Date of Birth : Mar 22nd 1941
Bruno Ganz debuted at the theatre in 1961 and gained there a good reputation as a solid, young actor. In 1970 he founded with ‘Peter Stein’ the theatre company “Schaubuehne” of Berlin. His debut at the movies was early and unsuccessful in 1960. Only in 1975 after “Sommergaeste (1975)” he could show his talent as a reflexive actor with tendencies towards introspection.
Sad-looking leading man of the “New German Wave” of films, known for doomed, self-tortured protagonists. After achieving success on the stage in Germany, he won a major film role in Eric Rohmer’s The Marquise of O (1976), which was followed by Werner Herzog’s atmospheric Nosferatu the Vampire (1979) and Volker Schlondorff’s Circle of Deceit (1981). He has appeared in The Boys From Brazil (1978), The Girl From Lorraine (1980), and Strapless (1989), but may be best known for his films with Wim Wenders, The American Friend (1977) and-especially-Wings of Desire (1988), playing an angel who wants to be human again. Recent films include the provocative Australian drama The Last Days of Chez Nous the Italian-made Especially on Sunday (in the title segment), and Faraway, So Close! a “sequel” to Wings of Desire all released in 1993
February 1996: Ganz inherits the mysterious Iffland-Ring from Josef Meinrad, which is given to the most important actor of German speaking theatre since 200 years.