Bruno Ganz, the actor that played Hitler, dies

Ganz became known for his portrayal of Hitler.

Bruno Ganz, the Swiss actor and a prominent figure in German language film and television for more than fifty years, has died.

Ganz was internationally renowned for portraying Adolf Hitler in the Academy Award-nominated film Downfall which told the story of how Hitler met his death in an underground shelter of the Reich Chancellery in Berlin with Eva Braun

Downfall was a runaway success in 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).

He collaborated several times with filmmakers Werner Herzog, √Čric 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).