Film Actors 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
Bruce Willis 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
Marlene Dietrich 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
Peter Lorre 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
Thomas Wlaschiha 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
Mika Ela Fisher 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
Nastassja Kinski 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
Udo Kier 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
Horst Buchholz 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
Diane Kruger Algermissen, Germany 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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Elke Sommer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Elke Sommer 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
Michael Fassbender 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
Josef Sommer 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
Romy Schneider 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
Mink Brar 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
Thomas Kretschmann 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
Armin Mueller-Stahl 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
Heidi Klum 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
Dorothee Pesch 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
Pam Ferris 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
Bruce Lee 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
Til Schweiger Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany 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
Palina Rojinski 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
Eddie Albert Rock Island, Illinois, United States of America 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
Klaus Kinski 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
Jürgen Prochnow 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

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Rebecca Gayheart is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Rebecca Gayheart Hazard, Kentucky, United States of America Rebecca Gayheart is an American television and film actress.

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Lily Kann is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Lily Kann Berlin, Germany Lily Kann was a German-born British actress.

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Mary Astor is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Mary Astor Quincy, Illinois, United States of America 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) 29 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Werner Herzog Eurasia, Bavaria, Munich 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) 30 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Nicole Eggert Glendale, California, United States of America 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) 31 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
June Allyson New York City, USA, New York 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) 32 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
George Dzundza Rosenheim, Germany George Dzundza is a German-born American television and film actor.

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Martina Hill is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Martina Hill Berlin, Germany Martina Hill is a film actress.

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Annette Dasch is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Annette Dasch Berlin, Germany Annette Dasch is a German soprano. She performs in operas and concerts.

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Tine Wittler is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Tine Wittler Rahden, Germany Tine Wittler is a film actor.

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Dennis Franz is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Dennis Franz Proviso Township, Maywood, Illinois Dennis Franz is an American actor best known for his role as Detective Andy Sipowicz in the ABC television series NYPD Blue.

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LeVar Burton is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
LeVar Burton Landstuhl, Eurasia, Germany Levardis Robert Martyn Burton, Jr., professionally known as LeVar Burton, is an American actor, presenter, director, producer, and author. Burton is best known for his roles as the young Kunta ...more

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Christoph Waltz is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Christoph Waltz Vienna, Austria Christoph Waltz is an German-Austrian actor. He is best known for his works with American filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, receiving acclaim for portraying SS-Standartenführer Hans Landa in ...more

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John Denver is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
John Denver Roswell, New Mexico, United States of America Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr., known professionally as John Denver, was an American singer-songwriter, actor, activist and humanitarian, whose greatest commercial success was as a solo singer, ...more

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Marianne Muellerleile is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Marianne Muellerleile USA, St. Louis, Missouri Marianne Muellerleile is an American actress.

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Alexandra Maria Lara is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Alexandra Maria Lara Bucharest, Romania Alexandra Maria Lara is a Romanian born German actress best known for her roles in Downfall, Control, Youth Without Youth, The Reader, and Rush.

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Walter Gotell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Walter Gotell Bonn, Germany Walter Jack Gotell was a German-British actor, known for his role as General Gogol, head of the KGB, a Bond ally in the Roger Moore-era of the James Bond film series. He also appeared in the ...more

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George Furth is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
George Furth USA, Chicago, Illinois George Furth was an American librettist, playwright, and actor.

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Dana Wynter is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Dana Wynter Berlin, Germany Dana Wynter was a German-born English actress, who was raised in England and Southern Africa. She appeared in film and television for over forty years beginning in the 1950s, her best known film ...more

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Arik Lavie is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Arik Lavie Leipzig, Germany Aryeh "Arik" Lavie was an Israeli actor and Pop-Rock-Folk singer. Lavie was born to a single mother named Edith Aubin. His father was a medical student from Riga. His mother married a ...more

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Daniel Brühl is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Daniel Brühl Barcelona, Spain Daniel César Martín Brühl González Domingo, known simply as Daniel Brühl, is a Spanish-German actor. He began his work at a young age in a German soap opera called ...more

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Victor Beaumont is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Victor Beaumont Berlin, Germany Peter Wolff was an actor.

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Mike Krüger is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Mike Krüger Ulm, Germany Mike Kruger is an actor and screenwriter.

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Sigrid Alegría is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Sigrid Alegría Rostock, Germany Sigrid Alegría Conrads is a Chilean television actress. Alegría began her acting debut in the TVN soap opera Borrón y cuenta nueva in 1998, playing the role of "Doris ...more

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Susan Blakely is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Susan Blakely Frankfurt, Germany Susan Blakely is an American film actress known for her award-winning leading role in Universal and ABC Television's mini-series, Rich Man, Poor Man, which aired in 1976. She was a highly ...more