Werner Herzog (real name Werner H. Stipetic) was born in Munich in 1942. He grew up in a remote mountain village in Bavaria and never saw any films, television, or telephones as a child.
He started traveling on foot from the age of 14 and made his first phone call at the age of 17. During high school he worked the nightshift as a welder in a steel factory to produce his first films and made his first film in 1961 at the age of 19. Since then he has produced, written, and directed more than fifty films, published more than a dozen books of prose, and directed as many operas.