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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 (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
Schöneberg, Germany
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
Ružomberok, Slovakia
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
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 (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
Cologne, 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
Berlin, 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
Algermissen, 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
Berlin, 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
Heidelberg, 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
Greifswald, 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
Vienna, 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
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 (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
Sovetsk, Russia
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
Bergisch Gladbach, 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
Düsseldorf, 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
Hanover, Germany
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Bruce Lee is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Chinatown, San Francisco, California
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
Freiburg im Breisgau, 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
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
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Klaus Kinski is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany
Sopot, Poland
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
Berlin, 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