The Swiss actor Bruno Ganz, renowned for playing the role of Adolf Hitler hiding in his Berlin bunker in "Downfall" and an angel in Wim Wenders' "Wings of Desire," has died at the age of 77. Ganz's management said on February 16th that he died in Zurich, according to reports by the German news agency dpa.
Ganz, a prominent figure in the German-language theatre, shifted into movies in the 1970s, appearing in Werner Herzog's "Nosferatu" and Wenders' "The American Friend" among others and in more recent roles, he starred as Sigmund Freud in "The Tobacconist," released last year.
Berlin Mayor Michael Mueller said Ganz was "one of the greats" of the screen and stage. He said, "the death of Bruno Ganz is a great loss for the German-speaking theatre and film world."