Category:Male actors of German descent
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1. Ben Affleck – Benjamin Geza Ben Affleck-Boldt is an American actor and filmmaker. He began his career as a actor, starring in the PBS educational series The Voyage of the Mimi. He later appeared in the coming-of-age comedy Dazed and Confused and various Kevin Smith films including Chasing Amy, Affleck gained recognition when he and childhood friend Matt Damon won the Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Good Will Hunting. He then starred in films including Armageddon, Shakespeare in Love, Pearl Harbor, Changing Lanes. After a career downturn, during which he appeared in Daredevil and Gigli, Afflecks directorial debut, Gone Baby Gone, which he also co-wrote, was well received. He then directed, co-wrote, and starred in the crime drama The Town. For the political thriller Argo, which he directed and starred in, Affleck won the Golden Globe and BAFTA Award for Best Director, and the Golden Globe, BAFTA, in 2014, he starred in the psychological thriller Gone Girl. In 2016, Affleck began playing Batman in the DC Extended Universe, Affleck is the co-founder of the Eastern Congo Initiative, a grantmaking and advocacy-based nonprofit organization. He is also a member of the Democratic Party. His younger brother is actor Casey Affleck, with whom he has worked on films including Good Will Hunting. Following high-profile relationships with Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Lopez, Affleck married Jennifer Garner in 2005, Affleck and Garner have three children together, and announced their separation in 2015. Benjamin Geza Affleck-Boldt was born on August 15,1972 in Berkeley and his family moved to Massachusetts when he was two, living in Falmouth, where his brother Casey was born, before settling in Cambridge. His mother, Christopher Anne Chris, was a Radcliffe College- and his father, Timothy Byers Affleck, worked sporadically as an auto mechanic, a carpenter, a bookie, an electrician, a bartender, and a janitor at Harvard University. In the mid-1960s, he had been an actor and stage manager with the Theater Company of Boston, during Afflecks childhood, his father had a self-described severe, chronic problem with alcoholism and Affleck has recalled him drinking all day, every day. His parents divorced when he was 12, and he and his brother lived with their mother. In the following years, his fathers alcoholism worsened and he spent two years homeless, when Affleck was 16, his father moved to Indio, California to enter a rehabilitation facility and, after gaining sobriety, worked as an addiction counselor at the facility for many years. Affleck was raised in an active, liberal household. He and his brother were surrounded by people who worked in the arts, were taken to the theater by their mother
2. Casey Affleck – Caleb Casey McGuire Affleck-Boldt is an American actor and director. He began his career as a actor, appearing in the PBS television movie Lemon Sky. He later appeared in three Gus Van Sant films – To Die For, Good Will Hunting, and Gerry – and in Steven Soderberghs comedy heist trilogy Oceans Eleven, Oceans Twelve and his first leading role was in Steve Buscemis independent comedy-drama Lonesome Jim. In 2010, he directed the mockumentary Im Still Here, the film features his brother-in-law Joaquin Phoenix, and starred as a serial killer in The Killer Inside Me. He then appeared as an outlaw in Aint Them Bodies Saints, in 2016, Affleck appeared in the crime thriller Triple 9, the disaster drama The Finest Hours, and the drama Manchester by the Sea. For his performance as a man in the latter, he won the Golden Globe, BAFTA. Caleb Casey McGuire Affleck was born on August 12,1975 in Falmouth, Massachusetts, to Christopher Anne Chris, the surname Affleck is of Scottish origin. He also has English, Irish, German, and Swiss ancestry and his mother was a Radcliffe College– and Harvard–educated elementary school teacher. His father worked sporadically as a mechanic, a carpenter, a bookie, an electrician, a bartender. In the mid-1960s, he had been a manager, director, writer. During Afflecks childhood, his father was a disaster of a drinker, following his parents divorce when he was nine, Affleck and his older brother, Ben, lived with their mother and visited their father weekly. His first experience of acting was reenacting what was happening at home during role play exercises at Alateen meetings and he learned to speak Spanish during a year spent travelling around Mexico with his mother and brother when he was ten. The two siblings spent all of our time together, pretty much, obviously at school we were in different grades, but we had the same friends. When Affleck was 14, his father moved to Indio, California to enter a rehabilitation facility, Affleck reconnected with his father during visits to California as a teenager, I got to know him, really, because he was sober for the first time. The man I knew before that was just completely different, the brothers sometimes appeared in local weather commercials and as movie extras because of their mothers friendship with a local casting director. Affleck acted in high school theater productions while a student at Cambridge Rindge. He has said he wouldn’t be an actor if not for his high school theater teacher Gerry Speca, He kind of turned me on to acting, why it can be fun, how it can be rewarding. At the age of eighteen, Affleck moved to Los Angeles for a year to pursue an acting career and he soon transferred to Columbia University in New York City, where he followed the core curriculum for a total of two years
3. Sean Astin – Sean Patrick Astin is an American actor, director, voice artist, and producer. He is known for his roles as Samwise Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Mikey Walsh in The Goonies. Astin was born in Santa Monica, California, the son of actress Patty Duke, at the time, it was reported that entertainer Desi Arnaz, Jr. was his biological father. When Michael Tell, a writer, music promoter and publisher of the newspaper The Las Vegas Israelite, came to sublet her apartment and offered to marry her as a way out of the scandal, Duke agreed. The marriage lasted only 13 days in 1970, and ended long before Astin was born, on August 5,1972, Duke married actor John Astin, after having been in a relationship with him for two years. When the wedding guests were invited to speak, 18-month-old Astin looked at John and cried, Daddy. to which the Episcopal priest performing the ceremony remarked, Well, in 1973, Duke gave birth to Astins brother, Mackenzie Astin, who also became an actor. Duke and John Astin divorced in 1985, Duke married Mike Pearce in 1986, and they adopted a son, Kevin, in 1989. When he was 14, Duke told Astin that Arnaz was his father, however, in his mid-20s, Astin met a relative of Michael Tell who suggested they were related. Sean set out to find the truth about his biological father, Astin maintains close relationships with all three men, saying, Desi Arnaz Jr. loves me, and I love him. We are so close. Science tells me. that hes not my biological father, Science tells me that Mike Tell is. Astin considers John his father, as John was the one who raised him, Astin is also close to his stepfather, Mike Pearce, saying, I can call any of them on the phone any time I want to, says Sean. John, Desi, Mike or Papa Mike. my four dads, Astin is of German and Irish ancestry through his mother, and Austrian German through his biological father. He graduated from UCLA with a B. A. in History, an alumnus of Los Angeles Valley College, Astin served on the schools board of directors of the Patrons Association and the Arts Council. Astins first acting role was in a 1981 television movie titled Please Dont Hit Me, Mom and he made his film debut at age 13 as Mikey in The Goonies. After The Goonies, Astin appeared in more films, including the Disney made-for-TV movie. In 1994, Astin directed and co-produced the short film Kangaroo Court, many awards were bestowed upon the trilogy, particularly its final installment, which earned eleven Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Throughout the filming process, Astin became close friends with several cast members, Astins daughter, Alexandra, is in the closing scene of The Return of the King. She plays his daughter, Elanor Gamgee, who runs out to him as he returns from the harbor
4. Eric Bana – Eric Banadinović, known professionally as Eric Bana, is an Australian actor and comedian. He began his career in the comedy series Full Frontal before gaining critical recognition in the biographical crime film Chopper. Bana also played Henry De Tamble in The Time Travelers Wife, in 2013, he played Lt. Cmdr. Erik S. Kristensen in the war film Lone Survivor and in the year he played police sergeant Ralph Sarchie in the horror film Deliver Us from Evil. An accomplished dramatic actor and comedian, he received Australias highest film and television awards for his performances in Chopper, Full Frontal and Romulus, My Father. Bana has performed across a spectrum of leading roles in a variety of low-budget and major studio films, ranging from romantic comedies. Bana was born in Melbourne, Victoria and his father, Ivan, was Croatian and worked as a logistics manager for Caterpillar, Inc. and his mother, Eleanor, was a hairdresser, originally from near Mannheim in Germany. He has one brother, Anthony. Bana grew up in Melbournes Tullamarine, an area on the northern edge of the city, near Melbournes international airport. In a cover story for the Mail on Sunday, he told author Antonella Gambotto-Burke that his family had suffered from racist taunts, wog is such a terrible word, he said. He has stated, I have always been proud of my origin, I have always been in the company of people of European origin. Showing acting skill early in life, Bana began doing impressions of family members at the age of six or seven, first mimicking his grandfathers walk, voice, in school, he mimicked his teachers as a means to get out of trouble. As a teen, he watched the Mel Gibson film Mad Max, however, he did not seriously consider a career in the performing arts until 1991 when he was persuaded to try comedy while working as a barman at Melbournes Castle Hotel. His stand-up gigs in inner-city pubs did not provide him enough income to support himself, however, so he continued his work as a barman. In 1993, Bana made his debut on Steve Vizards late night talk show. His performance gained the attention of producers from the comedy series, Full Frontal. During his four years on the show, Bana wrote much of his own material and his impressions of Columbo, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, and Tom Cruise made Bana popular with the shows audience. This success led him to record the comedy album Out of Bounds in 1994 and to host his own special, titled Eric
5. Mel Brooks – Melvin Brooks is an American filmmaker, comedian, actor, composer, and songwriter. He is known as a creator of broad film farces and comic parodies, Brooks began his career as a comic and a writer for the early TV variety show Your Show of Shows. He became well known as part of the duo with Carl Reiner in the comedy skit The 2000 Year Old Man. He also created, with Buck Henry, the hit comedy series Get Smart. In middle age, Brooks became one of the most successful directors of the 1970s. His best-known films include The Producers, The Twelve Chairs, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Silent Movie, High Anxiety, History of the World, Part I, Spaceballs and Robin Hood, Men in Tights. A musical adaptation of his first film, The Producers, ran on Broadway from 2001 to 2007, in 2001, having previously won an Emmy, a Grammy and an Oscar, he joined a small list of EGOT winners with his Tony award for The Producers. Brooks was married to Oscar-winning actress Anne Bancroft from 1964 until her death in 2005, Brooks was born Melvin Kaminsky on June 28,1926, in Brooklyn, New York, to James and Kate Kaminsky, and grew up in Williamsburg. His fathers family were German Jews of Polish descent from the Free City of Danzig, his mothers family were Jews from Kiev and he had three older brothers, Irving, Lenny, and Bernie. Brooks father died of disease at 34 when Brooks was two years old. He has said of his fathers death, Theres an outrage there, I may be angry at God, or at the world, for that. And Im sure a lot of my comedy is based on anger, growing up in Williamsburg, I learned to clothe it in comedy to spare myself problems—like a punch in the face. Brooks was a small, sickly boy who often was bullied and teased by his classmates and he was taught by Buddy Rich how to play the drums and started earning money at it when he was 14. After the war, Brooks started working in various Borscht Belt resorts and nightclubs in the Catskill Mountains as a drummer, around this time, he changed his professional name to Mel Brooks after being confused with the Borscht Belt trumpet player Max Kaminsky. After a regular comic at one of the nightclubs was too sick to perform one night, Brooks started working as a comic, telling jokes. He also began acting in stock in Red Bank, New Jersey. He eventually worked his way up to the comically aggressive job of Tummler at Grossingers, Brooks found more rewarding work behind the scenes, becoming a comedy writer for television. In 1949 his friend Sid Caesar hired Brooks to write jokes for the NBC series The Admiral Broadway Revue, paying him $50 a week
6. James Caan – James Edmund Caan is an American actor. For his signature role in The Godfather, that of hot-tempered Sonny Corleone, Caan was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and the corresponding Golden Globe. Caans subsequent notable performances include roles in Thief, Misery, For the Boys, Eraser, Bottle Rocket and Elf, as well as the role of Big Ed Deline in the television series Las Vegas. He also prominently lent his voice to Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 as Tim Lockwood, father of Bill Haders protagonist Flint Lockwood. Caan was born on March 26,1940, in the Bronx, New York and his father was a meat dealer and butcher. One of three siblings, Caan grew up in Sunnyside, Queens, New York City and he was educated in New York City, and later attended Michigan State University. He later transferred to Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York and his classmates at Hofstra included Francis Ford Coppola and Lainie Kazan. Caan began appearing off-Broadway before making his Broadway debut in Blood, Sweat and he appeared in such television series as The Untouchables, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Kraft Suspense Theatre, Combat. Ben Casey, Dr. Kildare, The Wide Country, Alcoa Premiere, Route 66, in 1964, he starred as Jewish athlete Jeff Brubaker in the episode My Son, the All-American of Channing, a drama about college life. His first substantial role was as a punk hoodlum in the 1964 thriller Lady in a Cage. In 1965, he landed his first starring role, in Howard Hawks auto-racing drama Red Line 7000, in 1966, Caan appeared as Alan Bourdillion Traherne, a. k. a. Mississippi, in El Dorado, with John Wayne and Robert Mitchum and he had a starring role in Robert Altmans second feature film, Countdown, in 1968. In 1969, he had a role as Rupert of Rathskeller on the spy sitcom Get Smart. That same year he won praise for his role as a football player in The Rain People directed by Francis Ford Coppola. In 1971, Caan won more acclaim, as dying football player Brian Piccolo, opposite Billy Dee Williams, in the television movie Brians Song, the following year, Coppola cast him as the short-tempered Sonny Corleone in The Godfather. Originally, Caan was cast as Michael Corleone, both Coppola and Caan demanded that this role be played by Al Pacino, so Caan could play Sonny instead. Although another actor was signed to play Sonny, the studio insisted on having Caan. Caan was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the film, competing with co-stars Robert Duvall, Caan was closely identified with the role for years afterward, They called me a wiseguy
7. Scott Caan – Scott Andrew Caan is an American actor. He currently stars as Detective Danny Danno Williams in the CBS television series Hawaii Five-0, Caan is also known for his recurring role as manager Scott Lavin in the HBO television series Entourage. He was also a part of 1990s rap group The Whooliganz with The Alchemist, the duo went by the names Mad Skillz and Mudfoot, respectively. Caan was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of actor James Caan and Sheila Marie Ryan and his paternal grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Germany. He has an older half-sister named Tara Caan and three younger half-brothers named Alexander James Caan, Jacob Nicholas Caan, and James Arthur Caan, Caan was a roadie for the rap groups Cypress Hill and House of Pain. Caan was also a member of the hip-hop group The Whooliganz, the Alchemist and he, when performing as the rap duo the Whooliganz in the early 90s, received a record deal with Tommy Boy records. They recorded the album Make Way for the W. but after their first single Put Your Handz Up, the album was shelved, in 1995, the Whooliganz song Whooliganz was released as a single in the UK, but Caan and the Alchemist had already parted ways. In 2014, Caan reunited with his former partner The Alchemist on the Step Brothers project with Evidence Lord Steppington on the song Byron G. After enrolling at the Playhouse West acting school in Los Angeles, Caan began acting in the late 1990s, appearing in a number of independent films and his first role in a major motion picture was that of Charlie Tweeder, a reckless Texas football player in Varsity Blues. In the same year, he played the role of Drew in the film Saturn, in 2003, Caan made his directorial debut with the film Dallas 362, which won a prize at the 2003 Las Vegas Film Festival. Caan appeared in the film trilogy Oceans Eleven, Oceans Twelve. In 2005, he co-starred with Paul Walker in the action film Into the Blue, Caan wrote and directed the 2006 comedy The Dog Problem. He appeared as a character in the film, as well. He appeared on the television series Entourage in a role as talent manager Scott Lavin from seasons six to eight. Caan plays Detective Danny Danno Williams in Hawaii Five-0, the series premiered on September 20,2010. In 2011, he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film for this performance, buddyTV ranked him 95th on its list of TVs Sexiest Men of 2011. In addition to acting, Caan has also pursued a career in photography, inspired and trained by cinematographer Phil Parmet while working together on the 2003 film Dallas 362, Caan has been shooting ever since. In preparing for the film, Caan said, Phil inspired me to learn about lenses, lights, frames, by the time the film was over, I wanted to shoot the next one
8. Nicolas Cage – Nicolas Kim Coppola, known professionally as Nicolas Cage, is an American actor and producer. He has performed in leading roles in a variety of films, ranging from romantic comedies and he earned his second Academy Award nomination for his performance as Charlie and Donald Kaufman in Adaptation. In 2002, he directed the film Sonny, for which he was nominated for Grand Special Prize at Deauville Film Festival, Cage owns the production company Saturn Films and has produced films such as Shadow of the Vampire and The Life of David Gale. He has also appeared in National Treasure, Lord of War, Bad Lieutenant, Port of Call New Orleans, Films such as Ghost Rider and Knowing were box office successes. Cage has been criticized in recent years for his choice of roles. However, he starred in The Croods and Joe, both of which were warmly received by critics. Cage was born in Long Beach, California, to August Coppola, a professor of literature, and Joy Vogelsang and he was raised in a Catholic family. His father was of Italian descent and his mothers ancestry was German and his paternal grandparents were composer Carmine Coppola and actress Italia Pennino, and his paternal great-grandparents were immigrants from Bernalda, Basilicata. Cages two brothers are New York radio personality Marc The Cope Coppola and director Christopher Coppola and he attended Beverly Hills High School, which is known for its many alumni who became entertainers. He aspired to act from an age and also attended UCLA School of Theater, Film. His first non-cinematic acting experience was in a production of Golden Boy. He cites James Dean as the key inspiration for his career, saying, I saw him in Rebel Without a Cause, East of Eden. Nothing affected me—no rock song, no classical music—the way Dean affected me in Eden, I was like, Thats what I want to do. To avoid the appearance of nepotism as the nephew of Francis Ford Coppola, he changed his name early in his career to Nicolas Cage, inspired in part by the Marvel Comics superhero Luke Cage. Since his film debut with a role in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, opposite Judge Reinhold and Sean Penn, Cage has appeared in a wide range of films. He auditioned for the role of Dallas Winston in his uncles film The Outsiders, hintons novel, but lost to Matt Dillon. He was also in Coppolas films Rumble Fish and Peggy Sue Got Married, Cage has been nominated twice for an Academy Award, winning once for his performance as a suicidal alcoholic in Leaving Las Vegas. His other nomination was for his portrayal of real-life screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, despite these successes, most of his lower-profile films have performed poorly at the box office compared to his mainstream action/adventure roles
9. Steve Carell – Steven John Steve Carell is an American actor, comedian, director, producer and writer. He has also starred in roles in the films, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Evan Almighty, Get Smart, Crazy, Stupid, Love, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. He has also voiced characters in the films, Over the Hedge, Horton Hears a Who. Carell was nominated as Americas funniest man in Life magazine, and he also received acclaim for his roles in Little Miss Sunshine and The Big Short, the latter of which earned him a Golden Globe nomination. The youngest of four brothers, Carell was born at Emerson Hospital in Concord, Massachusetts and his father, Edwin A. Carell, was an electrical engineer, and his mother, Harriet Theresa, was a psychiatric nurse. His maternal uncle, Stanley Koch, worked with scientist Allen B, duMont to create cathode ray tubes. His father is of Italian and German descent, and his mother was of Polish ancestry and his father, born under the surname Caroselli, later changed it to Carell. Carell was raised Roman Catholic, and was educated at Nashoba Brooks School, The Fenn School and he also played ice hockey and lacrosse while in high school. He played the fife, performing with members of his family. He attributed his interest in history to this, earning a degree in the subject from Denison University in Granville, Ohio, in 1984. While at Denison, Carell was a member of Burpees Seedy Theatrical Company and he also spent time as a disc jockey under the name Sapphire Steve Carell at WDUB, the campus radio station. Carell states that he worked as a carrier in Littleton. He later recounted that he quit after six months because his boss told him he was not very good as a mail carrier, in 1991, Carell performed with Chicago troupe The Second City where Stephen Colbert was his understudy for a time. Carell made his debut in a minor role in Curly Sue. In spring 1996, he was a cast member of The Dana Carvey Show, while the program lasted only seven episodes, The Dana Carvey Show has since been credited with forging Carells career. He starred in a few short-lived television series, including Come to Papa and he has made numerous guest appearances, including on an episode of Just Shoot Me. titled Funny Girl. Carells other early screen credits include Brad Halls short-lived situation comedy Watching Ellie, Carell was a correspondent for The Daily Show from 1999 to 2005, with a number of regular segments including Even Stevphen with Stephen Colbert and on the Daily Show. In 2005, Carell signed a deal with NBC to star in The Office, a mockumentary about life at a mid-sized paper supply company and he played the role of Michael Scott, the idiosyncratic regional manager of Dunder Mifflin Inc, in Scranton, Pennsylvania