He was the first person to be presented with an Oscar when he was honored with the first Academy Award for Best Actor in 1929. Ancestry: a German American father (Emil Janenz), a Russian-German mother of distant Jewish descent. Emil grew up in Görlitz and Leipzig, Germany.
He is honored with a star on the "Boulevard der Stars" in Berlin.
Otto Gebühr (29 May 1877 – 14 March 1954) was a German stage and film actor, who appeared in 102 films released between 1917 and 1954. He is noted for his performance as the Prussian king Frederick the Great in numerous films - this role suited perfectly to him.
Der große König
Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam
Vicco von Bülow, better known as Loriot, was a comedian, humorist, cartoonist, film director, actor and writer.
He is best known for his cartoons, the sketches from his 1976 television series 'Loriot', alongside Evelyn Hamann, and his two movies, Ödipussi (1988) and Pappa Ante Portas (1991).
Fritz Rasp (1891–1976) appeared in 104 films between 1916 and 1976. He excelled in dark roles: villains, rapists, traitors. His most notable films were Metropolis (1927), Tagebuch einer Verlorenen/Diary of a Lost Girl (1929), Die 3-Groschen-Oper/The Threepenny Opera (1931).
Curt Bois (1901–1991) began acting in 1907, becoming one of the film world's first child actors. He is internationally best remembered for his performance as the Pickpocket in Casablanca (1942). Bois' acting career spanned eighty years, a longer period than can be claimed by any other actor.
Carl Raddatz (1912–2004) appeared in 55 films between 1938 and 1990. He was a leading man of German cinema during the Nazi era appearing in a number of propaganda films and romances. Later in his career he developed a reputation for playing benevolent father figures.
Sigfried Arno (1895–1975) was a German-Jewish film actor who appeared in such films as Pardon My Sarong, and The Mummy's Tomb. He may be best remembered from The Palm Beach Story (1942) as "Toto", the nonsense-talking mustachio'd man who follows around Mary Astor's "Princess Centimillia".
Albrecht Schoenhals (1888-1978) appeared in nearly 60 films between 1934 and 1969. He was predestined by his charming and elegant appearance for high society characters and urbane lovers. In 1942 he refused to play the title role in Jud Süss and during the rest of the war years he had to work under difficult circumstances.
The best German actors of the past are listed here. No matter if they are dead or alive.