Horst Krause (born 18 December 1941) is a German actor.
Krause was born in Bönhof, West Prussia, (Benowo, Poland), the youngest of five children. Along with his family he was expelled to Ludwigsfelde in 1947. Krause worked as a machinist at the Brandenburger Traktorenwerke and started his acting career in the age of 23. From 1964 to 1967 he attended the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts
From 1969 on Krause worked at the "Schauspielhaus Karl-Marx-Stadt" (Chemnitz) and from 1984 to 1994 at the Staatsschauspiel Dresden.
After the reunification of Germany Krause became a popular TV-character in the Polizeiruf 110 series.
- Deutscher Filmpreis 1993, No More Mr. Nice Guy (with Joachim Król)
- Stockholm International Film Festival 2003, best actor (Schultze Gets the Blues)