Daniel Brühl

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Daniel Brühl
Daniel Brühl February 2015.jpg
Brühl in 2015
Born Daniel César Martín Brühl González
(1978-06-16) 16 June 1978 (age 40)
Barcelona, Spain
Residence Berlin, Germany
Occupation Actor
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Felicitas Rombold
(m. 201?)
Children 1

Daniel César Martín Brühl González (German pronunciation: [ˈbʁyːl ɡɔnˈt͡sa.ləs] (About this sound listen); born 16 June 1978) is a German-Spanish actor. He began his work at a young age in a German soap opera called Verbotene Liebe in 1995. In 2003, his starring role in the German film Good Bye, Lenin! received wider recognition and critical acclaim which garnered him the European Film Award for Best Actor and the German Film Award for Best Actor. Brühl has worked in both European and American productions in several different languages.

He was introduced to mainstream U.S. audiences with his breakout role of Fredrick Zoller, a German war hero in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, and appeared in such films as The Bourne Ultimatum, The Fifth Estate and A Most Wanted Man. Brühl received widespread critical acclaim and further recognition for his portrayal of former Formula 1 driver Niki Lauda in the Ron Howard biographical film Rush. In 2016, Brühl made his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in Captain America: Civil War, portraying Helmut Zemo.

Early life[edit]

Brühl was born in Barcelona, Spain.[1] His father was German Brazilian TV director Hanno Brühl, who was born in São Paulo, Brazil.[2][3] His Spanish mother was Marisa González Domingo, a Catalan teacher. He has a brother and a sister, Oliver and Miriam. Shortly after his birth, his family moved to Cologne, Germany, where he grew up and attended the Dreikönigsgymnasium. A fluent English-speaker, he grew up speaking Catalan,[4] German, Spanish, French, and Portuguese.[5]

Career[edit]

Brühl began acting at a young age, with a debut role in 1995 as street kid Benji in the soap opera Verbotene Liebe (Forbidden Love). His international breakthrough role came in 2003 as Alex Kerner in the German Golden Globe-nominated tragicomedy Good Bye, Lenin!, which reached an estimated six million cinema-goers worldwide. In 2003, Brühl won the European Film Academy award trophies for Best Actor (Critics/Audience Awards) for the role. Brühl made his English-speaking film debut in 2004's Ladies in Lavender, starring alongside English actresses Judi Dench and Maggie Smith. The same year, he won the People's Choice trophy for Best Actor for the film Love in Thoughts while at the same time, he was nominated for Best Actor (critics) for The Edukators. Brühl featured as Lieutenant Horstmayer, a central character in the 2005 film Joyeux Noël, a trilingual World War I film based on the experiences of French, German and Scottish soldiers during the Christmas truce of 1914. The film shows Brühl's linguistic ability as he ably communicates in German, French and English throughout.

In 2006, he was invited to be part of the short film and Cinéfondation juries of the Cannes Film Festival. Brühl made a cameo appearance in 2 Days in Paris, a romantic comedy film directed by French actress Julie Delpy. In September 2006, his Cannes-nominated film Salvador (Puig Antich) premiered in Spain. In the film, he played Salvador Puig Antich, a Spanish anarchist executed during the Franco era. In 2007, he appeared in a small role in the film The Bourne Ultimatum. He was in Krabat, based on a popular German children's story, which premiered in German cinemas in October 2008.

He was introduced to mainstream U.S. audiences in the role of Frederik Zoller, a German war hero in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, starring Brad Pitt, which premiered at Cannes 2009. He and his co-stars won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. In 2009, he also starred in Julie Delpy's third directorial film, The Countess.

Brühl (left) at the press conference of Entebbe at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival

In May 2009, Brühl decided to become active in a different field of filmmaking by launching production company Fouronfilm together with Film1.[6] Brühl starred in the 2010 British-Russian production In Transit, in which he played a young Nazi soldier opposite John Malkovich. He also co-starred with Clive Owen in the 2011 horror thriller Intruders, which was directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo.[7]

In 2013, he co-starred in The Fifth Estate, a film based on the founding of WikiLeaks. Brühl played Daniel Domscheit-Berg, alongside Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange. In the same year, Brühl portrayed former Formula 1 driver Niki Lauda in the Ron Howard biographical film Rush. The film was a commercial and critical success, and for his role he received multiple award nominations, including the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor, the Critic's Choice Award for Best Supporting Actor, the Screen Actors Guild Award and the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

In 2015, he starred in Colonia, a thriller by Academy Award winner Florian Gallenberger. The film was shot October to December 2014 in South America, Germany and Luxembourg. His co-stars were Emma Watson and Michael Nyqvist, and the film was produced by Academy Award nominee Benjamin Herrmann.[8] Brühl played Helmut Zemo in Captain America: Civil War, released in 2016.[9][10] In Niki Caro's World War II film The Zookeeper's Wife (2017), he played Nazi zoologist Lutz Heck, who forces Jan and Antonina Żabiński (Jessica Chastain and Johan Heldenbergh) to abandon the Warsaw Zoo. The film is based on Diane Ackerman's non-fiction book.

Gastronomy[edit]

Since 2011, Brühl has been the joint operator of a tapas bar in the Kreuzberg district of Berlin. From February to October 2017, he was also joint operator of a similar bar in Prenzlauer Berg, named Bar Gracia after Barcelona's nightlife district Gràcia, but the bar closed in October 2017 because of little economic success.[11][12]

Personal life[edit]

In 2006, Brühl separated from his longtime girlfriend and later fiancée, actress Jessica Schwarz, whom he had met on the set of the 2001 film No Regrets.[13] Since 2010, he has been in a relationship with practicing psychologist and former model Felicitas Rombold.[14] They have a son together, Anton Hanno (b. October 2016),[15] and married sometime between then and early 2018.[16]

Filmography[edit]

Film and television roles
Year Title Role Notes and awards
2000 No More School (Schule) Markus
2000 Deeply Jay
2001 No Regrets Daniel Bavarian Film Award for Best Young Actor
German Film Awards for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
New Faces Award for Best Actor
2001 The White Sound Lukas Bavarian Film Award for Best Young Actor
German Film Awards for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
German Film Critics Award for Best Actor
2001 Honolulu Marek
2002 Vaya con Dios Arbo Bavarian Film Award for Best Young Actor
German Film Awards for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
German Film Critics Award for Best Actor
2002 Elephant Heart Marko German Film Awards for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
2003 Good Bye, Lenin! Alexander Kerner Bambi Award for Best Ensemble
European Film Award for Best Actor
European Film Audience Award for Best Actor
German Film Awards for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role'
2004 Love in Thoughts (Was nützt die Liebe in Gedanken) Paul European Film Audience Award for Best Actor
2004 Ladies in Lavender Andrea Marowski
2004 Farland Frank
2004 The Edukators (Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei) Jan Nominated – European Film Award for Best Actor
2005 Merry Christmas (Joyeux Noël) Horstmayer
2006 Cargo Chris
2006 Salvador (Puig Antich) Salvador Puig Antich Barcelona Film Award for Best Actor
Seattle International Film Festival, Golden Space Needle Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Goya Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Butaca Award for Best Film Actor
Nominated – Cinema Writers Circle from Spain Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Fotogramas de plata Award for Best Film Actor
Nominated – Spanish Actors Union Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
2006 A Friend of Mine (Ein Freund von mir) Karl
2007 2 Days in Paris Lukas
2007 The Bourne Ultimatum Martin Kreutz
2008 In Transit (In Tranzit) Klaus
2008 Krabat Tonda
2008 A Bit of Chocolate (Un poco de chocolate) Marcos
2009 John Rabe Dr. Georg Rosen
2009 Las madres de Elna Amaro
2009 The Countess István Thurzó
2009 Dinosaurier Tobias Hardmann
2009 Inglourious Basterds Fredrick Zoller Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble Acting
Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble Acting
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Performance by an Ensemble
2009 Lila, Lila David Kern Nominated – Lima International Film Festival, Audience Award for Best Actor
2010 King's Road (Kóngavegur 7) Rupert
2010 The Coming Days (Die kommenden Tage) Hans Krämer
2011 Eva Álex Garel Nominated – Goya Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Cinema Writers Circle from Spain Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Gaudí Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
2011 Lessons of a Dream (Der ganz große Traum) Konrad Koch
2011 2 Days in New York The Oak Fairy
2011 All Together (Et si on vivait tous ensemble?) Dirk
2011 Intruders Father Antonio
2012 Winning Streak (The Pelayos) Iván Pelayo
2012 7 Days in Havana Spanish Businessman
2013 Rush Niki Lauda Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Empire Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated – San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated – Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
2013 The Fifth Estate Daniel Domscheit-Berg
2013 A Most Wanted Man Max
2014 The Face of an Angel Thomas
2015 Me and Kaminski Sebastian Zöllner
2015 Woman in Gold Hubertus Czernin
2015 Colonia Daniel
2015 Burnt Tony Balerdi
2016 Alone in Berlin Escherich
2016 Captain America: Civil War Helmut Zemo Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Villain
2016 Killing for Love Jens Söring
2017 The Zookeeper's Wife Lutz Heck
2018 The Alienist Dr. Laszlo Kreizler TV series; 10 episodes
2018 Black Panther Helmut Zemo Photograph
2018 The Cloverfield Paradox Ernst Schmidt
2018 Entebbe Wilfried Böse

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2002 Bavarian Film Awards Best Young Actor Das Weisse Rauschen Won
Deutscher Filmpreis Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Won
New Faces Awards Best Actor Nichts bereuen Won
2003 Bambi Awards Best Film - National Good Bye, Lenin! Won
Shooting Stars Award Top Young Actor Won
European Film Awards European Film Award for Best Actor Won
Jameson People's Choice Award for Best Actor Won
Deutscher Filmpreis Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Won
Audience Award for Best German Actor Won
Preis der deutschen Filmkritik Best Actor Das Weisse Rauschen Won
2004 European Film Awards European Film Award for Best Actor Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei Won
Jameson People's Choice Award for Best Actor Was nützt die Liebe in Gedanken Won
2006 Barcelona Film Awards Best Actor Salvador (Puig Antich) Won
2007 Butaca Awards Best Catalan Film Actor Nominated
Cinema Writers Circle Awards Best Actor Nominated
Fotogramas de Plata Best Movie Actor Nominated
Goya Awards Best Lead Actor Nominated
Mestre Mateo Awards Best Actor Cargo Nominated
Seattle International Film Festival Best Actor Salvador (Puig Antich) Won
Spanish Actors Union Best Male Lead Performance Nominated
2009 Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Cast Ensemble Inglourious Basterds Won
Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Acting Ensemble Won
San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Best Ensemble Performance Won
2010 Central Ohio Film Critics Association Awards Best Ensemble Won
Gold Derby Awards Best Ensemble Cast Won
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Won
2012 Cinema Writers Circle Awards Best Actor Eva Nominated
Gaudí Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Nominated
Goya Awards Best Actor Nominated
2013 Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor Rush Nominated
Dublin Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actor Nominated
San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2014 Golden Globe Award Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Nominated
British Academy Film Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Saturn Award Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Critics' Choice Movie Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Empire Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
International Online Cinema Awards Best Actor Nominated
Jupiter Award Best German Actor Nominated
Online Film & Television Association Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Best Breakthrough Performance: Male Nominated
Romy Gala Favorite Actor Nominated
Santa Barbara International Film Festival Virtuoso Award Won
Screen Actors Guild Award Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Seattle Film Critics Awards Best Supporting Actor Won
2016 Jupiter Award Best German Actor Ich und Kaminski Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Villain Captain America: Civil War Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Goitia, Fernando. "Tenemos Angela Merkel para rato" (in Spanish). XL Semanal. Retrieved 20 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Filmportal.de (2012-04-05). "Daniel Brühl". Filmportal.de. Archived from the original on 2012-04-05. Retrieved 2012-04-05. 
  3. ^ Kahlschlag: das Drehbuch zum Film - Dieter Bongartz - Google Books. Retrieved 2014-05-29 – via Google Books. 
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  5. ^ "Polyglot Actor Daniel Brühl Speaks of His Love for Language", Ginanne Brownell Mitic; 17 March 2015, WSJ
  6. ^ Meza, Ed (2009-05-16). "Daniel Bruehl launches fouronfilm". Variety. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 
  7. ^ "Clive Owen to Star in Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's Intruders". DreadCentral. 
  8. ^ "Emma Watson, Daniel Bruhl to Star in Thriller 'Colonia'". Variety. Retrieved 2015-01-11. 
  9. ^ "Daniel Bruhl Cast in Marvel's Captain America: Civil War". Marvel. November 15, 2014. 
  10. ^ Fleming, Jr, Mike (November 14, 2014). "Daniel Bruhl To Play Villain In 'Captain America: Civil War'". Deadline. 
  11. ^ "Daniel Brühl eröffnet zweite Tapas-Bar in Berlin" (in German). tagesspiegel.de. Retrieved 4 November 2017. 
  12. ^ "Prenzlauer Berg: Daniel Brühls Tapas-Bar muss schließen" (in German). Berliner Zeitung. 3 November 2017. Retrieved 4 November 2017. 
  13. ^ Biography for Daniel Brühl on IMDb
  14. ^ Kelley, Laura (2018-01-23). "Felicitas Rombold, Daniel Brühl's Wife: Five Fast Facts You Need to Know". heavy. Retrieved 2018-06-11. 
  15. ^ Bunte (2016-12-14). "Daniel Brühl: Er ist Papa geworden! Und das Baby heißt..." Bunte. Archived from the original on 2016-12-15. Retrieved 2018-06-11. 
  16. ^ Jones, Tashara (2018-01-21). "Daniel Brühl drove his wife psycho for 'The Alienist'". New York Post. 

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