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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
Idar-Oberstein, West Germany
Walter Bruce Willis is an American actor, producer and singer. His career began on the Off-Broadway stage and then in television in the 1980s, most notably as David Addison in Moonlighting. He ...more
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Marlene Dietrich is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Schöneberg, Germany
Marie Magdalene "Marlene" Dietrich was a German-American actress and singer. Dietrich remained popular throughout her long career by continually re-inventing herself, professionally ...more
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Peter Lorre is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Ružomberok, Slovakia
Peter Lorre was a Hungarian actor. Born László Loewenstein in Austria-Hungary he began his stage career in Vienna, then moved to Germany and had his breakthrough, first on the ...more
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Thomas Wlaschiha is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Germany, Dohna
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
Munich, 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
Berlin, Germany
Nastassja Aglaia Kinski is a German actress and former model who has appeared in more than sixty films in Europe and the United States. She enjoyed her worldwide breakthrough with Stay As You ...more
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Udo Kier is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Cologne, Germany
Udo Kier is a German actor who has appeared in over 200 films.
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Horst Buchholz is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Berlin, Germany
Horst Werner Buchholz was a German actor, best known in English-speaking countries for his roles in The Magnificent Seven, in which he played Chico, Fanny, and the Billy Wilder comedy One, Two, ...more
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Diane Kruger is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Algermissen, Germany
Diane Kruger is a German actress and former fashion model. She is known for roles such as Helen in the epic film Troy, Dr. Abigail Chase in the adventure film National Treasure and its sequel, ...more
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Elke Sommer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Berlin, Germany
Elke Sommer, born Elke Baronesse von Schletz, is a German actress, entertainer and artist.
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Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Heidelberg, Germany
Michael Fassbender is a German-Irish actor and producer. His first screen role was in the 2000 TV miniseries, Hearts and Bones, followed by the 2001 television miniseries Band of Brothers. He ...more
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Josef Sommer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Greifswald, Germany
Josef Sommer is a German-American stage and film actor.
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Romy Schneider is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Vienna, Austria
Romy Schneider was an Austrian-born film actress who held German and French citizenship. She started her career in the German Heimatfilm genre in the early 1950s when she was 15. From 1955 to ...more
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Mink Brar is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Frankfurt, 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
Dessau, Germany
Thomas Kretschmann is a German actor best known for playing Leutnant Hans von Witzland in the 1993 film Stalingrad, Hauptmann Peter Kahn in the 2013 film Stalingrad, Hauptmann Wilm Hosenfeld in ...more
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Armin Mueller-Stahl is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Sovetsk, Russia
Armin Mueller-Stahl is a German film actor, painter, writer and musician.
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Heidi Klum is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
Heidi Klum is a German model, television host, businesswoman, fashion designer, television producer, and occasional actress. In 2008, she became an American citizen while maintaining her native ...more
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Dorothee Pesch is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Düsseldorf, Germany
Dorothee Pesch, popularly known as Doro Pesch or Doro, is a German hard rock singer-songwriter, formerly front-woman of the heavy metal band Warlock. The name Doro has also been associated with ...more
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Pam Ferris is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Hanover, Germany
Pamela "Pam" Ferris (born 11 May 1948) is a German-born Welsh actress. She is best known for her starring roles on television as Ma Larkin in The Darling Buds of May, as Laura Thyme in ...more
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Bruce Lee is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Chinatown, California, United States of America
Bruce Lee was a Hong Kong American martial artist, Hong Kong action film actor, martial arts instructor, philosopher, filmmaker, and the founder of Jeet Kune Do. Lee was the son of Cantonese ...more
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Til Schweiger is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Eurasia, Freiburg im Breisgau, Baden-Württemberg
Tilman Valentin "Til" Schweiger is a German actor, director, and producer. He is one of Germany's most successful filmmakers. Since 1968, when the FFA started counting, no other German ...more
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Palina Rojinski is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Saint Petersburg, Russia
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
USA, Rock Island, Illinois
Edward Albert Heimberger, known professionally as Eddie Albert, was an American actor and activist. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1954 for his performance ...more
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Klaus Kinski is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Sopot, Poland
Klaus Kinski was a German actor. He appeared in more than 130 films, and is remembered as a leading role actor in the films of Werner Herzog, including: Aguirre, the Wrath of God, Nosferatu the ...more
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Jürgen Prochnow is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Berlin, Germany
Jürgen Prochnow is a German actor. His best-known roles internationally have been as the sympathetic submarine captain in Das Boot, Duke Leto Atreides I in Dune, the minor but important ...more