Bruno Ganz (1941–2019)

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Bruno Ganz was an acclaimed Swiss actor who was a prominent figure in German language film and television for over fifty years. He is internationally renowned for portraying Adolf Hitler in the Academy Award-nominated film Downfall (2004). Ganz was born in Zürich, to a Swiss mechanic father and a northern Italian mother. He decided to pursue an ... See full bio »

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Downfall Adolf Hitler
Unknown Ernst Jürgen
The American Friend Jonathan Zimmermann


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 2019 Winter Journey (Documentary)
Georg Goldsmith
 2019 A Hidden Life
Judge Lueben
 2018/II I Witness
Nikola Radin
 2018 The Tobacconist
Prof. Sigmund Freud
 2018 Fortuna
Brother Jean
 2017 In Times of Fading Light
Wilhelm Powileit
 2017/I The Party
 2016 A Jew Must Die
Arthur Bloch
 2015 Heidi
 2015/I Remember
Rudy Kurlander #1
 2015/I Amnesia
Bruno - le grand-père de Jo
 2014 In Order of Disappearance
'Papa' Popovic
 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 Of Women and Horses
Franz Mann
 2011 Brot (Short)
 2011 Sul nome Bach
Voce off
 2011/I Unknown
Ernst Jürgen
 2010 The End Is My Beginning
Tiziano Terzani
 2010 Colors in the Dark
 2010 Der grosse Kater
 2009 Julia's Disappearance
 2008 The Reader
Professor Rohl
 2008 The Dust of Time
 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 The Ode to Joy
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 Epstein's Night
Adam Rose
 2002 The Power of the Past
 2001 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Faust II (TV Movie)
 2001 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Faust I (TV Movie)
 2000 Bread and Tulips
Fernando Girasole
 2000 WhoAfraidWolf
 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 Lumière and Company (Documentary)
Damiel (segment "Wim Wenders")
 1995 Il grande Fausto (TV Movie)
Biagio Cavanna
 1994 Heller Tag
 1993 Faraway, So Close!
 1992 The Absence
 1992 Brandnacht
Peter Keller
 1992 Prague
 1991 Especially on Sunday
Vittorio (segment "La domenica specialmente")
 1991 Children of Nature
 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 Journey's End (TV Movie)
 1989 Strapless
Raymond Forbes
 1989 Bankomatt
 1989 Von Zeit zu Zeit
 1988 Love of a Woman
Franco Bassani
 1987 Wings of Desire
 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 Der Pendler
 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
 1981 Circle of Deceit
Georg Laschen
 1981 Fermata Etna (TV Movie)
 1981 Rece do góry
 1981 Lady of the Camelias
Count Perregaux
 1980 La provinciale
 1980 The Inventor
Jakob Nüssli
 1980 Polenta
Jules, le narrateur
 1980 5% de risque
 1980 Lost and Found
 1979 Return to the Beloved
Dr. Stephan Kern
 1979 Nosferatu the Vampyre
Jonathan Harker
 1978 Knife in the Head
Dr. Berthold Hoffmann
 1978 Schwarz und weiß wie Tage und Nächte (TV Movie)
Thomas Rosemund
 1978 The Boys from Brazil
Professor Bruckner
 1978 Geschichte einer Liebe (TV Movie)
Der Schriftsteller
 1978 The Left-Handed Woman
 1977 The American Friend
Jonathan Zimmermann
 1976 The Wild Duck
 1976 The Marquise of O
Der Graf
 1976 Lumiere
Heinrich Grün
 1976 Summer Guests
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
Bernhard Kral
 1966 Die Unberatenen (TV Movie)
 1966 Frühlings Erwachen (TV Movie)
Moritz Stiefel
 1964 Der Spaßvogel (TV Movie)
 1962 A Roof Over Your Head
Fred Weber
 1961 Chikita
 1960 The Man in the Black Derby
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Other Works:

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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1 Biographical Movie | 5 Interviews | 3 Articles | 5 Pictorials | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »


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[on Downfall (2004)] What people need is for Hitler to actually represent evil itself. But what is evil itself? That means nothing to me. I have to perform a living human being. (...) We know how to judge Hitler. We don't need another film that condemns him. We already know where we stand on this. I mean, there is certainly no sympathy for Hitler in the film. [Irish Times, 2005] See more »


His last name meant "whole" in German. See more »


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