Klaus Maria Brandauer (born June 22, 1944) is an actor and director.
Born Klaus Georg Steng in Bad Aussee, Austria, he subsequently took his mother's maiden name, Maria Brandauer, as his stage name.
Brandauer began acting onstage in 1962. After working in national theatre and television, he made his film debut in 1972, with his starring and award-winning role in Istvan Szabo's Mephisto (1981) launching his international career. He followed this with parts in Never Say Never Again (1983), Out of Africa (1985, for which he was nominated for an Oscar) and Szabo's Oberst Redl (1985) and Hanussen (1988).
He directed his first film in 1989, Georg Elser - Einer aus Deutschland, with himself in the title role. His other film roles have been in The Lightship (1986), Streets of Gold (1986), Burning Secret (1988), The Russia House (1990), White Fang (1991), Becoming Colette (1992), Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999) and Everyman's Feast (2002).
Between 1963, until her death in 1992, he was married to Karin Brandauer (they had one son).
He has acted in four languages: German, Hungarian, English and French.