Hi there! The next German actor that I want to introduce to you is called Daniel César Martín Brühl González Domingo, better known as Daniel Brühl.
Understandably you might wonder about the name…well, Daniel is the son of the German TV director Hanno Brühl and a Spanish teacher. He was born in 1978 in Barcelona/Spain. That might explain his Spanish-German name. By the way, he still partly lives in Barcelona. But mainly in Berlin. One of his brothers still lives in Spain. Beside German, he fluently speaks Spanish and Catalan.
Daniel Brühl was raised in Cologne where he attended a “Gymnasium”. Already as a child he showed his talent to experiment in a playful way. At the age of eight he won a reading contest by what he joined the WDR (Westdeutscher Rundfunk). The WDR is a big sound broadcasting service in Germany. His work as a dubbing actor and participation in various radio plays were followed by first jobs for Television.
In 1994 he called attention with the TV production “Svens Geheimnis”. He also played in the daily soap “Verbotene Liebe” for a while. So already before he got his “Abitur”, he decided to become an actor. That´s why he starred in a movie called “Schlaraffenland” in 1999 and so this was the first time that Daniel could be seen on the big screen.
He rejected the military service and did the civilian national service instead.
During the shooting of “Nichts bereuen” in 2001 he got to know actress Jessica Schwarz. She was his girlfriend until 2006.
It was the movie Good Bye, Lenin! that made him famous to an international audience. About 6 million people watched the movie and Daniel Brühl has been awarded numerously for it.
Daniel Brühl´s roles are characterized by naive simplicity though there´s always a heavy presence at the same time. But he also showed other sides in movies like “Merry Christmas” (2005). In 2006 he starred in the Spanish movie “Salvador” that became a big popular success in 2007.
Some of you might know him through his role as the German war hero Fredrick Zoller in Quentin Tarantino´s “Inglorious Basterds”. Here´s an ironic and sarcastic “behind-the scenes”.
Though he says that his success is coming too fast for him, I´m sure that there´s a lot to come from Daniel Brühl in the forthcoming decades.
Some of his most famous films are:
1994: Svens Geheimnis
1995: Verbotene Liebe
2001: Nichts bereuen
2002: Das weisse Rauschen
2002: Vaya con Dios
2003: Good Bye, Lenin!
2004: Was nützt die Liebe in Gedanken
2004: Der Duft von Lavendel (Ladies in Lavender)
2004: Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei
2005: Merry Christmas (Joyeux Noël)
2006: Salvador – Kampf um die Freiheit (Salvador)
2006: Cars (Voice of Lightning McQueen)
2006: Ein Freund von mir
2007: 2 Tage Paris (2 Days in Paris)
2007: Das Bourne Ultimatum (The Bourne Ultimatum)
2009: John Rabe
2009: Inglourious Basterds
2009: Lila, Lila
2010: Die kommenden Tage
2011: Der ganz große Traum
2011: Und wenn wir alle zusammenziehen? (Et si on vivait tous ensemble?)