The Swiss actor, who has died aged 77, will probably be remembered for his showstopping turn in Downfall, but his work with Wim Wenders is arguably more brilliant
It is the fate of actors sometimes to complete a lifetime of distinguished theatre and film work and then be remembered by a vast number of people chiefly for their role in some silly TV hit or lowbrow franchise. Something of the sort happened to the great Swiss actor Bruno Ganz who – to his own huge interest and amusement – became iconic to a younger generation for the endless viral YouTube memes based on his terrifying bunker rant as Hitler in the 2004 movie Downfall. The Fuhrer erupts with rage at Frank Lampard signing for Inter Milan, about the fact there is no camera in the iPod Touch, or about Oasis splitting. “It’s amazing, the creativity from these kids! How they come up with these ideas!” Ganz exclaimed in an interview.