Daniel Brühl

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Daniel Brühl
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Brühl at Berlinale 2020
Born
Daniel César Martín Brühl González Domingo[1]

(1978-06-16) 16 June 1978 (age 42)[2]
Barcelona, Spain
NationalitySpanish
German
OccupationActor, director, dancer
Years active1995–present
Spouse(s)Felicitas Rombold
(m. 2016)
Children2

Daniel César Martin Brühl González Domingo (German: [ˈdaːniːɛl bʁyːl] (About this soundlisten); born 16 June 1978)[2] is a Spanish-German 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.[3] Brühl has worked in both European and American productions in several languages.[4]

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 (2009), and appeared in such films as The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), The Fifth Estate (2013) and A Most Wanted Man (2014). 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 (2013). In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Brühl portrays Helmut Zemo in Captain America: Civil War (2016) and the Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021). He also stars as Dr. László Kreizler in the period drama television series The Alienist.[5]

Early life[edit]

Brühl was born in Barcelona, Spain.[6] His father was TV director Hanno Brühl, who was born in São Paulo, Brazil, of German origin.[7][8] His mother is Marisa González Domingo, a Spanish (Catalan) teacher. He has a brother, Oliver, and a sister, Miriam. Shortly after his birth, his family moved to Cologne, Germany, where he grew up and attended the Dreikönigsgymnasium. Fluent in English, he grew up speaking German, Spanish, French, and Portuguese;[9] he also understands Catalan.[10]

Career[edit]

Brühl in 2004

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 Frederick 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.

Portrait by Oliver Mark, Berlin 2015

In May 2009, Brühl decided to become active in a different field of filmmaking by launching production company Fouronfilm together with Film1.[11] 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.[12]

In 2013, he co-starred in The Fifth Estate, a film based on the founding of WikiLeaks.[13] Brühl played Daniel Domscheit-Berg, alongside Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange.[14] In the same year, Brühl portrayed former Formula 1 driver Niki Lauda in the Ron Howard biographical film Rush.[15] 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.[16] Brühl played Helmut Zemo in Captain America: Civil War, released in 2016, and reprised his role in the Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.[17][18] His dancing in the The Falcon and the Winter Soldier got released in the Zemo Cut.[19] 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 called Bar Raval.[20] From February to October 2017, he was 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.[21][22]

Personal life[edit]

Brühl and Rombold at Berlinale 2018

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.[23] Since 2010, he has been in a relationship with practicing psychologist and former model Felicitas Rombold.[24] They have a son together, Anton Hanno (b. October 2016),[25] and married sometime between his birth and early 2018.[26] The couple had a second son in 2020.[27]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes and awards
1999 Paradise Mall (Schlaraffenland) Checo
Le château des singes Kom German version, voice
2000 No More School (Schule) Markus
Deeply Jay
2001 No Regrets (Nichts bereuen) Daniel
The White Sound Lukas
Honolulu Marek
2002 Vaya con Dios Arbo
Elephant Heart Marko
2003 Good Bye, Lenin! Alexander Kerner
Brother Bear Kenai German version
2004 Love in Thoughts (Was nützt die Liebe in Gedanken) Paul
Ladies in Lavender Andrea Marowski
Farland Frank
The Edukators (Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei) Jan
2005 Merry Christmas (Joyeux Noël) Horstmayer
2006 Cargo Chris
Cars Lightning McQueen German version
Salvador (Puig Antich) Salvador Puig Antich
A Friend of Mine (Ein Freund von mir) Karl
Brother Bear 2 Kenai German version
2007 2 Days in Paris Lukas
The Bourne Ultimatum Martin Kreutz
2008 In Transit (In Tranzit) Klaus
Krabat Tonda
A Bit of Chocolate (Un poco de chocolate) Marcos
2009 John Rabe Dr. Georg Rosen
Las madres de Elna Amaro
The Countess István Thurzó
Dinosaurier Tobias Hardmann
Inglourious Basterds Fredrick Zoller
Lila, Lila David Kern
2010 King's Road (Kóngavegur 7) Rupert
The Coming Days (Die kommenden Tage) Hans Krämer
2011 Eva Álex Garel
Lessons of a Dream (Der ganz große Traum) Konrad Koch
2 Days in New York The Oak Fairy
All Together (Et si on vivait tous ensemble?) Dirk
Intruders Father Antonio
2012 Winning Streak (The Pelayos) Iván Pelayo
7 Days in Havana Spanish Businessman
2013 Rush Niki Lauda
The Fifth Estate Daniel Domscheit-Berg
A Most Wanted Man Max
2014 The Face of an Angel Thomas
2015 Me and Kaminski Sebastian Zöllner
Woman in Gold Hubertus Czernin
Colonia Daniel
Burnt Tony Balerdi
2016 Alone in Berlin Escherich
Captain America: Civil War Helmut Zemo
Killing for Love Jens Söring
2017 The Zookeeper's Wife Lutz Heck
2018 The Cloverfield Paradox Ernst Schmidt
Entebbe Wilfried Böse
2019 My Zoe Thomas
2021 Next Door (Nebenan) Daniel
The King's Man Felix Yusupov Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1995 Verbotene Liebe Benji Kirchner 16 episodes
Svens Geheimnis TBA TV movie
1996 Der Pakt - Wenn Kinder töten Nikolas Koll TV movie
1997 Freunde fürs Leben Leander Heiden 4 episodes
Polizeiruf 110 Robert Voigt Episode: «Der Sohn der Kommissarin»
1998 SOKO München Knut Episode: «Ausgetrickst»
1998-2000 Tatort Achim 2 episodes
1998 Blutiger Ernst Reinhold Gerwander TV movie
1999 Hin und weg David TV movie
Sturmzeit Chris Rathenberg Episode: «Teil 4»
Ein mörderischer Plan Reini Pfaff TV movie
2000 Eine öffentliche Affäre TBA
2014 The Trip Patron at Terrace Bar Episode: «Il Cenobio dei Dogi, Camogli»
2018–present The Alienist Dr. Laszlo Kreizler Main role
2021 The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Helmut Zemo 5 episodes
2021 Marvel Studios: Assembled Himself Documentary; Episode: "Assembled: The Making of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier"

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 Nominated
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 - 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
2019 Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film The Alienist Nominated

Books[edit]

  • Brühl, Daniel; Cáceres, Javier (2012). Ein Tag in Barcelona. Berlin: Ullstein Verlag. ISBN 978-3-550-08832-2.
  • Brühl, Daniel; Gonzales, Atilano (2014). ¡Tapas!: Die spanische Küche der Bar Raval. Königswinter: Heel Verlag. ISBN 978-3-86852-950-0.

References[edit]

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  20. ^ Müller, Enrique (14 November 2014). "Daniel Brühl brings a serving of Barcelona to Berlin". EL PAÍS. Archived from the original on 26 July 2020. Retrieved 3 August 2020.
  21. ^ Conrad, Andreas (2 October 2017). "Daniel Brühl eröffnet zweite Tapas-Bar in Berlin". Der Tagesspiel (in German). Archived from the original on 7 November 2017. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
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