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    Dani Levy

    Dani Levy

    Dani Levy (born 17 November 1957 in Basel, Switzerland) is a film maker, theatrical director and actor. Dani Levy's films include RobbyKallePaul, I Was on Mars, Meschugge, Du mich auch and Väter. Väter starred Christiane Paul. His most recent film is Alles auf Zucker!, a comedy about a secularised Jew from the former GDR who has to reconcile himself with his Orthodox brother. A comedy about Adolf Hitler starring German comedian Helge Schneider titled Mein Führer – Die wirklich wahrste Wahrheit über Adolf Hitler was released in January 2007. Levy said he was influenced by the theory of Swiss-based psychologist Alice Miller, published in 1980, that something must have gone wrong with Hitler in his childhood. His 1995 film Stille Nacht won an Honourable Mention at the 46th Berlin International Film Festival. He is one of the founders of the German company X Filme Creative Pool. Levy is Jewish.
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    François Simon

    François Simon (16 August 1917 – 5 October 1982) was a Swiss film actor. He appeared in 35 films between 1936 and 1982. He was the son of actor Michel Simon.
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    José Giovanni

    José Giovanni

    José Giovanni (June 22, 1923, Paris, France – April 24, 2004 Lausanne, Switzerland), was the pseudonym of Joseph Damiani, a French-Swiss writer and film-maker of Corsican origin. A former criminal who at one time was sentenced to death, Giovanni often drew his inspiration from personal experiences or from real gangsters such as Abel "the mammoth" Davos in his 1960 film Classe tous risques. In his films as well as his novels, he often championed the underworld, as did Auguste Le Breton, while praising masculine friendships and advocating the confrontation of the individual against the world. Originally Corsican, José Giovanni was well-educated, studying at the Collège Stanislas de Paris and Lycée Janson de Sailly. He worked at several professions (logger, miner, innkeeper) before becoming a writer and film-maker. Fascinated by climbing, he was also a mountain guide, and during the Second World War was a member of Jacques Faure's Jeunesse et Montagne (Youth and Mountain) group. In 1945, after the Liberation, he became involved in the scene of the Quartier Pigalle, Paris, and was caught up in a racketeering venture organized by his maternal uncle with the help of his elder brother.
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    Giles Tschudi

    Gilles Tschudi is a Swiss actor. He is notable for his 2004 Swiss Film Prize for "Performance in a supporting role" as "Secretary Goltz" in Jagged Harmonies - Bach vs. Frederick II
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    Vincent Pérez

    Vincent Pérez

    Vincent Pérez (born 10 June 1964) is a Swiss-born French-speaking actor and director of Spanish heritage. He is best known internationally for playing the title character Ashe Corven in The Crow: City of Angels, and for starring in Queen of the Damned, playing Marius de Romanus. Some of his notable films in French cinema include Cyrano de Bergerac, Le bossu, La Reine Margot and Indochine. In 1995, he was named one of People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in the World. Vincent Pérez was born in Lausanne, Switzerland, he is of Spanish and German descent. He commenced acting studies in Geneva, followed by the CNSAD and completed his training at L'École des Amandiers in Nanterre. He started acting in theatre before starring in films. His breakthrough role was starring opposite Gerard Depardieu in Cyrano de Bergerac. He was nominated for a César Award. He has since appeared in various films and his onscreen leading ladies have included Catherine Deneuve, Kim Basinger, Isabelle Adjani and the late Aaliyah. On television, he starred in Paris enquêtes criminelles, the French remake of Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Pérez starred as Lieutenant Vincent Revel. He has also gone into
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    Jean-Luc Godard

    Hans Lucas was a pseudonym used by Jean-Luc Godard when writing criticism during the 1950s for André Bazin's magazine Cahier du Cinéma, as well as for the magazine Godard founded during this time, Gazette du Cinéma. The name Hans Lucas was also used in the credits of the 1955 film Une femme coquette. Godard produced, directed, and acted in the film as Jean-Luc Godard, but wrote the screenplay, photographed and edited under the name Hans Lucas. The Chicago math rock band 90 Day Men wrote and recorded a song entitled "Hans Lucas" that pays homage to Godard for their 2000 album (it (is) it) critical band.
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    David Bennent

    David Bennent (born September 9, 1966) is a Swiss actor. He was born in Lausanne, Switzerland. His parents are actor Heinz Bennent and former dancer Diane Mansart. His sister Anne is also an actress. He has lived in Germany and France as well as Switzerland and speaks fluent German, French and English. When he was 12 he starred in The Tin Drum, which caused much controversy because David was shown in sex scenes with an adult. Aged 19, he starred as Honeythorn Gump in the movie Legend, co-starring alongside Tom Cruise and Mia Sara. Bennett has appeared in such plays as Peer Gynt (2004), Die Juden (2003), Michael Kramer (2003), and A Midsummer Night's Dream (2002).
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    Maximilian Schell

    Maximilian Schell

    Maximilian Schell (born 8 December 1930) is an Austrian-born Swiss actor who won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Judgment at Nuremberg in 1961. He is also a writer, director and producer of several films. Schell was born in Vienna, Austria, the son of Margarethe (née Noe von Nordberg), an actress who ran an acting school, and Hermann Ferdinand Schell, a Swiss poet, novelist, playwright, and owner of a pharmacy. His parents were Roman Catholics. Schell's late elder sister, Maria Schell, was also an actress; as are their two other siblings, Carl and Immy (Immaculata) Schell. The Schell family moved to Zurich, Switzerland in 1938, where young Maximilian went on to serve in the Swiss Army, achieving the rank of corporal. He began acting at the Basel Theater. Schell made his Hollywood debut in 1958 in the World War II film The Young Lions. In 1959, he appeared as Hans Rolfe, the defense attorney, in a live Playhouse 90 television production of Judgment at Nuremberg. In 1961, he reprised the role on film, winning the Academy Award for Best Actor. 1974's The Pedestrian, which Schell wrote, produced, directed, and starred in, was nominated for Best Foreign Language
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    Daniel Schmid

    Daniel Schmid (26 December 1941 – 5 August 2006) was a Swiss theatre and film director. In 1982, his film Hécate was entered into the 33rd Berlin International Film Festival. His film Beresina, or the Last Days of Switzerland was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival. In 1988, he was a member of the jury at the 38th Berlin International Film Festival. On June 20, 2011, a new documentary film on Schmid's life Daniel Schmid - Le chat quie pense, will have its U.S. premiere at the Frameline Film Festival in San Francisco.
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    Oliver Tobias

    Oliver Tobias (born 6 August 1947) is a UK-based film, stage, and television actor and director Born Oliver Tobias Freitag in Zürich, Switzerland, he is the son of Austrian-Swiss actor Robert Freitag and German actress Maria Becker. He came to the United Kingdom at the age of eight and trained at East 15 Acting School, London. In 1968 he appeared in the original London production of Hair, playing the prime rebel role of Berger. The following year he starred in, directed, and choreographed the rock opera in Amsterdam and again directed a production in 1970 in Tel Aviv. Tobias's first role was in the feature film Romance of a Horsethief, co-starring with Yul Brynner, Serge Gainsbourg and Eli Wallach. He then co-starred with Charlotte Rampling in the Jacobean tragedy 'Tis Pity She's a Whore, a film directed by Giuseppe Patroni Griffi. He became popular as King Arthur in the TV series Arthur of the Britons (1972). Peter Weir then directed him in the TV series Luke's Kingdom. Tobias also starred in Smuggler (1981) a children's drama series, set in Cornwall in 1801. Many other successful films followed including The Stud in 1978 in which he co-starred with Joan Collins, helping her to
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    Roeland Wiesnekker

    Roeland Wiesnekker (pron. 'Roo-Land') (b. 25 November 1967 near Zürich) is a Swiss actor in movies and theater plays. Wiesnekker grew up in a music-loving family and tried out various instruments. Despite that, he wanted to become an actor, because he adored Charlie Chaplin. In the age of 15, Wiesnekker began doing an education as a cook, but that couldn’t satisfy him, because of the “hierarchic structures”. One of his hobbies were sports, so he planned to become a sports teacher in the age of 16, but cancelled this plans and started working in a hospital. Soon he noted, that this job as a male nurse wasn’t the right thing for him. He began working in a Gassenküche (literally “alleyway-kitchen” - a soup kitchen for the homeless and those people, who are addicted to drugs.), a job that coined him deeply. Then he finally decided to become an actor. From 1986 to 1989, he frequented the Schauspielakademie (a drama school) in Zürich. Even before he received the diploma, he was engaged by the theater Schauspielhaus Bochum, Germany. In 1990, he was nominated for the award Deutscher Nachwuchsschauspieler des Jahres (German new blood actor of the year). Wiesnekker went back to Zürich –
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    Viktor Giacobbo

    Viktor Giacobbo

    Viktor Giacobbo (born February 6, 1952) is a Swiss writer, comedian and actor. After school in Winterthur, he made an apprenticeship as a typesetter. Afterwards, he was a corrector, reader and media documentalist. Initially, he was author and actor at the independent comedy-theater groups “Stuzzicadenti” (1979–1986) and “Zampanoo's Variété” (1984–1985), then member of the comedy group “Harul's Top Service” (1985–1998). He worked for Radio DRS’ satire programme Satiramisù (1991–1994). During the 90s, he created satirical figures like Harry Hasler, Debbie Mötteli, Fredi Hinz and Erwin Bischofberger (see below for detailed list). He became well known, thanks to his job as a moderator and co-author of the satirical programmes Viktors Programm (1990–1994) and Viktors Spätprogramm (1995–2002) on SF DRS and as an author and main actor in the movie Ernstfall in Havanna (2002). In 2000, Giacobbo initiated, together with Patrick Frey and others, the “Casinotheater” Winterthur. Since then, he is Verwaltungsrats-Präsident of the „Casinotheater AG”. In 2006 he was the Circus Knie’s guest star. He lives near Winterthur. Giacobbo sometimes plays himself as a selfish, arrogant egoist, who is
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    Teddy Stauffer

    Ernst Heinrich "Teddy" Stauffer (May 2, 1909 – August 27, 1991) was a Swiss bandleader, musician, actor, nightclub owner, and restaurateur. He was dubbed Germany's "swing-king" of the 1930s. Born in Murten, Switzerland, Stauffer grew up in Murten and in Berne, and played violin and saxophone there in an amateur band from 1927. In 1928 he began to perform in Germany with his band, Teddy and His Band. Their first engagement had the Teddies as a Caféhaus-Kapelle in Gleiwitz. After many engagements on cruise ships his popularity in Germany reached its peak in 1935-36. In 1936 Elfriede Scheibel, the owner of the Berlin "Delphi palace", awarded him a four-month engagement from July to October 1936. This guest performance justified the reputation of the Delphi as a swing stage. Annual trips to St. Moritz and Arosa, and also a guest appearance in London, were responsible for international fame of the Teddies band. Until 1939, he appeared with his Original Teddies-Band especially in Berlin and Hamburg. With his jazzy swing music, however, Stauffer increasingly got in trouble with the Reichsmusikkammer. In 1939 the band travelled to the opening of the National Exhibition in Switzerland,
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    Teo Gheorghiu

    Teo Gheorghiu is a Swiss-Canadian pianist and actor, born on August 12, 1992 in Männedorf in Canton of Zürich, Switzerland from Romanian and Canadian parents. In 2004 he played the main character in Vitus, released in 2006. For this role he was presented with an Undine Award in Baden, Austria for the best male debut in 2007. He started playing the piano at the age of 5 with Daniel Höxter. He studied with William Fong at the Purcell School, a music boarding school in London, from 2001 to 2010. He currently attends the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he studies with Gary Graffman. He won the first prize in the San Marino Piano Competition in 2004. In 2005 he was first again in the Franz Liszt Piano Competition in Weimar. He made his first public concert performance in 2004 in Zürich Tonhalle with Robert Schumann's Piano Concerto (where the footage for the final scene of the film was recorded live). In May 2007 his interpretation of Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Winterthur Orchestra was acclaimed. The same year he gave concerts with the Tokyo New City Orchestra, the Zürich Chamber Orchestra (dir. Muhai Tang) and the Berne Symphony Orchestra. In
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    Michael Koch

    Michael Koch (b. July 2, 1982, Lucerne) is a Swiss film director and actor. Michael Koch was singing in the Basel Boys Choir in his youth, where he achieved his first stage experiences when the choir participated in some opera productions of the Theater Basel. Koch received further stage acting education at the Young Theater of Basel and played a role in the piece Die Schaukel; he then has been invited to the prestigious Vienna Festival. Michael Koch became internationally known for his starring role as Antonio Carrera in the most successful Swiss movie ever, Ready, steady, Charlie! in 2004. From 2003 to 2008 he studied Film director at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne, Germany. His diploma movie was Polar. In September 2009 he will enact the play Wilde Herzen, which he stages, in Basel at the Cultural center Kaserne Basel.
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    Blaise Cendrars

    Blaise Cendrars

    Frédéric-Louis Sauser (September 1, 1887 – January 21, 1961), better known as Blaise Cendrars, was a Swiss novelist and poet naturalized French in 1916. He was a writer of considerable influence in the modernist movement. He was born in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Neuchâtel, Switzerland, to a bourgeois francophone family. Initially, they attempted to send young Frédéric to a German boarding school, but he ran away. After, they tried enrolling him in a school in Neuchâtel, but he had little enthusiasm for his studies. Finally, in 1904, he left school due to poor performance and began an apprenticeship with a Swiss watchmaker in Russia. It was in St Petersburg that he began to write, thanks to the encouragement of R.R., a librarian at the National Library of Russia. There he wrote the poem La Légende de Novagorode, which R.R. translated into Russian. Supposedly fourteen copies were made, but Cendrars claimed to have no copies of it, and none could be located during his lifetime. In 1995, the Bulgarian poet Kiril Kadiiski claimed to have found one of the Russian translations in Sofia, but the authenticity of the document remains contested. In 1907, he returned to Switzerland, where he studied
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    Paul Muller

    Paul Konrad Muller (born 11 March 1923 in Neuchâtel) is a Swiss character actor. In 1941/1942 he studied acting at the “Conservatoire National Supérieur d`Art Dramatique” in Paris. Until 1944 he had different engagements at theatres in Paris, e. g. “Theatre Pigalle”, “Salle Pleyel”, “Theatre des Ambassadeurs”. From 1944 to 1946 he was called up for military service in the French Army in Indochina shortly before the First Indochina War took place there. He caught malaria during that time and, in consequence of the disease, was left hard of hearing. From 1947 to 1948 he had different engagements at theatres and touring companies not only in France, but also in the French part of Allied-occupied Germany and in Florence, e. g. “Tournée Spectacles Moyses”, Teatro della Pergola. He acted, inter alia, under the direction of Georges Douking. Paul Muller appeared in over 230 films since his first role in 1948. He spent most of his life by working in Italy, his main country of residence. He worked over more than 60 years with most of the well-known European actresses and actors of classic cinema and with some famous names of the Cinema of Italy like Roberto Rossellini, Carlo Ponti, Federico
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    Hans Leutenegger

    Hans Leutennegger (born January 16, 1940 in Bichelsee-Balterswil) is a Swiss bobsledder who competed in the early 1970s. He won the gold medal in the four-man event at the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo. Leutenegger also founded his own construction firm in Switzerland in 1965, Hans Leutenegger AG, a business that continues as of 2007. He also did some acting, working with Klaus Kinski in the 1985 film Kommando Leopard (Lepoard Commando in (German)).
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    Hugues Cuénod

    Hugues Cuénod

    Hugues-Adhémar Cuénod (French pronunciation: [yɡ kɥeˈno]; 26 June 1902 – 6 December 2010) was a Swiss tenor known for his performances in opera, operetta, both traditional and musical theatre, and on the concert stage, where he was particularly known for his light, romantic and expressive interpretation of mélodie (French art song). His repertoire encompassed everything from the medieval chansons of Guillaume de Machaut to the avant garde works of Igor Stravinsky. He had an extraordinarily long career of over 64 years: he gave his first concert in 1928 and his last in 1992 when he was aged 90, hence breaking the record for the longest career as a professional vocalist. Born in Corseaux-sur-Vevey, Cuénod received his training at the Ribaupierre Institute in Lausanne, at the conservatories in Geneva and Basel, and in Vienna. He started his career as a concert singer. In 1928, he made his stage debut in Ernst Krenek's Jonny spielt auf in Paris, and in 1929 he sang for the first time in the United States in Noël Coward's Bitter Sweet. From 1930 to 1933 he was active in Geneva, and then in Paris from 1934 to 1937. During the seasons 1937 to 1939, he made an extensive concert tour of
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    Paul Hubschmid

    Paul Hubschmid (20 July 1917 – 31 December 2001) was a Swiss actor. He appeared as Henry Higgins in a production of My Fair Lady. In some Hollywood films he used the name Paul Christian. He appeared in dozens of films and some television series between 1938 and 1991: many were German productions and some were produced abroad.
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    Anatole Taubman

    Anatole Taubman (born 23 December 1970) is a Swiss actor, who has appeared in many films, such as a henchman in the latest James Bond movie, Quantum of Solace and as the monk Remigius in the TV miniseries The Pillars of the Earth. In 2012, he played also a bigger role in Fünf Freunde an adaptation of one of the famous books of Enid Blyton's Famous Five. He made an appearance as a Jewish prisoner in the TV miniseries Band of Brothers.
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    Mathis Künzler

    Mathis Künzler (born June 13, 1978 in Basel) is a Swiss film, television and stage actor. He grew up in suburban Münchenstein, close to the borders of France and Germany.
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    Bruno Todeschini

    Bruno Todeschini

    Bruno Todeschini (born in Neuchâtel on September 19, 1962) is a Swiss actor. Todeschini studied at L'école supérieure d'art dramatique in Genève and after graduating in 1986, he joined the Théàtre des Amandiers in Nanterre, directed by Patrice Chéreau. He has since then been appearing steadily on television (Les Rois Maudits, 2005) and in films, many directed by Chéreau. He is married to actress Sophie Broustal, with whom he has a daughter, Paloma, born on June 6, 2006. He is fluent in French and Italian.
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    Marc Faber

    Marc Faber, born February 28, 1946, is a Swiss investor. Faber was born in Zürich and schooled in Geneva, Switzerland, where he raced for the Swiss National Ski Team. He studied Economics at the University of Zurich and, at the age of 24, obtained a Ph.D. degree in Economics magna cum laude. Faber is best known for the Gloom Boom & Doom Report newsletter and its related web site featuring "Dance of Death" paintings created by Kaspar Meglinger. During the 1970s Faber worked for White Weld & Company Limited in New York City, Zürich, and Hong Kong. He moved to Hong Kong in 1973. He was a managing director at Drexel Burnham Lambert Ltd Hong Kong from the beginning of 1978 until the firm's collapse in 1990. In 1990, he set up his own business, Marc Faber Limited. Faber now resides in Chiangmai, Thailand, though he keeps a small office in Hong Kong. Faber has a reputation for being a contrarian investor and has been called "Doctor Doom" for a number of years. He was the subject of a book written by Nury Vittachi in 1998 entitled Doctor Doom - Riding the Millennial Storm - Marc Faber's Path to Profit in the Financial Crisis. Faber has become a frequent speaker in various forums and makes
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    Max Haufler

    Max Haufler (4 June 1910 – 25 June 1965) was a Swiss actor and film director. He committed suicide in 1965 after failing to get backing for his film Der Stumme (The Mute), based on the novel by author Otto F. Walter.
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    Stefan Kurt

    Stefan Kurt (born 22 October 1959 in Bern) is a Swiss actor. He performed on stage as well as in more than fifty films since 1993.
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    Peter Brogle

    Peter Brogle (22 June 1933 – 27 March 2006) was a Swiss film actor. He appeared in 14 films between 1955 and 1987. He starred in the 1968 film Signs of Life, which won the Silver Bear Extraordinary Prize of the Jury at the 18th Berlin International Film Festival. In 1979, he won the Hans-Reinhart-Ring award.
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    Carlos Leal

    Carlos Leal (born 1969) is a Swiss rapper and actor. Leal was born in Lausanne to Galician immigrants. In 1990, he co-founded Sens Unik. The group produced four gold records and contributed music to the films La Haine (1995) and Neutre (2001). He had already produced videos with Sens Unik, but after making an appearance in the documentary Babylon 2 (1993), Leal decided to pursue a serious acting career. He trained under director Jack Garfein at The Actors Studio in Paris. He made his film debut in Week End Break (2002), a comedy short film, which led to roles in a number of French and Swiss productions. In 2005, Leal appeared in the Swiss film Snow White, in his first major cinematic role. For his performance, he was awarded the prize for Best Actor at the Tamil Nadu Film Festival, and Swiss Film Prize for Best Performance in a Leading Role. In 2006, Leal played the role of croupier and poker tournament organizer in the James Bond film Casino Royale.
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    Daniel Spoerri

    Daniel Spoerri

    Daniel Spoerri (born 27 March 1930 in Galați) is a Swiss artist and writer born in Romania, who has been called "the central figure of European post-war art" and "one of the most renown[ed] [artists] of the 20th century." Spoerri is best known for his "snare-pictures," a type of assemblage or object art, in which he captures a group of objects, such as the remains of meals eaten by individuals, including the plates, silverware and glasses, all of which are fixed to the table or board, which is then displayed on a wall. He also is widely acclaimed for his book, Topographie Anécdotée* du Hasard (An Anecdoted Topography of Chance), a literary analog to his snare-pictures, in which he mapped all the objects located on his table at a particular moment, describing each with his personal recollections evoked by the object. Spoerri was born Daniel Isaac Feinstein, on 27 March 1930, in Galați, Romania. Although his father, Isaac Feinstein, had converted to Christianity, after Romania entered the War on the side of Nazi Germany he was arrested and killed in 1941. His mother, born Lydia Spoerri, was Swiss and was therefore able to emigrate with her family of 6 children to Switzerland in
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    Michel Simon

    Michel Simon (9 April 1895, Geneva, Switzerland – 30 May 1975, Bry-sur-Marne, France), was a Swiss actor. He appeared in the notable films La Chienne (1931), Boudu Saved from Drowning (1932), L'Atalante (1934), Port of Shadows (1938) and The Train (1964). The actor François Simon is his son. Simon used to say about himself that he was born in 1895 and, "as misfortune never comes singly, cinema was born the same year". Son of a Protestant sausage maker, Simon soon left his family and town to go to Paris, where he first lived at the Hotel Renaissance, Saint-Martin Street, then in Montmartre. He worked many different jobs to survive, such as giving boxing lessons or peddling smuggled lighters. He devoured every book he could find, with special preference for Georges Courteline's writings. His artistic beginnings in 1912 were modest: magician, clown and acrobat stooge in a dancers' show called "Ribert's and Simon's", in the Montreuil-sous-Bois Casino. Conscripted into the Swiss Army in 1914, he was often insubordinate, spending a lot of time in the stockade. He also contracted tuberculosis. In 1915, while on leave, he saw Georges Pitoëff's early work in the French language, at the
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    Jean-Luc Bideau

    Jean-Luc Bideau (born 1 October 1940) is a Swiss film actor. He has appeared in over 125 films since 1965.
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    Franz Hohler

    Franz Hohler

    Franz Hohler was born on 1 March 1943 in Biel/Bienne. He lives as an author and cabaret performer in Zurich. He is the author of one-man programs and satirical programs for television and radio. He has written theater pieces, children's books, stories and novels. In 2002 he received the Kassel Literary Prize for Grotesque Humor. One of his most famous works is the "Totemügerli". It's a Swiss-German story based upon a fabulous creature.
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    Curt Goetz

    Curt Goetz (17 November 1888 – 12 September 1960), born Kurt Walter Götz, was a Swiss-German writer, actor and film director. Curt Goetz was regarded as one of the most brilliant comedy writers of his time in the German-speaking world. Together with his wife Valérie von Martens he acted in his own plays and also filmed them. He was a distant relative of the Irish writer George Bernard Shaw, with whom he was often compared. Kurt Walter Götz was born in Mainz, Germany as the son of the Swiss wine examiner Bernhard Götz, and his German wife of Italian and French descent, Selma (born Rocco). His father died in 1890. His mother then went with the two-year-old Curt to Halle, Saxony-Anhalt, where she managed a private clinic. In 1906 he completed the City High School in Halle, where he had played Franz Moor in The Robbers by Schiller. His mother remarried, and his stepfather encouraged and financed his first steps in the theatre. He studied acting under the Berlin actor Emanuel Reicher, and in 1907 he made his stage debut at the Stadttheater in Rostock. In Rostock, he also wrote his first sketches for the stage. He then played at theatres in Nuremberg and then went to Berlin. In 1912 he
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    Dieter Meier

    Dieter Meier (born 4 March 1945, Zürich) is a Swiss musician and conceptual artist who is best known for being the front man in the electronic music group Yello, which also includes music producer Boris Blank. He is a vocalist and lyricist, as well as manager and producer of this music group. Born to a millionaire family, Meier is not only a performance artist, but a millionaire industrialist, a professional poker player, and also one time member of the Swiss national golf team. He is the father of four children: Eleonore Meier, Sophie Meier, Anna Meier and Francis Meier. Dieter Meier now lives in Zurich with his wife Monique Meier. As a conceptual artist, he has been keeping himself busy with many art exhibitions. In 1972 as part of Documenta 5, Meier installed a commemorative plaque at the railway station in Kassel (Germany) which read: "On 23 March 1994, from 3 to 4 pm, Dieter Meier will stand on this plaque". He honored the promise 22 years later. Meier directed numerous films and videos, including German music group Alphaville's "Big in Japan" video. Along with Talking Heads vocalist David Byrne, Meier was a guest artist on the X-Press 2 album Muzikizum. He performed lead
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    Pinkas Braun

    Pinkas Braun (7 January 1923 – 24 June 2008) was a Swiss film actor. He appeared in 70 films between 1954 and 2002. He was born in Zürich, Switzerland and died in Munich, Germany.
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    Daniel Bernhardt

    Daniel Bernhardt, born 31 August 1965, is a Swiss actor, model and martial artist. Bernhardt made his acting debut in the leading role in Bloodsport II: The Next Kumite (1996). He also appeared in two of its sequels. He also starred in Future War (1997), which was lampooned in an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000. In the 2000s, he has appeared as Agent Johnson in The Matrix Reloaded (2003) and with Chuck Norris in The Cutter (2005).
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    Erwin C. Dietrich

    Erwin C. Dietrich (born October 4, 1930 in St. Gallen) is a Swiss film producer, director and writer, mainly of exploitation vehicles like "Ranch of the Nymphomaniac Girls", "Barbed Wire Dolls", and "The Erotic Adventures of Robin Hood". Dietrich produced films as early as 1955 but began his most productive, and lucrative, streak around 1968, working under a variety of pseudonyms and producing as many as 10 films per year. He is best known for providing financing and stable working conditions for filmmakers such as Jess Franco and Antonio Margheriti. Franco's web site describes Dietrich as the European Roger Corman.
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