Actor Bruno Ganz arrives for the screening of the movie Remember at the 72nd edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy. Bruno Ganz has died at 77. (Photo: AP)
Swiss actor Bruno Ganz, who played Adolf Hitler cooped up in his Berlin bunker in ``Downfall'' and an angel in Wim Wenders' ``Wings of Desire,'' has died. He was 77.
German news agency dpa reported that Ganz's management said Saturday he died in Zurich.
Ganz, a prominent figure in the German-language theater world, shifted into movies in the 1970s, appearing in Werner Herzog's ``Nosferatu'' and Wenders' ``The American Friend'' among others. In one of his more recent appearances, he starred as Sigmund Freund in ``The Tobacconist,'' released last year.
Berlin Mayor Michael Mueller said Ganz was ``one of the greats'' of the screen and stage. He said that ``the death of Bruno Ganz is a great loss for the German-speaking theater and film world.''
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