Bruno Ganz Wiki, Biography, Age, Wife, Death, Children, Net Worth

Bruno Ganz Wiki

Bruno Ganz Wiki

Bruno Ganz was a Swiss actor, who had been a prominent figure in German language film and television for more than fifty years.

Bruno Ganz Biography

Bruno Ganz Bio

Bruno Ganz was born on 22nd March 1941 and died on 16th February 2019. He was a Swiss actor who had been a prominent figure in German language film and television for over fifty years. Some of the filmmakers he collaborated with include, Werner Herzog, Éric Rohmer, Francis Ford Coppola and Wim Wenders, with the latter first as Jonathan Zimmerman in The American Friend (1977) and again as Damiel the Angel in both Wings of Desire (1987) and Faraway, So Close! (1993).His most famous role, however, was as Adolf Hitler in Academy Award-nominated film Downfall (2004). One particular scene depicting Hitler in apoplectic fury became a meme and spawned thousands of parodies online. He has 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).

On stage, Ganz portrayed Dr. Heinrich Faust in Peter Stein’s staging of Faust, Part One and Faust, Part Two in 2000.

Ganz was the holder of the Iffland-Ring, which is passed from actor to actor as being judged the “most significant and most worthy actor of the German-speaking theatre”.

Bruno Ganz Born He was born on 22nd March 1941 in Zürich, Switzerland
Bruno Ganz Died He died on 16th February 2019 (aged 77) in Zurich, Switzerland
Occupation Actor
Years active 1960–2019
Bruno Ganz Wife Sabine Ganz (separated), Ruth Walz
Bruno Ganz Partner Ruth Walz
Bruno Ganz Children 1 Child, Daniel Ganz
Bruno Ganz Net Worth He has an estimated Net Worth of $ 11 Million or € 9.74 Million

Bruno Ganz was born in Zürich to a Swiss mechanic father and a northern Italian mother. He had decided to pursue an acting career by the time he entered university. He was equally drawn to stage and screen but initially enjoyed greater success on the stage.

Bruno Ganz Career

In 1960, Ganz landed his first film role, in Der Herr mit der schwarzen Melone (The Gentleman in the Black Derby). Despite the support of lead actor Gustav Knuth, Ganz’s cinematic debut was not particularly successful and it was only many years later that his career in film got off the ground. Ganz made his theatrical debut in 1961 and devoted himself primarily to the stage for almost two decades thereafter. In 1970, he helped found the Berliner Schaubühne ensemble and two years later performed in the Salzburg Festival premier of Thomas Bernhard’s Der Ignorant und der Wahnsinnige, under the direction of Claus Peymann.

Ganz was pronounced by The German magazine Theater heute as Actor of the Year in 1973 thus solidifying his position in the acting industry. One of Ganz’s most physically demanding stage portrayals was the title character in Peter Stein’s 2000 production of Goethe’s Faust (Parts I and II), as he suffered injuries during rehearsals and his assumption of the role was delayed.

Ganz made his film breakthrough in a major part in the 1976 film Sommergäste [de], launching a widely recognized film career in both Europe and the U.S. He

Ganz played a professor opposite Sir Laurence Olivier in the thriller The Boys from Brazil (1978), about Nazi fugitives.

Ganz first played the role of the angel Damiel in Wim Wenders’s Wings of Desire in 1987. He reprised the role in Wenders’ film Faraway, So Close! in 1993.

Bruno Ganz Der Untergang (Downfall)

Ganz portrayed Adolf Hitler in Der Untergang (Downfall) (2004). He had to do four months of research on in preparation for the role. His performance, which was widely critically acclaimed, became the basis for a series of “Hitler Rant” parody videos on YouTube. In 2014, popular culture website named his performance as the best portrayal of a real-life ‘bad guy’ of all time, beating out competition from Forest Whitaker and Charlize Theron’s Oscar-winning portrayals of Idi Amin and Aileen Wuornos, respectively.

Ganz appeared in The Reader and The Baader Meinhof Complex, which were both nominated for the 81st Academy Awards (Best Picture and Best Foreign Language Film).

Ganz has also served as a speaker in classical music works, including a recording of Luigi Nono’s Il canto sospeso with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

Bruno Ganz Ex-Wife, Children

Ganz was separated from his wife Sabine Ganz, whom he married in 1965; they had a son named Daniel.

Bruno Ganz Partner, Ruth Waltz

He was living with his partner Ruth Waltz, though some sources quoted her as his wife. Ruth Walz was born on January 2nd, 1941 in Bremen. She is a German theatre photographer, known for her work at the Berlin Schaubühne on Hallesches Ufer in the 1970s and 80s and her long-standing collaboration with (among others) the directors Peter Stein, Klaus Michael Grüber, Luc Bondy, Peter Sellars, Pierre Audi, and Robert Wilson

Bruno Ganz Death and Cause, Cancer

In 2018, doctors in Salzburg found that Ganz was suffering from intestinal cancer, and he immediately began chemotherapy. He passed away on 16th February 2019 in Zürich, Switzerland.