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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.
  • Bruce Willis1

    Bruce Willis

    Idar-Oberstein, West Germany

    Films Acted InPulp Fiction, Die Hard, The Sixth Sense, Sin City, The Fifth Element

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Walter Bruce Willis (born March 19, 1955) is an American actor, producer, and singer. Born to...  more

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  • Marlene Dietrich2

    Marlene Dietrich

    Schöneberg, Germany

    Films Acted InTouch of Evil, Get Shorty, Judgment at Nuremberg, Witness for the Prosecution, Around the World in 80 Days

    NationalityGerman Reich, United States of America, German Empire

    Marie Magdalene "Marlene" Dietrich (, German: [maɐ̯ˈleːnə ˈdiːtʁɪç]; 27 December 1901 – 6 May...  more

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  • Peter Lorre3

    Peter Lorre

    Ružomberok, Slovakia

    Films Acted InCasablanca, The Maltese Falcon, Arsenic and Old Lace, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

    NationalityUnited States of America, Austria-Hungary

    Peter Lorre (born László Löwenstein; 26 June 1904 – 23 March 1964) was a Hungarian-born...  more

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  • Thomas Wlaschiha4

    Thomas Wlaschiha

    Germany, Dohna

    Films Acted InEnemy at the Gates, Rush, 16 Blocks, Christopher and His Kind, Anonymous


    Thomas Wlaschiha is an Actor....  more
  • Mika Ela Fisher5

    Mika Ela Fisher

    Munich, Germany

    Films Acted InTell No One, Boro In The Box, Valiant Hands in the Chaos of Time, The Naked Leading The Blind


    Mika Ela Fisher is an actress....  more
  • Nastassja Kinski6

    Nastassja Kinski

    Berlin, Germany

    Films Acted InInland Empire, Paris, Texas, Cat People, The Hotel New Hampshire


    Nastassja Aglaia Kinski (born Natassja Aglaia Nakszynski, 24 January 1961) is a German actress...  more

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  • Udo Kier7

    Udo Kier

    Cologne, Germany

    Films Acted InBlade, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Halloween, Suspiria, Dogville


    Udo Kier (born Udo Kierspe; 14 October 1944) is a German actor and voice actor. Known...  more
  • Horst Buchholz8

    Horst Buchholz

    Berlin, Germany

    Films Acted InThe Magnificent Seven, Life Is Beautiful, One, Two, Three


    Horst Werner Buchholz (4 December 1933 – 3 March 2003) was a German actor and voice actor who...  more
  • Diane Kruger9

    Diane Kruger

    Algermissen, Germany

    Films Acted InInglourious Basterds, Troy, National Treasure, Mr. Nobody, National Treasure: Book of Secrets

    NationalityUnited States of America, Germany

    Diane Kruger (née Heidkrüger; German pronunciation: [diˈa:nə ˈkru:ɡɐ]; born 15 July 1976) is a...  more

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  • Elke Sommer10

    Elke Sommer

    Berlin, Germany

    Films Acted InA Shot in the Dark, Carry On Behind, The Prize, The Victors, The Prisoner of Zenda


    Elke Sommer (born 5 November 1940), born Elke Baronesse von Schletz, is a German actress,...  more

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  • Michael Fassbender11

    Michael Fassbender

    Heidelberg, Germany

    Films Acted InInglourious Basterds, X-Men: First Class, 300, Prometheus, X-Men: Days of Future Past

    NationalityRepublic of Ireland, Germany

    Michael Fassbender (born 2 April 1977) is an Irish-German actor. His feature film debut was in...  more

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  • Josef Sommer12

    Josef Sommer

    Greifswald, Germany

    Films Acted InDirty Harry, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, The Mighty Ducks, The Other Guys, Patch Adams

    NationalityUnited States of America, Germany

    Maximilian Josef Sommer (born June 26, 1934) is a German-American stage, television, and film...  more
  • Romy Schneider13

    Romy Schneider

    Vienna, Austria

    Films Acted InThe Trial, What's New Pussycat?, Bloodline, Boccaccio '70, The Victors

    NationalityFrance, Germany

    Romy Schneider (23 September 1938 – 29 May 1982) was a film actress and voice actress born in...  more
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    Mink Brar

    Frankfurt, Germany

    Films Acted InChalo Ishq Ladaaye, En Swasa Kaatre, Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain, Ajnabee, Badal


    Mink Brar is a German-Indian model, actress and producer. Mink is known for her work in...  more
  • Thomas Kretschmann15

    Thomas Kretschmann

    Dessau, Germany

    Films Acted InKing Kong, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Blade II, The Pianist, Cars 2


    Thomas Kretschmann (pronounced [ˈtoːmas ˈkʁɛtʃman]; born 8 September 1962) is a German actor....  more

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  • Armin Mueller-Stahl16

    Armin Mueller-Stahl

    Sovetsk, Russia

    Films Acted InThe Game, The X-Files, Angels & Demons, Eastern Promises, Mission to Mars

    NationalityUnited States of America, Germany

    Armin Mueller-Stahl (born 17 December 1930) is a German film actor, painter and author. He was...  more
  • Heidi Klum17

    Heidi Klum

    Bergisch Gladbach, Germany

    Films Acted InZoolander, Ella Enchanted, The Devil Wears Prada, Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil, 54

    NationalityUnited States of America, Germany

    Heidi Klum (born 1 June 1973) is a German model, television personality, businesswoman,...  more

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  • Dorothee Pesch18

    Dorothee Pesch

    Düsseldorf, Germany

    Films Acted InReal Rock Divas: Vol. 1, Doro: Classic Diamonds, Rock for Asia


    Dorothee Pesch (born 3 June 1964), popularly known as Doro Pesch or Doro, is a German heavy...  more
  • Pam Ferris19

    Pam Ferris

    Hanover, Germany

    Films Acted InHarry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Children of Men, Death to Smoochy, Matilda, The Raven

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, Germany

    Pamela E. Ferris (born 11 May 1948) is a Welsh actress. She starred on television as Ma Larkin...  more
  • Bruce Lee20

    Bruce Lee

    Chinatown, California

    Films Acted InEnter the Dragon, Limitless, Fist of Fury, Return of the Dragon, The Big Boss

    NationalityHong Kong, United States of America

    Lee Jun-fan (Chinese: 李振藩; November 27, 1940 – July 20, 1973), known professionally as Bruce...  more

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    Til Schweiger

    Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

    Films Acted InInglourious Basterds, King Arthur, This Means War, The Three Musketeers, Driven


    Tilman Valentin "Til" Schweiger (German pronunciation: [ˈtɪlman ˈvaləntiːn ˈʃvaɪɡɐ]; born 19...  more
  • Palina Rojinski22

    Palina Rojinski

    Saint Petersburg, Russia


    Palina Rojinski is a German television presenter....  more
  • Eddie Albert23

    Eddie Albert

    Rock Island, Illinois

    Films Acted InThe Longest Day, Roman Holiday, The Longest Yard, Oklahoma!, The Heartbreak Kid

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Edward Albert Heimberger (April 22, 1906 – May 26, 2005), known professionally as Eddie...  more

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  • Klaus Kinski24

    Klaus Kinski

    Sopot, Poland

    Films Acted InDoctor Zhivago, For a Few Dollars More, Aguirre, the Wrath of God, Nosferatu the Vampyre


    Klaus Kinski (born Klaus Günter Karl Nakszynski; 18 October 1926 – 23 November 1991) was a...  more
  • Jürgen Prochnow25

    Jürgen Prochnow

    Berlin, Germany

    Films Acted InThe English Patient, Das Boot, Air Force One, The Da Vinci Code, Dune

    NationalityUnited States of America, Germany

    Jürgen Prochnow (German pronunciation: [ˈjʏʁɡn̩ ˈpʁɔxnoː] listen ; born 10 June 1941) is a...  more