Engaging performer who helped found Berlin's experimental theater company Schaubuhne with director Peter Stein in 1970. Ganz's screen acting career began with Eric Rohmer's "The Marquise of O" (1976) and has continued through films by some of Europe's best directors, including Wim Wenders, Claude Goretta and Alain Tanner. Best known as Damiel, the angel longing to be human, in Wenders' "Wings of Desire" (1987).
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First film role, in "Der Herr mit der schwarzen Melone/The Man in the Black Derby"
Co-founded Schaubuhne theater company (with Peter Stein)
Performed in the Salzburg Festival premier of Thomas Bernhard's "Der Ignorant und der Wahnsinnige"
Appeared in Eric Rohmer's "The Marquise of O"
Cinematic breakthrough in the film, "Sommergäste"
Cast in "The American Friend," his first film with director Wim Wenders
Appeared in "The Boys From Brazil" opposite Gregory Peck and Laurence Olivier
Starred opposite Klaus Kinski in Werner Herzog's "Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht/Nosferatu: Phantom of the Night"
Cast in Volker Schlondorff's "Circle of Deceit" starring Hanna Schygulla and Gila von Weitershausen
Appeared in "Krieg und Frieden/War and Peace"
Reunited with director Wim Wenders for "Der Himmel über Berlin/Wings of Desire"
Appeared with Bridget Fonda in "Strapless"
Third film with Wim Wenders, "In weiter Ferne, so nah!/Faraway, So Close!" a sequel to "Wings of Desire"
Cast in "L'Absence/The Absence" written and directed by Peter Handke
Cast in the Theo Angelopoulos directed, "Mia aioniotita kai mia mera/Eternity and a Day"
Performed for 13 hours straight as the lead in Peter Stein's production of "Goethe's Faust" (Parts I and II)
Cast in the remake of "The Manchurian Candidate" directed by Jonathan Demme
Portrayed Adolf Hitler in Bernd Eichinger's much acclaimed film "Der Untergang - Hitler und das Ende des Dritten Reichs/The Downfall: Hitler and the End of the Third Reich"
Cast in the ABC TV movie, "Have No Fear: The Life of Pope John Paul II"
Cast in "Youth Without Youth" Francis Ford Coppola's first directed film in ten years