Bruno Ganz (German: [ˈbruːno ˈɡant͡s] is a Swiss actor who has been a prominent figure in 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 (1977) and again as Damiel the Angel in both Wings of Desire (1987) and Faraway, So Close! (1993).
Ganz is internationally renowned for portraying Adolf Hitler in the Academy Award-nominated film Downfall (2004). He has also had roles in several 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 and Faust, Part Two in 2000.
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”.
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