When it comes to fame, Germany has its own set of rules. The Germans have shot lots of foreign-born singers and bands into international stardom throughout the decades – the most famous example being The Beatles.
Even today, there are Americans that can’t walk the streets of Germany without being recognized, yet hardly anyone in the U.S. has ever heard of them.
Here are three of such Americans that are more famous, if not only famous, in Germany:
If you live(d) in Germany, you may know him for his grammatically-incorrect catchphrase “Das ist der Wahrheit” (it should be die Wahrheit):
Even if you live in Germany, you may have not heard of Dana Schweiger, but you have definitely heard of her ex-husband, Til Schweiger, and at least one of their children (their daughters Emma, Lilli, and Luna have been in quite a few Til Schweiger films).
If you’re American, then let me explain: Til Schweiger is a famous German actor, director, producer… blahblahblah. Basically, he has his own production company and loves making movies for himself and his daughters to star in. Also, his facial expression never changes from what you see in the above photo.
Dana and Til have been divorced since 2014, but Dana is still semi-famous in Germany and is currently on the TV show 6 Mütter, where she talks about raising her celebrity kids.
Since Dana has lived in Germany for decades, she can speak German pretty well. However, as you can hear in the video, she does still have a strong American accent.
David Hasselhoff’s fame in Germany all stems from the 1980’s TV show Knight Rider, which I had actually never heard of until coming to Germany. However, my German fiancé (who was 3 years old when Knight Rider was cancelled), claims that he was obsessed with the show as a kid. So, that should show how popular it is. Also, I regularly see reruns getting aired on TV even today.
Do you know any other Americans that are only famous outside of the USA?