SWISS people... and bandsby B_Willis_Federer | created - 11 months ago | updated - 10 months ago | Public
As all my lists, I do this one by memory, so, many many (specially the oldest ones) will miss, but I don't care, I do lists mainly to make my memory work, so...
Actress | Dr. No
The quintessential jet-set Euro starlet, Ursula Andress was born in the Swiss canton of Berne on March 19, 1936, one of six children in a strict German Protestant family. Although often seeming icily aloof, a restless streak early demonstrated itself in her personality, and she had an impetuous ...
The very 1st James Bond girl of the history was played by this swiss actress, in Dr. No. Interesting, knowing that the character James Bond himself, is half british and half... SWISS.
Actress | Chicago
Renée Kathleen Zellweger was born on April 25, 1969, in Katy, Texas, USA. Her mother, Kjellfrid Irene (Andreassen), is a Norwegian-born former nurse and midwife, of Norwegian, Kven (Finnish), and Swedish descent. Her father, Emil Erich Zellweger, is a Swiss-born engineer. The two married in 1963. ...
Ok, sh'e more american than swiss, born in Texas... but her father is 100% swiss, and Zellweger is a swiss name. I have a friend who has this last name, and I met 1 time his sister-in-law, who's named Renée Zellweger, after she married my friend's brother.
3. Bruno Ganz
Actor | Der Untergang
Bruno Ganz was an acclaimed Swiss actor who was a prominent figure in German language film and television for over fifty years. He is internationally renowned for portraying Adolf Hitler in the Academy Award-nominated film Downfall (2004).
Ganz was born in Zürich, to a Swiss mechanic father and a ...
R.I.P. to the guy who played Hitler, not less.
4. Marc Forster
Producer | World War Z
Marc Forster is a German-born filmmaker and screenwriter. He is best known for directing the films Monster's Ball (2001), Finding Neverland (2004), Stay (2005), Stranger than Fiction (2006), The Kite Runner (2007), Quantum of Solace (2008), and World War Z (2013).
His breakthrough film was Monster's...
Another connection with James Bond, as this swiss director made "Quantum of Solace" (and also "Monster's Ball", "World War Z"... and Disney's "Christopher Robin" lately), where 1 of the main vilain was played by...:
Anatole Taubman was born in Zurich, Switzerland and is of Russian-Polish-Slovakian-Austrian-and-former-East-Prussian blood. In 1991 he made his baccalauréat at the renowned Gymnasium of the Benedictine boarding school of the monastery Einsiedeln and in 1994 he graduated from the reputable ...
Played a James Bond vilain in "Quantum of Solace" or a viking in the swiss movie "Northmen: A Viking Saga".
6. Carlos Leal
Actor | The Last Thing He Wanted
Carlos Leal was born on July 9, 1969 in Fribourg, Switzerland. He is an actor and producer, known for The Last Thing He Wanted (2020), Better Call Saul (2015) and The Boarding School (2007). He is married to Jo Kelly. They have one child.
And still, a connection with 007, as this very famous and excellent swiss raper played the owner of the casino of "Casino Royale". But before, he was known as the lead singer of the band named "Sens Unik", that sadly isn't on Imdb.
Actor | Queen of the Damned
Soulful, exotic-looking leading man Vincent Perez is known for his grand and glossy French pictures, exuding a sexy stare and irresistible charm that has swept Gallic women off their feet for over two decades. He was born in Lausanne, Switzerland, to a German mother and a Spanish businessman father...
Actor | The Green Inferno
Richard Burgi was born on July 30, 1958, in Montclair, New Jersey (a town roughly 15 miles west of New York City), to a musical family: His father was a drummer, his mother was a singer, and one of his three siblings became a drummer. Burgi started participating in community theater during his ...
This guy that u may have seen in the saga "Hostel" or in the series "24" has swiss origins.
Director | Pierrot le Fou
Jean-Luc Godard was born in Paris on December 3, 1930, the second of four children in a bourgeois Franco-Swiss family. His father was a doctor who owned a private clinic, and his mother came from a preeminent family of Swiss bankers. During World War II Godard became a naturalized citizen of ...
Veeery famous director of the movement called "La Nouvelle vague".
Actor | Dans la maison
Jean-François Balmer was born on April 18, 1946 in Valangin, Switzerland. He is an actor and director, known for In the House (2012), Madame Bovary (1991) and La menace (1977). He has been married to Françoise Petit since June 12, 1987.
12. Jean-Luc Bideau
Actor | Le violon rouge
13. Anne Richard
Actress | Boulevard du Palais
Actor | Samael: Jupiterian Vibe
1 of the 2 members of the black metal band "Samael".
15. H.R. Giger
Art_department | Alien
H.R. Giger was born on February 5, 1940 in Chur, Switzerland as Hans Rudolf Giger. He is known for his work on Alien (1979), Aliens (1986) and Alien vs. Predator (2004). He was married to Carmen Maria Scheifele and Mia Bonzanigo. He died on May 12, 2014 in Zurich, Switzerland.
R.I.P. to the oscarised creator of the creatures and sets of "Alien" and also of "Species".
16. Agnès Soral
Actress | Tchao pantin
17. Michel Simon
Actor | Le quai des brumes
The son of a sausage-maker, Michel Simon was conscripted into the Swiss Army at the start of World War I, but was thrown out through a combination of tuberculosis and general insubordination. He was variously a boxer, photographer, general handyman and right-wing anarchist, finally becoming a stage...
18. Stephan Eicher
Composer | Monsieur N.
19. Bastian Baker
Soundtrack | Gespensterjäger
Bastian Baker was born on May 20, 1991 in Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland.
Actor | Redemption
Soundtrack | Achtung, fertig, Charlie!
22. Alain Tanner
Director | Dans la ville blanche
Alain Tanner was born on December 6, 1929 in Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland. He is a director and writer, known for In the White City (1983), Return from Africa (1973) and The Salamander (1971). He has been married to Janine Giudici since 1964.
24. Claudio Fäh
Director | Northmen - A Viking Saga
Before writing, producing and directing the award-winning short documentary Child of the Earth, which was selected at several international film festivals, Claudio Fäh directed the seventh installment of the "Sniper" franchise for Sony's Stage 6 Films and Mandalay Pictures Sniper: Ultimate Kill, ...
25. Roger Federer
Federer is the former #1 ranked tennis player in the world, having held the number one position for a record 237 consecutive weeks.
He won the Indesit ATP 2004 Race on September 14. The ATP confirmed that his lead was insurmountable, marking what is believed to be the earliest a player has locked up...
If u don't know who he is, then, it's time to turn back on Earth! ;P
26. Lara Gut
Actress | Tutti giù
Skier Olympic champion
27. Martina Hingis
Self | Record Breakers
Martina Hingis was born on September 30, 1980 in Kosice, Czechoslovakia as Martina Hingis Molitor. She has been married to Harald Leemann since July 20, 2018. They have one child. She was previously married to Thibault Hutin.
Tennis legend, like RF above. Olympic champion
28. Belinda Bencic
Self | Tennis: Eastbourne
Belinda Bencic is a Swiss professional tennis player, and the current No. 1 ranked Swiss player. A former top 10 player, Bencic has won two singles and two doubles titles on the WTA Tour and reached a career-high singles ranking of No. 7 on February 22, 2016. In 2012, Bencic made her debut for the ...
Same, tennis player
29. Stan Wawrinka
Self | Queen's
Stan Wawrinka was born on March 28, 1985 in Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland. He has been married to Ilham Vuilloud since December 15, 2009. They have one child.
Tennis player Olympic champion
33. Patty Schnyder
Patty Schnyder was born on December 14, 1978 in Basel, Switzerland. She was previously married to Rainer Hofmann.
34. Didier Cuche
Self | Spiel für Dein Land
Didier Cuche was born on August 16, 1974 in Neuchâtel, Neuchâtel, Switzerland.
Skier Olympic champion
35. Didier Défago
Self | Ninja Warrior Switzerland
Didier Défago was born on October 2, 1977 in Morgins, Valais, Switzerland. He is married to Sabine Défago. They have two children.
Skier Olympic champion
36. Carlo Janka
Carlo Janka was born on October 15, 1986 in Obersaxen, Switzerland.
Skier Olympic champion
37. Nino Schurter
Self | Sportpanorama
Nino Schurter was born on May 13, 1986 in Tersnaus, Kanton Graubünden, Switzerland.
Mountain bike champion
38. Patrick Juvet
Soundtrack | Michael Blanco
Patrick Juvet was born on August 21, 1950 in Montreux, Switzerland.
39. Yann Lambiel
Actor | La guerre des Romands
40. Stephane Lambiel
Self | Pop Star on Ice
Stephane Lambiel was born on April 2, 1985 in Martigny, Switzerland.
Figure skater Olympic champion
Writer | YouHumour
Writer | Que La Nuit Soit Douce
Fabian Cancellara was born on March 18, 1981 in Switzerland. He is married to Stefanie. They have one child.
Cyclist Olympic champion
46. Thabo Sefolosha
Self | The 2012 NBA Finals
Thabo Sefolosha is married to Bertiile. They have two children.
Basketball player NBA
48. Roman Josi
Actor | Still the King
Hockey player NHL
49. Simon Ammann
Self | Ski Jumping World Cup
Simon Ammann was born on June 25, 1981 in Grabs, St. Gallen, Switzerland. He has been married to Yana Yanovskaya since June 25, 2010. They have one child.
Ski jumper Olympic champion
Soundtrack | The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Jean-Jacques Rousseau was born on June 28, 1712 in Geneva, Switzerland. He was a writer, known for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969), 4 Days in France (2016) and Le Gai Savoir (1969). He was married to Thérése Levasseur. He died on July 2, 1778 in Ermenonville, France.
51. Hermann Hesse
Soundtrack | The Hours
Hermann Hesse was born on July 2, 1877 in Calw, Germany. He was a writer, known for The Hours (2002), Siddhartha (1972) and Steppenwolf (1974). He was married to Ninon Ausländer, Ruth Wenger and Maria Bernoulli. He died on August 9, 1962 in Montagnola, Switzerland.
Writer | Yakari le film
Comic books creator and designer "Yakari" "Buddy Longway"
Writer | Titeuf, le film
Zep was born on December 15, 1967 in Geneva, Switzerland as Philippe Chappuis. He is a writer and director, known for Titeuf: The Movie (2011), Titeuf (2001) and Derrière le masque des super-héros (2013).
Comic books creator and designer "Titeuf"
55. Albert Einstein
Self | Champagne for Caesar
Albert Einstein was born in Ulm, Kingdom of Württemberg, to a German Jewish family. He was the son of Pauline (Koch) and Hermann Einstein, a featherbed salesman. Albert began reading and studying science at a young age, and he graduated from a Swiss high school when he was 17. He then attended a ...
Born german, he decided when he was 17 years old to leave his nationality. He was 5 years without any, and then, he chose to become swiss, what he was from 1901 till his death in 1955. Between 1919 and 1933 he also became german again, but when Hitler started to have power, he decided to let his german nationality behind again. He also briefly (in 1911-2) was austrian, and from 1940 to his death he was also american. So, he had many nationalities, but the 1st he chose was the swiss one, and that's the 1 he had most of his life (54 years, to "only" 31 years german, in 2 times), the one he had when he made all his discovers, works of genius...
56. Dario Cologna
Dario Cologna was born on March 11, 1986 in Santa Maria Val Müstair, Switzerland.
Cross-country skier Olympic champion
58. Carmen Shafer
Actress | Red Hot Chili Peppers: Dark Necessities
Carmen Shafer is an actress, known for Red Hot Chili Peppers: Dark Necessities (2016).
Curling player Olympic champion
Singer, known as "Henri Dès"
60. Sébastien Buemi
Self | Formula 1
Sébastien Buemi is a Swiss professional racing driver taking part in Formula-1, the FIA World Endurance Championship and Formula-E. As reserve driver with Red Bull, he attends all Grand Prix ready to step in if Sebastian Vettel or Daniel Ricciardo are unable to compete. Racing for Toyota in the ...
61. Jonas Hiller
Self | Rome Is Burning
Jonas Hiller was born on February 12, 1982 in Felben Wellhausen, Switzerland.
Hockey player NHL
62. Dominique Gisin
Self | Giacobbo/Müller
Dominique Gisin was born on June 4, 1985 in Engelberg, Obwalden, Switzerland.
Skier Olympic champion
63. Irène Jacob
Actress | La double vie de Véronique
This beautiful, dark-haired Swiss actress made a hit with a supporting role in her first film, as the piano teacher in Louis Malle's "Au revoir, les enfants" (1987). Educated in London and Geneva, and a Paris resident since the age of 18, Jacob became a promising starlet with her Malle success and ...
Writer | Alta comedia
Alberto Giacometti was born on October 10, 1901 in Borgonovo, Val Bregaglia, Switzerland. He was a writer, known for Alta comedia (1965), Ten Modern Artists (1964) and Alberto Giacometti (1966). He died on January 11, 1966 in Chur, Switzerland.
65. Pierre Maillard
Director | Potlatch
66. Ursula Meier
Director | L'enfant d'en haut
67. James Thierrée
Actor | Chocolat
68. Bruno Todeschini
Actor | Son frère
Bruno Todeschini was born on September 19, 1962 in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. He is an actor, known for Son frère (2003), Va Savoir (Who Knows?) (2001) and That Day (2007). He is married to Sophie Broustal. They have one child.
69. Bernard Haller
Actor | Le braconnier de Dieu
Bernard Haller was born on December 5, 1933 in Geneva, Switzerland. He was an actor and writer, known for Le braconnier de Dieu (1983), The Four Charlots Musketeers (1974) and The Four Charlots Musketeers 2 (1974). He died on April 24, 2009 in Genève, Switzerland.
70. Thomas Lüthi
Thomas Lüthi is an actor, known for DJ Bobo & Mike Candys: Take Control (2013).
Motorcycle road racer
72. Joël Dicker
73. Yves Larock
Yves Larock is an actor and composer.
74. Quentin Mosimann
Actor | Opération Saint-Esprit
75. DJ Bobo
Soundtrack | Beverly Hills Chihuahua
DJ Bobo was born on January 5, 1968 in Kölliken, Switzerland as Peter René Cipiriano Baumann. He is an actor and composer, known for Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2008), Handyman (2006) and So You Think You Can Dance Canada (2008). He has been married to Nancy since August 9, 2001. They have two ...
76. Mike Candys
Mike Candys is an actor, known for DJ Bobo & Mike Candys: Take Control (2013).
77. Claude Goretta
Director | L'invitation
Claude Goretta was born on June 23, 1929 in Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland. He was a director and writer, known for The Invitation (1973), The Lacemaker (1977) and La provinciale (1980). He died on February 20, 2019 in Geneva, Canton de Genève, Switzerland.
Writer | La chapelle de Romchamp
Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris was born on October 6, 1887 in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland as Charles Edouard Jeanneret. He was a writer, known for La chapelle de Romchamp (1964), England Home & Beauty (1976) and Le Corbusier, l'architecte du bonheur (1957). He was married to Yvonne Gallis. ...
Writer | The Soldier's Tale
Charles Ferdinand Ramuz was born on September 24, 1878 in Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland. He was a writer and actor, known for The Soldier's Tale (1964), Prica o vojniku (1976) and Television Theater (1953). He was married to Cécile Cellier. He died on May 23, 1947 in Pully, Vaud.
81. Charlotte Gabris
Actress | À fond
82. Maïténa Biraben
Actress | Paul Sanchez est revenu!
83. Nabilla Benattia
Actress | Trendy 5
Nabilla Benattia was born to an Italian mother and an Algerian father. At age 13, her parents separated.
At age 14, she was sent to South Korea. She was offered Secret Story (2007) twice but could not do so because of her age.
At 20, she worked on Les Anges de la Téléréalit&...
84. Jean Tinguely
Actor | Un rêve plus long que la nuit
Jean Tinguely was born on May 22, 1925 in Fribourg, Switzerland. He is known for his work on Un rêve plus long que la nuit (1976), Träumende Maschinen (1989) and Gesichter der Schweiz (1991). He was married to Niki De Saint Phalle. He died on August 30, 1991 in Bern, Switzerland.
85. Pipilotti Rist
Director | Pepperminta
Pipilotti Rist was born on June 21, 1962 in Rheintal, Switzerland. She is a director and writer, known for Pepperminta (2009), Als der Bruder meiner Mutter geboren wurde, duftete es nach wilden Birnenblüten vor dem braungebrannten Sims (1992) and I'm Not the Girl Who Misses Much (1986).
86. Lolita Morena
Actress | Haute tension
Lolita Morena was born on October 15, 1960 in Cantiano, Marche, Italy as Lolita Laura Fiorella Morena. She is an actress, known for Haute tension (1988), Der doppelte Nötzli (1990) and Spiel für Dein Land (2015). She was previously married to Lothar Matthäus.
Actress, miss Switzerland 1982
Actor | L'enfant d'en haut
Legend of the medicine