12 Facts About Armin Mueller-Stahl


Armin Mueller-Stahl was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Shine.


Armin Mueller-Stahl's father, Alfred Muller, was a bank teller who changed the family's surname to "Mueller-Stahl".


Armin Mueller-Stahl was a concert violinist while he was a teenager and enrolled at an East Berlin acting school in 1952.


Armin Mueller-Stahl was a film and stage actor in East Germany, performing in such films as Her Third and Jacob the Liar.


Armin Mueller-Stahl played the Soviet general in charge of the occupied United States in the 1987 ABC television miniseries Amerika.


Armin Mueller-Stahl made his American feature film debut as Jessica Lange's character's father in Music Box.


Armin Mueller-Stahl subsequently took character roles in Kafka by Steven Soderbergh and Night on Earth by Jim Jarmusch.


Armin Mueller-Stahl won the Silver Bear for Best Actor at the 42nd Berlin International Film Festival for his performance in Utz.


Armin Mueller-Stahl was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as the abusive father of pianist David Helfgott in the 1996 film Shine.


Armin Mueller-Stahl was in A Pyromaniac's Love Story and the 1997 remake of the film 12 Angry Men.


In 2004, Armin Mueller-Stahl made a foray into American television, guest-starring in four episodes on the television drama series The West Wing as the Prime Minister of Israel.


Armin Mueller-Stahl had a role in David Cronenberg's crime drama Eastern Promises and the thriller The International, both of which co-starred British-Australian actress Naomi Watts.