August Zirner is an American-Austrian actor, who starred in over 60 film productions.
Zirner was born as son of Austrian Jewish immigrants in the United States in Urbana, Illinois. His father had fled from the Nazis.
In 1976 he studied drama at the Max Reinhardt Seminar in Vienna before he made his debut as an actor at the Volkstheater in Vienna.
He is one of the most popular actors in Germany. After that he was engaged in Hanover, Wiesbaden and at the Munich Kammerspiele. His breakthrough into film was in The Promise in 1994.
He has appeared in numerous films and television films, e. g. For the film Wut, he got the 2006 Grimme-Preis. In 2009 Zirner played the transverse flute together with the Spardosen-Trio and the Theatre Program Diagnose: Jazz.
In May 2011 Zirner acts in Blind Date, a play based on a film by Theo van Gogh at the Schauspielhaus Graz, a production of Bernadette Sonnenbichler. Although he has lived in Europe since 1973, August Zirner has retained his U.S. citizenship. August Zirner supports the Austrian Service Abroad as an advisor for the Austrian Holocaust Memorial Service.