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Bruno Ganz
Bruno Ganz
(German: [ˈbruːno ˈɡant͡s] ( listen); born 22 March 1941) is a Swiss actor who has been a prominent figure in German language
German language
film and television for over fifty years. He has collaborated several times with filmmaker Wim Wenders, first as Jonathan Zimmerman in The American Friend
The American Friend
(1977) and again as Damiel the Angel in both Wings of Desire
Wings of Desire
(1987) and Faraway, So Close! (1993). Ganz is internationally renowned for portraying Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler
in the Academy Award-nominated film Downfall (2004). He has also had roles in several English language
English language
films, including The Boys From Brazil (1978), Strapless
(1989), The Manchurian Candidate (2004), The Reader (2008), Unknown (2011) and Remember (2015). On stage, Ganz portrayed Dr. Heinrich Faust in Peter Stein's staging of Faust, Part One
Faust, Part One
and Faust, Part Two
Faust, Part Two
in 2000.[1] Ganz is the current holder of the Iffland-Ring, which is passed from actor to actor as being judged the "most significant and most worthy actor of the German-speaking theatre".


1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 Der Untergang

3 Personal life 4 Awards 5 Filmography 6 References 7 External links

Early life[edit] Bruno Ganz
Bruno Ganz
was born in Zürich
to a Swiss mechanic father and a northern Italian mother.[2][3] He had decided to pursue an acting career by the time he entered university. He was equally drawn to stage and screen but initially enjoyed greater success on the stage.[4][5] Career[edit]

Ganz at the German Film Festival in Tokyo, 11 June 2005

In 1960, Ganz landed his first film role, in Der Herr mit der schwarzen Melone (The Gentleman in the Black Derby). Despite the support of lead actor Gustav Knuth, Ganz's cinematic debut was not particularly successful and it was only many years later that his career in film got off the ground. Ganz made his theatrical debut the following year and devoted himself primarily to the stage for almost two decades thereafter. In 1970, he helped found the Berliner Schaubühne ensemble and two years later performed in the Salzburg Festival premier of Thomas Bernhard's Der Ignorant und der Wahnsinnige, under the direction of Claus Peymann. The German magazine Theater heute (Theater Today) solidified Ganz’s reputation as a stage actor by pronouncing him Schauspieler des Jahres ( Actor
of the Year) in 1973. One of Ganz's most physically demanding stage portrayals was the title character in Peter Stein’s 2000 production of Goethe's Faust
Goethe's Faust
(Parts I and II), as he suffered injuries during rehearsals and his assumption of the role was delayed.[6] Ganz made his film breakthrough in a major part in the 1976 film Sommergäste, launching a widely recognized film career in both Europe and the U.S. He has worked with directors Werner Herzog, Wim Wenders, Éric Rohmer, and Francis Ford Coppola, among others. In 1977, he co-starred with Dennis Hopper
Dennis Hopper
in Wenders's American Friend, an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's novel Ripley's Game. In 1979, he starred opposite Klaus Kinski
Klaus Kinski
in Herzog’s Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (Nosferatu: Phantom of the Night). In 2017 he was in Sally Potter's The Party. Ganz played a professor opposite Sir Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
in the thriller The Boys from Brazil (1978), about Nazi
fugitives. In 1987, Ganz first played the role of the angel Damiel in Wim Wenders's Wings of Desire. He reprised the role in Wenders' film Faraway, So Close!
Faraway, So Close!
in 1993. Der Untergang[edit] Ganz portrayed Adolf Hitler
Adolf Hitler
in Der Untergang (Downfall) (2004).[7] Ganz did four months of research on Hitler in preparation for the role.[8] His performance, which was widely critically acclaimed, became the basis for a series of "Hitler Rant" parody videos on YouTube. In 2014, popular culture website Watchmojo.com named his performance as the best portrayal of a real-life 'bad guy' of all time, beating out competition from Forest Whitaker
Forest Whitaker
and Charlize Theron's Oscar-winning portrayals of Idi Amin
Idi Amin
and Aileen Wuornos, respectively.[9] Ganz appeared in The Reader and Der Baader Meinhof Komplex, which were both nominated for the 81st Academy Awards
Academy Awards
(Best Picture and Best Foreign Language Film). Ganz has also served as a speaker in classical music works, including a recording of Luigi Nono's Il canto sospeso
Il canto sospeso
with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.[10] Personal life[edit] Ganz is separated from his wife Sabine, whom he married in 1965; they have a son named Daniel.[11] Awards[edit]

1973 " Actor
of the Year" in German magazine Theater heute (Theatre Today) 1976 German Film Awards in gold for dramatic performances in The Marquise of O 1979 Deutscher Darstellerpreis (Chaplin-Shoe) 1991 Hans-Reinhart-Ring, given by the Swiss Society for Theatre Culture 1996 Iffland-Ring 1998: Officier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
(France) 1999: Grimme-Preis
for Towards the End of the Night 1999: Bremer Filmpreis 2000 Swiss Film Prize 2000: Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
(France) 2000 David di Donatello
David di Donatello
Award for Bread and Tulips 2001 Berliner Filmpreis (Berlin Film Awards) 2001: Swiss Film Prize 2004: Bambi for Downfall 2004: SwissAward Division culture 2004: European Film Award 2004: Bavarian Film Awards, Best Actor 2005: Goldener Gong for Downfall 2005: Jupiter Prize for Downfall 2005: Austrian Decoration for Science and Art[12] 2006: Kunstpreis der Stadt Zürich 2006 Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
(Verdienstorden der Bundesrepublik Deutschland) 2006: Prize of Honour at the FilmArtFestival Mecklenburg-Pomerania 2007: Knight of the Légion d'honneur
Légion d'honneur
(France) 2008: 22nd International FilmFest Braunschweig – European Theatre Prize "Europa" 2010: Star on the Boulevard of the Stars in Berlin 2010: European Film Academy Lifetime Achievement Award 2011: Pardo alla Carriera at Locarno International Film Festival 2013: Actors award at the Festival des deutschen Films, Ludwigshafen 2014: Lifetime Achievement Award, Goldene Kamera[13] 2015: Special
Golden Camera 300 for lifetime achievement- Manaki Brothers Film Festival [14]


Der Herr mit der schwarzen Melone (de) (The Man in the Black Derby) (1960) as Hotelpage Es Dach überem Chopf (1962) as Fred Weber Chikita (1964) The Smooth Career (1967) as Barnhard Kral Sommergäste (Summer Guests) (1976) as Jakov Shalimov Lumière (1976) as Heinrich Grün Die Marquise von O... (The Marquise of O...) (1976) as Der Graf Die Wildente (de) (The Wild Duck) (1976) as Gregers Der Amerikanische Freund
Der Amerikanische Freund
(The American Friend) (1977) as Jonathan Zimmermann Die linkshändige Frau (The Left-Handed Woman) (1978) as Bruno Schwarz und weiß wie Tage und Nächte (1978) as Thomas Rosemund The Boys from Brazil (1978) as Professor Bruckner Messer im Kopf
Messer im Kopf
(Knife in the Head) (1978) as Hoffmann Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht ( Nosferatu
the Vampyre) (1979) as Jonathan Harker Retour à la bien-aimée (Return to the Beloved) (1979) as Dr. Stephan Kern Oggetti smarriti
Oggetti smarriti
(Lost and Found / Lost Objects / An Italian Woman) (1980) as Werner 5% de risque (1980) as David La provinciale (1981) as Remy Etwas wird sichtbar (1981) La Dame aux camélias (The Lady of the Camellias) (1980) as Count Perregaux Hands Up! (1981) Die Fälschung
Die Fälschung
(Circle of Deceit) (1981) as Georg Laschen Der Erfinder (The Inventor) (1981) as Jakob Nüssli Logik des Gefühls (1982) Polenta (1982) as Jules, le narrateur Krieg und Frieden (War and Peace) (1982) Dans la ville blanche (In the White City) (1983) as Paul System ohne Schatten (de) (1983) as Faber De ijssalon (Private Resistance) (1985) as Gustav Killer aus Florida (Killer from Florida) (1983) El río de oro (1986) as Peter Väter und Söhne – Eine deutsche Tragödie (1986) (TV miniseries) as Heinrich Beck Der Pendler (1986) Der Himmel über Berlin (Wings of Desire) (1987) as Damiel Un amore di donna (1988) as Franco Bassani Bankomatt
(1989) as Bruno Strapless
(1989) as Raymond Forbes The Legendary Life of Ernest Hemingway (1989) as Ezra Pound Tassilo (1991) (TV series) as Tassilo Erfolg (Success) (1991) as Engill La Domenica specialmente (Especially on Sunday) (1991) as Vittorio (segment "La domenica specialmente") Prague (1992) as Josef L'Absence (The Absence) (1992) as Player The Last Days of Chez Nous
The Last Days of Chez Nous
(1992) as J.P. In weiter Ferne, so nah! (Faraway, So Close!) (1993) as Damiel Brandnacht (Night on Fire) (1992) as Peter Keller Heller Tag (1994) as Georg Diario senza date (1995) Saint-Ex
(1997) as Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Mia aioniotita kai mia mera (Eternity and a Day) (1998) as Alexandros You Can't Go Home Again (1999) as Narrator (voice) WerAngstWolf (2000) Pane e Tulipani (Bread and Tulips) (2000) as Fernando Girasole Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Faust (2001, TV) as Faust La forza del passato (The Power of the Past) (2002) as Bogliasco Epsteins Nacht (de) (Epstein's Night) (2002) as Adam Rose Behind Me – Bruno Ganz
Bruno Ganz
(2002) as Himself Luther (2003) as Johann von Staupitz The Manchurian Candidate (2004) as Delp Der Untergang (Downfall) (2004) as Adolf Hitler Have No Fear: The Life of Pope John Paul II (2005) as Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski Vitus (2006) as Grandfather Baruto no Gakuen (バルトの楽園; Ode an die Freude) (2006) as Kurt Heinrich Youth Without Youth (2007) as Prof. Roman Stanciulescu Stairway to Nowhere (2008) as Brot Darsteller Der Baader Meinhof Komplex (The Baader Meinhof Complex) (2008) as Horst Herold Η Σκόνη του Χρόνου (The Dust of Time) (2008) as Jacob The Reader (2008) as Professor Rohl Giulias Verschwinden (2009) as John Der grosse Kater (2010) as Kater Taxiphone: El Mektoub (2010) Satte Farben vor Schwarz (de) (Colours in the Dark) (2010) as Fred Das Ende ist mein Anfang (The End Is My Beginning) (2010) as Tiziano Terzani Unknown (2011) as Ernst Jürgen Sport de filles
Sport de filles
(2011) as Franz Mann Night Train to Lisbon (2013) as Older Jorge O'Kelly Michael Kohlhaas (2013) as The Governor The Counselor (2013) as Diamond Dealer In Order of Disappearance (2014) as Papa Amnesia (2015) as Bruno – le grand-père de Jo Remember (2015) as Rudy Kurlander #1 Heidi (2015) as Alpöhi Un Juif pour l'exemple (2016)[15] as Arthur Bloch The Party (2017) as Gottfried In Times of Fading Light (2017) as Wilhelm Powileit Radegund (2017)


^ Germany's Classic of Classics, All 21 Hours ^ "Born: 22 March 1941 in Zurich, Switzerland". Retrieved 2011-04-26.  ^ "Born 1941 to a Swiss worker and his Northern Italian wife". Archived from the original on 2011-05-24. Retrieved 2011-04-26.  ^ "Swiss-born actor Bruno Ganz
Bruno Ganz
established himself in Germany, first as co-founder of the Schaubuhne Theatre company, then as a romantic lead in films". Retrieved 2011-04-26.  ^ "he got his first film role with 19... ...but his absolute break through he has with in a play by Peter Zadek in Bremen". Retrieved 2011-04-26.  ^ John Rockwell (4 January 2001). "With Pivotal Actor
Back, Marathon Faust Gets Another Look". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-02-01.  ^ Rob Mackie (16 September 2005). "Downfall". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-02-01.  ^ Krysia Diver and Stephen Moss (25 March 2005). "Desperately seeking Adolf". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-02-01.  ^ http://www.watchmojo.com/video/id/11954 ^ John Rockwell (24 October 1993). "After Karajan In Berlin, No Deluge Yet". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-02-01.  ^ "Spouse: Sabine Ganz (1965 – present) (separated) 1 child". Retrieved 2011-04-26.  ^ "Reply to a parliamentary question" (pdf) (in German). p. 1713. Retrieved 1 November 2012.  ^ "Prize Winner Bruno Ganz
Bruno Ganz
Category "National Lifetime Achievement Award"". HÖRZU. Archived from the original on 25 May 2014. Retrieved 24 May 2014.  ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-09-19. Retrieved 2015-09-12.  ^ Un Juif pour l'exemple on IMDb

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Bearers of the Iffland-Ring

Founder: August Wilhelm Iffland

Ludwig Devrient Emil Devrient Theodor Döring Friedrich Haase Albert Bassermann Werner Krauss Josef Meinrad Bruno Ganz

Awards for Bruno Ganz

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European Film Academy Lifetime Achievement Award

  Ingmar Bergman
Ingmar Bergman
(1988)   Marcello Mastroianni
Marcello Mastroianni
(1988)   Federico Fellini
Federico Fellini
(1989)   Andrzej Wajda
Andrzej Wajda
(1990)   Alexandre Trauner (1991)   Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder
(1992)   Michelangelo Antonioni
Michelangelo Antonioni
(1993)   Robert Bresson (1994)   Marcel Carné
Marcel Carné
(1995)   Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1996)   Jeanne Moreau
Jeanne Moreau
(1997)   Ennio Morricone
Ennio Morricone
(1999)   Richard Harris
Richard Harris
(2000)   Monty Python
Monty Python
(2001)   Tonino Guerra
Tonino Guerra
(2002)   Claude Chabrol
Claude Chabrol
(2003)   Carlos Saura
Carlos Saura
(2004)   Sean Connery
Sean Connery
(2005)   Roman Polanski
Roman Polanski
(2006)   Jean-Luc Godard
Jean-Luc Godard
(2007)   Judi Dench
Judi Dench
(2008)   Ken Loach
Ken Loach
(2009)   Bruno Ganz
Bruno Ganz
(2010)   Stephen Frears
Stephen Frears
(2011)   Bernardo Bertolucci
Bernardo Bertolucci
(2012)   Catherine Deneuve
Catherine Deneuve
(2013)   Agnès Varda
Agnès Varda
(2014)   Charlotte Rampling
Charlotte Rampling
(2015)   Jean-Claude Carrière
Jean-Claude Carrière
(2016) Alexander Sokurov
Alexander Sokurov

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David di Donatello
David di Donatello
Award for Best Actor

Vittorio De Sica
Vittorio De Sica
(1956) Vittorio Gassman
Vittorio Gassman
/ Alberto Sordi
Alberto Sordi
(1960) Alberto Sordi
Alberto Sordi
(1961) Raf Vallone
Raf Vallone
(1962) Vittorio Gassman
Vittorio Gassman
(1963) Marcello Mastroianni
Marcello Mastroianni
(1964) Vittorio Gassman
Vittorio Gassman
/ Marcello Mastroianni
Marcello Mastroianni
(1965) Alberto Sordi
Alberto Sordi
(1966) Vittorio Gassman
Vittorio Gassman
/ Ugo Tognazzi
Ugo Tognazzi
(1967) Franco Nero
Franco Nero
(1968) Nino Manfredi
Nino Manfredi
/ Alberto Sordi
Alberto Sordi
(1969) Nino Manfredi
Nino Manfredi
/ Gian Maria Volontè
Gian Maria Volontè
(1970) Ugo Tognazzi
Ugo Tognazzi
(1971) Giancarlo Giannini
Giancarlo Giannini
/ Alberto Sordi
Alberto Sordi
(1972) Alberto Sordi
Alberto Sordi
(1973) Nino Manfredi
Nino Manfredi
(1974) Vittorio Gassman
Vittorio Gassman
(1975) Ugo Tognazzi
Ugo Tognazzi
(1976) Alberto Sordi
Alberto Sordi
(1977) Nino Manfredi
Nino Manfredi
(1978) Vittorio Gassman
Vittorio Gassman
(1979) Adriano Celentano
Adriano Celentano
(1980) Massimo Troisi
Massimo Troisi
(1981) Carlo Verdone
Carlo Verdone
(1982) Francesco Nuti
Francesco Nuti
(1983) Giancarlo Giannini
Giancarlo Giannini
(1984) Francesco Nuti
Francesco Nuti
(1985) Marcello Mastroianni
Marcello Mastroianni
(1986) Vittorio Gassman
Vittorio Gassman
(1987) Marcello Mastroianni
Marcello Mastroianni
(1988) Roberto Benigni
Roberto Benigni
(1989) Paolo Villaggio
Paolo Villaggio
/ Gian Maria Volontè
Gian Maria Volontè
(1990) Nanni Moretti
Nanni Moretti
(1991) Carlo Verdone
Carlo Verdone
(1992) Sergio Castellitto
Sergio Castellitto
(1993) Giulio Scarpati
Giulio Scarpati
(1994) Marcello Mastroianni
Marcello Mastroianni
(1995) Giancarlo Giannini
Giancarlo Giannini
(1996) Fabrizio Bentivoglio
Fabrizio Bentivoglio
(1997) Roberto Benigni
Roberto Benigni
(1998) Stefano Accorsi
Stefano Accorsi
(1999) Bruno Ganz
Bruno Ganz
(2000) Luigi Lo Cascio
Luigi Lo Cascio
(2001) Giancarlo Giannini
Giancarlo Giannini
(2002) Massimo Girotti
Massimo Girotti
(2003) Sergio Castellitto
Sergio Castellitto
(2004) Toni Servillo
Toni Servillo
(2005) Silvio Orlando
Silvio Orlando
(2006) Elio Germano
Elio Germano
(2007) Toni Servillo
Toni Servillo
(2008) Toni Servillo
Toni Servillo
(2009) Valerio Mastandrea
Valerio Mastandrea
(2010) Elio Germano
Elio Germano
(2011) Michel Piccoli
Michel Piccoli
(2012) Valerio Mastandrea
Valerio Mastandrea
(2013) Toni Servillo
Toni Servillo
(2014) Elio Germano
Elio Germano
(2015) Claudio Santamaria
Claudio Santamaria
(2016) Stefano Accorsi
Stefano Accorsi

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London Film Critics' Circle Award for Actor
of the Year

Philippe Noiret
Philippe Noiret
(1990) Gérard Depardieu
Gérard Depardieu
(1991) Robert Downey Jr.
Robert Downey Jr.
(1992) Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
(1993) John Travolta
John Travolta
(1994) Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp
(1995) Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman
(1996) Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
(1997) Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson
(1998) Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey
(1999) Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe
(2000) Billy Bob Thornton
Billy Bob Thornton
(2001) Michael Caine
Michael Caine
(2002) Sean Penn
Sean Penn
(2003) Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx
(2004) Bruno Ganz
Bruno Ganz
(2005) Forest Whitaker
Forest Whitaker
(2006) Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
(2007) Mickey Rourke
Mickey Rourke
(2008) Christoph Waltz
Christoph Waltz
(2009) Colin Firth
Colin Firth
(2010) Jean Dujardin
Jean Dujardin
( 2011) Joaquin Phoenix
Joaquin Phoenix
(2012) Chiwetel Ejiofor
Chiwetel Ejiofor
(2013) Michael Keaton
Michael Keaton
(2014) Tom Courtenay
Tom Courtenay
(2015) Casey Affleck
Casey Affleck
(2016) Timothée Chalamet
Timothée Chalamet

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