Bruno Ganz is a prominent film and theater actor of Swiss descent.

Bruno Ganz was born in Zürich, Switzerland. His family mainly consisted of blue collar workers- his father was a mechanic, while his mother was a stay at home wife. He is Italian on his mother’s side.

Their weak financial background didn’t stop little Gunz from dreaming of becoming an actor. Against his family’s wishes, he dropped out of school, joined an acting school, and supported himself by working as a bookseller.

In the early 1960’s, he moved to Germany to work as a stage actor. While in Germany, Ganz got his first film role in Karl Suter’s dark comedy, The Gentleman in the Black Derby. Despite immense support from lead actor, Gustav Knuth, his film debut was not successful.

Ganz started focusing on theater, and from 1970 onwards, joined Schaubühne, a theater group based in Berlin. He worked with stage directors like Luc Bondy, Peter Zadek, and Peter Stein.

In 1972, during the Salzburg Festival, he got rave reviews from the audience and critics, alike, for his performance in Claus Peymann’s, “Der Ignorant and der Wahnsinnige” (The Ignorant and the Lunatic), by Thomas Bernhard. In 1973, Theatre Heute, a German magazine, pronounced him Schauspieler des Jahres (Actor of the Year). Gunz became a reputed stage actor and went on to work with some of the most outstanding German directors of that time.

The 1976 film, Sommergäste (Summer Guests), catapulted his film career. Unlike many actors, who choose between theatre and film, Ganz has been able to leave a mark on both.

In 1977, he was roped into playing the role of a picture framer who becomes an assassin in Wim Wenders’, The American Friend. The film was based on Patricia Highsmith’s, Ripley’s Game. The film became a critics favorite, holds an 88% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and was West Germany’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 50th Academy Awards. In the following year, Gunz starred opposite Sir Laurence Olivier in Franklin J. Schaffner’s thriller, The Boys from Brazil, which was based on Ira Levin’s novel of the same name.

Gunz’s performance in Wim Wender’s romantic fantasy, Wings of Desire (1987), as an angel who falls in love with a trapeze artist, was highly regarded by critics. The film was selected to be West Germany’s official entry for the 60th Academy Awards. The film got a Hollywood remake entitled, “City of Angels”, starring Nicolas Cage.

Ganz gave his most physically demanding stage performance in the year 2000, playing the titular character in Peter Stein’s, ‘Faust’, which lasted more than 21 hours. He suffered many injuries during the rehearsals.

In 1996, for his contributions as a stage artist, he was presented with the prestigious Iffland Ring, which has been passed on from one actor to another for more than 100 years, and no doubt, he is considered ‘the most significant and honourable stage artist of German-speaking theatre’.

Bruno Ganz became a household name after his portrayal of Adolf Hitler in the 2004 release, ‘Downfall’, which was directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel. The film became a box office hit, and also got nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, in the year 2005. As part of his preparation for the role, Ganz researched for several months and gave a remarkable performance, which got universal critical acclaim. Some websites have rated his performance as the best portrayal of real life ‘bad guy’ in a movie.

In his diamond studded career, he has won many prestigious awards like Swiss Film Prize, European Film Award, Bavarian Film Award, Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, and the list goes on and on.

Bruno Ganz married his wife, Sabine, in 1965, but the couple later separated. He has a son from his marriage to Sabine, named Daniel. He currently lives with his partner, Ruth Walz, who is a photographer.

Bruce Robinson English Actor

Bruce Robinson

Bruce Robinson is a British actor, screenwriter, director and a novelist, known for his written and directed film, "Withnail and I." Robinson was born to parents, Carl Castiel and Mabel Robinson in London and he completed his schooling at the Charles Dickens Secondary Modern School. Later on, Robinson attended the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, and found his first movie role in Franco Zeffirelli's "Romeo and Juliet." Consequently, he was seen in The Music Lovers, Private Road and "The Story of Adele H." Following a hiatus, Robinson was then to write for the Roland Joffe-directed "The Killing," and was produced by David Puttnam. Robinson was presented with a BAFTA Award and was also nominated for an Academy Award for his writing. Following the success of “The Killing,” Robinson was asked to work on the scriptwriting of the movie "Fat Man and Little Boy." The 1998 film, "Still Crazy," featured Robinson in a brief role. In 1987, Robinson wrote and directed "Withnail and I" which was loosely based on the story of his struggle as an actor. How to Get Ahead in Advertising, Jennifer 8, Return to Paradise, and In Dreams constituted his following films. In the year 2009, Robinson directed the Johnny Depp-starrer "Rum Diary," based on a novel by Hunter S. Thompson. " A Fantastic Fear Of Everything" was adapted from Robinson's book, Paranoia in the Laundrette. He had written the Peculiar Memories of Thomas Penman, which was a Robinson's semi-autobiography in 1998. Smoking in Bed: Conversations with Bruce Robinson, The Obvious Elephant, Harold and the Duck and They All Love Jack constitute other of his books. Robinson married Sophie Windham and is the father of daughters, Lily, and Willoughby.


Burgess Meredith

Oliver Burgess Meredith is professionally known as Burgess Meredith. He was of American descent and was a successful director, actor, writer in theater, television, and film and producer. He was born on November 16, 1907, in Cleveland, Ohio, to a Canadian-born physician of English descent, Dr. William George Meredith, and Ida Beth. He studied from Hoosac School in 1926 and went to Amherst School. He died on September 9, 1997. He was known as a proficient actor and one of the most refined actors of the century. He was a lifetime member of the Actor’s Studio. He got nominated for two Academy Awards and won various Emmys, and the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor twice. In his career he was later known for his presence on The Twilight Zone, as an arch-villain The Penguin in the television series of ‘Batman’ in 1960s and the boxing trainer in the ‘Rocky’ film series as Mickey Goldmill. He also played many roles in the classical and contemporary theater like in plays by Shakespeare, O’Neill, Beckett and much more. He starred as Ernie Pyle in the famous movie, The Story Of G. I. Joe.. The movie was directed by William Wellman which is a 1945 American war film. He made his Broadway debut in Romeo and Juliet, a Le Gallienne’s production, as Peter in 1930. Other roles included Van Van Dorn in High Tor in 1937, Lilliom in ‘Lilliom’ in 1940, Adolphus Cusins Major Barbara in 1957 and The Playboy of the Western World in 1946 as Christy Mahon. ‘Winterset’ by Maxwell Anderson was his debut film in the year 1935. For Broadway staging of Ulysses in Nighttown, he won a Tony Award nomination in 1974. Because of the investigation of House Committee on Un-American Activities, Burgess was Hollywood blacklisted and was absent from films for a very long time, but still, he was involved in radio and stage plays. He appeared in different roles in The Twilight Zone. He enacted in various television series like the role of Chris III, The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters, The Eleventh Hour and Breaking Point, few western series such as The Virginian, Wagon Train, The Wild Wild West, ‘Branded’, Daniel Boone, ‘Laredo’, and ‘Bonanza’. In 1992, he narrated a television documentary, The Chaplin Puzzle. He has worked as a voice-over artist too; he narrated the story A Walk in the Sun. He lent his voice for Bulova watches, Honda, United Airlines, Freakies breakfast cereal and Stokely-Van Camp. The last role before his death was of both Hamilton Wofford and Covington Wofford in the video game Ripper by Take-Two Interactive in 1996.

Burgess Meredith English Actor