Helmut Berger (born: Helmut Steinberger) is an Austrian film actor.
He was one of the most popular stars in European cinema in the 1960s and 1970s. His collaboration with the Italian director Luchino Visconti, with whom he also lived in a relationship, is considered to be artistically outstanding. He personified the sexual breach of taboo in European cinema. He became particularly known for his depiction of narcissistic and bisexual figures.
Titled in the media as an eccentric and enfant terrible, Helmut Berger is known not only for his cinematic work but also for his extravagant life and his openly known bisexuality, and is a welcome guest on talk shows. Among other things, he told about his relationship with the actress Marisa Berenson, who supposedly wanted to marry him, and about erotic adventures with Rudolf Nurejew, Britt Ekland, Ursula Andress, Nathalie Delon, Florinda Bolkan, Elizabeth Taylor, Marisa Mell, Anita Pallenberg, Marilù Tolo , Tab Hunter, Jerry Hall, Bianca and Mick Jagger and other rock stars from the 1970s and 1980s.
In 1994 he married the actress Francesca Guidato, from whom he separated three years later, but was never divorced.
In July 2015, Berger married the designer Florian Wess, 36 years his junior, with a media impact (not legally binding). Wess separated from Berger in September 2015 after he committed sexual acts on himself in a documentary.