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Rauch studied drama at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. Additionally, he attended private drama lessons. Since 1958, he has performed at different theatres, beginning with Bremen (until 1962), and followed by Berlin, Munich and Hamburg.
In the 1970s Rauch appeared in the 1970 Hollywood film Patton as Captain Steiger. In Le Mans (1971), Rauch played the race driver Erich Stahler who is Steve McQueen's rival. In Samuel Fuller's The Big Red One, Rauch played a German army sergeant, the counterpart of Lee Marvin's character, who experiences the same events as Marvin only from a German perspective. Other Hollywood productions in which Rauch appeared were The Eagle Has Landed (1976) and Escape to Athena (1979).
His most famous leading act on German 1970s television was Thomas Lieven in Es muss nicht immer Kaviar sein (It Can't Always Be Caviar), based on the spy fiction novel by Johannes Mario Simmel. His various other roles on television established his career as an actor in Germany.
Since 1997, Rauch has continuously appeared in Das Traumschiff, one of the most-watched television series in Germany; from 1999 to 2013 he played the captain. In this rôle he was preceded by Heinz Weiss and is succeeded by Sascha Hehn starting with the 2014-screening. He also appears regularly in other German TV productions.
Siegfried Rauch, also known as “Sigi“, currently lives near Weilheim in the Bavarian Alps. Rauch is married to Karin and has two sons and one grandchild. Steve McQueen was the Godfather of his son Jakob.
- Die Geierwally (1956) .... Leander
- The Hunter of Fall (1956) .... Toni, Wilderer
- Kommissar X – Drei gelbe Katzen (1966) .... Nitro
- Le Saint prend l'affût (1966) .... Johnny K.W. Mest (uncredited)
- Spy Today, Die Tomorrow (1967) .... Tazzio
- Der Mönch mit der Peitsche (1967) .... Frank Keeney
- Kommissar X – Drei blaue Panther (1968) .... Anthony
- The Zombie Walks (1968) .... Dr. Brand
- Peter und Sabine (1968) .... Dr. Petter, Klassenlehrer
- Ein dreifach Hoch dem Sanitätsgefreiten Neumann (1968) .... Sanitätsgefreiter Neumann
- Patton (1970) .... Capt. Oskar Steiger
- O Happy Day (1970) .... Chauffeur
- Nous n'irons plus au bois (1970) .... Werner
- Engel, die ihre Flügel verbrennen (1970) .... 1. Kommissar
- Le Mans (1971) .... Erich Stahler
- Pas folle la guêpe (1972)
- Little Mother (1973) .... Colonel Pinares
- The Hunter of Fall (1974) .... Huisen-Toni
- Zwei himmlische Dickschädel (1974) .... Lenz
- Der gestohlene Himmel (1974) .... Jungpfarrer Franz Gruber
- The Eagle Has Landed (1976) .... Sgt. Brandt
- It Can't Always Be Caviar (TV miniseries, 1977) .... Thomas Lieven
- Die Standarte (1977) .... Graf Bottenlauben
- Waldrausch (1977) .... Krispin
- The Uranium Conspiracy (1978) .... The Baron
- Escape to Athena (1979) .... Lt. Braun
- Flashpoint Africa (1980) .... Joe
- The Big Red One (1980) .... Sgt. Schroeder
- Contamination (1980) .... Hamilton
- Niemand weint für immer (1984) .... Hans van Wielligh
- Popcorn und Paprika (1984) .... Sigi
- Death Stone (1987) .... Hemingway
- Fire, Ice and Dynamite (1990) .... Larry
- Sons of Trinity (1995) .... Parker
- Geregelte Verhältnisse (2001) .... Anton Fenzl
- "Sascha Hehn follows Siegfried Rauch as captain of "Traumschiff"". Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung10. Retrieved 10 October 2012.