Klaus Maria Brandauer (born 22 June 1944) is an Austrian actor, film director, and pedagogue.
Brandauer was born as Klaus Georg Steng in Bad Aussee, Austria. He was the son of Maria Brandauer and Georg Stenj, a civil servant. He subsequently took his mother’s maiden name as part of his stage name, Klaus Maria Brandauer. He was married to Karin Brandauer from 1963 until her death in 1992; they had one son.
Brandauer began acting onstage in 1962. After working in national theatre and television, he made his film debut in 1972. His starring and award-winning role in István Szabó’s Mephisto (1981) as a self-absorbed actor playing an actor, launched his international career.
Following his role in Mephisto, Brandauer appeared in his first English-speaking role in playing Maximillian Largo in Never Say Never Again (1983), a remake of the 1965 James Bond film Thunderball. Roger Ebert said of his performance, “For one thing, there’s more of a human… read more