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BERLIN — The European Film Academy is honoring Swiss actor Bruno Ganz with a lifetime achievement award this year.

The academy will present the award to Ganz at the European Film Awards, which this year take place in Tallinn, Estonia on Dec. 4.

Ganz, who saw his cinematic career take off in the 1970s and ’80s working with leading German filmmakers Werner Herzog, Volker Schloendorff and Wim Wenders, appeared in such films as “The American Friend” with Dennis Hopper; “Nosferatu the Vampyre”; “Circle of Deceit”; “Wings of Desire” and its sequel “Faraway, So Close!”

He later went on to star in Silvio Soldini’s 2000 Italian comedy “Bread & Tulips,” Uli Edel’s “The Baader Meinhof Complex” and Stephen Daldry’s “The Reader.”

Yet it was his role as Adolf Hitler in Oliver Hirschbiegel’s 2004 “Downfall” (and the subsequent explosion of subtitled parodies based on the film that became a staple of Internet viral videos) that have probably gained him the most recent fame.

The academy said Ganz had “lent his face to some of cinema’s most unforgettable moments.”

This year Ganz was elected president of the German Film Academy, along with actress Iris Berben.