Bruno Ganz


Actor

About

Birth Place
Switzerland
Born
March 22, 1941

Biography

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' "...

Biography

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).

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Gedaechtnis (1982)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

The House That Jack Built (2018)
The Party (2018)
Radegund (2017)
Remember (2016)
Heidi (2015)
Clouds of Sils Maria (2014)
Night Train to Lisbon (2013)
The Counselor (2013)
Michael Kohlhaas (2013)
Colours in the Dark (2011)
Unknown (2011)
The Day of the Cat (2010)
The Dust of Time (2009)
The Best Restaurant in the World. Ever. (2009)
Giulias Verschwinden (2009)
The Reader (2008)
The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008)
Youth Without Youth (2007)
Vitus (2006)
Bart No Gakuen (2006)
Downfall (2005)
Alias Kurban Said (2004)
Narrator
The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
Luther (2003)
Johann Von Staupitz
The Power of the Past (2002)
WerAngstWolf (2000)
Bread and Tulips (2000)
Fernando
Eternity and A Day (1998)
Alexander
Daybreak (1997)
A Judge in Anxiety (1996)
Saint-Ex (1995)
Antoine De Saint-Exupery
Bright Day (1994)
Georg
Il Grande Fausto (1994)
Faraway, So Close (1993)
The Absence (1993)
Gambler
The Last Days of Chez Nous (1992)
J P
Brandnaght (1992)
Peter Keller
Erfolg (1991)
Jacques Tuverlin
Children of Nature (1991)
Engeler
Prague (1991)
Josef
The Architecture Of Doom (1991)
Narration
Especially on Sunday (1991)
Vittorio ("Especially On Sunday")
La Provinciale (1990)
Remy
Noch ein Wunsch (1989)
Strapless (1989)
Raymond Forbes
Bankomatt (1989)
Bruno
Wings of Desire (1987)
Damiel
El Rio de Oro (1986)
Peter
Der Pendler (1986)
Steiner
De Ijssalon (1985)
Dans la ville blanche (1983)
Paul
System Ohne Schatten (1983)
Faber
Killer Aus Florida (1983)
Circle Of Deceit (1982)
Georg Laschen
Vera Storia Della Signora Delle Camelie (1981)
Der Erfinder (1980)
Polenta (1980)
Jules
5% de Risque (1980)
Oggetti Smarriti (1980)
Werner
Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)
Jonathan Harker
Retour a la Bien-Aimee (1979)
Kern
The Boys From Brazil (1978)
Professor Bruckner
Black and White Like Days and Nights (1978)
Thomas Rosenmund
Messer im Kopf (1978)
Dr Berthold Hoffmann
The Left-Handed Woman (1977)
The American Friend (1977)
Die Wildente (1976)
Gregors
The Marquise of O (1976)
Le Conte
Lumiere (1976)
Henrich Grun
Sommergaeste (1975)

Producer (Feature Film)

Radegund (2017)
Producer

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Sins of the Fathers (1988)
Heinrich Beck

Life Events

1960

First film role, in "Der Herr mit der schwarzen Melone/The Man in the Black Derby"

1970

Co-founded Schaubuhne theater company (with Peter Stein)

1972

Performed in the Salzburg Festival premier of Thomas Bernhard's "Der Ignorant und der Wahnsinnige"

1976

Appeared in Eric Rohmer's "The Marquise of O"

1976

Cinematic breakthrough in the film, "Sommergäste"

1977

Cast in "The American Friend," his first film with director Wim Wenders

1978

Appeared in "The Boys From Brazil" opposite Gregory Peck and Laurence Olivier

1979

Starred opposite Klaus Kinski in Werner Herzog's "Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht/Nosferatu: Phantom of the Night"

1981

Cast in Volker Schlondorff's "Circle of Deceit" starring Hanna Schygulla and Gila von Weitershausen

1983

Appeared in "Krieg und Frieden/War and Peace"

1987

Reunited with director Wim Wenders for "Der Himmel über Berlin/Wings of Desire"

1989

Appeared with Bridget Fonda in "Strapless"

1993

Third film with Wim Wenders, "In weiter Ferne, so nah!/Faraway, So Close!" a sequel to "Wings of Desire"

1994

Cast in "L'Absence/The Absence" written and directed by Peter Handke

1998

Cast in the Theo Angelopoulos directed, "Mia aioniotita kai mia mera/Eternity and a Day"

2000

Performed for 13 hours straight as the lead in Peter Stein's production of "Goethe's Faust" (Parts I and II)

2004

Cast in the remake of "The Manchurian Candidate" directed by Jonathan Demme

2004

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"

2005

Cast in the ABC TV movie, "Have No Fear: The Life of Pope John Paul II"

2007

Cast in "Youth Without Youth" Francis Ford Coppola's first directed film in ten years

Videos

Movie Clip

Wings Of Desire (1987) - Open, When The Child Was A Child Spoken by Bruno Ganz as an angel called Damiel, composed by screenwriter Peter Handke and director Wim Wenders, the words are original though they suggest 1: Corinthians 13, the otherwise ethereal opening to the international hit Wings Of Desire, 1987, (the German title closer to Heaven Over Berlin), soaring over the then-divided city.
Wings Of Desire (1987) - Less Effort, More Swing Now roaming West Berlin, angel Damiel (Bruno Ganz), who’s expressed broad discontent to a colleague, happens on a circus where Marion (Solveig Danmartin) is practicing, her first scene, in director Wim Wenders’ celebrated Wings Of Desire, 1987.
Wings Of Desire (1987) - If Grandma Was Here Cutting from a plane over Berlin, another look at Bruno Ganz as (invisible) angel Damiel, as he sees and hears the thoughts of Peter Falk on board, sort-of playing himself, his narration mostly extemporized, after the shoot, in an L-A sound booth, guided by director Wim Wenders back in Germany, then observes other Berliners, early in Wings Of Desire, 1987.
American Friend, The (1977) - Let Me Love You For Your Money Wild intersections of personages and events, in New York, with Nick Ray as the forger “Derwatt,” Dennis Hopper as Ripley is not quite observed by Samuel Fuller, introduced here, shooting a porno, taking a call about a hit we’ve just seen committed by terminal patient Jonathan (Bruno Ganz)in Paris, who returns to his wife (Liza Kreuzer) and child in Hamburg, in Wim Wenders’ The American Friend, 1977.
American Friend, The (1977) - What's Wrong With A Cowboy In Hamburg? With notes about the restoration, and calm and clever as can be, writer-director Wim Wenders opens his treatment of the unpublished Patricia Highsmith novel, in which he cast directors and actor-directors as the criminals, with Dennis Hopper as Tom Ripley in New York visiting Nicholas Ray as the forger “Derwatt,” in The American Friend, 1977.
American Friend, The (1977) - The Blue's Not Right Bruno Ganz as the Hamburg picture framer Jonathan, with Winter (the American singer David Blue) bidding, and Dennis Hopper quietly as the forgery purveyor (Patricia Highsmith’s “Tom Ripley”), Rudolf Schündler the owner of the house, Stefan Lennert the auctioneer and Lisa Kreuzer as the clerk, Jonathan’s wife, a finely wrought scene from Wim Wenders’ The American Friend, 1977.
American Friend, The (1977) - My German Is Terrible Dennis Hopper in Hamburg as forgery dealer Tom Ripley (the character from a then-unpublished Patricia Highsmith novel) has grown interested in terminally-ill highly-regarded picture framer Jonathan (Bruno Ganz), after an unpleasant first encounter, Gerty Molzen the customer, in Wim Wender’s The American Friend, 1977.

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