Bruno Ganz was born in Zurich on March 22, 1941, the son of a Swiss mechanic and his Italian wife . He made the decision about the actor's career early and never attended a college. His first roles were in stage productions in the 1960s, and in 1970 he was the founder of the theatrical company Schaubühne. Roles for these years included Hamlet (in 1965 and again in 1982), Alcestra in Misanthrope (1987), and Max in the French translation of Harold Pinter "The Return to Home" (2012, in Paris). When he played the main role of Faust at the Goethe-in-Law in Germany in 2001, John Rockwell of the Times proclaimed his "undeniable presence."
Ganz acknowledged that his convincing performances seemed to surpass reality for some admirers . "People really seem to think of me as a guardian angel" after the "Wings of Desire," he told The Irish Times in 2005. "People bring their children to me for blessing or something else."
"When you fly by plane," he continued, "they sometimes said:" Now you are with us, nothing can happen. "It was very funny."