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Klaus Maria Brandauer

Klaus Maria Brandauer
File:Klaus Maria Brandauer Viennale 2012 a.jpg
Klaus Maria Brandauer at the premiere of The Strange Case of Wilhelm Reich (2012)
Born Klaus Georg Steng
(1943-06-22) 22 June 1943 (age 77)
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

Brandauer was born as Klaus Georg Steng in Bad Aussee, Austria.[1] He is the son of Maria Brandauer and Georg Steng (or Stenj), a civil servant.[2] He subsequently took his mother's maiden name as part of his professional name, Klaus Maria Brandauer.


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.

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).

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

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).

Brandauer directed his first film in 1989, Georg Elser – Einer aus Deutschland (de), with himself in the title role. His other film roles have been in The Lightship (1986), Streets of Gold (1986), Burning Secret (1988), The Russia House (1990), White Fang (1991), Becoming Colette (1992), Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999), and Everyman's Feast (2002). In 1989 he participated in the great production film for the bicentennial of the French Revolution by the French television channel TF1, La Révolution française: He played the role of 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.[citation needed]

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


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 TV
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 Colonel Redl Alfred Redl  
Quo Vadis? Nero TV miniseries
The Lightship Captain Miller  
Out of Africa Baron Bror Blixen Nominated for Academy Award and won a Golden Globe.
1986 Streets of Gold Alek Neuman
1988 Hanussen Erik Jan Hanussen  
Burning Secret Baron Alexander von Hauenstein  
1989 Spider's Web Benjamin Lenz  
Georg Elser – Einer aus Deutschland (de) Georg Elser also director
La Révolution française Georges Danton TV miniseries
1990 The Russia House Dante  
1991 White Fang Alex Larson  
[[Becoming Colette#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Becoming Colette]] (ru)
Henry Gauthier-Villars  
1994 Felidae Pascal/Claudandus Voice Only
Mario and the Magician Cipolla also director
1998 [[Jeremiah (1998)#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Jeremiah]] (de)
King Nebuchadnezzar TV film
1999 [[Rembrandt (1999 film)#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Rembrandt]] (fr)
Introducing Dorothy Dandridge Otto Preminger TV film
2000 Help! I'm a Fish Joe Voice Only (German version)
Dykaren (sv) Orlov  
2001 Druids Julius Caesar  
2002 Everyman's Feast Jan Jedermann  
Between Strangers Alexander Bauer  
2003 Entrusted Gregor Lämmle TV film
2006 [[Kronprinz Rudolfs letzte Liebe (2006)#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.Kronprinz Rudolfs letzte Liebe]] (de)
Emperor Franz Joseph TV film
2009 Tetro Carlo Tetrocini  
2011 Manipulation Urs Rappold
2012 [[The Strange Case of Wilhelm Reich#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.The Strange Case of Wilhelm Reich]] (de)
Wilhelm Reich  
2013 Die Auslöschung (de) Ernst Lemden TV film

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][dead link]
  7. ^ "19th Moscow International Film Festival (1995)". MIFF. Retrieved 2013-03-16. 

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