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Klaus Maria Brandauer
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    (June 22, 1943- )
    Born in Bad Aussee, Austria
    Birth name was Klaus Georg Steng
    Appeared in the films ‘Mephisto’ (1981), ‘Never Say Never Again’ (1983), ‘Out of Africa’ (1985), ‘Colonel Redl’ (1985), ‘The Russia House’ (1990), ‘Introducing Dorothy Dandridge’ (TV movie, 1999), ‘Between Strangers’ (2002) and ‘The Strange Case of Wilhelm Reich’ (2012)
    Directed and appeared in the films ‘Georg Elser: Ein aus Deutschland’ (1989) and ‘Mario and the Magician’ (1994)
    He has a feminine middle name.
    He was considered the favorite to win the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for ‘Out of Africa’ after dominating the pre-Oscar awards, but lost out to Don Ameche.
    He was up for the part of the defecting Soviet sub captain in ‘The Hunt for Red October,’ but was passed over in favor of Sean Connery.
    When he was born, his father was a soldier on the Russian front and was soon taken prisoner; he would not see his father until he was five.
    He took his stage name from his mother, whose maiden name was Maria Brandauer.
    He has acted in films in five different languages: English, German, French, Italian and Hungarian.
    He was named Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival for his performance as a left-wing actor who sells out to become a director for the Nazis in ‘Mephisto.’
    After ‘Mephisto’ he received numerous offers from Hollywood to play ‘S.S. generals, Bolshevik heavies and Nazi gangsters. The money made it difficult to say no, but I didn't want to get typecast.’

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