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Werner Herzog

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5, 1942
Munich, Germany
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5, 1942 (age 77)
Munich, Germany


An influential figure in the New German Cinema movement, he has directed a number of films across many genres and styles. His best known feature films include Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972), Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979) and Fitzcarraldo (1982). He also directed the documentaries Grizzly Man (2005) and Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010).

Before Fame

After spending just a few days in Duquesne University's film school, he began making documentaries for NASA. He then continued his studies at the University of Munich.


He received the award for Best Director at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival for his film Fitzcarraldo.

Family Life

He married his third wife, photographer Lena Herzog, in 1999. He had three children from previous relationships.

Associated With

The charismatic Klaus Kinski starred in a number of his films including Aguirre, the Wrath of God and Nosferatu the Vampyre.