Top Ten German or Austrian Actors and Actresses
The Top Ten
One of my favorite actors, first found out about him in Django Unchained with his phenomenal performance as Dr. King Schultz. - cjWriter1997
Austrian press calls him an Austrian, German press calls him a German - everyone wants the guy who reached so much in their country. His roles are eloquent and highly intelligent men, with much charisma, but often evil or gruesome. But in Django Unchained, he portrays a more positive character.
Inglourious Basterds, Carnage, Django Unchained - Martin_Canine
He was a true natural who acted with passion, power and gravity. - SourNote2014
Was great at portraying creepy and filthy characters.
M, Arsenic and Old Lace, The Maltese Falcon - Martin_Canine
An insane ranting madman in real life, Kinski was great in difficult and eccentric role. He played mostly insane villains, but also plays an optimistic naive dreamer in Fitzcarraldo.
Working with him was difficult and he ranted, screamed and threatened directors, and often improvised because he was not satisfied with the director or the screenplay. In one infamous incident, he shot a finger tip off a crew member's hand. It makes his roles all the more gripping and credible. We never know when he is acting and when not. This guy obviously had mental problems and a god complex - but he always leaves maximum impressions when on-screen.
Fitzcarraldo, The Great Silence, Nosferatu the Vampyre - Martin_Canine
With striking facial features and a distinctive voice, Kaps found success both in television and in voice acting. He's a versatile character actor with a lot of charisma. - SourNote2014
And you should see his dramatic performance in Schloss Einstein. It is flawless. - SourNote2014
Plays a variety of different roles, but is most comfortable with portraying tough and rebellious characters, both protagonists and antagonists.
The Baader Meinhof Complex, Run Lola Run, The Experiment - Martin_Canine
A great diva of acting, who had both entertaining and serious roles. She had much charisma and an incredible presence.
Witness for the Prosecution, Stage Fright, The Devil is a Woman
[I know Judgement at Nuremberg is said to be a great movie, but I have not seen it yet) - Martin_Canine
Is best at playing very sensitive roles, and had one of the greatest performances I have ever seen in The Lives of Others as a Stasi officer who learns that what he does is wrong.
The Lives of Others, Funny Games, The Castle - Martin_Canine
Very talented at portraying very complex characters.
He played Niki Lauda in "Rush", who is extremely famous in German speaking countries, and who has a very distinctive way of speaking and a very unique voice... and Daniel Brühl PERFECTLY immitated that. He would have deserved an Oscar for that performance.
Rush, Good Bye Lenin, Inglourious Basterds - Martin_Canine
You all knew this would be on here.
Is great at portraying average Viennese people. In Der Bockerer he portrays a kind and liberal, yet naive man during the Nazi regime, in Ein echter Wiener geht nicht unter he portrays a ranting working class cad, similar to white trash or rednecks in the USA (I guess).
Der Bockerer, Ein echter Wiener geht nicht unter (T.V. series) - Martin_Canine
An excellent and versatile actress. - SourNote2014
A mysterious man who suddenly appeared on the German movie scene in the 70s, starred in half a handful of movies, then vanished again. But the two films he starred in directed by Werner Herzog feature AMAZING acting.
The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser, Stroszek - Martin_Canine
Austrian born actor with Swiss citizenship.
Half German, also half Irish