Lolas to honor Mueller-Stahl

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CANNES -- German character actor Armin Mueller-Stahl will receive a lifetime achievement honor at this year's German Film Awards, the Lolas.

The 76-year-old actor is a veteran of film and television and first rose to fame in communist East Germany before leaving the country to become a star in the West.

In the early 1990s, Mueller-Stahl attracted attention with the role of a circus clown turned New York taxi driver in Jim Jarmusch's "Night On Earth" (1991). He went on to appear in such films as "The House of the Spirits" (1993) and "Shine" (1996). Mueller-Stahl's performance in "Shine" earned him Screen Actors Guild and Oscar nominations.

More recently, Mueller-Stahl has taken on heavyweight television roles, playing the Israeli Prime Minister on "The West Wing" and Noble Prize-winning writer Thomas Mann in the German miniseries "The Manns," which won the International Emmy for best series.

Mueller-Stahl will receive his lifetime achievement Lola at a gala ceremony May 4 in Berlin.
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