People of Germany: Roland Emmerich (*Nov 10, 1…

People of Germany: Roland Emmerich (*Nov 10, 1955) is a German film director, screenwriter, and producer, widely known for his disaster films. His films, most of which are English-language Hollywood productions, have made more than $3 billion worldwide, including just over $1 billion in the USA, making him the USA’s 11th-highest-grossing director of all time. He is a collector of art, an active campaigner for LGBT rights, and is openly gay.

He was born in Stuttgart, Southwestern Germany, and grew up in nearby Sindelfingen. As a youth, he traveled extensively throughout Europe and North America on vacations financed by his father, Hans, the wealthy founder of a garden machinery production company. In 1977, he began attending University of Television & Film Munich to become a production designer. After watching Star Wars, he instead decided to enroll in their film director program. Required to create a short film as his final thesis, in 1981, he wrote and directed the full-length feature The Noah’s Ark Principle, which was screened as the opening film of the 34th Berlin International Film Festival in 1984. He owns homes in Los Angeles, NYC, London, and Stuttgart.

His films include Joey, Eye of the Storm, Universal Soldier, The High Crusade, Stargate, Independence Day, Godzilla, The 13th Floor, The Patriot, Eight Legged Freaks, The Day After Tomorrow, Trade, 10,000 BC, 2012, White House Down, and Independence Day: Resurgence, among others.

catisfashion: Claudia Schiffer


Claudia Schiffer

Claudia Schiffer (*25 Aug 1970) is a German model, actress, and fashion designer. She rose to fame in the 1990s as one of the world’s most successful models. In her early career, she was often compared to French actress Brigitte Bardot. She has appeared on more than one thousand magazine covers, and holds the record for the model with the most magazine covers, listed in the Guinness Book of World Records. She was born in Rheinberg, a small town just outside Duisburg in Nordrhein-Westfalen, Northwestern Germany, and she is fluent in 3 languages – German, English, and French.

People of Germany: Ralf Möller (born 1959) is an international…

People of Germany: Ralf Möller (born 1959) is an international actor and former competitive bodybuilder, known for his roles of Brick Bardo in Cyborg, Kjartan in The Viking Sagas, the title character in Conan the Adventurer, Hagen in Gladiator, Thorak in The Scorpion King, and Ulfar in Pathfinder. He began bodybuilding at age 17 and was the German Champion by age 25. He began a film career in 1987 with Cyborg. In 1992, he appeared in Universal Soldier with Dolph Lundgren and Jean-Claude Van Damme. His two biggest mainstream roles to date were in Ridley Scott’s Gladiator and in The Scorpion King. As one of the German actors to have found success in Hollywood, Möller was the Grand Marshal of the 2008 Steuben Parade in New York City.