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Bruno Ganz

Bruno Ganz debuted at the theatre in 1961 and gained there a good reputation as a solid, young actor. In 1970 he founded with Peter Stein the theatre company "Schaubuehne" of Berlin. His debut at the movies was early and unsuccessful during the decade of 1960. His talent as a reflexive actor with tendencies towards introspection was widely known ... See full bio »

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Downfall Adolf Hitler
Unknown Ernst Jürgen
The American Friend Jonathan Zimmermann


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  Radegund (post-production)
Judge Lueben
 2018/II The Witness
Nikola Radin
 2018 Der Trafikant
Prof. Sigmund Freud
 2018 Fortuna
Brother Jean
 2017 In Zeiten des abnehmenden Lichts
Wilhelm Powileit
 2017/I The Party
 2016 Un Juif pour l'exemple
Arthur Bloch
 2015 Heidi
 2015/I Remember
Rudy Kurlander #1
 2015/I Amnesia
Bruno - le grand-père de Jo
 2014 Kraftidioten
 2013 The Vatican (TV Movie)
The Pope
 2013 The Counselor
Diamond Dealer
 2013 Night Train to Lisbon
Older Jorge O'Kelly
 2011 Der Kleine Prinz (Video)
 2011 Sport de filles
Franz Mann
 2011 Brot (Short)
 2011/I Unknown
Ernst Jürgen
 2010 Das Ende ist mein Anfang
Tiziano Terzani
 2010 Der grosse Kater
 2009 Giulias Verschwinden
 2008 The Reader
Professor Rohl
 2008 The Baader Meinhof Complex
Horst Herold
 2008 Stairway to Nowhere
Brot Darsteller
 2008 Ein starker Abgang (TV Movie)
Heinz Kilian
 2007 Youth Without Youth
Prof. Roman Stanciulescu
 2007 Copacabana (TV Movie)
Herbert Schubert
 2006 Baruto no gakuen
Kurt Heinrich
 2006 Vitus
 2005 Have No Fear: The Life of Pope John Paul II (TV Movie)
Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski
 2004 Downfall
Adolf Hitler
 2003 Luther
Johann von Staupitz
 2002 Epsteins Nacht
Adam Rose
 2002 La forza del passato
 2001 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Faust II (TV Movie)
 2001 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Faust I (TV Movie)
 2000 Pane e tulipani
Fernando Girasole
 2000 WerAngstWolf
 1999 You Can't Go Home Again
Narrator (voice)
 1998 Eternity and a Day
 1998 Gegen Ende der Nacht (TV Movie)
 1997 Universum (TV Series documentary)
- St. Stephan - Der lebende Dom (1997) ... Narrator (voice)
 1996 Tatort (TV Series)
Dr. Thomas Berg (Tom Bombadil)
- Schattenwelt (1996) ... Dr. Thomas Berg (Tom Bombadil)
 1996 Saint-Ex
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
 1996 Tödliches Schweigen (TV Movie)
Hans Plache
 1996 Anwalt Abel (TV Series)
- Ein Richter in Angst (1996) ... Crusius
 1995 Il grande Fausto (TV Movie)
Biagio Cavanna
 1994 Heller Tag
 1993 Brandnacht
Peter Keller
 1993 Faraway, So Close!
 1992 The Absence
 1992 Prague
 1991 Especially on Sunday
Vittorio (segment "La domenica specialmente")
 1991 Börn náttúrunnar
 1991 Tassilo - Ein Fall für sich (TV Series)
- 100 Jahre Blickle (1991) ... Tassilo
- Das Gespenst von Gattnau (1991) ... Tassilo
- Lindauer Pietà (1991) ... Tassilo
- Zorn einer Göttin (1991) ... Tassilo
- Hilfe kommt aus Bregenz (1991) ... Tassilo
 1991 Erfolg
Jacques Tüverlin
 1990 Schrödingers kat (Short)
 1990 Die Wette (TV Movie)
 1989 Strapless
Raymond Forbes
 1989 Bankomatt
 1988 Un amore di donna
Franco Bassani
 1987 Wings of Desire
 1986 Der Pendler
 1986 Väter und Söhne - Eine deutsche Tragödie (TV Mini-Series)
Heinrich Beck
- Auf Ehre und Gewissen (1940-1947) (1986) ... Heinrich Beck
- Macht und Ohnmacht (1932-1938) (1986) ... Heinrich Beck
- Der Konzern (1923-1929) (1986) ... Heinrich Beck
- Lieb Vaterland... (1911-1916) (1986) ... Heinrich Beck
 1986 El río de oro
 1985 Der Park (TV Movie)
 1985 Private Resistance
 1983 Killer aus Forida (Short)
 1983 Closed Circuit
 1983 In the White City
 1982 Polenta
Jules, le narrateur
 1981 Circle of Deceit
Georg Laschen
 1981 Fermata Etna (TV Movie)
 1981 Rece do góry
 1981 La provinciale
 1980 Der Erfinder
Jakob Nüssli
 1980 5% de risque
 1980 Oggetti smarriti
 1979 Retour à la bien-aimée
Dr. Stephan Kern
 1979 Nosferatu the Vampyre
Jonathan Harker
 1978 Messer im Kopf
 1978 The Boys from Brazil
Professor Bruckner
 1978 Schwarz und weiß wie Tage und Nächte (TV Movie)
Thomas Rosemund
 1978 Geschichte einer Liebe (TV Movie)
Der Schriftsteller
 1978 Die linkshändige Frau
 1977 The American Friend
Jonathan Zimmermann
 1976 The Wild Duck
 1976 The Marquise of O
Der Graf
 1976 Lumiere
Heinrich Grün
 1976 Sommergäste
Jakov Shalimov
 1974 Die Bakchen (TV Movie)
 1973 Prinz Friedrich von Homburg (TV Movie)
Prinz Friedrich Arthur von Homburg
 1972 Der Ignorant und der Wahnsinnige (TV Movie)
 1971 Peer Gynt (TV Movie)
Peer Gynt No. 3+8
 1971 Die Mutter (TV Movie)
 1970 Eine große Familie (TV Movie)
Heinz Hallasch
 1969/I Torquato Tasso (TV Movie)
Torquato Tasso
 1968 Im Dickicht der Städte (TV Movie)
George Garga
 1968 Maß für Maß (TV Movie)
 1968 Die Schlacht bei Lobositz (TV Movie)
Ulrich Braeker
 1967 Der sanfte Lauf
Barnhard Kral
 1966 Die Unberatenen (TV Movie)
 1966 Frühlings Erwachen (TV Movie)
Moritz Stiefel
 1964 Der Spaßvogel (TV Movie)
 1962 Chikita
 1962 Es Dach überem Chopf
Fred Weber
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Provided dialogue for the scene "Es wandelt schon das Volk im Feierkleide" in a recording of Beethoven's incidental music to "The Consecration of the House" featuring the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Claudio Abbado (Deutsche Grammophon 447 748-2)

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5' 6" (1.68 m)

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Ultimately, I could not get to the heart of Hitler because there was none.


Played the leading character in the 11-hour stage performance of "Faust I" and "Faust II" (2000) directed by Peter Stein at the 2000 Expo in Hanover. This great performance was also transferred on TV in Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Faust I (2001) directed by Peter Schönhofer and in Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Faust II (2001) directed by Thomas Grimm. See more »


Frequently has played reflective, troubled characters


Gano Brunz

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