Birth Place Matching "Vienna, Austria-Hungary [now Austria]" (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
1. Hedy Lamarr
Actress | Samson and Delilah
Hedy Lamarr, the woman many critics and fans alike regard as the most beautiful ever to appear in films, was born Hedwig Eva Kiesler in Vienna, Austria. She was the daughter of Gertrud (Lichtwitz), from Budapest, and Emil Kiesler, a banker from Lember (now known as Lviv). Her parents were both from...
Actor | The Red Shoes
This dark, debonair, dashing and extremely distinguished Austrian actor was christened Adolf Wohlbrück in Vienna, the scion of a family of circus clowns. He broke away easily from generations of tradition as the circus life had no appeal whatsoever to Walbrook.
Trained by the legendary director Max ...
3. Fritz Lang
Actor | Le mépris
Fritz Lang was born in Vienna, Austria, in 1890. His father managed a construction company. His mother, Pauline Schlesinger, was Jewish but converted to Catholicism when Lang was ten. After high school, he enrolled briefly at the Technische Hochschule Wien and then started to train as a painter. ...
4. Celia Lovsky
Actress | Soylent Green
Daughter of Bretislav Lvovsky (1857-1910), a minor Czech opera composer, Celia was born in Vienna where she trained at the Royal Academy of Arts and Music. She was a rising stage star in Vienna and Berlin in 1929, when she met future husband Peter Lorre. Celia accompanied the Jewish Lorre when he ...
5. Lotte Lenya
Actress | From Russia with Love
Lotte Lenya was a Tony Award-winning and Academy award-nominated actress and singer who is best remembered for her supporting role as Rosa Klebb in the classic Bond film From Russia with Love (1963).
She was born Karoline Wilhelmine Charlotte Blaumauer on October 18, 1898, in Vienna, Austria (at ...
Actor | Sunset Blvd.
Erich von Stroheim was born Erich Oswald Stroheim in 1885, in Vienna, Austria, to Johanna (Bondy), from Prague, and Benno Stroheim, a hatter from Gleiwitz, Germany (now Gliwice, Poland). His family was Jewish.
After spending some time working in his father's hat factory, he emigrated to America ...
Actor | The Seven Year Itch
Because of his heavy generically "European" accent and Slavic-sounding surname (not an uncommon one among Czechs or Slovaks), many people assumed Oscar Homolka was Eastern European or Russian. In fact, he was born in Vienna (then Austria-Hungary), the multicultural capital of a large multi-ethnic ...
Actor | The Man Who Knew Too Much
With a mysterious past and a mouth marred by burns, Reggie Nalder has a unique, if under appreciated, place in the history of cinema.
Nalder was born Alfred Reginald Natzler in Vienna, Austria, the son of Ida (Herzog), from Safov, and Sigmund Natzler. His parents were from Jewish families The year ...
9. Lilia Skala
Actress | Lilies of the Field
Born and raised in Vienna, Austria, Lilia Skala's parents were Katharina Skala (Catholic) and Julius Sofer (Jewish). Her father worked as a manufacturers representative for the Waldes Kohinoor company. Lilia Skala had two sisters, Lisl (later known in the United States as Elizabeth Polk, later a ...
10. Walter Slezak
Actor | Born to Kill
Tall, portly Viennese character actor Walter Slezak simultaneously pursued two different careers after his arrival in America in 1930: one, as a star of musical comedy on the stage, and another, as a portrayer of villains, impish rogues or pompous buffoons on screen.
Walter was born in May 1902 in ...
Actor | The Diary of Anne Frank
An imposing Austrian import-turned-matinée idol on the silent screen, Hollywood actor Joseph Schildkraut went on to conquer talking films as well -- with Oscar-winning results. Inclined towards smooth, cunning villainy, his Oscar came instead for his sympathetic portrayal of Captain Alfred Dreyfus ...
Director | The Docks of New York
Josef von Sternberg split his childhood between Vienna and New York City. His father, a former soldier in the Austro-Hungarian army, could not support his family in either city; Sternberg remembered him only as "an enormously strong man who often used his strength on me." Forced by poverty to drop ...
13. Leon Askin
Actor | One, Two, Three
As a nine year-old boy, Leon Askin recited a 17-stanza eulogy for Emperor Franz Josef in front of the city hall in Vienna's 9th District. Little did the son of a salesman know then that he would one day be the student of Max Reinhardt and Louise Dumont, and discover Jura Soyfer while directing the ...
14. Mady Christians
Actress | Heidi
Mady Christians was born in Vienna, Austria. Destined to be in films in both Germany and the US, she started out as a stage actress but soon found new challenges in the world of cinema. Her first film was at the age of 24 when she appeared in Audrey (1916). She remained in German films for the next...
15. Kurt Kasznar
Actor | Casino Royale
As a young man, Kurt Kasznar enrolled in Max Reinhardt's seminars. He came to the US in the mid-30s in "The Eternal Road," in which he played at least 12 roles. In 1941, he produced the New York show, "Crazy with the Heat." That same year, he was drafted into the army, where he was trained as a ...
16. Helmut Dantine
Actor | Northern Pursuit
Actor/director/producer Helmut Dantine was born in Vienna, Austria on October 7, 1917. He made a name for himself as an actor during World War Two playing German soldiers and Nazi villains in Hollywood films, most notably in Mrs. Miniver (1942). The young Dantine was a fervent anti-fascist/...
17. Max Steiner
Composer | The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Austrian composer who achieved legendary status as the creator of hundreds of classic American film scores. As a child he was astonishingly musically gifted, composing complex works as a teenager and completing the course of study at Vienna's Hochschule fuer Musik und Darstellende Kunst in only one...
19. Stefan Zweig
Writer | The Grand Budapest Hotel
Stefan Zweig was born on November 28, 1881 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary. He was a writer, known for The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), Marie Antoinette (1938) and Crepúsculo. He was married to Charlotte E. Altmann and Friderike Maria Burger von Winternitz. He died on February 22, 1942 in ...
20. Carl Esmond
Actor | Agent for H.A.R.M.
Born Willy Eichberger in Vienna, Austria, he changed his name to the ethnically nondescript Carl Esmond and went on to become a well-regarded actor both here and in Europe, a career that sustained itself for nearly 50 years. He initially studied drama in Vienna at the State Academy of Dramatic Arts...
21. John Wengraf
Actor | 5 Fingers
A great number of Austrian and German actors were forced to flee their homeland during the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis in the late 1930s only to find themselves smack dab in Hollywood pictures playing thoroughly nefarious Gestapo commanders. Viennese performer John Wengraf was one such actor...
22. Ludwig Donath
Actor | Torn Curtain
Ludwig Donath was born on March 6, 1900 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary. He was an actor, known for Torn Curtain (1966), Gilda (1946) and The Strange Death of Adolf Hitler (1943). He was married to Jean Montrose and Maria Josefa Camsky. He died on September 29, 1967 in New York City, New York, USA.
23. Siegfried Breuer
Actor | The Third Man
Viennese character actor, an earlier incarnation of Peter Bowles, who specialized in elegant, charming rogues and, on occasion, sinister types. Breuer, the son of a Wagnerian singer, was trained as an actor in Vienna (from 1924) where he studied alongside Paula Wessely and 'Kathe Gold'. He ...
24. Rudolf Prack
Actor | Ein Herz schlägt für dich
Handsome matinée idol and star of post-war German film, Viennese-born Rudolf Prack was afforded the singular contractual distinction (though somewhat to his detriment) of being never permitted to act in a villainous part - lest his popularity with the female audience be diminished. The son of a ...
25. Maria Palmer
Actress | Lady on a Train
This lovely Austrian-born actress was born (in 1917) and raised in Vienna, performing as a child on stage and appearing in various productions for the renown Max Reinhardt. Trained in dance, she was a member of the Bodenwieser Ensemble, a European troupe. Following a few high school plays and dance...
26. Fritz Kortner
Actor | Die Büchse der Pandora
Fritz Kortner was born on May 12, 1892 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary as Fritz Nathan Kohn. He was an actor and director, known for Pandora's Box (1929), The Hands of Orlac (1924) and Somewhere in the Night (1946). He was married to Johanna Hofer. He died on July 22, 1970 in Munich, Bavaria, West ...
27. Rose Stradner
Actress | The Last Gangster
Pretty, soulful-eyed Austrian actress Rose Stradner was a rising 30s ingénue on the Viennese stage and in a few German film romances and musicals when MGM mogul Louis B. Mayer, who was in Europe searching for exotic talent, discovered Rose. Along with Greer Garson, Ilona Massey and Hedy Lamarr, she...
28. Liane Haid
Actress | Marquis d'Eon, der Spion der Pompadour
Liane Haid was a prima ballerina, dancer, singer, stage and film actress. As a child, she studied voice and dancing and played at the Viennese Open Ballet. She worked in Budapest and Vienna as a dancer. On stage, she was in Berlin and Vienna. She also made close to a hundred movies - silents and ...
29. Otto Waldis
Actor | Judgment at Nuremberg
Born in Vienna, Austria, May 20th, 1901 as Otto Glucksmann-Blum and began his acting career there while in his twenties, making is screen debut playing Franz in Fritz Lang's "M" in 1931 (billed as Otto Wernicke) . Came to the United states in 1940. He worked frequently as a character actor in film ...
30. Paula Wessely
Actress | Episode
Paula Wessely was born on January 20, 1907 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary as Paula Anna Maria Wessely. She was an actress and producer, known for Episode (1935), Maria Theresia (1951) and Masquerade in Vienna (1934). She was married to Attila Hörbiger. She died on May 11, 2000 in Vienna, Austria.
31. John Mylong
Actor | Robot Monster
John Mylong was born on September 27, 1892 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary as Adolf Heinrich Münz. He was an actor and writer, known for Robot Monster (1953), His Kind of Woman (1951) and Captain Scarface (1953). He died on September 8, 1975 in Beverly Hills, California, USA.
32. Tilly Losch
Actress | The Garden of Allah
Tilly Losch was born on November 15, 1903 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary as Ottilie Ethel Losch. She is known for her work on The Garden of Allah (1936), The Good Earth (1937) and Backstage (1937). She was married to Henry Herbert, 6th Earl of Carnarvon and Edward James. She died on December 24, 1975 ...
33. Richard Oswald
Director | Die Reise um die Erde in 80 Tagen
Director and producer of many German as well as a few American, British and French films, Richard Oswald started making films in 1914 and shortly formed his own production company. After making many successful films and discovering several important performers, he fled his homeland after the Nazi ...
34. Joe May
Director | Asphalt
A businessman and operetta director, Joe May, one of the founders of the German cinema, started directing films in 1911 and started his own production company a few years later. He gave famous German director Fritz Lang his start in films, employing him as a screenwriter in his early films. After ...
35. Robert Freitag
Actor | The Great Escape
Robert Freitag was born on April 7, 1916 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary as Robert Peter Freytag. He was an actor and director, known for The Great Escape (1963), Ein Monat auf dem Lande (1960) and Decision Before Dawn (1951). He was married to Maria Sebaldt and Maria Becker. He died on July 8, 2010 in ...
36. Gustav Diessl
Actor | Abwege
Gustav Diessl was an Austrian artist, film and stage actor. He studied art, painting and sculpture in Vienna. From 1921 he worked in Berlin as an actor for G.W. Pabst in his silent film, "Abgründe" (1928). In 1929 he played in White Hell of Pitz Palu (1929) ("The White Hell of Pitz Palu"). After ...
38. Ferdinand Marian
Actor | Jud Süß
Ferdinand Marian was born on August 14, 1902 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary as Ferdinand Heinrich Johann Haschkowitz. He was an actor, known for Jud Süß (1940), Uncle Kruger (1941) and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1943). He was married to Maria Byk and Irene Saager. He died on August ...
39. Ady Berber
Actor | Donauschiffer
Ady Berber was born on February 4, 1913 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary as Adolf Berber. He was an actor, known for Donauschiffer (1940), The Return of Dr. Mabuse (1961) and Der Mörder mit dem Seidenschal (1966). He was married to Anna. He died on January 3, 1966 in Vienna, Austria.
41. Sybille Binder
Actress | Das Dreimäderlhaus
Sybille Binder was born on January 5, 1895 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary. She was an actress, known for Das Dreimäderlhaus (1918), Lost Daughter (1949) and The Man from Morocco (1945). She died on June 30, 1962 in Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, West Germany.
42. Herbert Berghof
Actor | Cleopatra
Herbert Berghof was born on September 13, 1909 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary. He is known for his work on Cleopatra (1963), Harry and Tonto (1974) and Fräulein (1958). He was married to Uta Hagen and Alice Hermes. He died on November 5, 1990 in New York City, New York, USA.
43. Paul Richter
Actor | Der Hexer
Paul Richter was born on April 1, 1895 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary as Paul Martin Edward Richter. He was an actor, known for The Sorceror (1932), Dr. Mabuse the Gambler (1922) and Die Nibelungen: Siegfried (1924). He was married to Elisabeth Hölzl and Aud Egede-Nissen. He died on December 30, 1961 ...
44. Maria von Trapp
Writer | Die Trapp-Familie
Singer Maria Trapp was born on January 26, 1905, aboard a train, as her mother hurried from their village in the Tyrol to the hospital in Vienna, Austria. Her mother, Augusta (nee Rainer), died shortly after Maria was born, and her father, Karl Kutschera, died when she was 6 years old. As a ...
45. Jed Harris
Jed Harris was born on February 25, 1900 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary as Jakob Hirsch Horowitz. He is known for his work on His Girl Friday (1940), Operation Mad Ball (1957) and Night People (1954). He was married to Beatrice Allen, Louise Platt and Anita Green. He died on November 15, 1979 in New ...
46. Josef Meinrad
Actor | Sissi - Die junge Kaiserin
Josef Meinrad was born on April 21, 1913 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary as Josef Moucka. He was an actor and director, known for Sissi: The Young Empress (1956), Don Juan (1955) and Dulcinea del Toboso (1964). He was married to Germaine Renée Clement. He died on February 18, 1996 in Großgmain bei ...
47. Friedrich Feher
Director | The Robber Symphony
Friedrich Feher was born on March 16, 1889 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary as Friedrich Weiss. He was a director and actor, known for The Robber Symphony (1937), The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) and Emilia Galotti (1913). He was married to Magda Sonja. He died on September 30, 1950 in Stuttgart, ...
48. Kurt Meisel
Director | Kriegsgericht
Kurt Meisel was born on August 18, 1912 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary as Kurt Franz-Joseph Meisel. He was an actor and director, known for Court Martial (1959), Die rote Hand (1960) and Wozzeck (1947). He was married to Ursula Lingen. He died on April 4, 1994 in Vienna, Austria.
49. Henry Lehrman
Producer | Why Sailors Go Wrong
Austrian-born Henry Lehrman entered the film industry in 1909 while working as a trolley conductor. Legend has it that he cornered director D.W. Griffith and claimed to be an agent for the French-based Pathe company, sent by them to work with Griffith. By the time Griffith found out that Lehrman's ...
50. Franz Antel
Director | Der Bockerer 2
Franz Antel was born on June 28, 1913 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary as Franz Josef Antel. He was a director and producer, known for Der Bockerer 2 (1996), Der Bockerer (1981) and Solang' die Sterne glüh'n (1958). He was married to Sibylla Antel, Sibylla Thin, Elisabeth Freifrau von Ettingshausen, ...