Bruno Ganz no more!

Hitler from Downfall, Bruno Ganz Dies Aged 77!

Bruno Ganz passed away in his home located in Zurich on Friday night 15th February. The actor was 77 years old at the time of his demise.

Ganz became internationally acclaimed for his portrayal of the brutal dictator, Adolf Hitler in the movie Downfall released in 2004. The actor played the role of the dictator during his last days of world war 2.

Bruno Ganz died on Friday
Bruno Ganz died aged 77
Source: The Wrap

Berlin Mayor Michael Mueller told media

Ganz was one of the greats of the screen and stage. The death of Bruno Ganz is a great loss for the German-speaking theater and film world.

The angel in Wim Wenders‘ movie Wings of Desire, contributed a lot to German-language cinema and theatre but also played roles in English-language films including The Reader and The Manchurian Candidate. 

Reportedly the Swiss actor fought a relentless battle against intestinal cancer. He is survived by his son, Daniel.

Bruno Ganz: Contribution to the Cinema

Bruno Ganz worked as a bookseller and a paramedic while he was just paving way for his acting career. In fact, He made his way to the mainstream cinema with roles in The Marquise of O, the 1976 Cannes winner, and Peter Stein’s drama Sommergäste(Summer Guests).

Bruno Ganz is a famous Swiss actor
Ganz contributed a lot to European Cinema
Source: France 24

Ganz also gave justice to Jonathan Harker‘s character in Werner Herzog’s Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979). He depicted an angel in Wim Wenders’ Wings of Desire (1987) and its sequel Faraway, So Close! (1993) as well.

He contributed his astounding acting talents in The Baader Meinhof Complex released in 2008. Also, in 2018, he played in Lars von Trier’s The House that Jack Built.

Ganz was the holder of the Iffland-Ring – a diamond-studded ring stamped with the image of German actor August Wilhelm Iffland. As a matter of fact, It is a legacy passed only to the most significant and worthy German-speaking actor of each respective era.

The actor apparently didn’t disclose any successor worthy of holding the heirloom at the time of his death.