Helmut Berger Movies and Career Information

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May 29, 1944
Bad Ischl

Helmut Berger (born May 29, 1944) is an Austrian actor. Berger (whose real name is Helmut Steinberger) was born in Bad Ischl, Austria, into a family of hoteliers. He initially trained and worked in this field, even though he had no interest in gastronomy or the hospitality industry. At the age of 18, he moved to London, where he did odd-jobs while taking acting classes. After studying languages in Perugia, Berger moved to Rome. In 1964, he first met Luchino Visconti, with whom he later had a relationship. Visconti gave him his first acting role in the movie Le streghe (1967) (in the episode "La strega bruciata viva"), but he gained international prominence as the amoral Martin von Essenbeck in Visconti's The Damned (1969). In The Damned, in what is perhaps his best known scene, he mimics Marlene Dietrich in Der blaue Engel. In Visconti's Ludwig, Berger portrays Ludwig II of Bavaria ('Mad Ludwig') from his blooming youth, to his dissolute final years. In 1969, Berger was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role in The Damned, and in 1973 he won the European Oscar "David di Donatello" for his performance in Ludwig. In 2007, he received a Special Teddy award at the Berlin Film


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