Who Are Some Famous People From Germany, and Why Are They Famous?


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Famous people from Germany include composer Johann Sebastian Bach, philosopher Immanuel Kant and tennis player John McEnroe. Actor Bruce Willis, Johannes Gutenberg, inventor of movable type and the Gutenberg Press, and illustrator and "Peanuts" creator Charles Schulz are other famous Germans.

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Composer Johann Sebastian Bach is widely regarded as one of the most talented composers of all time. Some of his most popular compositions include “Mass in B Minor” and “The Well-Tempered Clavier.” Philosopher Immanuel Kant published many scientific papers, including his most well-known paper, “Critique of Pure Reason.” Kant was part of the Enlightenment Era and lived during the late 18th century.

John McEnroe is a successful tennis player who advanced to the Wimbledon in 1977 at age 18. He won several Grand Slam championships. Actor Bruce Willis is famous for his roles in many popular hit movies, including the “Die Hard” series.

Anne Frank, the young girl who hid from the Nazis with her family and several others during World War II and whose diary became a best-selling portrayal of their time spent in hiding is also from Germany. Levi Strauss, the man who designed the best-selling jeans of all time, is a German, as is Gottlieb Daimler, the engineer and inventor who patented one of the first internal combustion engines and founded the Daimler Company, producers of the first Mercedes.

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