Bruno Ganz

1941 - 2019

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Bruno Ganz (German: [ˈbruːno ˈɡant͡s] (listen); 22 March 1941 – 16 February 2019) was a Swiss actor whose career in German stage, television and film productions spanned nearly 60 years. He was known for his collaborations with the directors Werner Herzog, Éric Rohmer, Francis Ford Coppola, and Wim Wenders, earning widespread recognition with his roles as Jonathan Zimmerman in The American Friend (1977), Jonathan Harker in Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979) and Damiel the Angel in Wings of Desire (1987).Ganz received renewed international acclaim for his portrayal of Adolf Hitler in the Oscar-nominated film Downfall (2004). He also had roles in several English-language films, including The Boys from Brazil (1978), Strapless (1989), The Manchurian Candidate (2004), The Reader (2008), Unknown (2011) and Remember (2015). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Bruno Ganz has received more than 2,036,023 page views. His biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 49 in 2019). Bruno Ganz is the 131st most popular actor (down from 58th in 2019), the 20th most popular biography from Switzerland (down from 14th in 2019) and the most popular Swiss Actor.

Bruno Ganz is most famous for his portrayal of Adolf Hitler in the 2004 film Downfall.

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Among actors, Bruno Ganz ranks 131 out of 10,030Before him are Jean Renoir, Rita Hayworth, Yves Montand, Klaus Kinski, Monica Bellucci, and Keanu Reeves. After him are Julie Andrews, Shirley Temple, Diane Keaton, Jean Gabin, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Christopher Plummer.

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Among people born in 1941, Bruno Ganz ranks 16Before him are Bernie Sanders, Cesária Évora, Richard Dawkins, Fethullah Gülen, Dick Cheney, and Krzysztof Kieślowski. After him are Martha Argerich, Lee Myung-bak, Nick Nolte, Jon Lord, Paul Simon, and Art Garfunkel. Among people deceased in 2019, Bruno Ganz ranks 7Before him are Toni Morrison, Karl Lagerfeld, Jacques Chirac, Niki Lauda, Robert Mugabe, and Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. After him are Rutger Hauer, Alexei Leonov, Agnès Varda, Franco Zeffirelli, Doris Day, and Peter Fonda.

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In Switzerland

Among people born in Switzerland, Bruno Ganz ranks 20 out of 749Before him are Alberto Giacometti (1901), Francesco Borromini (1599), Johanna Spyri (1827), Albert Hofmann (1906), Johann Bernoulli (1667), and Hans-Adam II, Prince of Liechtenstein (1945). After him are Carl Spitteler (1845), Jacob Burckhardt (1818), Arnold Böcklin (1827), Elisabeth Kübler-Ross (1926), Albert I of Germany (1255), and Jacques Necker (1732).

Among ACTORS In Switzerland

Among actors born in Switzerland, Bruno Ganz ranks 1After him are Ursula Andress (1936), Emil Jannings (1884), Mario Adorf (1930), Marthe Keller (1945), Michel Simon (1895), Vincent Perez (1964), Liselotte Pulver (1929), Kate Burton (1957), Michelle Hunziker (1977), Sofia Milos (1969), and David Bennent (1966).

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