Armin Mueller-Stahl was born in Tilsit, Germany on December 17, 1930. His father was a banker and his mother a university professor. His family moved to Berlin during World War II while his father fought on the Eastern Front. Mueller-Stahl enrolled in acting school in East Berlin in 1952. He became a successful stage, film and TV actor appearing in such films as “The Third” (1971) and “Jacob the Liar” (1975). He played the lead character on the spy thriller TV series” Das unsichtbare Visier” from 1973-1979. He was blacklisted by the East German government in 1980 and moved to West Berlin. Armin found plenty of roles in such films as “Lola” (1981) “Veronika Voss” (1982) and “Colonel Redl” (1985). He’s probably best remembered in the U.S. for his role as Jessica Lange’s father in “The Music Box” (1989), and for his role in the TV miniseries “Amerika” (1987). He’s won multiple acting awards in the 2000s and is still active today. During his career he appeared in two Euro-westerns the recently posted “Fatal Error” (1969) and “Kit & Co.” (1974). Today we celebrate Armin Mueller-Stahl’s 80th birthday.
Born in Toledo, Ohio in 1946 I have a BA degree in American History from Cal St. Northridge. I've been researching the American West and western films since the early 1980s and visiting filming sites in Spain and the U.S.A. Elected a member of the Spaghetti Western Hall of Fame 2010.