Daniel César Martín Brühl González Domingo
16 June 1978
|Occupation||Actor, director, dancer|
Daniel César Martin Brühl González Domingo (German: [ˈdaːniːɛl bʁyːl] (listen); born 16 June 1978) 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. Brühl has worked in both European and American productions in several 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 (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.
Brühl was born in Barcelona, Spain. His father was TV director Hanno Brühl, who was born in São Paulo, Brazil, of German origin. 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; he also understands Catalan.
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.
In May 2009, Brühl decided to become active in a different field of filmmaking by launching production company Fouronfilm together with Film1. 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.
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. 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. His dancing in the The Falcon and the Winter Soldier got released in the Zemo Cut. 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.
Since 2011, Brühl has been the joint operator of a tapas bar in the Kreuzberg district of Berlin called Bar Raval. 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.
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. Since 2010, he has been in a relationship with practicing psychologist and former model Felicitas Rombold. They have a son together, Anton Hanno (b. October 2016), and married sometime between his birth and early 2018. The couple had a second son in 2020.
|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|
|2001||No Regrets (Nichts bereuen)||Daniel|
|The White Sound||Lukas|
|2002||Vaya con Dios||Arbo|
|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|
|The Edukators (Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei)||Jan|
|2005||Merry Christmas (Joyeux Noël)||Horstmayer|
|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|
|A Bit of Chocolate (Un poco de chocolate)||Marcos|
|2009||John Rabe||Dr. Georg Rosen|
|Las madres de Elna||Amaro|
|The Countess||István Thurzó|
|Inglourious Basterds||Fredrick Zoller|
|Lila, Lila||David Kern|
|2010||King's Road (Kóngavegur 7)||Rupert|
|The Coming Days (Die kommenden Tage)||Hans Krämer|
|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|
|2012||Winning Streak (The Pelayos)||Iván Pelayo|
|7 Days in Havana||Spanish Businessman|
|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|
|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|
|2021||Next Door (Nebenan)||Daniel|
|The King's Man||Felix Yusupov||Post-production|
|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||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
|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|
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