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Bruno Ganz

Swiss-born Bruno Ganz began his career on the stage and by the 1960's was a well­established actor in the Berlin theatre. His film performance in Eric Rohmer's THE MARQUIS OF O, brought him into the international spotlight.

In 1977, he starred opposite Dennis Hopper in Wim Wenders THE AMERICAN FRIEND and the following year found him starring with Gregory Peck and Laurence Olivier in THE BOYS FROM BRAZIL. He was next seen by American audiences as Jonathan Harker in Werner Herzog's NOSFERATU THE VAMPYRE (1979).

Ganz spent the 1980's dividing his time between European stage and screen roles. He began the decade with Volker Schlondorf's CIRCLEOFDECEIPT In 1987 he reunited with Wenders to play Damiel, the lovelorn angel in WINGS OF DESIRE. His numerous international successes also include Gillian Armstrong's THE LAST DAYS OF CHEZ NODS and Silvio Soldini's BREAD AND TULIPS for which Ganz won Italy's David of Donatello and the Swiss Film Award.

Most recently Ganz appeared with Joseph Fiennes, Alfred Molina and Peter Ustinov in LUTHER, and as a rogue scientist in Jonathan Demme's THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.
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Bruno Ganz Facts

BirthdayMarch 22, 1941 (82)
BirthplaceZürich, Switzerland
Height5' 10" (1m78)  How tall is Bruno Ganz compared to you?

Selected Filmography

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