List of Famous people named Franz

Name Franz is among the most common names in Germany, Austria, Switzerland. Similar names: Frans. Here are some famous Franzs:

Franz Kafka

First Name Franz
Last Name Kafka
Born on July 3, 1883
Died on June 3, 1924 (aged 40)

Franz Kafka was a German-speaking Bohemian novelist and short-story writer, widely regarded as one of the major figures of 20th-century literature. His work fuses elements of realism and the fantastic. It typically features isolated protagonists facing bizarre or surrealistic predicaments and incomprehensible socio-bureaucratic powers. It has been interpreted as exploring themes of alienation, existential anxiety, guilt, and absurdity. His best known works include "Die Verwandlung", Der Process, and Das Schloss. The term Kafkaesque has entered the English language to describe situations like those found in his writing.

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Franz Schmidt

First Name Franz
Last Name Schmidt
Born on January 1, 1555
Died on January 1, 1634 (aged 79)
Born in Germany, Bavaria

Franz Schmidt, also known as Meister Franz or Frantz Schmidt, was an executioner in Hof from 1573 to April 1578, and from 1 May 1578 till the end of 1617. He was the executioner of Nuremberg. He left a diary in which he detailed the 361 executions he performed during his 45 year career.

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Franz Müntefering

First Name Franz
Last Name Müntefering
Born on January 16, 1940 (age 84)

Franz Müntefering is a German politician. He was Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) from 2004 to 2005 and again from 18 October 2008 to 13 November 2009. He served as Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, as well as Vice-Chancellor, from 2005 to 2007.

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Franz Josef Strauß

First Name Franz
Last Name Strauß
Born on September 6, 1915
Died on October 3, 1988 (aged 73)
Born in Germany, Bavaria

Franz Josef Strauss was a German politician. He was the long-time chairman of the Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU) from 1961 until 1988, member of the federal cabinet in different positions between 1953 and 1969 and minister-president of the state of Bavaria from 1978 until 1988. Strauss is also credited as a co-founder of European aerospace conglomerate Airbus.

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Franz Joseph I of Austria

First Name Franz
Last Name Austria
Born on August 18, 1830
Died on November 21, 1916 (aged 86)
Born in Austria, Vienna

Franz Joseph I or Francis Joseph I was Emperor of Austria, King of Hungary, Croatia, and Bohemia, and monarch of other states of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, from 2 December 1848 until his death. From 1 May 1850 to 24 August 1866 he was also President of the German Confederation. He was the longest-reigning ruler of Austria and Hungary, as well as the sixth-longest-reigning monarch of any country in European history.

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Franz Beckenbauer

First Name Franz
Last Name Beckenbauer
Born on September 11, 1945 (age 78)
Born in Germany, Bavaria
Height 181 cm | 5'11

Franz Anton Beckenbauer is a German former professional footballer and manager. In his playing career he was nicknamed Der Kaiser because of his elegant style, dominance and leadership on the field, and also as his first name "Franz" is reminiscent of the Austrian emperors. He is widely regarded to be one of the greatest players in the history of the sport. A versatile player who started out as a midfielder, Beckenbauer made his name as a central defender. He is often credited as having invented the role of the modern sweeper (libero).

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Franz Rogowski

First Name Franz
Last Name Rogowski

Franz Rogowski is a German actor and dancer. He appeared in films by Michael Haneke, Christian Petzold and Terrence Malick.

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Franz Marc

Franz Moritz Wilhelm Marc
First Name Franz
Last Name Marc
Born on February 8, 1880
Died on March 4, 1916 (aged 36)
Born in Germany, Bavaria

Franz Moritz Wilhelm Marc was a German painter and printmaker, one of the key figures of German Expressionism. He was a founding member of Der Blaue Reiter, a journal whose name later became synonymous with the circle of artists collaborating in it.

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Franz Liszt

First Name Franz
Last Name Liszt
Born on October 22, 1811
Died on July 31, 1886 (aged 74)
Born in Austria, Burgenland

Franz Liszt was a Hungarian composer, virtuoso pianist, conductor, music teacher, arranger, and organist of the Romantic era. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest pianists of all time. He was also a writer, philanthropist, Hungarian nationalist, and Franciscan tertiary.

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Franz Klammer

First Name Franz
Last Name Klammer
Born on December 3, 1953 (age 70)
Born in Austria, Carinthia

Franz Klammer is a former champion alpine ski racer from Austria. Klammer overwhelmingly dominated the downhill event for four consecutive World Cup seasons (1975–78). He was the gold medalist at the 1976 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck, winning the downhill at Patscherkofel by a margin of 0.33 seconds with a time of 1:45.73. He won 25 World Cup downhills, including four on the Hahnenkamm at Kitzbühel. He holds the record for the most victories (four) on the full course at Kitzbühel.

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