Klaus Maria Brandauer
Jun. 22nd, 1943
Bad Aussee, Austria
Klaus Maria Brandauer's Main TV Roles[no roles found]
Main Movie Roles2009 - Tetro
2001 - Vercingétorix
1994 - Felidae
1990 - The Russia House
1989 - La Révolution française
1988 - Hanussen
1986 - Streets of Gold
1985 - Out of Africa
1983 - Never Say Never Again
1981 - Mephisto
Guest TV Roles[none found]
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. He was the son of Maria Brandauer and Georg Steng (or Stenj), a civil servant. He subsequently took his mother's maiden name as part of his professional name, Klaus Maria Brandauer.
Career 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.". 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.
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).
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. Brandauer married Natalie Krenn in 2007.
- Took his acting name from his mother, whose maiden name was Maria Brandauer.
- Has a professorship at the Max Reinhardt Seminary in Vienna, Austria.
- Lives in his hometown Bad Aussee, Vienna and New York.
- Has a son Christian, whose mother was the late 'Karin Brandauer' (qv).
- When he directed 'Bertolt Brecht' (qv)'s "Die Dreigroschenoper" ("The Threepenny Opera") at the Berlin Admiralspalast, the production got a mixed reception. Nevertheless, it was watched by 70,000 people within 7 weeks (2006).
- Studied acting at the State University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart, but abandoned his studies after one year (1963).
- Member of the Wiener Burgtheater since 1972.
- Head of jury at the Berlin International Film Festival 1987
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