Daniel César Martín Brühl González Domingo, known simply as Daniel Brühl, is a German actor. He began his work at a young age in a German soap opera called Forbidden Love in 1995. In 2003, his starring role in the German film Good Bye, Lenin! received wider recognition and critical acclaim which garnered him the European Film Award for Best Actor and the German Film Award for Best Actor. Brühl has worked in both European and American productions in several different languages. Brühl is fluent in multiple languages, including German, English, Spanish, French and Catalan.
He was introduced to mainstream U.S. audiences with his breakout role of Frederik Zoller, a German war hero in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, and appeared in films such as The Bourne Ultimatum, The Fifth Estate and A Most Wanted Man. Brühl received widespread critical acclaim and further recognition for his portrayal of former Formula 1 driver Niki Lauda in the Ron Howard biographical film Rush.