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Popular Film Actors from Germany

Updated June 14, 2019 25.4k views4.0k items

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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  • 1
    Bruce Willis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany

    Bruce Willis

    Idar-Oberstein, West Germany

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

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 2
    Marlene Dietrich is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany

    Marlene Dietrich

    Schöneberg, Germany

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

    NationalityUnited States of America, Germany

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

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  • 3
    Peter Lorre is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany

    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

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  • 4
    Thomas Wlaschiha is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany

    Thomas Wlaschiha

    Germany, Dohna

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

    NationalityGermany

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  • 5
    Mika Ela Fisher is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany

    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

    NationalityGermany

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  • 6
    Nastassja Kinski is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany

    Nastassja Kinski

    Berlin, Germany

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

    NationalityGermany

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  • 7
    Udo Kier is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany

    Udo Kier

    Cologne, Germany

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

    NationalityGermany

    Udo Kier (born Udo Kierspe; 14 October 1944) is a German actor and voice actor. Known... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Horst Buchholz is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany

    Horst Buchholz

    Berlin, Germany

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

    NationalityGermany

    Horst Werner Buchholz (4 December 1933 – 3 March 2003) was a German actor and voice actor who... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Diane Kruger is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany

    Diane Kruger

    Algermissen, Germany

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

    NationalityGermany

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

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  • 10
    Elke Sommer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany

    Elke Sommer

    Berlin, Germany

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

    NationalityGermany

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

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  • 11
    Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany

    Michael Fassbender

    Heidelberg, Germany

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

    NationalityIreland, Germany

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  • 12
    Josef Sommer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany

    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

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  • 13
    Romy Schneider is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany

    Romy Schneider

    Vienna, Austria

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

    NationalityAustria

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  • 14
    Mink Brar is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany

    Mink Brar

    Frankfurt, Germany

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

    NationalityGermany

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  • 15
    Thomas Kretschmann is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany

    Thomas Kretschmann

    Dessau, Germany

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

    NationalityGermany

    Thomas Kretschmann (pronounced [ˈtoːmas ˈkʁɛtʃman]; born 8 September 1962) is a German actor.... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Armin Mueller-Stahl is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany

    Armin Mueller-Stahl

    Sovetsk, Russia

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

    NationalityUnited States of America, Germany

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  • 17
    Heidi Klum is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany

    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

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  • 18
    Dorothee Pesch is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany

    Dorothee Pesch

    Düsseldorf, Germany

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

    NationalityGermany

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  • 19
    Pam Ferris is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany

    Pam Ferris

    Hanover, Germany

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

    NationalityGermany

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  • 20
    Bruce Lee is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany

    Bruce Lee

    USA, California

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

    NationalityHong Kong, United States of America

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  • 21
    Til Schweiger is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany

    Til Schweiger

    Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

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

    NationalityGermany

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  • 22
    Palina Rojinski is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany

    Palina Rojinski

    Saint Petersburg, Russia

    NationalityGermany

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  • 23
    Eddie Albert is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany

    Eddie Albert

    USA, Rock Island

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

    NationalityUnited States of America

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  • 24
    Klaus Kinski is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany

    Klaus Kinski

    Sopot, Poland

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

    NationalityGermany

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  • 25
    Jürgen Prochnow is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Popular Film Actors from Germany

    Jürgen Prochnow

    Berlin, Germany

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

    NationalityUnited States of America, Germany

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