Bruno Ganz was born in Zürich to a Swiss mechanic father and a northern Italian mother. He had decided to pursue an acting career by the time he entered university. He was equally drawn to stage and screen but initially enjoyed greater success in the theater. In 1960, Ganz landed his first film role, in Der Herr mit der schwarzen Melone (The Gentleman in the Black Derby). Despite the support of lead actor Gustav Knuth, his cinematic debut was not particularly successful and it was only many years later that his career in film got off the ground. Ganz made his theatrical debut the following year and devoted himself primarily to the stage for almost two decades thereafter. In 1970, he helped found the Berliner Schaubühne ensemble and two years later performed in the Salzburg Festival premier of Thomas Bernhard's Der Ignorant und der Wahnsinnige, under the direction of Claus Peymann. The German magazine Theater heute (Theater Today) solidified Ganz’s reputation as a stage actor by pronouncing him Schauspieler des Jahres (Actor of the Year) in 1973. One of Ganz's most physically demanding stage portrayals was the title character in Peter Stein’s 2000 production of Goethe's Faust (Parts I and II), as he suffered injuries during rehearsals and his assumption of the role was delayed.Ganz made his film breakthrough in a major part in the 1976 film Sommergäste, launching a widely recognized film career in both Europe and the U.S. He has worked with directors Werner Herzog, Wim Wenders, Éric Rohmer, and Francis Ford Coppola, among others. In 1979 he starred opposite Klaus Kinski in Herzog’s Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (Nosferatu: Phantom of the Night).Ganz played a professor opposite Sir Laurence Olivier in the thriller The Boys from Brazil (1978), about Nazi fugitives.Ganz then became known for his role in Wim Wenders' Wings of Desire, as the angel Damiel. He co-starred with Dennis Hopper in Wenders' The American Friend, an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's novel Ripley's Game.Ganz is best known for portraying Adolf Hitler in Der Untergang (Downfall) (2004). Ganz did four months of research on Hitler in preparation for the role.Ganz recently appeared in The Reader and Der Baader Meinhof Komplex, which were both nominated for the 81st Academy Awards (best picture and best foreign language film).It has been announced that he will play Italian journalist Tiziano Terzani in an upcoming biopic.Ganz has also served as a speaker in classical music works, including a recording of Luigi Nono's Il canto sospeso with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
After high school, Hamel studied from 1960 to 1962 German literature, philosophy and theater studies at the Universities of Heidelberg and Cologne. He then studied acting training at the Westphalian Drama School in Bochum. During his training took him director Oscar Fritz Schuh to the German Schauspielhaus in Hamburg, where he debuted in “The Imaginary Invalid by Molière” in 1963.Hamel was committed in the course of his career as an actor in several German theaters . He worked in 1964 at the Schauspielhaus Bochum, then changed for the next four years on the stages of the city of Cologne and was from 1968 worked for the Bavarian State Theatre. From 1973 to 2001 he was a permanent member of the Munich Kammerspiele, before he returned for season 2001 /02 to the Bavarian State Theatre. In addition, Hamel perceived guest engagements at the Salzburg Festival and the Vienna Burgtheater.Hamel has also been involved as an actor in numerous film and television productions. Furthermore, Hamel operated as a reader of audio books and did in films voice dubbing of Philippe Noiret, Charlton Heston, Frank Langella, Lionel Stander and Raúl Juliá.
Okan Bayülgen is a Turkish actor, variety and talk show host and photographer.Bayülgen was born on March 23, 1964 in Istanbul, Turkey, the son of a lawyer father and a painter mother. He spent six years in Galatasaray High School which he says emotionally harsh years, then he passed to Bodrum High School, eventually he graduated from Şişli High School in 1984. He attended Tours University Faculty of Law and transferred to Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of Economics. After a year of studying economics, Bayülgen returned to Turkey and attended Mimar Sinan University of Fine Arts State Conservatory,a Turkish state university dedicated to the higher education of fine arts. He graduated in 1989 with a master's degree.Bayülgen started his career as the youngest director of the State Theaters in 1989. He also worked as an actor there. In 1991, he began his broadcasting career by hosting his own radio show at Kent FM. He took part in the American TV series "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles" (1992) while it was filming in Istanbul. In 1994, after he was appointed to Trabzon, he was preparing a new play as a director in the State Theatre of Trabzon. However the play got canceled by the executive directors and he quit. After a successful radio career, he created his own late-night TV show called "Gece Kuşu" ("The Night Bird") in 1995 which brought him fame.In 1996, he appeared on TV with a new late-night TV show, called "Televizyon Çocuğu" ("The Television Kid").After 2 years break, he returned with "Zaga", his new late-night TV show, and had a huge success again. In 2004, he offered an alternative publishing model with his new high quality and intellectual show program "Herkes Bunu Konuşuyor" ("Everybody Talks This"). In 2005, the late-night TV show "Televizyon Makinası" ("Television Machine") showed everyone his own creativity and hard work. He continued with Makina (Machine) in 2006 and 2007.After a year break, he started to a new TV show Disko Kralı, (King of Disco) in 2008.His acting career started with a Mustafa Altıoklar movie, called "İstanbul Kanatlarımın Altında", in 1996. In 1997, the 5 ft.7 actor won the Best Actor Award at Sadri Alışık Acting Awards, for his role in "Ağır Roman" and continued his acting career successfully, as expected. He acted in "Romantik" (1999), "Oyun Bozan" (2000), "Hemşo" (2001) and "Komser Şekspir" (2001), "Sır Çocukları" (2002) and "Gülüm" (2002) ... and many TV series. He is one of the most popular dubbing performers and many famous Hollywood movies were dubbed into Turkish by him.He continues his photography works and is also known as a photograph artist since March 2012.