Bruno Ganz

Bruno Ganz

Highest Rated: 100% Lumiere and Company (1995)

Lowest Rated: 14% The Tobacconist (2018)

Birthday: Mar 22, 1941

Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland

Bruno Ganz was an acclaimed Swiss actor who appeared in dozens of critically-lauded German language films and television shows over the course of his fifty-plus year acting career.  Born into a working class family in Zurich, Ganz's interest in acting developed in his teens. Although he always had an interest in screen acting, he initially made a name for himself as a prominent stage actor. He made his stage acting debut in 1961, and would appear in numerous German language plays over the next two decades. Ganz also began appearing in German language films and television shows in the early 60s, including "Chikita" (1961), "Der sanfte Lauf" (1967), and "Lumiere" (1976). By the late 1970s Ganz began making a name for himself internationally, by appearing opposite Dennis Hopper in "The American Friend" (1977), and also nabbing a supporting role alongside Gregory Peck, Laurence Oliver and James Mason in the thriller "The Boys from Brazil" (1978). As the decades ensued, Ganz's profile as an internationally recognized film actor continued to grow. He received widespread praise for his roles in "Wings of Desire" (1987), "Strapless" (1989), "The Absence" (1992), and "Bread and Tulips" (2000). But it was Ganz's riveting portrayal of Adolf Hitler in the closing days of World War II in the Oscar-nominated "Downfall" (2004) that would become the role he would forever be associated with. Ganz was nominated for numerous awards for his role as Hitler, thus making him even more of a global star. In the years that followed "Downfall," Ganz continued earning widespread praise for his work in films like "The Reader" (2008), "The End Is My Beginning" (2010), and "I Witness" (2018). In February 2018 Ganz announced that he had been diagnosed with intestinal cancer. He began chemotherapy shortly after. After a charmed career acting spanning nearly 60 years and over 100 hundred roles, Bruno Ganz succumbed to the disease at his home in Switzerland on February 16, 2019. He was 77.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
81% 72% A Hidden Life Judge Lueben (Character) $1.7M 2019
67% No Score Yet Fortuna Brother Jean (Character) - 2018
14% No Score Yet The Tobacconist Prof. Sigmund Freud (Character) - 2018
59% 65% The House That Jack Built Verge (Character) $253.5K 2018
82% 61% The Party Gottfried (Character) $748.9K 2017
100% No Score Yet In Times of Fading Light Wilhelm Powileit (Character) - 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Jew Must Die Arthur Bloch (Character) - 2016
71% 79% Remember Rudy Kurlander No. 1 (Character) $1.2M 2015
100% 82% Heidi Almöhi (Character) - 2015
77% 44% Amnesia Bruno (Character) $8K 2015
No Score Yet 78% In Order of Disappearance Papa (Character) $49.3K 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Vatican The Pope (Character) - 2013
41% 61% Night Train to Lisbon Jorge O'Kelly (Character) - 2013
33% 23% The Counselor Diamond Dealer (Character) $16.9M 2013
47% 38% Michael Kohlhaas The Governor (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet 20% Of Women And Horses Franz Mann (Character) - 2011
55% 55% Unknown Ernst Jürgen (Character) $63.7M 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Day of the Cat Kater (Character) - 2010
No Score Yet 41% The End Is My Beginning Tiziano Terzani (Character) - 2010
No Score Yet 60% Julia's Disappearance John (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Disappearance of Giulia John (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet 47% The Dust of Time Jacob (Character) - 2008
63% 79% The Reader Professor Rohl (Character) $34.2M 2008
85% 80% The Baader Meinhof Complex Horst Herold (Character) $476.3K 2008
32% 44% Youth Without Youth Prof. Stanciulescu (Character) $239.5K 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet One Who Set Forth: Wim Wenders' Early Years Unknown (Character) - 2007
66% 80% Vitus Grandfather (Character) $186.5K 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ode to Joy Kurt Heinrich (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet Have No Fear: The Life of Pope John Paul II Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski (Character) - 2005
80% 63% The Manchurian Candidate Richard Delp (Character) $65.9M 2004
90% 94% Downfall Adolf Hitler (Character) $5.5M 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet Epstein's Night Adam Rose (Character) - 2003
45% 74% Luther Johann von Staupitz (Character) $5.7M 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Power of the Past Bogliasco (Character) - 2002
71% 86% Bread and Tulips Fernando Girasoli (Character) $5.3M 2000
95% 93% Eternity and a Day Alexandre (Character) $106.5K 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Saint-Ex Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Deadly Silence Hans Plache (Character) - 1996
100% 77% Lumiere and Company Unknown (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Absence Player (Character) - 1993
58% 88% Faraway, So Close! Damiel (Character) - 1993
86% 80% The Last Days of Chez Nous J.P. (Character) $764.2K 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Prague Josef (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Especially on Sunday Vittorio (Character) $134.5K 1991
No Score Yet 80% Children of Nature The Angel (Character) - 1991
44% 20% Strapless Raymond Forbes (Character) $402.4K 1989
No Score Yet 79% Sins of the Fathers Heinrich Beck (Character) - 1988
98% 93% Wings of Desire Daniel (Character) $120.8K 1987
No Score Yet 88% In the White City Paul (Character) - 1983
100% 71% Circle of Deceit Georg Laschen (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet 80% Lady of the Camelias Il marito (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet 5 pour cent de Risque David (Character) - 1980
95% 83% Nosferatu Jonathan Harker (Character) - 1979
69% 66% The Boys From Brazil Professor Bruckner (Character) - 1978
80% 100% Knife in the Head Hoffmann (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Black and White Like Day and Night Unknown (Character) - 1978
91% 80% The American Friend Jonathan Zimmermann (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Left-Handed Woman Bruno (Character) - 1977
83% 75% The Marquise of O... Der Graf (Character) $4.3K 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lumiere Heinrich Grün (Character) - 1976

QUOTES FROM Bruno Ganz CHARACTERS

Diamond Dealer says: To partake of the stone's endless destiny, is that not the meaning of adornment? To enhance the beauty of the beloved is to acknowledge both her frailty and the nobility of that frailty. At our noblest, we announce to the darkness that we will not be diminished by the brevity of our lives.

Professor Rohl says: "If people like you don't learn from what happened to people like me, then what the hell is the point of anything?"

Professor Rohl says: If people like you don't learn from what happened to people like me, then what the hell is the point of anything?

Grandfather says: If you can't decide, you'll have to part with things you like.

Vitus von Holzen says: I'd like to be someone else.

Grandfather says: Like who, for example?

Vitus von Holzen says: I don't know, whoever, just normal.

Grandfather says: As normal as me?

Vitus von Holzen says: No, more normal..

Adolf Hitler says: Be ruthless. Life doesn't forgive weakness.

Damiel says: When the child was a child, it was the time for these questions: Why am I me, and why not you? Why am I here, and why not there? When did time begin, and where does space end?

Adolf Hitler says: Fegelein! Fegelein! Fegelein!

Jonathan Harker says: "Ready my horse, I have much to do."

Jonathan Harker says: Ready my horse, I have much to do.

Damiel says: Why am I me and why not you? Why am I here and why not there? When did the time begin and when does space end?

Damiel says: Why am I me, and why not you? Why am I here, and why not there? When did time begin, and where does space end?