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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
Bruce Willis Pulp Fiction, Die Hard, The Sixth Sense 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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Ludwig van Beethoven is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Ludwig van Beethoven Beethoven: Fidelio, Classic Archive: David Oistrakh, Great Recordings of the Century Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and ...more

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Johann Sebastian Bach is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Johann Sebastian Bach Bach: Johannes Passion, Great Recordings of the Century, Bach's Greatest Organ Works Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He enriched established German styles through his skill in counterpoint, harmonic and motivic organisation, and ...more

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Pope Benedict XVI is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Pope Benedict XVI Birthday Concert for Pope Benedict XVI, Con Artist Pope emeritus Benedict XVI served as pope of the Catholic Church from 2005 until his resignation in 2013. Benedict was elected on 19 April 2005 in a papal conclave following the death of Pope ...more

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Fred Astaire is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Fred Astaire The Towering Inferno, Top Hat, Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town Fred Astaire was an American dancer, choreographer, singer, musician and actor. His stage and subsequent film and television careers spanned a total of 76 years, during which he made 31 musical ...more

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Marlene Dietrich is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Marlene Dietrich Touch of Evil, Get Shorty, Judgment at Nuremberg 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) 7 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Peter Lorre Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, Arsenic and Old Lace 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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Kirsten Dunst is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Kirsten Dunst Spider-Man, Spider-Man 3, Spider-Man 2 Kirsten Caroline Dunst is an American-German actress, singer, model and director. She made her film debut in Woody Allen's short film Oedipus Wrecks for the anthology film New York Stories. At ...more

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Doris Day is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Doris Day The Man Who Knew Too Much, Pillow Talk, Lover Come Back Doris Day is an American actress, singer, and animal rights activist. Day began her career as a big band singer in 1939. Her popularity began to rise after her first hit recording ...more

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Thomas Wlaschiha is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Thomas Wlaschiha Enemy at the Gates, Rush, 16 Blocks Thomas Wlaschiha is an Actor.

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Paris Hilton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Paris Hilton Zoolander, House of Wax, Wonderland Paris Whitney Hilton is an American socialite, television personality, model, actress and singer. She is the great-granddaughter of Conrad Hilton, the founder of Hilton Hotels. Born in New York ...more

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Mika Ela Fisher is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Mika Ela Fisher Tell No One, Boro In The Box, Valiant Hands in the Chaos of Time Mika Ela Fisher is an actress.

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Lillian Gish is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Lillian Gish The Night of the Hunter, The Birth of a Nation, Intolerance Lillian Diana Gish was an American stage, screen and television actress, director and writer whose film acting career spanned 75 years, from 1912 to 1987. Gish was called The First Lady of ...more

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Nastassja Kinski is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Nastassja Kinski Inland Empire, Paris, Texas 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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George Raft is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
George Raft Some Like It Hot, Scarface, Casino Royale George Raft was an American film actor and dancer identified with portrayals of gangsters in crime melodramas of the 1930s and 1940s. A stylish leading man in dozens of movies, today George Raft ...more

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Udo Kier is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Udo Kier Blade, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Halloween Udo Kier is a German actor who has appeared in over 200 films.

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Charles M. Schulz is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Charles M. Schulz Charles Monroe Schulz, nicknamed Sparky, was an American cartoonist, best known for the comic strip Peanuts. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential cartoonists of all time, cited ...more

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Lukas Haas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Lukas Haas Inception, Mars Attacks!, Zoolander Lukas Daniel Haas is an American actor and musician. His acting career has spanned three decades, during which he has appeared in more than 50 feature films and a number of television shows and ...more

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Horst Buchholz is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Horst Buchholz The Magnificent Seven, Life Is Beautiful, One 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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Henry Winkler is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Henry Winkler Scream, The Waterboy, Holes Henry Franklin Winkler, OBE is an American actor, director, comedian, producer and author. Winkler is best known for his role as Arthur Fonzarelli in the 1970s American sitcom Happy Days. ...more

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Diane Kruger is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Diane Kruger Inglourious Basterds, Troy, National Treasure Diane Kruger is a German actress and former fashion model. She is known for roles such as Helen in the epic war film Troy, Dr. Abigail Chase in the adventure/heist film National Treasure and its ...more

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Roy Scheider is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Roy Scheider Jaws, The French Connection, Jaws 2 Roy Richard Scheider was an American actor and amateur boxer. He was best known for his leading roles as Police Chief Martin C. Brody in the first two Jaws movies, choreographer and film ...more

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Elke Sommer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Elke Sommer A Shot in the Dark, Carry On Behind, The Prize Elke Sommer, born Elke Baronesse von Schletz, is a German actress, entertainer and artist.

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Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Michael Fassbender Inglourious Basterds, X-Men: First Class, 300 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) 25 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Josef Sommer Dirty Harry, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Mighty Ducks Josef Sommer is a German-American stage and film actor.

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Grace Kelly is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Grace Kelly Rear Window, High Noon, Dial M for Murder Grace Patricia Kelly was an American actress who, after marrying Prince Rainier III, became Princess of Monaco. After embarking on an acting career in 1950, at the age of 20, Kelly appeared in ...more

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Tab Hunter is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Tab Hunter Grease 2, Polyester, Won Ton Ton Tab Hunter is an American actor, singer and author who has starred in over forty films.

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Romy Schneider is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Romy Schneider The Trial, What's New Pussycat?, Bloodline 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) 29 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Mink Brar Chalo Ishq Ladaaye, En Swasa Kaatre, Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain 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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Mercedes Ruehl is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Mercedes Ruehl Big, The Warriors, The Fisher King Mercedes J. Ruehl is an American theater, television, and film actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1992 for The Fisher King and a Tony Award for her performance in ...more

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Thomas Kretschmann is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Thomas Kretschmann King Kong, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Blade II 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) 32 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Armin Mueller-Stahl The Game, The X-Files, Angels & Demons Armin Mueller-Stahl is a German film actor, painter, writer and musician.

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Heidi Klum is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Heidi Klum Zoolander, Ella Enchanted, The Devil Wears Prada 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) 34 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Dorothee Pesch Real Rock Divas: Vol. 1, Doro: Classic Diamonds, Rock for Asia 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) 35 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Pam Ferris Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Children of Men, Death to Smoochy 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) 36 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Bruce Lee Enter the Dragon, Limitless, Fist of Fury 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) 37 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Til Schweiger Inglourious Basterds, King Arthur, This Means War 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) 38 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Palina Rojinski Palina Rojinski is a German television presenter.

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Eddie Albert is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Eddie Albert The Longest Day, Roman Holiday, The Longest Yard 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) 40 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Klaus Kinski Doctor Zhivago, For a Few Dollars More, Aguirre 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) 41 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Jürgen Prochnow The English Patient, Das Boot, Air Force One 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

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Rebecca Gayheart is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Rebecca Gayheart Scream 2, Urban Legend, Nothing to Lose Rebecca Gayheart is an American television and film actress.

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Lily Kann is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Lily Kann The Third Man, A Tale of Five Cities, Nowhere to Go Lily Kann was a German-born British actress.

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Mary Astor is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Mary Astor The Maltese Falcon, Meet Me in St. Louis, Hush… Hush Mary Astor was an American actress. Best remembered for her role as Brigid O'Shaughnessy in The Maltese Falcon, Astor began her long motion picture career as a teenager in the silent movies of ...more

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Werner Herzog is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Werner Herzog What Dreams May Come, Burden of Dreams, Jack Reacher Werner Herzog Stipetić, known as Werner Herzog, is a German film director, producer, screenwriter, author, actor and opera director. Herzog is considered one of the greatest figures of the New ...more

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Nicole Eggert is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Nicole Eggert Decoys, Blown Away, Lightspeed Nicole Elizabeth Eggert is an American actress. Her notable roles include Jamie Powell in the television series Charles in Charge and Summer Quinn in the TV series Baywatch. In 1999 Nicole guest ...more

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June Allyson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
June Allyson Good News, Words and Music, The Glenn Miller Story June Allyson was an American stage, film, and television actress, dancer and singer. Allyson began her career as a dancer on Broadway in 1938. She signed with MGM in 1943, and rose to fame the ...more

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George Dzundza is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
George Dzundza The Deer Hunter, Basic Instinct, Crimson Tide George Dzundza is a German-born American television and film actor.

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Martina Hill is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Martina Hill C.I.S. - Chaoten im Sondereinsatz Martina Hill is a film actress.

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Annette Dasch is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Annette Dasch Mozart: Il Re Pastore, Haydn: The Creation Annette Dasch is a German soprano. She performs in operas and concerts.