Armin Mueller-Stahl

Actor, Violinist, Pianist
An overnight success years in the making, Armin Mueller-Stahl spent the post-World War II era in East Berlin studying and playing the violin. The former music teacher made his stage acting debut at the Theater am ... Read more »
Born: 12/16/1930

Filmography

Actor (80)

Knight of Cups 2015 (Movie)

Fr. Zeitlinger (Actor)

Where Love Reigns 2014 (Movie)

Sigmund Freud (Actor)

Angels & Demons 2009 (Movie)

Cardinal Strauss (Actor)

The International 2009 (Movie)

Wilhelm Wexler (Actor)

Buddenbrooks: The Decline of a Family 2008 (Movie)

Jean (Actor)

Eastern Promises 2007 (Movie)

Semyon (Actor)

Local Color 2007 (Movie)

Nicoli Seroff (Actor)

Ich Bin Die Andere 2006 (Movie)

Karl Winter (Actor)

Bustin Bonaparte 2005 (Movie)

Otto (Actor)

The Dust Factory 2004 (Movie)

Grandpa Randolph (Actor)

The West Wing 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Crusaders 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Long Run 2001 (Movie)

Bertold Bohmer (Actor)

Jakob the Liar 1999 (Movie)

Professor Kirschbaum (Actor)

The Third Miracle 1999 (Movie)

Archbishop Werner (Actor)

The Thirteenth Floor 1999 (Movie)

Hannon Fuller (Actor)

The Ogre 1998 (Movie)

Count of Kaltenborn (Actor)

The X-Files 1998 (Movie)

Conrad Strughold (Actor)

Tangier: Legend of a City 1997 (Movie)

Hanson (Actor)

The Game 1997 (Movie)

Anson Baer (Actor)

The Peacemaker 1997 (Movie)

Dimitri Vertikoff (Actor)

Shine 1996 (Movie)

Peter (Actor)

The Assistant 1996 (Movie)

Morris Bobber (Actor)

A Pyromaniac's Love Story 1995 (Movie)

Mr Linzer (Actor)

Conversation With a Beast 1995 (Movie)

Adolf Hitler (Actor)

Taxandria 1995 (Movie)

Virgilius (Actor)

The Last Good Time 1995 (Movie)

Joseph Kopple (Actor)

Holy Matrimony 1994 (Movie)

Uncle Wilhelm (Actor)

The House of the Spirits 1994 (Movie)

Severo (Actor)

Der Kinoerzaehler 1993 (Movie)

The Movie Teller (Actor)

Red Hot 1993 (Movie)

Dimitri (Actor)

Utz 1993 (Movie)

Baron Kaspar Joachim von Utz (Actor)

Night on Earth 1992 (Movie)

Helmut Grokenberger (Actor)

The Power of One 1992 (Movie)

Doc (Actor)

Bronsteins Kinder 1991 (Movie)

Arno Bronstein (Actor)

Far From Berlin 1991 (Movie)

Otto Linder (Actor)

Kafka 1991 (Movie)

Insspector Grubach (Actor)

Avalon 1990 (Movie)

Sam Krichinsky (Actor)

Das Spinnennetz 1989 (Movie)

Baron Von Rastschuk (Actor)

Lola 1989 (Movie)

Von Bohm (Actor)

Midnight Cop 1989 (Movie)

Inspector Alex Glas (Actor)

Music Box 1989 (Movie)

Mike Laszlo (Actor)

Schweinegeld, Ein Marchen der Gebruder Nimm 1989 (Movie)

Maxwell (Actor)

Thousand Eyes 1989 (Movie)

Arnold (Actor)

Veronika Voss 1989 (Movie)

Max Rehbein (Actor)

A Hecc 1988 (Movie)

marno (Actor)

An uns glaubt Gott nicht mehr 1988 (Movie)

Gandhi (Actor)

Amerika 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Der Gorilla 1987 (Movie)

(Actor)

Angry Harvest 1986 (Movie)

Leon (Actor)

Der Joker 1986 (Movie)

Axel (Actor)

Die Mitlaufer 1986 (Movie)

Kurz (Actor)

Der Fall Franza 1985 (Movie)

Dr Jordan (Actor)

Jokehnen 1985 (Movie)

Karl Steputat (Actor)

L' Homme blesse 1985 (Movie)

Father (Actor)

Momo 1985 (Movie)

Chief Grey Man (Actor)

Redl Ezredes 1985 (Movie)

Crown Prince (Actor)

Unser Mann im Dschungel 1985 (Movie)

(Actor)

Der Angriff der Gegenwart auf die ubrige Zeit 1984 (Movie)

The Blind Director (Actor)

Eine Liebe in Deutschland 1984 (Movie)

SS-Untersturmfuhrer Mayer (Actor)

Hautnah 1984 (Movie)

Dold (Actor)

Vergesst Mozart 1984 (Movie)

Pergen (Actor)

Trauma 1983 (Movie)

Sam (Actor)

Der Westen Leuchtet 1982 (Movie)

Harald Liebe (Actor)

Glut 1982 (Movie)

Francois Korb/Andres Korb (Actor)

Rita Ritter 1982 (Movie)

(Actor)

Die Fluegel Der Nacht 1981 (Movie)

Goedel (Actor)

Flucht aus Pommern 1981 (Movie)

Lyssek (Actor)

Un Dimanche de Flics 1981 (Movie)

Lawyer (Actor)

Viadukt 1981 (Movie)

Tetzlaff (Actor)

Die Flucht 1976 (Movie)

Dr Volkmar Schmith (Actor)

Jakob der Luegner 1974 (Movie)

Roman Schtamm (Actor)

Kit und Co - Lockruf des Goldes 1973 (Movie)

Mr. Slavovitz (Actor)

Der Dritte 1971 (Movie)

Blind Man (Actor)

Naked Among Wolves 1962 (Movie)

Hofel (Actor)

12 Angry Men (TV Show)

Actor

Inferno (TV Show)

Actor

Jesus (TV Show)

Actor

The Commissioner (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (1)

Conversation With a Beast 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (1)

Conversation With a Beast 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

An overnight success years in the making, Armin Mueller-Stahl spent the post-World War II era in East Berlin studying and playing the violin. The former music teacher made his stage acting debut at the Theater am Schiffbauerdamm (home of the famous Berliner Ensemble) in 1953 and worked for more than two decades with another noted East Berlin company, Volksbuehne (People's Stage). After making a smooth transition from stage to screen in "Heimleche Ehe/The Secret Marriage" (1958), he became one of DEFA's (the state-run film conglomerate) outstanding young actors. His three-picture collaboration with director Frank Beyer culminated with "Jakob der Luegner/Jakob the Liar" (1974), the only DEFA picture to ever receive a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nomination, and he also consolidated his popularity with frequent television appearances. His decision to sign the Biermann Resolution, a manifesto critical of the government, however, led to his blacklisting in 1976. "When you lived in the G.D.R., you were political, even if you didn't want to be," he told Premiere (November 1990). "I felt I had a responsibility to the public."

Relationships

Gabriele Mueller-Stahl

Wife
Married in 1974

Alfred Mueller-Stahl

Father
Murdered on the last day of World War II in Europe

Editta Mueller-Stahl

Mother

Christian Mueller-Stahl

Son
Born in 1974 mother, Gabriele Scholz played his father's character as a youth in "Utz" (1992)

Hagen Mueller-Stahl

Brother

Milestones

2009

Teamed with Clive Owen and director Tom Tykwer for "The International"

2007

Co-starred with Viggo Mortensen in director David Cronenberg's "Eastern Promises"

2004

Appeared in four episodes of the NBC drama series, "The West Wing" as the Prime Minister of Israel

2001

Portrayed Thomas Mann in a German historic film production about the Mann family, "Die Manns - Ein Jahrhundertroman"

2000

Portrayed Joseph in the CBS miniseries, "Jesus"

1999

Co-starred with Bob Balaban in the remake of "Jakob the Liar"

1998

Cast as the German scientist, Conrad Strughold, in the feature film "The X-Files"

1997

Starred in the Showtime remake of Rod Serling's drama of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, "In the Presence of Mine Enemies"

1997

Played Juror No. 4 in Showtime's acclaimed remake of "12 Angry Men"

1996

Received a Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination for his role as the father of pianist David Helfgott in "Shine"

1996

Wrote and directed and starred as a 103-year-old Adolph Hitler in "Conversations With the Beast"; Balaban also starred

1994

First collaboration with Bob Balaban, "The Last Good Time"

1992

Played a dying man whose lifelong obsession has been collecting porcelain figurines in "Utz"; son Christian was the younger version of the character

1991

Played a police inspector investigating Jeremy Irons' title character in Steven Soderbergh's "Kafka"

1990

Received critical acclaim for his role as the family patriarch in Barry Levinson's "Avalon"

1989

Played a man accused of being a brutal Nazi collaborator in Costa-Gavras' "Music Box"

1987

Made US television debut as Russian General Samanov in the ABC miniseries, "Amerika"

1985

Portrayed a Polish farmer who shelters a Viennese Jew in Holland's Academy Award-nominated foreign film, "Angry Harvest"

1985

Portrayed doomed Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Istvan Szabo's "Colonel Redl"

1983

Acted in Andrzej Wajda's "Love in Germany"

1982

Re-teamed with Fassbinder for "Veronika Voss"

1981

Made West German film debut in Rainer Werner Fassbinder's "Lola"

1980

Moved to West Germany

1976

Banned from acting by the East German government after signing the Biermann Resolution

1976

Penned memoir, Ordered Sundays

1974

Third film with Beyer, "Jakob der Luegner/Jacob the Liar"

1963

Re-teamed with Beyer for "Nackt unter Wolfen/Naked Among Wolves"

1962

First film with director Frank Beyer, "Konigskinder/Invincible Love"

1962

Starred in the political thriller, "Flucht aus der Holle" for German Television

1958

Film debut, the East German movie, "Heimliche Ehe"

1953

First stage role was at the Theater am Schiffbauerdamm in East Berlin

Performed with the East Berlin Theater Company, Volksbuehne for 25 years

Was a noted concert violinist as a teenager

Family moved to East Berlin after WWII

Bonus Trivia

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In 1982, Mueller-Stahl received the Chaplin Schuh, the prize for a German actor awarded by the Association of German Film and Television Directors.

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"We are a throwaway generation. We have writers, but we have no readers anymore. So we have films. I've played parts like Mike Laszlo ["Music Box"] for two reasons. One is that we must never allow this black point in our history to ever happen again. The second is to show that every man in a similar situation could be capable of the same evil. We actors can't change the world. But we can try." - Mueller-Stahl quoted in Premiere magazine, November 1990

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