Klaus Kinski

Biography

Date of Birth 18 October 1926, Zoppot, Free City of Danzig [now Sopot, Poland] Date of Death 23 November 1991, Lagunitas, California, USA (heart attack) Birth Name Nikolaus Günther Nakszynski Height 5' 8" (1.73 m) Mini Biography Kinski grew up in Berlin, was drafted into the German army in 1944 and taken POW by the British in Netherlands. He began acting on the stage, quickly gaining a reputation for his ferocious talent and equally ferocious temper. He started acting in films shortly afterwards, showing complete lack of discrimination as to their quality (a complete filmography is almost impossible to establish), but turning out memorable work for director Werner Herzog a similarly driven and obsessive character. Herzog and Kinski pushed each other to extremes over a fifteen-year working relationship, but finally split after irreconcilable differences when filming Cobra Verde (1987). Kinski subsequently directed and starred in Kinski Paganini (1989), his only film as director. His autobiography 'All I Need is Love', one of the most vicious attacks on the film business ever written, was withdrawn for legal reasons and subsequently re-released as 'Kinski Uncut' in the US & UK, 'Ich brauche Liebe' in Germany, and in various other languages. Trivia Father, with Ruth Tocki, of Nastassja Kinski. Father of actress Pola Kinski. Father of Nikolai Kinski. Klaus Kinski's autobiography was originally released under the title "All I Need Is Love", but was withdrawn in 1989 due to a contract dispute: a German publisher claimed Kinski had previously released an autobiography for them entitled 'Ich, Kinski', and sued the publishers. It was reissued in 1997 under the title "Kinski Uncut", adding material that had been excluded from the first version of the book. For a brief time he lived in an apartment in Munich which he shared with several other people. One of the children living there was thirteen-year-old Werner Herzog. They later collaborated in five movies: Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes (1972), Woyzeck (1979), Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (1979), Fitzcarraldo (1982) and Cobra Verde (1987). Grandchildren: Aljosha, Sonja and Kenia. His countenance and screen persona gave his film career a boost in the 1960s when he was cast in a number of German productions based upon the thrillers of Edgar Wallace. Uncle of actress Lara Naszinsky. Son of Bruno Nakszynski, a Polish-German pharmacist, and his wife Susanne Lutze, daughter of a German pastor from Danzig. Of his three children, only his son Nikolai Kinski attended the funeral in California, where his ashes were strewn in the Pacific Ocean (February 1992). Turned down the role of a German villain in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), although he wanted to do a movie with Steven Spielberg, but thought "the script is as moronically shitty as so many other flicks of its ilk.". His provocative TV appearance on "Je später der Abend ..." (1973) became legendary because he didn't answer a single question during an interview of and called the host Reinhard Münchenhagen "Herr Münchhausen" (1977). He was recently honored by his city of birth, Sopot. Spoke at least five languages: English, French, German, Italian & Spanish. His father was a struggling opera singer who abandoned Kinski and his family when Kinski was still a child. He was offered a part in Hammer's last movie To the Devil a Daughter (1976), but turned it down as his scenes would take more than ten days to shoot. Was announced to play Dr. Hans Fallanda in Lifeforce (1985), but dropped out. Personal Quotes "Man muß den Menschen vor allem nach seinen Lastern beurteilen. Tugenden können vorgetäuscht sein. Laster sind echt. (One should judge a man mainly from his depravities. Virtues can be faked. Depravities are real.)" "I'd have been better than Adolf Hitler. I could've delivered his speeches a lot better. That's for certain." "I choose films with the shortest schedule and the most money." "Wer mich beleidigt, entscheide ich." (I decide who offends me.) "So I sell myself, for the highest price. Exactly like a prostitute. There is no difference." "Making movies is better than cleaning toilets." "I'm like a wild animal who's behind bars. I need air, I need space."

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Birth Name

Klaus Günter Karl Nakszynski

Birth Place

Zoppot, Free City of Danzig [now Sopot, Pomorskie, Poland]

Birth Date

10/18/1926

Death Date

11/23/1991
Known For
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Fitzcarraldo

Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald - 'Fitzcarraldo'

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Nosferatu the Vampyre

Count Dracula

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Aguirre, the Wrath of God

Don Lope de Aguirre

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Double Face

John Alexander

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Cobra Verde

Francisco Manoel da Silva / Cobra Verde

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Woyzeck

Friedrich Johann Franz Woyzeck

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A Bullet for the General

El Santo

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Jack the Ripper

Dr. Dennis Orloff / Jack the Ripper

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Primal Impulse

Professor Blackmann

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The Bloody Dead / Creature with the Blue Hand

Dave Emerson / Richard Emerson

Starring In
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Handsome Harker

Reinfierd (archive footage)

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Stake Holders: An Appreciation of Jess Franco's 'Count Dracula'

Reinfierd (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Stirb langsam auf den Philippinen

Silveira (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy

Self (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Beloved Count

Renfield (archive footage)

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My Best Fiend

Self (archive footage)

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Paganini

Niccolo Paganini

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Nosferatu in Venice

Nosferatu

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Cobra Verde

Francisco Manoel da Silva / Cobra Verde

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Timestalkers

Dr. Joseph Cole

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Crawlspace

Karl Gunther

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Revenge

Donald McBride

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Star Knight

Boetius

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Creature

Hans Rudy Hofner

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Commando Leopard

Silveira

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The Little Drummer Girl

Martin Kurtz

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Code Name: Wild Geese

Charleton

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Fitzcarraldo

Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald - 'Fitzcarraldo'

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Burden of Dreams

Fitzcarraldo / Self

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Android

Dr. Daniel

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Der Söldner

Dracha

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Love & Money

Frederic Stockheinz

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Buddy Buddy

Dr. Hugo Zuckerbrot

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Frucht der leidenschaft

Sir Stephen

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Venom

Jacmel

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Schizoid

Pieter Fales

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Killer-Truck

Le motard

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Adios Companeros FSK18

Hagen

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Woyzeck

Friedrich Johann Franz Woyzeck

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Nosferatu the Vampyre

Count Dracula

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Asylum Erotica

Dr. Francis Clay

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Operation Thunderbolt

Wilfried Boese

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Death of a Corrupt Man

Nicolas Tomski

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Madame Claude

Alexander Zakis

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Jack the Ripper

Dr. Dennis Orloff / Jack the Ripper

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Lifespan

Nicholas Ulrich

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A Genius, Two Friends and an Idiot

Doc Foster

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Primal Impulse

Professor Blackmann

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Return of Shanghai Joe

Pat Barnes

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L'important c'est d'aimer

Karl-Heinz Zimmer

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The Hand That Feeds the Dead

Prof. Nijinski

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Heroes in Hell

Gen. Kaufmann (as Klaus Kinsky)

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Lover of the Monster

Dr. Alex Nijinski

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Shanghai Joe

Scalper Jack

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The Law Enforcers

Vito Quattroni

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Death Smiles on a Murderer

Dr. Sturges

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A Noose Is Waiting for You Trinity

Scott

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Aguirre, the Wrath of God

Don Lope de Aguirre

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Shoot the Living and Pray for the Dead

Dan Hogan

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The Price of Death

Chester Conway

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Giù la testa... hombre

Reverend Cotton

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His Name Was King

Sheriff Brian Foster

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Black Killer

James Webb / Black Killer

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Coffin Full of Dollars

Hagen / Slander

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Web of the Spider

Edgar Allan Poe

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Satan der Rache

Gary Hamilton

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Count Dracula

Renfield

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The Bloody Dead / Creature with the Blue Hand

Dave Emerson / Richard Emerson

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The Beast

Johnny Laster

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Churchill's Leopards

Hauptsturmführer Holtz

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The Liberators

Cpl. Brian Haskins / Norman Carr (as Klaus Kinsky)

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I Am Sartana, Your Angel of Death

Hot Dead

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Double Face

John Alexander

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Five for Hell

SS Col. Hans Mueller

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They Were Called Graveyard

Victor Barret / Dingus

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Venus In Furs

Ahmed Kortobawi

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The Great Silence

Tigrero / Loco

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If You Meet Sartana, Pray for Your Death

Morgan (as Klaus Kinsky)

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The Ruthless Four

Brent the Blondie

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Coplan Saves His Skin

Theler

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Mister Zehn Prozent - Miezen und Moneten

Periwinkle

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Marquis de Sade's Justine

Le marquis de Sade (as Klaus Kinsky)

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The Cats

Adam Williams

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Man, Pride, and Vengeance

Lt. Miguel Garcia (as Klaus Kinsky)

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Five Golden Dragons

Gert

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A Bullet for the General

El Santo

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Grand Slam

Erich Weiss

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Sumuru - Die Tochter des Satans

President Boong

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Winnetou: The Red Gentleman

David 'Luke' Lucas

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Circus of Fear

Manfred Hart

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Killer's Carnival

Gomez (Rio segment)

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Our Man in Marrakesh

Jonquil

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The Secret Agents

Russian Agent (as Klaus Kinsky)

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Doctor Zhivago

Kostoyed

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That Man in Istanbul

Schenck

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Neues vom Hexer

Edwards

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For a Few Dollars More

Juan Wild - The Hunchback

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The Pleasure Girls

Nikko Stalmar

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Das Geheimnis der chinesischen Nelke

Speranzo

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Die Gruft mit dem Rätselschloss

George

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Wartezimmer zum Jenseits

Shapiro

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Das Verrätertor

Kane

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Der letzte Ritt nach Santa Cruz

José

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Kali Yug: Aufruhr in Indien

Saddhu

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Kali Yug

Saddhu

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Das Indische Tuch

Peter Ross

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Der schwarze Abt

Thomas Fortuna

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Piccadilly null Uhr zwölf

Whity Skipper

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Die schwarze Kobra

Koks-Charly / Charley 'The Snow'

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Das Geheimnis der schwarzen Witwe

Boyd

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Der Zinker

Krishna

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Scotland Yard jagt Dr. Mabuse

Inspector Joe Wright

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Das Gasthaus an der Themse

Gregor Gubanow

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Die Tür mit den 7 Schlössern

Pheeny

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Der rote Rausch

Martin

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Das Rätsel der roten Orchidee

Steve

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The Counterfeit Traitor

Kindler

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Die seltsame Gräfin

Bresset

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Das Geheimnis der gelben Narzissen

Peter Keene - German version

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Die toten Augen von London

Edgar Strauss

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Der Rächer

Lorenz Voss

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A Time to Love and a Time to Die

Gestapo Lieutenant

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Geliebte Corinna

Klaus Brockmann

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Waldwinter

Otto Hartwig

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Kinder, Mütter und ein General

Leutnant

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Ludwig II - Glanz und Elend eines Königs

Prinz Otto

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Fear

Cabaret Performer (uncredited)

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Decision Before Dawn

Whining Soldier (uncredited)

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Morituri

Dutch prisoner

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