Helmut Berger

Born May 29, 1944

Helmut Berger is an Austrian film and television actor. He is most famous for his work with Luchino Visconti, particularly in his performance as King Ludwig II of Bavaria in Ludwig, for which he received a special David di Donatello award. He appears primarily in European cinema, but has also acted in films such as The Godfather Part III and Iron Cross.… Read More

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1944 Birth Born on May 29, 1944.


1964 20 Years Old He first met the film director Luchino Visconti in 1964. … Read More
1966 22 Years Old Berger is openly bisexual. He was between 1966 and 1976 in a long-term relationship with Visconti.
1970 26 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Berger was also 1970 alongside his then-girlfriend Marisa Berenson the first man on the cover of Vogue.


1974 30 Years Old In 1974 Berger was dating Elizabeth Taylor's daughter Liza Todd.
The death of his partner Luchino Visconti in 1976 plunged him into a personal crisis. … Read More
1980 36 Years Old In 1980 Berger was cast by Claude Chabrol as Fantômas before he went to America to work in television in the role of Peter De Vilbis in nine episodes (1983 - 1984) of the American prime-time soap opera Dynasty, which he did only for money (he would later call it "crying on the way to the set but laughing on the way to the bank"). … Read More


1985 41 Years Old He continued working in the US on various projects, most notably starring in Code Name: Emerald in 1985.
1989 45 Years Old In Europe, he acted the TV-miniseries The Betrothed in 1989.
1992 48 Years Old 1 More Event
In the 1990s, Berger acted in the music video to Madonna's song "Erotica" in 1992, and in The Godfather Part III in 1993.
1993 49 Years Old In 1993, Berger reprised his role as king Ludwig II. in the critically acclaimed film Ludwig 1881. … Read More


1994 50 Years Old He married Italian writer Francesca Guidato on 19 November 1994. … Read More
1997 53 Years Old In 1997, Quentin Tarantino included some archive footage of the film Beast with a Gun in his film Jackie Brown and thanked Berger in the closing credits for his powerful performance.


2009 65 Years Old From the early 2000s to 2009, Berger largely withdrew from the acting world, moving to Salzburg to his mother who was in need of care. … Read More
2012 68 Years Old 2012, Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf Verlag published Helmut Berger – A Life in Pictures, a coffee table book about his life, featuring many previously unreleased photographs of his life and films plus essays in German, English, Italian and French. … Read More
2014 70 Years Old In 2014, Berger appeared in Saint Laurent as old Yves Saint Laurent for which he was "celebrated" at Cannes Film Festival.
The short film Art!, in which Berger had a starring role, had its world premiere at Paris Independent Film Festival 2015.
2016 72 Years Old Most recently, he stars in the role of "Professor Martin" in the film Timeless by Alexander Tuschinski, due to be released in 2016.
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