Although generally considered German, Daniel Brühl was actually born in Barcelona, Spain. Left-handed Daniel is an actor best known for his roles as Fredrick Zoller in Inglourious Basterds and Niki Lauda in Rush.
Daniel César Martín Brühl González Domingo was born in Barcelona on June 16 1978 to his German father, Hanno Brühl, a German television director and his Spanish mother who was a teacher. He has a brother, Oliver, and a sister, Miriam.
While Daniel was still a babe in arms, his family moved to Cologne in Germany where he grew up and attended the Dreikönigsgymnasium.
Daniel spent his childhood summers in the neighborhood of Sant Gervasi, incorporating visits to his Uncle Juan and Aunt Juani, bike rides on the back of cousin Tito’s motorbike, and long discussions with his grandfather José Manuel, a retired bullfighting chronicler, “I knew a lot about bulls and football and everything was different to Germany,” said Daniel. “Coming to Barcelona was to feel at home, but without duties, always on vacation.”
Daniel’s acting career began in a German soap opera called Forbidden Love in 1995, directed by Wolfgang Becker. Daniel starred as a son who tries to convince his mother that East Germany is still in existence after she wakes from a coma. This was followed in 2003 by his first movie role in the German film Good Bye, Lenin! which launched him fully into the public eye and for which he received a number of awards.
English speaking audiences first saw him as Fredrick Zoller in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, a German war hero although he also appeared in The Bourne Ultimatum, The Fifth Estate and A Most Wanted Man.
It was for his portrayal of Niki Lauda in the Ron Howard biographical film Rush that Daniel received widespread critical acclaim and further recognition, receiving multiple award nominations including the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor, Critic’s Choice Award for Best Supporting Actor, Screen Actors Guild Award and the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.
When not acting, Daniel is also a restaurateur, co-owning Bar Raval, a tapas bar in the trendy area of Kreuzberg in Berlin. “It was always my dream to have a good tapas place in Berlin,” said Daniel to The Independent. “Sometimes I miss Spain a lot, because I’m half-Spanish, and I wasn’t really happy with the tapas places we had in Berlin. Plus, I’m a big fan of Barcelona, which is the best team in the world and so I have Spanish pay TV there, so I could watch Barça and eat tapas.” His business partner, Atilano González, is the one that Daniel credits with the work, however. Speaking of González, Daniel said: “My partner is the one that has to be there every day. That is hard work. He has to deal with the problems and I just go there and enjoy the food.”
- Brought up in a fully multilingual home, he speaks fluent German, English, Portuguese, Spanish, French and Catalan.
- For the film Goodbye Lenin!, Daniel received the European Film Award for Best Actor and the German Film Award for Best Actor
In 2006, Brühl separated from his long-time girlfriend and later fiancée, actress Jessica Schwarz, whom he had met on the set of the 2001 film Nichts bereuen. Schwarz nicknamed him Gollum after the LOTR character because he apparently resembles him first thing in the morning.
His girlfriend is the 25-year-old model Felicitas Rombold according to media sources, although Daniel remains tightlipped about his love life.
Daniel Brühl – the Model
Let’s all encourage Daniel to get his shirt off because currently there is no record of any modelling.
- Year of birth: 1978
- Star sign: Gemini
- Height: 5′ 10¾” (1.8 m)
You can find Daniel online in the following places:
Elle, along with Alan, is the owner of Spain Buddy and the busy web design business – Spain Web Design by Gandy-Draper.
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