Nikolaus Paryla (born, in Zurich) is an Austrian actor and stage director. Paryla studied acting at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts at the Max Reinhardt Seminar in Vienna. In 1961 he received his first engagement at the Wiener Volkstheater as Moritz Stiefel in Frank Wedekind's Spring Awakening (Frühlings Erwachen), directed by Gustav Manker, after which he was engaged until 1969 at the Theater in der Josefstadt. Between 1970 and 1971 Paryla belonged to the ensemble of the Berlin Schiller Theater, after which he stood until 1986 on the stage of the Munich Residenz Theatre. In films he is known for roles in Kehraus (1983) and Das Schloß (1997) . Paryla won the Hersfeld-Preis in 1980.