Werner Herzog

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  • Birth Name: Werner Herzog Stipetic
  • Birth Place: Munich, Germany
  • Profession: Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Actor
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Fast Facts

  • Worked nights as a welder in a steel factory in order to finance his first film, 1962 short Herakles.
  • Traveled from Germany to attend Pittsburgh's Duquesne University but quit after just three days; Herzog subsequently lost the Fullbright scholarship on which he was attending, as well as his visa.
  • Along with Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Wim Wenders and Volker Schlondorff, was one of the leading figures in the German cinema's New Wave of the late 1960s and 1970s.
  • Breakthrough film was 1972 historical drama Aguirre, the Wrath of God, notable for its exotic locations and stunning landscapes captured under arduous circumstances, both Herzog trademarks.
  • Had a love/hate relationship with Polish actor Klaus Kinski, whom he directed in five films and made a documentary about titled My Best Fiend (1999).
  • Appeared in Les Blank's documentary Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe (1980), in which he did as the title describes in order to settle a bet with filmmaker Errol Morris.
  • Was wounded during a 2006 interview with the BBC when he was shot with an air rifle; he called the shot an "insignificant bullet."
  • Has staged several operas around the world and written many books.

Awards

  • 2008, Oscar — Best Documentary (Feature): Nominee
  • 1999, Emmy — Outstanding Non-Fiction Special: Nominee
  • 2005, Sundance Film Festival — Alfred P. Sloan Prize: Winner
  • 1983, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Foreign Language Film: Nominee
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  • 2013, Deutscher Filmpreis — Special Award for Outstanding Contributions to German Cinema: Winner
  • 2006, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Documentary: Nominee
  • 1968, Berlin Film Festival — Silver Bear - Special Jury Prize: Winner
  • 1975, Cannes Film Festival — Special Jury Grand Prix: Winner
  • 1979, Berlin Film Festival — Silver Bear for an Outstanding Artistic Contribution: Winner
  • 2005, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary: Winner
  • 2017, Bayerischer Filmpreis — Honorary Prize: Winner
  • 1982, Cannes Film Festival — Best Director: Winner
  • 2009, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Documentary: Nominee

Relationships

  • Martje Grohmann — Ex-wife
  • Elizabeth Stipetic — Mother
  • Simon — Son
  • Lucki Stipetic — Brother
  • Hanna Mattes — Daughter
  • Eva Mattes — Ex-significant Other
  • Lena Herzog — Wife
  • Rudolph Herzog — Son
  • Tilbert — Brother
  • Dietrich Herzog — Father

College

  • University of Munich, Munich, Germany; attended Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

Details

  • Birth Name: Werner Herzog Stipetic
  • Birth Place: Munich, Germany
  • Profession: Director, Producer, Screenwriter, Actor

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