Werner Herzog

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
A study in both controversy and contradictions, filmmaker Werner Herzog, more than any of his peers, embodied German history, character and cultural richness in his work, while at the same time challenging previous ... Read more »
Born: 09/05/1942 in Germany

Filmography

Director (49)

Queen of the Desert 2015 (Movie)

(Director)

The Enigma of Loch Ness 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Vernon God Little 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Happy People: A Year in the Taiga 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Death Row II 2012 (Movie)

(Director)

Cave of Forgotten Dreams 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Death Row 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Encounters at the End of the World 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Nosferatu 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Cobra Verde 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

Rescue Dawn 2007 (Movie)

(Director)

The Wild Blue Yonder 2006 (Movie)

(Director)

Grizzly Man 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

The White Diamond 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Wheel of Time 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Invincible 2002 (Movie)

(Director)

My Best Fiend 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Little Dieter Needs to Fly 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

The Mystery of Kaspar Hauser 1996 (Movie)

(Director)

Lessons of Darkness 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Echos Aus Einem Dusteren Reich 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Lessons of Darkness 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Director

Herdsmen of the Sun 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Schrei aus Stein 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

Gasherbrum -- Der leuchtende Berg 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Wo die grunen Ameisen traumen 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Ballade vom kleinen Soldaten 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Fitzcarraldo 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Glaube und Wahrung 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Huie's Predigt 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Woyzeck 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Fata Morgana 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

La Soufriere 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Stroszek 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Herz aus Glas 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck 1976 (Movie)

(Director)

Mit mir will keiner spielen 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

Aguirre, the Wrath of God 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

Land des Schweigens und der Dunkelheit 1971 (Movie)

(Director)

Auch Zwerge Haben Klein Angefangen 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

Behinderte Zukunft 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Signs of Life 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

Letzte Worte 1966 (Movie)

(Director)

Herakles 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

Pilgrimage (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (40)

Dinotasia 2014 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Herzog in Wonderland 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Life Itself 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Penguins of Madagascar 2014 (Movie)

Documentary Filmmaker (Voice)

Happy People: A Year in the Taiga 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Unbelievers 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Wind Rises 2013 (Movie)

Castorp (Voice)

Jack Reacher 2012 (Movie)

The Zec (Actor)

Metalocalypse 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Voice

Cave of Forgotten Dreams 2011 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Futurestates 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

Encounters at the End of the World 2008 (Movie)

Narrator (Actor)

Mister Lonely 2008 (Movie)

Father Umbrillo (Actor)

Nosferatu 2008 (Movie)

Monk (Actor)

Pierre Rissient: Man of Cinema 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Grand 2008 (Movie)

The German (Actor)

40X15: Forty Years of the Directors' Fortnight 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Walking to Werner 2007 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Grizzly Man 2005 (Movie)

(Narrator)

The White Diamond 2005 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Incident at Loch Ness 2004 (Movie)

(Actor)

My Best Fiend 1999 (Movie)

(Narrator)

julien donkey-boy 1999 (Movie)

Father (Actor)

Little Dieter Needs to Fly 1998 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

What Dreams May Come 1998 (Movie)

Face (Actor)

Lessons of Darkness 1995 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

The Night of the Film-Makers 1994 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Gekauftes Gluck 1989 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hard to Be a God 1989 (Movie)

Mita (Actor)

Lightning Over Braddock: A Rustbowl Fantasy 1989 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Tokyo-Ga 1985 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Ballade vom kleinen Soldaten 1984 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Chambre 666 1983 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Man of Flowers 1983 (Movie)

Father (Actor)

Burden of Dreams 1982 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe 1979 (Movie)

(Actor)

Was Ich Bin, Sind Meine Filme 1977 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Herz aus Glas 1976 (Movie)

(Actor)

Signs of Life 1968 (Movie)

(Actor)
Writer (36)

Queen of the Desert 2015 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Happy People: A Year in the Taiga 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Cave of Forgotten Dreams 2011 (Movie)

(Writer)

My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done 2009 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Encounters at the End of the World 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Nosferatu 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Cobra Verde 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Rescue Dawn 2007 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Wild Blue Yonder 2006 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Wheel of Time 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Invincible 2002 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

My Best Fiend 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Little Dieter Needs to Fly 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Mystery of Kaspar Hauser 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Lessons of Darkness 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Gasherbrum -- Der leuchtende Berg 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Wo die grunen Ameisen traumen 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Ballade vom kleinen Soldaten 1984 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Fitzcarraldo 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Glaube und Wahrung 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Huie's Predigt 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Woyzeck 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Fata Morgana 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Stroszek 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Herz aus Glas 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck 1976 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mit mir will keiner spielen 1975 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Aguirre, the Wrath of God 1973 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Land des Schweigens und der Dunkelheit 1971 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Auch Zwerge Haben Klein Angefangen 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Behinderte Zukunft 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Signs of Life 1968 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Letzte Worte 1966 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Herakles 1961 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (34)

Queen of the Desert 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Look of Silence 2015 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Red Army 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Happy People: A Year in the Taiga 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Act of Killing 2013 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)

Nosferatu 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Rescue Dawn 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

The White Diamond 2005 (Movie)

(Producer)

Incident at Loch Ness 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Invincible 2002 (Movie)

(Producer)

Little Dieter Needs to Fly 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Mystery of Kaspar Hauser 1996 (Movie)

(Producer)

Lessons of Darkness 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

Echos Aus Einem Dusteren Reich 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

Gasherbrum -- Der leuchtende Berg 1985 (Movie)

(Producer)

Ballade vom kleinen Soldaten 1984 (Movie)

(Producer)

Fitzcarraldo 1982 (Movie)

(Producer)

Huie's Predigt 1979 (Movie)

(Producer)

Woyzeck 1979 (Movie)

(Producer)

Fata Morgana 1978 (Movie)

(Producer)

La Soufriere 1977 (Movie)

(Producer)

Stroszek 1977 (Movie)

(Producer)

Herz aus Glas 1976 (Movie)

(Producer)

How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck 1976 (Movie)

(Producer)

Mit mir will keiner spielen 1975 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner 1974 (Movie)

(Producer)

Aguirre, the Wrath of God 1973 (Movie)

(Producer)

Land des Schweigens und der Dunkelheit 1971 (Movie)

(Producer)

Auch Zwerge Haben Klein Angefangen 1970 (Movie)

(Producer)

Behinderte Zukunft 1969 (Movie)

(Producer)

Signs of Life 1968 (Movie)

(Producer)

Letzte Worte 1966 (Movie)

(Producer)

Herakles 1961 (Movie)

(Producer)
Sound (8)

Encounters at the End of the World 2008 (Movie)

(Sound)

Fata Morgana 1978 (Movie)

(Sound)

La Soufriere 1977 (Movie)

(Sound)

Aguirre, the Wrath of God 1973 (Movie)

(Sound)

Behinderte Zukunft 1969 (Movie)

(Sound)

Herakles 1961 (Movie)

(Sound)
Camera, Film, & Tape (2)

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans 2009 (Movie)

Iguana/Alligator Footage (Camera)

Wheel of Time 2005 (Movie)

(Tibet) (Cinematographer)
Editor (1)

Herakles 1961 (Movie)

(Editor)
Music (1)

Auch Zwerge Haben Klein Angefangen 1970 (Movie)

music adaptation (Music)

Biography

A study in both controversy and contradictions, filmmaker Werner Herzog, more than any of his peers, embodied German history, character and cultural richness in his work, while at the same time challenging previous conventions. Yet unlike his contemporaries Fassbinder, Wenders and Schlondorff, Herzog never set a significant film in his own country in his own time. Instead, his restless nature took him far and wide across the world, while his journeys to the edge of inner psychosis provided the impetus for a brand of filmmaking renowned for its physical demands on everyone involved. While growing up in the shadow of Nazi atrocities may have prompted him to probe the darker aspects of human behavior, Herzog developed a paradoxical style of realism that was part of a vision that combined 20th century Expressionism with 19th century Romanticism. Unifying these disparate elements was his elevation of the grotesque and chaotic, first by casting non-professional actors like former mental patient Bruno S. in "Stroszek" (1977), then by his tumultuous, almost violent collaboration with the explosive actor Klaus Kinski. It was with Kinski that Herzog created his finest work - "Aguirre, Wrath of God" (1972), "Nosferatu the Vampyre" (1979) and "Fitzcarraldo" (1982) - while at the same time creating ugly off-camera battles that became the stuff of cinema legend. Whether he was threatening to shoot Kinski with a rifle or briefly contemplating an offer by native South Americans to have the actor killed, Herzog's volatile relationship with Kinski took both a physical and mental toll on both. While Herzog settled into calmer waters directing such acclaimed documentaries as "White Diamond" (2004) and the Oscar-nominated "Grizzly Man" (2005) following Kinski's death in 1991, he never reached such creative and manic heights again.

Relationships

Christine Ebenberger Sound

Wife
Married Aug. 19, 1987 Divorced 1994

Martje Grohmann Actor

Wife
Married 1967 He directed her in "Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht" (1979) Divorced 1987

Dietrich Herzog

Father

Lena Herzog Photography

Wife
Married 1999

Elizabeth Herzog

Mother
Yugoslavian

Rudolph Herzog Screenplay

Son
Born 1973; mother, Martje Grohmann

Simon Herzog

Son
Born 1989; mother, Christine Ebenberger

Tilbert Herzog

Brother

Sigrid Herzog

Sister

Eva Mattes Actor

Companion
Couple's daughter Hanna born 1980

Hanna Mattes Actor

Daughter
Born 1980; mother, Eva Mattes

Lucki Stipetic Producer

Brother
Worked together in several of Herzog's films, including "Aguirre: The Wrath of God" (1972)

EDUCATION

University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania
Attended on scholarship

Munich University

Milestones

2013

Co-directed documentary "Happy People: A Year in the Taiga" with Dmitry Vasyukov; also co-wrote with Vasyukov and son Rudolph Herzog

2012

Cast opposite Tom Cruise in action drama "Jack Reacher"

2010

Directed historical documentary "Cave of Forgotten Dreams"

2009

Directed Michael Shannon in thriller "My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done"; also co-wrote

2009

Directed Nicolas Cage in "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans"

2008

Filmed documentary "Encounters at the End of the World," about people and places in Antarctica; earned Independent Spirit and Academy Award nominations for Best Documentary

2007

Directed Christian Bale in "Rescue Dawn," a film based on his acclaimed 1998 documentary "Little Dieter Needs to Fly"

2005

Directed documentary "Grizzly Man," about grizzly bear activists Timothy Treadwell and Amie Huguenard, who were killed October of 2003 while living among grizzlies in Alaska; earned an Independent Spirit Award Nomination for Best Documentary

2003

Helmed documentary "Wheel of Time" about the largest Buddhist ritual to promote peace and tolerance

2001

Wrote and directed war drama "Invincible"; film premiered at the Venice Film Festival (released theatrically 2002)

1999

Acted in Harmony Korine's Dogma 95 film "Julien Donkey-Boy"

1999

Filmed documentary "My Best Fiend – Klaus Kinski" about their infamous collaboration

1997

Helmed the documentary "Little Dieter Needs to Fly"

1992

Directed the documentary "Lessons of Darkness" (Discovery Chanel)

1987

Final film with actor Kinski, "Cobra Verde"

1984

Helmed two short films, "The Ballad of the Little Soldier" and "The Green Glow of the Mountain"

1982

Returned to Peru, overcoming obstacles of nightmarish proportions to complete "Fitzcarraldo" with star Kinski

1979

Helmed remake of the 1922 vampire film "Nosferatu the Vampyre"; second collaboration with Kinski

1979

Filmed adaptation of Georg Buchner's 1836 play "Woyzeck"; third and last colaboration with Mattes

1977

Reteamed with Bruno S. for "Stroszek"; first collaboration with actress Eva Mattes

1974

Chose former mental patient Bruno S. for title role of "The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser"

1972

First collaboration with the actor Klaus Kinski, "Aguirre, the Wrath of God"; filmed on location in Peru

1970

Collaborated with Leonard Cohen and Couperin (both providing music) on "Fata Morgana"

1969

Helmed second feature "Even Dwarfs Started Small"; filmed banned in Germany

1968

First full length film "Leibenszeichen/Signs of Life" won the German National Film award for first feature

1968

Helmed short film "Letzte Worte/Last Words"

1967

Directed third short "Die beispiellose Verteidigung der Festung Deutschkreuz"

1966

Established Werner Herzog Film production

1962

Received prizes for two amateur shorts "Herakles" (1962) and "Spiel im Sand" (1964)

1957

Began submitting film ideas to producers at age 14

1954

After parents separation, moved to Munich with mother and two brothers

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