The X-Files & Angels & Demons

Birthplace: Sovetsk, Russia

Nationality: United States of America, Germany

Armin Mueller-Stahl (born 17 December 1930) is a German film actor, painter and author. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Shine.
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Heidi Klum is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Age 45, Credits: Zoolander, Ella Enchanted & The Devil Wears Prada

Birthplace: Bergisch Gladbach, Germany

Nationality: United States of America, Germany

Heidi Klum (German pronunciation: [ˈhaɪ̯diː ˈklʊm]; born 1 June 1973) is a German model, television personality, businesswoman, fashion designer, singer, television producer, author, and ...more

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Dorothee Pesch is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Age 54, Credits: Real Rock Divas: Vol. 1, Doro: Classic Diamonds & Rock for Asia

Birthplace: Düsseldorf, Germany

Nationality: Germany

Dorothee Pesch (born 3 June 1964), popularly known as Doro Pesch or Doro, is a German heavy metal singer-songwriter, formerly front-woman of the heavy metal band Warlock. Dubbed the "Queen ...more

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Pam Ferris is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Age 70, Credits: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Children of Men & Death to Smoochy

Birthplace: Hanover, Germany

Nationality: Germany

Pamela E. Ferris (born 11 May 1948) is a Welsh actress. She starred on television as Ma Larkin in The Darling Buds of May, as Laura Thyme in Rosemary & Thyme, Peggy Snow in Where the Heart ...more
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Bruce Lee is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Dec. at 33 (1940-1973), Credits: Enter the Dragon, Limitless & Fist of Fury

Birthplace: Chinatown, California, United States of America

Nationality: Hong Kong, United States of America

Lee Jun-fan (Chinese: 李振藩; November 27, 1940 – July 20, 1973), known professionally as Bruce Lee (Chinese: 李小龍), was a Hong Kong-American actor, director, martial artist, martial arts ...more

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Til Schweiger is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Age 55, Credits: Inglourious Basterds, King Arthur & This Means War

Birthplace: Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

Nationality: Germany

Tilman Valentin "Til" Schweiger (German pronunciation: [ˈtɪlman ˈvaləntiːn ˈʃvaɪɡɐ]; born 19 December 1963) is a German actor, voice actor, film director, film producer, and film ...more
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Palina Rojinski is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany

Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

Nationality: Germany

Palina Rojinski is a German television presenter.
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Eddie Albert is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Age Died at 99 (1906-2005), Credits: The Longest Day, Roman Holiday & The Longest Yard

Birthplace: Rock Island, Illinois, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Edward Albert Heimberger (April 22, 1906 – May 26, 2005), known professionally as Eddie Albert, was an American actor and activist. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting ...more

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Klaus Kinski is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Dec. at 65 (1926-1991), Credits: Doctor Zhivago, For a Few Dollars More & Aguirre

Birthplace: Sopot, Poland

Nationality: Germany

Klaus Kinski (born Klaus Günter Karl Nakszynski; 18 October 1926 – 23 November 1991) was a German actor.He appeared in more than 130 films, and was a leading role actor in the films of ...more
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Jürgen Prochnow is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Age 77, Credits: The English Patient, Das Boot & Air Force One

Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Nationality: United States of America, Germany

Jürgen Prochnow (German pronunciation: [ˈjʏʁɡn̩ ˈpʁɔxnoː] listen ; born 10 June 1941) is a German-born actor and voice actor. His best-known roles internationally have been as the ...more