Birth Place Matching "Vienna, Austria-Hungary [now Austria]" (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)


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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 Maria 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...

2. 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. ...

3. Anton Walbrook

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 ...

4. Joseph Schildkraut

Actor | The Shop Around the Corner

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 ...

5. Lotte Lenya

Actress | From Russia with Love

Lotte Lenya was a Tony Award-winning and Academy award-nominated actress and singer. While best remembered in the U.S. for her supporting role as Rosa Klebb in the classic Bond film From Russia with Love (1963), she is celebrated in Germany for her ground-breaking performances in the plays of Kurt ...

6. Celia Lovsky

Actress | Soylent Green

The daughter of Bretislav Lvovsky, a.k.a. Emil Pick (1857-1910), a minor Czech opera composer, Lovsky 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 ...

7. Reggie Nalder

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 ...

8. 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 ...

9. Walter Slezak

Actor | Lifeboat

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 ...

10. Oskar Homolka

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 ...

11. Erich von Stroheim

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 ...

12. Helmut Dantine

Actor | The Story of Mankind

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/...

13. Josef von Sternberg

Director | Dishonored

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 ...

14. Lilia Skala

Actress | Flashdance

Lilia Sofer was born on November 28, 1896, to Catholic Katharina Skala and Jewish Julius Sofer , in Vienna, Austria. Julius Sofer worked as a manufacturer's representative for the Waldes Kohinoor Company. Lilia had two sisters: Lisl (later known as renowned dance-therapy pioneer Elizabeth Polk); ...

15. Max Steiner

Composer | Gone with the Wind

Austrian composer Max Steiner achieved legendary status as the creator of hundreds of classic American film scores. He was born Maximilian Raoul Walter Steiner in Vienna, Austria, the son of Marie Mizzi (Hasiba) and Gabor Steiner, an impresario, and the grandson of actor and theater director and ...

16. 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 ...

17. Stefan Zweig

Writer | The Grand Budapest Hotel

Stefan Zweig was born on November 28, 1881 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary [now Austria]. He was a writer, known for The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948) and Marie Antoinette (1938). He was previously married to Friderike Maria Burger von Winternitz and Charlotte E. ...

18. Fred Essler

Actor | Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Fred Essler was born on February 13, 1895 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary [now Austria]. He was an actor, known for Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955), Suspicion (1957) and G.I. Blues (1960). He died on January 17, 1973 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

19. 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...

20. Fritz Kortner

Actor | Die Büchse der Pandora

Fritz Kortner was born on May 12, 1892 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary [now Austria]. He was an actor and director, known for Pandora's Box (1929), Somewhere in the Night (1946) and The Hands of Orlac (1924). He was previously married to Johanna Hofer. He died on July 22, 1970 in Munich, Bavaria, West ...

21. Norbert Schiller

Actor | Young Frankenstein

Norbert Schiller was born on November 24, 1899 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary [now Austria]. He was an actor and writer, known for Young Frankenstein (1974), Hogan's Heroes (1965) and One Step Beyond (1959). He died on January 8, 1988 in Santa Barbara, California, USA.

22. Carl Esmond

Actor | Sergeant York

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...

23. Otto Waldis

Actor | Judgment at Nuremberg

Born in Vienna, Austria, May 20th, 1901 as Otto Glucksmann-Blum, he began his acting career there while in his twenties, making his 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 ...

24. 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...

25. Maria von Trapp

Writer | Sen bir meleksin

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 ...

26. Josef Meinrad

Actor | Sissi - Die junge Kaiserin

Josef Meinrad was born on April 21, 1913 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary [now Austria]. He was an actor and director, known for Sissi - Die junge Kaiserin (1956), Dulcinea del Toboso (1964) and Don Juan (1955). He was previously married to Germaine Renée Clement. He died on February 18, 1996 in ...

27. 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 ...

28. Ludwig Donath

Actor | Torn Curtain

Ludwig Donath was born on March 6, 1900 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary [now Vienna, Austria]. He was an actor, known for Torn Curtain (1966), Gilda (1946) and The Strange Death of Adolf Hitler (1943). He was previously married to Jean Montrose and Maria Josefa Camsky. He died on September 29, 1967 in ...

29. Charles Goldner

Actor | Brighton Rock

Charles Goldner was born on December 7, 1900 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary [now Austria]. He was an actor, known for Brighton Rock (1947), Third Time Lucky (1949) and Black Magic (1949). He was previously married to Maureen Leslie. He died on April 15, 1955 in London, England, UK.

30. Gustav Diessl

Actor | Die Büchse der Pandora

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 ...

31. Paul Richter

Actor | Der Hexer

Paul Richter was born on April 1, 1895 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary [now Austria]. He was an actor, known for The Ringer (1932), Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler (1922) and Die Nibelungen: Siegfried (1924). He was previously married to Elisabeth Hölzl and Aud Egede-Nissen. He died on December 30, 1961 in ...

32. Herbert Berghof

Actor | Harry and Tonto

Herbert Berghof was born on September 13, 1909 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary [now Austria]. He was an actor, known for Harry and Tonto (1974), Cleopatra (1963) and Red Planet Mars (1952). He was previously married to Uta Hagen and Alice Hermes. He died on November 5, 1990 in New York City, New York, ...

33. Otto Skorzeny

Self | Les grandes batailles

Otto Johann Anton Skorzeny was an Austrian-born German SS-Obersturmbannführer (lieutenant colonel) in the Waffen-SS during World War II. During the war, he was involved in a number of operations, including the removal from power of Hungarian Regent Miklós Horthy and the Gran Sasso raid which ...

34. Wolf Albach-Retty

Actor | Sieben Jahre Pech

Wolf Albach-Retty (1906-1967) was one of those actors full of charm, presence and wit the Ausrian and German cinema of yore knew the secret for. That he became an actor comes as no surprise considering that his mother, Rosa Albach-Retty, was a star of the Viennese stage. Of course, Magda Schneider,...

35. Tilly Losch

Actress | The Garden of Allah

Tilly Losch was born on November 15, 1903 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary [now Austria]. She was an actress, known for The Garden of Allah (1936), Backstage (1937) and The Good Earth (1937). She was previously married to Henry Herbert, 6th Earl of Carnarvon and Edward James. She died on December 24, ...

36. Hertha Feiler

Actress | Frau im Strom

Hertha Feiler was born on August 3, 1916 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary [now Austria]. She was an actress, known for Frau im Strom (1939), Charley's Aunt (1956) and Rembrandt (1942). She was previously married to Heinz Rühmann. She died on November 1, 1970 in Munich, Bavaria, West Germany.

37. Friedrich Feher

Actor | Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari

Friedrich Feher was born on March 16, 1889 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary [now Austria]. He was a director and actor, known for The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), The Robber Symphony (1936) and William Tell (1913). He was previously married to Magda Sonja. He died on September 30, 1950 in Stuttgart, ...

38. Jean Lenauer

Director | Coal at the Crossroads

Jean Lenauer was born on August 9, 1904 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary [now Austria]. He was a director and actor, known for Coal at the Crossroads (1955), My Dinner with Andre (1981) and In This Dark World (1955). He was previously married to Lora Hays. He died on October 23, 1983 in New York City, ...

39. Ady Berber

Actor | Der Mörder mit dem Seidenschal

Ady Berber was born on February 4, 1913 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary [now Austria]. He was an actor and producer, known for Der Mörder mit dem Seidenschal (1966), The Secret Ways (1961) and The Return of Dr. Mabuse (1961). He was previously married to Anna Berber. He died on January 3, 1966 in ...

40. 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 her. Along with Greer Garson, Ilona Massey and Hedy Lamarr, she ...

41. Helene Thimig

Actress | The Hitler Gang

Helene Thimig was born on June 5, 1889 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary [now Austria]. She was an actress, known for The Hitler Gang (1944), The Angel with the Trumpet (1948) and Cloak and Dagger (1946). She was previously married to Anton Edthofer, Max Reinhardt and Paul Johannes Kalbeck. She died on ...

42. Karl Bruck

Actor | Star Trek

Karl Bruck was born on March 16, 1906 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary [now Austria]. He was an actor, known for Star Trek (1966), Paint Your Wagon (1969) and The Young and the Restless (1973). He died on August 21, 1987 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

43. Ferdinand Marian

Actor | Jud Süß

Ferdinand Marian was born on August 14, 1902 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary [now Austria]. He was an actor, known for Jud Süß (1940), Uncle Kruger (1941) and Madame Bovary (1937). He was previously married to Maria Byk and Irene Saager. He died on August 7, 1946 in near Dürneck, Freising, ...

44. Franz Antel

Director | Der Bockerer 2

Franz Antel was born on June 28, 1913 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary [now Austria]. He was a director and writer, known for Der Bockerer 2 (1996), Der Bockerer (1981) and Solang' die Sterne glüh'n (1958). He was previously married to Sibylla Antel, Sibylla Thin, Elisabeth Freifrau von Ettingshausen...

45. Robert Freitag

Actor | The Great Escape

Robert Freitag was born on April 7, 1916 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary [now Austria]. He was an actor and director, known for The Great Escape (1963), Decision Before Dawn (1951) and Ein Monat auf dem Lande (1960). He was previously married to Maria Sebaldt and Maria Becker. He died on July 8, 2010 in...

46. Anton Karas

Soundtrack | Brick

Anton Karas was a mere entertainer in an Heurige (Viennese Wine Bar), but Carol Reed selected him as the musical director of "The Third Man" (1949). He was invited to London and lived with Reed. Reed treated him very well, but Karas was in a slump - then suddenly Reed rushed into Karas' room, and ...

47. Reginald Le Borg

Director | The White Orchid

The oldest of three sons, Reginald LeBorg majored in political economy at the University of Austria and studied musical composition for a year at Arnold Schoenberg's Composition Seminar. His education completed, LeBorg entered his father's banking business and, acting as the senior LeBorg's ...

48. 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 ...

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. Olga Fabian

Actress | Judgment at Nuremberg

Olga Fabian was born on September 15, 1885 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary [now Austria]. She was an actress, known for Judgment at Nuremberg (1961), Waterfront (1944) and Victoria Regina (1961). She died in December 1983 in New York, USA.


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