SWISS people... and bands

by 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...

1. Ursula Andress

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.

2. Renée Zellweger

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...:

5. Anatole Taubman

Actor | Captain America: The First Avenger

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.

7. Vincent Perez

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...


8. Richard Burgi

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.

9. Jean-Luc Godard

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".

A GREAT symphonico-celtic metal band.

11. Jean-François Balmer

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

Jean-Luc Bideau was born on October 1, 1940 in Geneva, Switzerland. He is an actor, known for The Red Violin (1998), Mon frère se marie (2006) and La piovra 4 (1989).


13. Anne Richard

Actress | Boulevard du Palais

Anne Richard was born on October 12, 1968 in Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland. She is an actress and writer, known for Boulevard du Palais (1999), Dernier stade (1994) and L'amour interdit (2002).


14. Vorphalack

Actor | Samael: Jupiterian Vibe

Vorphalack is an actor, known for Samael: Jupiterian Vibe (1996) and Samael: Black Trip (2003).

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

Agnès Soral was born on June 8, 1960 in Aix-Les-Bains, France as Agnès Bonnet de Soral. She is an actress and director, known for So Long, Stooge (1983), Maigret (1991) and Window to Paris (1993).


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.

Stephan Eicher was born on August 17, 1960 in Bern, Switzerland. He is a composer and actor, known for Monsieur N. (2003), Mo' (1996) and Anuk - The Path of the Warrior (2006).


19. Bastian Baker

Soundtrack | Gespensterjäger

Bastian Baker was born on May 20, 1991 in Lausanne, Vaud, Switzerland.


20. Stress

Actor | Redemption

Stress was born on July 25, 1978 in Estonia as Andres Andrekson. He is an actor, known for Redemption (2004), Verso (2009) and Breakout (2007).

Famous raper

21. Gotthard

Soundtrack | Achtung, fertig, Charlie!

Steve Lee (Vocals), Leo Leoni (Guitar, Vocals), Marc Lynn, (Bass), Freddy Scherer (Guitar), Hena Habegger (Drums).


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

Self | The Argentine Miracle of Tennis

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

Lara Gut was born on April 27, 1991 in Sorengo, Ticino, Switzerland. She is an actress, known for Tutti giù (2012) and Sochi 2014: XXII Olympic Winter Games (2014).

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

Tennis player Olympic champion

Tennis player

33. Patty Schnyder

Self | Beijing 2008: Games of the XXIX Olympiad

Patty Schnyder was born on December 14, 1978 in Basel, Switzerland. She was previously married to Rainer Hofmann.

Tennis player

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

Self | Sochi 2014: XXII Olympic Winter Games

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

Yann Lambiel is an actor, known for La guerre des Romands (2011), Montreux Comedy (2009) and L'invité (2000).


40. Stephane Lambiel

Self | Pop Star on Ice

Stephane Lambiel was born on April 2, 1985 in Martigny, Switzerland.

Figure skater Olympic champion

42. Jean-Luc Barbezat

Writer | YouHumour

Jean-Luc Barbezat is a writer and actor, known for YouHumour (2008), Que La Nuit Soit Douce (2015) and Win Win (2013).


44. Frédéric Recrosio

Writer | Que La Nuit Soit Douce

Frédéric Recrosio is an actor and writer, known for Que La Nuit Soit Douce (2015), L'Heure du Secret 2 (2014) and Win Win (2013).


45. Fabian Cancellara

Self | Beijing 2008: Games of the XXIX Olympiad

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

Basketball player NBA

48. Roman Josi

Actor | Still the King

Roman Josi is an actor, known for Still the King (2016) and NHL on ESPN (1980).

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

50. Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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.


52. Claude de Ribeaupierre

Writer | Yakari le film

Claude de Ribeaupierre was born on August 8, 1944 in La Tour-de-Peilz, Waadt, Switzerland. He is a writer, known for Yakari le film (2020), Yakari (1983) and Yakari (2005).

Comic books creator and designer "Yakari" "Buddy Longway"

53. Zep

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"

Legend of the mathematics

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

Self | Sochi 2014: XXII Olympic Winter Games

Dario Cologna was born on March 11, 1986 in Santa Maria Val Müstair, Switzerland.

Cross-country skier Olympic champion

Curling player Olympic champion

Curling player Olympic champion

59. Henri Destraz

Actor | Le miroir

Henri Destraz is an actor, known for Le miroir (2010).

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 ...

F1 pilot

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 ...


64. Alberto Giacometti

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

Pierre Maillard is a director and writer, known for Potlatch (2001), Campo Europa (1984) and Chronique (1997).


66. Ursula Meier

Director | L'enfant d'en haut

Ursula Meier was born on June 24, 1971 in Besançon, Doubs, France. She is a director and writer, known for Sister (2012), Home (2008) and Table Manners (2001).


67. James Thierrée

Actor | Chocolat

James Thierrée was born on May 2, 1974 in Lausanne, Switzerland as James Spencer Henry Edmond Marcel Thiérrée. He is known for his work on Chocolat (2016), Les illusions (2008) and Vatel (2000).


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.


Motorcycle road racer

Creator of the comic books


73. Yves Larock

Yves Larock is an actor and composer.


74. Quentin Mosimann

Actor | Opération Saint-Esprit

Quentin Mosimann is an actor, known for Opération Saint-Esprit (2009), Fort Boyard (1990) and The Voice Belgique (2011).


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 ...


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.


78. Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris

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. ...


79. Charles Ferdinand Ramuz

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

Charlotte Gabris is an actress, known for Full Speed (2016), Spirou & Fantasio's Big Adventures (2018) and Divorce Club (2020).


82. Maïténa Biraben

Actress | Paul Sanchez est revenu!

Maïténa Biraben is an actress, known for Paul Sanchez Is Back! (2018), The Coroner (2018) and Enfin te voilà! (2013).

TV host

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&...

Real-TV star

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).

Visual artist

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

87. Kacey Mottet Klein

Actor | L'enfant d'en haut

Kacey Mottet Klein was born in 1998. He is an actor, known for Sister (2012), Home (2008) and Being 17 (2016).


Legend of the medicine

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