Klaus Kinski

Born Oct 18, 1926

Klaus Kinski was a German actor. He appeared in more than 130 films, and is perhaps best remembered as a leading role actor in the films of Werner Herzog, including: Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972), Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979), Woyzeck (1979), Fitzcarraldo (1982) and Cobra Verde (1987). He is the father of Nastassja Kinski, Pola Kinski, and Nikolai Kinski, all actors.… Read More

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1926 Birth Born on October 18, 1926.
1936 9 Years Old From 1936 on, Kinski attended the Prinz-Heinrich-Gymnasium in Schöneberg.


1943 16 Years Old Kinski was conscripted at the age of 17 into the German Wehrmacht some time in 1943, and served in the army.
1944 17 Years Old He saw no action until the winter of 1944, when his unit was transferred to the Netherlands. … Read More
1946 19 Years Old 1 More Event
He remained healthy but finally was returned to Germany in 1946, after spending a year and four months in captivity. … Read More


1947 20 Years Old The next year he was fired by the manager in 1947 due to his unpredictable behavior.
1950 23 Years Old Other companies followed, but his unconventional and emotionally volatile behavior regularly got him into trouble. In 1950, Kinski stayed in a psychiatric hospital for three days because he stalked his sponsor, on whom he had a one-sided crush, and eventually tried to strangle her. … Read More
1955 28 Years Old Around this time Kinski became unable to secure film roles, and, in 1955, he reportedly attempted suicide twice. … Read More
1956 29 Years Old In March 1956, he made a single guest appearance at Vienna's Burgtheater in Goethe's Torquato Tasso. … Read More


1977 50 Years Old …  In 1977 he starred as the guerrillero Wilfried Böse in Operation Thunderbolt, based on the events of the 1976 Operation Entebbe. … Read More
1984 57 Years Old Kinski played Kurtz, an Israeli intelligence office in The Little Drummer Girl, a feature film by George Roy Hill in 1984. … Read More
1986 59 Years Old …  Also in 1999, director David Schmoeller released a short film entitled Please Kill Mr. Kinski, which relates stories of Kinski's erratic and disruptive behavior on the set of his 1986 film Crawlspace. … Read More


1987 60 Years Old Kinski co-starred as an evil killer from the future in a 1987 Sci-Fi based TV film Timestalkers, with William Devane and Lauren Hutton. … Read More
1988 61 Years Old He reinforced his wild image by his accounts in his 1988 autobiography, All I Need Is Love (reprinted in 1996 as Kinski Uncut).
1991 65 Years Old Klaus Kinski died on 23 November 1991, of a sudden heart attack at his home in Lagunitas, California, at the age of 65. … Read More
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