Daniel César Martín Brühl González Domingo; born 16 June 1978) is a Spanish-born German actor. He is best known as Daniel Brühl.
Brühl was born in Barcelona, Spain, the son of German stage director Hanno Brühl and a Spanish professor mother. He also has a brother and a sister. Shortly after his birth his family moved to Cologne, Germany, where he grew up and attended the Dreikönigsgymnasium. Brought up in a fully bilingual home, he speaks German, Spanish, English, French and Catalan. In 2006, Brühl separated from his long-time girlfriend, actress Jessica Schwarz, to whom he was engaged.
Brühl began acting at a young age and made his first steps 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 Golden Globe-nominated film 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… read more
I haven't found any of his performances "bad" in any sense of the word. Especially when he has poor material, he's always been the only one with a verité to his performance. I realize films like 2 Days In Paris are adored on this site, but I found only his performance kept the film from being overly self-loathing. And it wasn't the character -- not anyone could play a straight-faced "fairy." Between Good Bye, Lenin!, the Edukators (which wasn't too great), Love in Thoughts, 2 Days in Paris, and Inglorious Basterds, he has yet to truly fail the audience.