Klaus Maria Brandauer

Klaus Maria Brandauer

Additional Names: Klaus Georg Steng (Geburtsname)
Darsteller, Regie
*22.06.1943 Bad Aussee, Österreich

Biography

Klaus Maria Brandauer was born June 22, 1943 in Bad Aussee, Austria. After graduating from school in 1962, he enrolled at the State University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart where he studied for two terms. In 1963, he began working at the Landestheater in Tübingen. One year later, he switched to the Landestheater Salzburg, where he made his debut as a stage director in 1965 with a production of Heinz Coubier's "Aimée oder Der gesunde Menschenverstand". 1966: Schauspielhaus, Düsseldorf. 1968: Theater in der Josefstadt, Vienna. Since 1972: Burgtheater, Vienna. In addition to these engagements, Brandauer made guest performances in Munich and at the Salzburg Festival.

In the 1970s, he became one of the most popular German-speaking stage actors. His first TV productions consisted almost solely of shootings of stage performances or stage play adaptations. He made his film debut in 1971 with Lee H. Katzin's spy thriller "The Salzburg Connection". In 1980/81, he portrayed the actor Hendrik Höfgen in "Mephisto" (István Szabó), a film adaptation of Klaus Mann's roman a clef about Gustaf Gründgens. He continued to work with Szabó on "Oberst Redl" ("Colonel Redl", 1984) - which won the German Film Award - and "Hanussen" (1987).

After "Mephisto" was awarded the 1981 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Brandauer was able to start an international career. In the 1983 Bond adventure "Never Say Never Again" (Irvin Kershner) he played the villain opposite Sean Connery. In Sydney Pollack's "Out of Africa" he starred as Karen "Tania" Blixen's unloved husband.

In two German movies dealing with the Nazi era he played sympathetic characters: In "Das Spinnennetz" (Bernhard Wicki) and in "Georg Elser – einer aus Deutschland", which he directed and in which he starred as the would-be assassin of Adolf Hitler. "Burning Secret" (Andrew Birkin) and "The Russia House" (Fred Schepisi) helped Brandauer to assert himself in the international movie business.

His second feature as a director, an adaptation of Thomas Mann's novella "Mario and the Magician" in which he also starred as the diabolic seducer, was a failure. Afterwards, Brandauer predominantly starred in international productions. In 1996, Brandauer received an honorary doctorate for acting from the University of Tel Aviv, Israel. In spring 1997, he directed Brahms and Tieck's "Magelone" in Meiningen, Germany.

As a screen actor, Brandauer subsequently took the leading role in the biopic "Rembrandt" in 1999, and in 2001 he played Julius Caesar in "Vercingétorix". He appeared in "Jedermanns Fest" (2002) and in Francis Ford Coppola's "Tetro" (2009). In 2011, he starred opposite Sebastian Koch in the Swiss-German thriller "Manipulation", and a year later, he took on the title role in Anton Svoboda's "The Strange Case of Wilhelm Reich".

Apart from his stage and film career, Brandauer also has established himself as a renowned author and lecturer, and in 1991, he published the autobiography "Das Schwerste ist am leichtesten". Moreover, Brandauer is a professor at the Max-Reinhardt-Seminar in Vienna.

Filmography

2016/2017 Marina, Mabuse und Morituri
Participation
 
2013 Die Auslöschung
Cast
 
2011/2012 Manipulation
Cast
 
2011/2012 Der Fall Wilhelm Reich
Cast
 
2008/2009 Tetro
Cast
 
2006/2007 Verstörung - und eine Art von Poesie. Die Filmlegende Bernhard Wicki
Participation
 
2006 Kronprinz Rudolf
Cast
 
2003 Die Entführung aus dem Serail
Cast
 
2003 Im Visier des Bösen
Cast
 
2000-2002 Poem - Ich setzte den Fuß in die Luft, und sie trug
Cast
 
2000 Vera, nadezhda, krov'
Cast
 
1999/2000 Dykaren
Cast
 
1999 Introducing Dorothy Dandridge
Cast
 
1999 Die Wand
Director
 
1998/1999 Rembrandt
Cast
 
1998 Jeremia
Cast
 
1998 Speer
Cast, Director
 
1997 Balkan Island: The Last Story of the Century
Cast
 
1996-2002 Jedermanns Fest
Cast
 
1993/1994 Mario und der Zauberer
Cast, Director
 
1993/1994 Felidae
Voice
 
1991 Mütter: Bis auf den heutigen Tag
Participation
 
1990/1991 White Fang
Cast
 
1990/1991 Colette
Cast
 
1990 The Russia House
Cast
 
1989/1990 Marleneken
Cast
 
1988/1989 Die Französische Revolution - Jahre des Zorns
Cast
 
1988/1989 Die Französische Revolution - Jahre der Hoffnung
Cast
 
1988/1989 Georg Elser - Einer aus Deutschland
Cast, Director
 
1988/1989 Bernhard Wicki: Regisseur
Participation
 
1988 Europa und der zweite Apfel
Cast
 
1988 Brennendes Geheimnis
Cast
 
1987/1988 Hanussen
Cast
 
1986-1989 Das Spinnennetz
Cast
 
1986-1988/1989 Schauplatz "Spinnennetz"
Participation
 
1986 Streets of Gold
Cast
 
1985 Out of Africa
Cast
 
1985 Detskiy sad
Cast
 
1985 The Lightship
Cast
 
1985 Quo Vadis?
Cast
 
1984/1985 Oberst Redl
Cast
 
1983 Der Snob
Cast
 
1983 James Bond 007 - Sag niemals nie
Cast
 
1982/1983 Roda Rodas rote Weste. Ein Leben in Anekdoten
Cast
 
1982 Der Weg ins Freie
Cast
 
1982 Die fünfte Frau
Cast
 
1980/1981 Mephisto
Cast
 
1979/1980 Die Weber
Cast
 
1979 Jean Christophe
Cast
 
1979 Jahreszeiten der Liebe
Cast
 
1978/1979 Ein Sonntag im Oktober
Cast
 
1978/1979 Die Bräute des Kurt Roidl
Cast
 
1976/1977 Der Stumme
Cast
 
1976 Die Babenberger in Österreich. Wir waren zwölf
Cast
 
1976 Der Sauwald
Voice
 
1976 Darf ich mitspielen?
Cast
 
1976 Kabale und Liebe
Cast
 
1975 Frag nach bei Casanova
Cast
 
1975 Pfandhaus
Cast
 
1975 Die Verschwörung des Fiesco zu Genua
Cast
 
1975 Leonce und Lena
Cast
 
1974/1975 Das Konzert
Cast
 
1974 Der Widerspenstigen Zähmung
Cast
 
1973 Wienerinnen
Cast
 
1973 Was Ihr wollt
Cast
 
1972 The Salzburg Connection
Cast
 
1972 Weh dem, der lügt
Cast
 
1972 Oscar Wilde
Cast
 
1970/1971 Emilia Galotti
Cast
 
1970 Der Tag des Krähenflügels
Cast
 
1970 Friede den Hütten! Krieg den Palästen!
Cast
 
1969/1970 Das Wort
Cast
 
1969/1970 Fast ein Hamlet
Cast
 
1969 Juno und der Pfau
Cast
 
1969 Zwei aus Verona
Cast
 
1969 Der alte Richter
Cast
 
1968 Das Käthchen von Heilbronn
Cast
 
1965/1966 Die Ballade von Peckham Rye
Cast