Armin Mueller-Stahl

  • Birth Name: Armin Mueller-Stahl
  • Birth Place: Tilsit, East Prussia, Germany
  • Profession: Actor, Painter, Author
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  • Was a noted concert violinist when he was a teenager.
  • A successful stage and screen career was derailed in 1976 by the East German government, which blacklisted him for political views.
  • Emigrated to West Germany in 1980 and returned to acting, working with Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
  • Broke through in U.S. films with roles in Music Box (1989) and Avalon (1990).
  • Utilized his violin skills in a pivotal scene of David Cronenberg's 2007 movie Eastern Promises.
  • Although he had been painting for decades, he did not exhibit his works until 2001.
  • Has written several novels and short stories, including Kettenkarussell in 2006.


  • 2007, Genie Awards — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Winner
  • 1996, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1996, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1992, Berlin Film Festival — Silver Bear for Best Actor: Winner
  • 2013, Bayerischer Filmpreis — Honorary Prize: Winner
  • 1996, Australian Film Institute Awards — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Winner
  • 2011, Berlin Film Festival — Lifetime Achievement (Honorary Golden Bear): Winner
  • 1982, Deutscher Filmpreis — Best Actor: Winner


  • Gabriele Scholz — Wife
  • Christian Mueller-Stahl — Son
  • Editta Mueller-Stahl — Mother
  • Alfred Mueller-Stahl — Father
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