Bruno Ganz is a Swiss actor with an internationally acclaimed career. Born in 1941, he studied theater in Switzerland and Germany. He was a member of the Goethe Theater in Bremen, acting in plays by Shakespeare, Ibsen and Brecht, and working with stage directors such as Luc Bondy or Peter Stein, with whom he founded the Berliner Schaubühne theater company.
His role in Eric Rhomer’s The Marquise of O (1976) launched his exceptional career in film, during which he was solicited by such directors as Wim Wenders (with whom he did The American Friend, Wings of Desire and Farway, So Close!), Werner Herzog (Nosferatu the Vampyre), Alain Tanner (In the White City), Theo Angelopoulos (Eternity and a Day), Francis Ford Coppola (Youth Without Youth) and Jonathan Demme (The Manchurian Candidate). His recent works include his portrayal of Hitler in Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Downfall and roles in Billie August’s Night Train to Lisbon, Atom Egoyan’s Remember and Barbet Schroeder’s Amnesia.
The highlight among the several awards he has won is the Leopard he was awarded at the Locarno Film Festival, for his career as a whole. He currently holds the Iffland-Ring, an award that has been handed out for over 200 years to distinguish the most important German-speaking theater actor.