- Category : 1941-births
- Type : GP
- Profile : 3/5 - Martyr / Heretic
- Definition : Split - Small (7,20)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX The Vessel of Love 1
Swiss actor and a prominent figure in German language film and television for more than fifty years. He collaborated several times with filmmakers Werner Herzog, Éric Rohmer, Francis Ford Coppola and Wim Wenders, with the latter first as Jonathan Zimmerman in The American Friend (1977) and again as Damiel the Angel in both Wings of Desire (1987) and Faraway, So Close! (1993).
Ganz was internationally renowned for portraying Adolf Hitler in the Academy Award-nominated film Downfall (2004). He also had roles in several English language films, including The Boys From Brazil (1978), Strapless (1989), The Manchurian Candidate (2004), The Reader (2008), Unknown (2011) and Remember (2015).
On stage, Ganz portrayed Dr. Heinrich Faust in Peter Stein's staging of Faust, Part One and Faust, Part Two in 2000.
Ganz was a holder of the Iffland-Ring, which is passed from actor to actor as being judged the "most significant and most worthy actor of the German-speaking theatre".
Ganz died at age 77 on 16 February 2019 at his home near Zürich, from colon cancer which was diagnosed in July 2018.