People: Daniel Brühl 🇩🇪


Not just your average pretty boy, Daniel Brühl has become one of the most well-known actors of the last two decades.  From his international breakthrough role in Good Bye, Lenin! (2003) there has been a long list of quality movies he is been involved with.

You must have seen him in blockbusters like Inglourious Basterds (2009) (where he plays a great baddie) The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) or maybe Captain America: Civil War (2016) but I’d recommend to have a look at his filmography since there is a wide range of genres and roles that deserve some attention.

What really caught my attention about him is the fact that he speaks fluent German, English, Spanish, Catalan and French (and understands Portuguese) and we can see him acting splendidly in all those 5 languages.

He was born in Barcelona (Spain) in a very multicultural family (his father is German- Brazilian and his mother is Spanish).  At a very early age he moved to Cologne, Germany, where he grew up with his family.

When asked which language he prefers acting in (for an interview with the Wall Street Journal) he paraphrased a quote from Roman Emperor Charles V:

“He spoke German with his horse, Spanish to God and French to his mistress.”

Always having those roots present he’s been involved with different projects highlighting the importance of those cultures that are part of his life. For instance:

He has promoted what a great experience it is hiking in the mountains of Tyrol:

Or also he decided to open a tapas bar with his friend Atilano González in Berlin called “Bar Raval” not only approved among the expat Spaniards but also frequented by superheroes.


Robert Downey Jr. and Daniel Brühl at Bar Raval in Berlin

So popular that they decided to publish a book with recipes and anecdotes titled: ¡Tapas! Die spanische Küche der Bar Raval.


Besides he wrote Ein Tag in Barcelona where he narrates a long walk through the streets of Barcelona for a whole day. Highly recommended as well!

Why him? Why now? He came to my mind because he is releasing a movie I can’t wait to watch: The zookeeper’s wife. Once again he has to wear the Nazi uniform but I’m sure you’ll see someone completely different from Fredrick Zoller.

So, for all those reasons mentioned above (cinema, food, languages…) I think that students may be interested in knowing about Daniel and his work. I hope you find this useful too! Tschüss!


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