Armin Mueller-Stahl

Armin Mueller-Stahl

Highest Rated: 100% Lola (1981)

Lowest Rated: 0% Theodore Rex (1995)

Birthday: Dec 17, 1930

Birthplace: Not Available

A musical prodigy, East Prussian-born Armin Mueller-Stahl was a noted concert violinist while still in his teens. Mueller-Stahl turned to film acting in East Berlin in 1950, later launching a 25-year stint as a repertory performer at Theater aum Schiffbaurdamm. The winner of the GDR State Prize for his film work, Mueller-Stahl became persona non grata with the communist regime in 1977, due to his activism in protesting government suppression of performing artists. He relocated to the West in 1980, where he recouped his film stardom in such productions as Fassbinder's Lola (1981) and Veronika Voss (1982) and Agnieszka Holland's Angry Harvest (1985), winning the Montreal Festival "Best Actor" prize for his performance in the latter. Most American viewers first became aware of Mueller-Stahl through his portrayal of Russian general Samanov in the controversial miniseries Amerika (1987). He then gained perhaps his greatest recognition to date by U.S. film fans for two radically different characterizations: aging Nazi war criminal Mike Laszlo in Costa-Gavras' The Music Box (1989) and Jewish grandpa Sam Krischinsky in Barry Levinson's Avalon (1990). He spent the rest of the decade working steadily in Hollywood and abroad, appearing in such films as Jim Jarmusch's Night on Earth (1991), The X-Files (1998), and Jakob the Liar (1999). In 1996, he earned particular acclaim and a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his portrayal of pianist David Helfgott's domineering father in Scott Hicks' Shine.He appeared in 2000's Mission to Mars, and followed that up the next year in The Long Run. He was away from screens for three years, reappearing in Bustin' Bonaparte and The Dust Factory, before landing the role of the scary patriarch of a crime family in David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises. He appeared in the highly-successful Dan Brown adaptation Angels & Demons.


Highest Rated Movies



47% Knight of Cups Fr. Zeitlinger $0.4M 2016
No Score Yet Ein Lord am Alexanderplatz (A Lord of Alexander Square) Actor 2012
No Score Yet Nelken In Aspik Actor 2012
No Score Yet Leningrad (Attack on Leningrad) Actor 2011
No Score Yet Fünf Patronenhülsen (Five Cartridges) Actor 2011
No Score Yet Dmitri Schostakowitsch - Dem kühlen Morgen entgegen Actor 2011
No Score Yet The Blind Director Actor 2011
36% Angels & Demons Cardinal Strauss $133.4M 2009
58% The International Wilhelm $25.5M 2009
No Score Yet Buddenbrooks Actor 2008
89% Eastern Promises Semyon $17.2M 2007
No Score Yet Ich Bin Die Andere (I Am the Other Woman) Actor 2006
35% Local Color Nicoli Seroff 2006
No Score Yet Bustin' Bonaparte Otto 2005
9% The Dust Factory Grandpa Randolph 2004
No Score Yet The Long Run Berry 2001
No Score Yet Jesus Joseph 2000
25% Mission to Mars NASA Chief 2000
20% Inferno (Pilgrim) Actor 2000
67% The Third Miracle Archbishop Werner 1999
29% Jakob the Liar Kirschbaum 1999
29% The Thirteenth Floor Hannon Fuller 1999
89% Der Unhold (The Ogre) Count of Kaltenborn 1999
No Score Yet Inferno Mac 1999
65% The X-Files - Fight the Future Conrad Strughold 1998
No Score Yet The Commissioner Hans Konig 1998
73% The Game Anson Baer 1997
No Score Yet In the Presence of Mine Enemies Rabbi Adam Heller 1997
No Score Yet The Assistant Mr. Bober 1997
92% 12 Angry Men Juror #4 1997
91% Shine Peter Helfgott 1996
No Score Yet Taxandria Virgilius/Karol 1996
0% Theodore Rex Dr. Edgar Kane 1995
89% The Last Good Time Joseph Kopple 1995
0% A Pyromaniac's Love Story Mr. Linzer 1995
No Score Yet Holy Matrimony Wilhelm 1994
30% The House of the Spirits Severo 1994
No Score Yet Red Hot Dimitri 1993
No Score Yet Utz Baron Kaspar Von Utz 1993
39% The Power of One Doc 1992
75% Night on Earth Helmut 1991
52% Kafka Insp. Grubach 1991
83% Avalon Sam Krichinsky 1990
No Score Yet The Spider's Web Actor 1989
72% Music Box Michael Laszlo 1989
No Score Yet Midnight Cop Inspector Alex Glas 1988
No Score Yet Lethal Obsession Axel Baumgartner 1987
No Score Yet Amerika Gen. Petya Samanov 1987
No Score Yet Momo Chef der grauen Männer 1986
No Score Yet Bittere Ernte (Angry Harvest) Leon Wolny 1985
No Score Yet Forget Mozart (Vergeßt Mozart) Count Pergen 1985
No Score Yet Oberst Redl (Colonel Redl) Archduke Ferdinand 1985
No Score Yet A Love in Germany (Eine Liebe in Deutschland) Mayer 1983
80% L'homme blessé Father 1983
No Score Yet The Lite Trap (Der Westen Leuchtet!) Actor 1982
73% Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss Max Rehbein 1982
No Score Yet An Uns Glaubt Gott Nicht Mehr Actor 1982
100% Lola Von Bohm 1981
100% Jakob, der Lügner (Jacob the Liar) Roman 1975
No Score Yet Der Dritte Blind Man 1971
No Score Yet Tödlicher Irrtum Actor 1970
No Score Yet Naked Among Wolves (Nackt unter Wölfen) Hofel 1967


75% The West Wing
Israeli Prime Minister Eli Zahavy 2004


Grandpa Randolph says: Dust is a funny thing. It's everywhere all at once, like a teeny, tiny snowstorm, in every ray of light. Even the moon is just a big dust ball. But you know, it's all in the way you look at it. Not this way or that way, not forways or backways. Just believe before you look. The man in the moon has a magic all his own.

Cardinal Strauss says: Religion is flawed because man is flawed.

Cardinal Strauss says: Mr. Langdon, thanks be to God for sending someone to protect His church.

Robert Langdon says: I don't believe He sent me, Father.

Cardinal Strauss says: Oh my son, of course He did...

Semyon says: [After rapping on a body stored in a freezer] Do you have hair dryer?

Semyon says: [after rapping on a body stored in a freezer] Do you have hair dryer?

Helmut Grokenberger says: I was a circus clown.

Helmut Grokenberger says: We have the same head.

Cardinal Strauss says: Religion is flawed because man is flawed.

Cardinal Strauss says: Cardinal Strauss: "Religion is flawed, but only because man is flawed. All men. Even this one."