Ganz was to the public at large especially known for his role as Adolf Hitler in ‘Der Untergang’ (2004). He previously played Damiel in Der Himmel über Berlin’.
Ganz was in 1941 in Zurich, was born as the son of a Swiss father and an Italian mother. Already during his school period, he discovered his passion for the stage. After his first roll, he arrived in Bremen in contact with Peter Stein, a director with whom he several times collaborated. In the by him established the Berliner Schaubühne, in the seventies the center of the European theatre, played Ganz, among others, the lead role in “Peer Gynt”. A few years ago, well-known Ganz that he at that time had an affair with Romy Schneider.
Mid-seventies, explained Ganz focused on movies. In the film adaptation of “die Marquise von O.” in 1976 he played the Count, one of the leading roles. Later followed performances in the horror film “Nosferatu” (1978) and the political drama “Die Fälschung” (1981). The largest acquired an international reputation Ganz, however, only in 2004 for his role in “Der Untergang”, about the last days of Hitler.
Previous summer, it would be Ganz at the Salzburger Festspielen the role of narrator in the Mozart opera “die Zauberflöte”, but that was impossible. On urgent doktersverzoek said he down for that role. Ganz died Saturday in Zurich of cancer.