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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
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
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
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
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

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Rebecca Gayheart is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
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
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
Quincy, USA, Illinois 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
Munich, Germany 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
Glendale, California, USA 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, 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
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
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
St. Louis, Missouri, USA 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
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
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
Chicago, Illinois, United States of America 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
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
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
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
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
Germany, Ulm 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
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
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