Klaus Kinski
German actor
Klaus Kinski
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.
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Klaus & Kinski vuelven a los años noventa en una actuación especial de "Amor B" - RTVE
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Hay algo en los vídeos de Klaus & Kinski que dota a sus canciones de una dimensión nueva. Siempre a medio camino entre el surrealismo, la ironía y el amor desgarrado, el salto de los murcianos a la pantalla les lleva a un revival de chalecos,
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In Android, Klaus Kinski wants to build a sexbot…in space! - io9
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In Aaron Lipstatdt's 1982 science fiction melodrama Android, Klaus Kinski plays brilliant cyberneticist (and snappy dresser) Dr. Daniel. Don Keith Opper is Max 404, Daniel's assistant and longtime android companion. Daniel and Max are the sole
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Klaus & Kinski en la Cidade da Cultura - www.ensantiagodecompostela.es
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Dentro del ciclo Atardecer en el Gaiás el grupo indie hará un repaso de sus discos. El grupo encabezado por Alejandro Martínez Moya y Marina Gómez Carruthers visita Santiago de Compostela para ofrecer un concierto en la plaza de la Ciudad de la Cultura
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For a Few Dollars More - JustPressPlay
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"For a Few Dollars More" is on sale August 23, 2011 and is rated R. Action, Crime, Western. Directed by Sergio Leone. Written by Luciano Vincenzoni & Sergio Leone. Starring Clint Eastwood, Gian Maria Volonte, Lee Van Cleef, Klaus Kinski
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Spas & Beauty Services - New York Magazine
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Soon, the conversation veers into a café-table discussion of craft and career, with detours into the omnivorousness of Michael Caine's taste in roles and the pathological relationship between Werner Herzog and Klaus Kinski
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TV Q & A: Some profanity slipped out on '50s television - Florida Today
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It also stars Paula Prentiss and Klaus Kinski, and it was on video, but now is out of print. Q: I have been trying to find out about a movie I saw probably 25 years ago starring Carol Burnett and Alan Arkin. It was called choo-choo something and I'm
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Comedy review: Pointless Anger, Righteous Ire 2: Back in the Habit - Edinburgh Festivals
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This is a growly grump of a show with nods to Schopenhauer, Klaus Kinski, Wayne Sleep and Waitrose. They hate their diabetic soundman, they hate the room, they hate the fact they are losing their voices and can't shout about things properly and they
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Eugene Mirman Comedy Fest 2011 -- lineup & tix - Brooklyn Vegan
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When the Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival reared it's beautiful head for the first time in 2008, the sheer magnitude of the thing was really and truly mind-blowing; 10 epic shows, 4 nights, 2 venues. And for reasons which I can't fully
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Show Me The Mummy – Treasure In Film - Little White Lies (blog)
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Just ask Klaus Kinski in his role for Aguirre, The Wrath of God. The much desired city of gold in comparison to actual treasure makes it a true unknown wonder of the world. The commodity of treasure hunting will forever be an ambitious proposition for
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Wet Hot Anniversary show postponed, donate to Eugene Mirman Fest Kickstarter ... - Brooklyn Vegan
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If you're like me (you wish), you were looking forward to going to the Wet Hot American Summer 10 Year Anniversary Show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Tuesday July 26th. Then you were looking forward to making your way to the
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Redbox DVD/Blu-ray report: Limitless options! - SheKnows.com
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Sci-Fi Invasion - 50 Movie Set: This 12-disc set boasts a surprising number of stars, including Vincent Price (The Bat), Dorothy Stratten (Galaxina), Mark Hamill & Bill Paxton (Slipstream), Klaus Kinski & Harvey Keitel (Star Knight),
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When Celebrated Directors Lose The Plot: Interesting Left Turns And Failures ... - Indie Wire (blog)
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Matthau plays a hitman, whose latest job is impaired by a suicidal TV inventor, whose wife has fallen in love with a sexual therapist (Klaus Kinski, who would later deny being in the film at all). But the darker tone feels uncomfortable: Wilder would
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Devin Gary & Ross released an LP, Gary Panter is speaking @ the Whitney (where ... - Brooklyn Vegan
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Gary Panter is an illustrator, painter, Panter, designer and part-time musician whose name is synonymous with Pee Wee's Playhouse, underground comics, and a post-punk artistic aesthetic. He won three Emmy awards for his work on Pee
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Travis Bean, RIP - Brooklyn Vegan
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by BBG & Klaus Kinski Ask your average Jane or Joe on the street to name an American guitar manufacturer and you'd probably have a solid 99% 'good answer' success rate. Ask your average Jane or Joe on the street to name an American luthier (besides Les
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Klaus Kinski's Comedy Canon (07/11/11) - Brooklyn Vegan
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Ladies and gentlemen, we are approaching that time of year when I feel so oppressed and destroyed by the heat and humidity that I can't help but contemplate suicide knowing that I must endure this for many many many more weeks
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Dragging a Boat over the Alps in the Name of Art - Spiegel Online
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The project evokes Werner Herzog's 1982 film "Fitzcarraldo," in which Klaus Kinski plays an adventurer who, hoping to tap into the profitable rubber trade in the Peruvian jungle circa 1900, gets hundreds of local indigenous people to haul a steamship
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Klaus Kinski
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1991
    Age 64
    Klaus Kinski died on 23 November 1991, of a sudden heart attack at his home in Lagunitas, California, at the age of 65.
    More Details Hide Details His body was cremated and his ashes were scattered into the Pacific Ocean. He was survived by his daughters, Pola and Nastassja, and his son, Nikolai. Only Nikolai attended his father's funeral.
  • 1988
    Age 61
    He reinforced his wild image by his accounts in his 1988 autobiography, All I Need Is Love (reprinted in 1996 as Kinski Uncut).
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  • 1987
    Age 60
    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.
    More Details Hide Details His last film (which he wrote and directed) was Kinski Paganini (1989), in which he played the legendary violinist Niccolò Paganini.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1986
    Age 59
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The film features behind-the-scenes footage of Kinski's various confrontations with director and crewmembers, along with Schmoeller's account of the events. In 2006, Christian David published the first comprehensive biography of Kinski, based on newly discovered archived material, personal letters, and interviews with the actor's friends and colleagues. Peter Geyer published a paperback book of essays on Kinski's life and work. Kinski married three times, having a child with each wife. The children had little contact with each other while growing up. In 2013, more than 20 years after her father's death, Pola Kinski published an autobiography entitled Kindermund (or "From a Child's Mouth"), in which she revealed her father had sexually abused her from the ages of 5 to 19. Kinski's younger daughter Nastassja, who is Pola's half-sister, was questioned about the matter. In her interview published in the online issue of the German tabloid Bild on 13 January 2013, she said that Kinski would embrace her in a sexual manner when she was 4–5 years old but never had sex with her. Nastassja has expressed support for Pola and told she was always afraid of her father because he was an unpredictable tyrant.
  • 1984
    Age 57
    Kinski played Kurtz, an Israeli intelligence office in The Little Drummer Girl, a feature film by George Roy Hill in 1984.
    More Details Hide Details It also starred Diane Keaton as Charlie.
  • 1977
    Age 50
    In 1977 he starred as the guerrillero Wilfried Böse in Operation Thunderbolt, based on the events of the 1976 Operation Entebbe.
    More Details Hide Details Kinski began to work with director Werner Herzog. Eventually, their collaboration brought him international recognition. They made five films together: Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972), Woyzeck (1978), Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979), Fitzcarraldo (1982), and Cobra Verde (1987). He was considered a controversial figure in Germany, as his emotional volatility was notorious, as were rumors of his numerous affairs with women.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1956
    Age 29
    In March 1956, he made a single guest appearance at Vienna's Burgtheater in Goethe's Torquato Tasso.
    More Details Hide Details Although respected by his colleagues, among them Judith Holzmeister, and cheered by the audience, Kinski did not gain a permanent contract. The Burgtheater's management became aware of the actor's earlier difficulties in Germany. He unsuccessfully tried to sue the company. Living jobless in Vienna, Kinski reinvented himself as a monologuist and spoken word artist. He presented the prose and verse of François Villon, William Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde, among others. He established himself as an actor touring Austria, Germany, and Switzerland with his shows. Kinski's first film role was a small part in the 1948 film Morituri. He appeared in several German Edgar Wallace movies, and had bit parts in the American war films Decision Before Dawn (1951) and A Time to Love and a Time to Die (1958). He starred as the doomed Jewish refugee in The Counterfeit Traitor with William Holden. In Alfred Vohrer's Die toten Augen von London (1961), his character refused any personal guilt for his evil deeds and claimed to have only followed the orders given to him. Kinski's performance reflected the post-war Germans' reluctance to take responsibility for what had happened during World War II.
  • 1955
    Age 28
    Around this time Kinski became unable to secure film roles, and, in 1955, he reportedly attempted suicide twice.
    More Details Hide Details The same year, for three months, Kinski lived in the same boarding house as a 13-year-old Werner Herzog, who would later direct him in a number of films. In the 1999 documentary My Best Fiend, Herzog described how Kinski locked himself in the communal bathroom for 48 hours and reduced everything to bits.
  • 1950
    Age 23
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Medical records from the period listed a preliminary diagnosis of schizophrenia but the conclusion was psychopathy.
  • 1947
    Age 20
    The next year he was fired by the manager in 1947 due to his unpredictable behavior.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1946
    Age 19
    After his return to Germany, Kinski started out as an actor, first at a small touring company in Offenburg, where he used his newly adopted name of Klaus Kinski. In 1946, he was hired by the renowned Schlosspark-Theater in Berlin.
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    He remained healthy but finally was returned to Germany in 1946, after spending a year and four months in captivity.
    More Details Hide Details Arriving in Berlin, he saw how the once modern city had been reduced to ruins and was occupied by Allied troops. Kinski learned his father had died during the war, and his mother had been killed in an Allied air attack on the city.
  • 1944
    Age 17
    He saw no action until the winter of 1944, when his unit was transferred to the Netherlands.
    More Details Hide Details He was wounded and captured by the British on his second day of combat. Kinski gave a different version of events in his 1988 autobiography. He said that he made a conscious decision to desert; he had been captured by the Germans, court-martialed as a deserter and sentenced to death, but he escaped and hid in the woods. He finally surrendered to a British patrol, which had wounded him in the arm before taking him captive. After being treated for his injuries and interrogated, Kinski was transferred to Britain. The ship transporting him was torpedoed by a German U-boat, but arrived safely. He was held at the prisoner of war "Camp 186" in Berechurch Hall in Colchester, Essex. There he played his first roles on stage, taking part in shows intended to maintain morale among the prisoners. By May 1945, at the end of the war in Europe, the German POWs were anxious to return home. Kinski had heard that sick prisoners were to be returned first, and tried to qualify by standing outside naked at night, drinking urine and eating cigarettes.
  • 1943
    Age 16
    Kinski was conscripted at the age of 17 into the German Wehrmacht some time in 1943, and served in the army.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1936
    Age 9
    From 1936 on, Kinski attended the Prinz-Heinrich-Gymnasium in Schöneberg.
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  • 1926
    Born
    Born on October 18, 1926.
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