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Klaus Maria Brandauer

Klaus Maria Brandauer
Klaus Maria Brandauer at the premiere of The Strange Case of Wilhelm Reich (2012)
Born Klaus Georg Steng
(1943-06-22) 22 June 1943
Bad Aussee, Austria
Years active 1962–present
Spouse(s) Karin Brandauer (1963–1992); Natalie Krenn (July 2007 – present)

Klaus Maria Brandauer (born 22 June 1943) is an Austrian actor, film director, and professor at the Max Reinhardt Seminar in Vienna.


  • Personal life 1
  • Career 2
  • Family 3
  • Awards 4
  • Selected filmography 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Personal life

Brandauer was born as Klaus Georg Steng in Georges Danton, speaking in fluent French.

In August 2006, Brandauer's much-awaited production of The Threepenny Opera gained a mixed reception. Brandauer had resisted questions about how his production of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's classic musical comedy about the criminal MacHeath would differ from earlier versions, and his production featured Mack the Knife in a three-piece suit and white gloves, stuck to Brecht's text, and avoided any references to contemporary politics or issues.

Brandauer is fluent in five languages: German, Italian, Hungarian, English and French and has acted in each.


His first wife was Karin Katharina Müller (14 October 1945—13 November 1992), an Austrian film and television director and screenwriter, from 1963 until her death in 1992, aged 47, from cancer. Both were teenagers when they married, in 1963. They had one son.[5] Brandauer married Natalie Krenn in 2007.


Selected filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1972 The Salzburg Connection Johann Kronsteiner  
1975 Derrick - Season 2, Episode 8: "Pfandhaus" Erich Forster  
1979 A Sunday in October Hoffmann  
1981 Mephisto Hendrik Höfgen Won Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
1983 Never Say Never Again Maximilian Largo Unofficial James Bond film
1985 Oberst Redl Alfred Redl  
1985 Out of Africa Baron Bror Blixen Nominated for Academy Award and won a Golden Globe.
1985 Quo Vadis? Nero  
1988 Hanussen Klaus Schneider  
1988 Burning Secret Baron Alexander von Hauenstein  
1989 La Révolution française Georges Danton  
1990 The Russia House Dante  
1991 White Fang Alex Larson  
1994 Felidae Pascal/Claudandus  
1994 Mario and the Magician Cipolla also director
2000 Help! I'm a Fish Joe  
2002 Between Strangers Alexander Bauer  
2003 Entrusted Gregor Lämmle  
2001 Druids Julius Caesar  
2009 Tetro Carlo Tetrocini  
2011 Manipulation Urs Rappold
2012 The Strange Case of Wilhelm Reich Wilhelm Reich  

See also


  1. ^ "Klaus Maria Brandauer - Biografie WHO'S WHO". 1944-06-22. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  2. ^ Klaus Maria Brandauer Film Reference biography
  3. ^ Ebert, Roger (1983-10-07). "Never Say Never Again". Retrieved 2008-10-18. 
  4. ^ "Berlinale: Juries". Retrieved 2011-02-27. 
  5. ^ "Brandauer, Karin Katharina geborene Müller". 2001-07-31. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ "19th Moscow International Film Festival (1995)". MIFF. Retrieved 2013-03-16. 

External links

Brandauer directed his first film in 1989,

In 1988 he appeared in Hanussen opposite Erland Josephson and Ildikó Bánsági. Brandauer was originally cast as Marko Ramius in The Hunt for Red October. That role eventually went to Oscar winner Sean Connery, who played James Bond to Brandauer's Largo in Never Say Never Again (1983). He co-starred with Connery again in The Russia House (1990).

In 1987, he was the Head of the Jury at the 37th Berlin International Film Festival.[4]

Following his role in Mephisto, Brandauer appeared in his first English-speaking role in playing Maximillian Largo in Never Say Never Again (1983), a remake of the 1965 James Bond film Thunderball. Roger Ebert said of his performance: "For one thing, there's more of a human element in the movie, and it comes from Klaus Maria Brandauer, as Largo. Brandauer is a wonderful actor, and he chooses not to play the villain as a cliché. Instead, he brings a certain poignancy and charm to Largo, and since Connery always has been a particularly human James Bond, the emotional stakes are more convincing this time.".[3] He starred in Out of Africa (1985), opposite Meryl Streep and Robert Redford, for which he was nominated for an Oscar and won a Golden Globe, and Szabó's Oberst Redl (1985).

Brandauer began acting onstage in 1962. After working in national theatre and television, he made his film debut in 1972. In 1975 he played in Derrick - in Season 2, Episode 8 called "Pfandhaus". His starring and award-winning role in István Szabó's Mephisto (1981) playing a self-absorbed actor, launched his international career.


He subsequently took his mother's maiden name as part of his professional name, Klaus Maria Brandauer. [2]

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