Open main menu

Wikipedia β

Udo Kier (born Udo Kierspe; 14 October 1944) is a German actor who has appeared in over 200 films.[1][2]

Udo Kier
Udo KIER festival de Cannes 2011.jpg
Born Udo Kierspe
(1944-10-14) 14 October 1944 (age 72)
Cologne, Germany
Residence Palm Springs, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1966–present

Contents

Early lifeEdit

Kier was born in Cologne, near the end of World War II. The hospital where he was born was bombed moments after his birth.[3] In his youth he worked as an altar boy [4] and cantor. He moved to the United Kingdom to learn the English language.[1]

CareerEdit

In 1966, Kier was cast in the lead role for the film Road to St. Tropez.[5][6] An early starring role in Andy Warhol's Frankenstein (1973) led to a string of art-house, low-budget, and mainstream horror films, including a number of vampire-themed pictures Die Einsteiger (1985), Blade (1998), Modern Vampires (1998), Shadow of the Vampire (2000), Dracula 3000 and Bloodrayne (2005). He has also become notorious for his work with cult directors, including Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Walerian Borowczyk, Gus Van Zant, Christoph Schlingensief, and Dario Argento (whose classic Suspiria (1977) he was featured in). He has appeared in all of Lars von Trier's movies since 1987's Epidemic (with the exceptions of The Idiots, The Boss of it All and Antichrist).

His most famous Hollywood roles include his appearance as Ron Camp in Ace Ventura:Pet Detective (1994)[7], Curly in Barb Wire, as a NASA flight psychologist in Armageddon[8][9], and as Ralfi in the film Johnny Mnemonic. His music video work includes Madonna's "Deeper and Deeper" from the album Erotica,[10], Korn's "Make Me Bad", Eve's "Let Me Blow Ya Mind", and "Die Schöne und das Biest" by defunct German band Rauhfaser.

He has also worked extensively as a voice actor, starring as the psychic Yuri in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 and its expansion, Yuri's Revenge, playing the villainous Lorenzini in the 1996 film The Adventures of Pinocchio, and later reprising his role in the 1999 sequel The New Adventures of Pinocchio. He also voiced Professor Pericles in Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated.

A documentary on his life and career entitled ICH-UDO...der Schauspieler Udo Kier (ME-Udo...the actor Udo Kier) was filmed for ARTE, the French-German culture channel in Europe, and released in 2012.[11] 2013 the Documentary won the New York Festival "Finalist Certificate".[12]

Personal lifeEdit

Kier moved to Palm Springs, California in 1991.[5][13][14]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1966 Road to Saint Tropez Boy Short film
1968 Shameless Alexander Pohlmann
1969 La stagione dei sensi Luca
1970 Mark of the Devil Count Christian von Meruh
1971 Oi Erotomaneis Tonis Theodorou
1972 Proklisis Angelos
1972 Anilikes amartoles
1972 The Salzburg Connection Anton
1973 Andy Warhol's Frankenstein Baron von Frankenstein
1973 Pan Pilgrim of Death
1974 Blood for Dracula Count Dracula
1975 The Last Word Raimund
1975 Story of O René
1976 Exposé Paul Martin
1976 Goldflocken Franzl
1976 Spermula Werner
1977 Suspiria Dr. Frank Mandel
1977 Belcanto oder Darf eine Nutte schluchzen? Poulailler
1978 The Fifth Commandment Peter Dümmel
1979 The Third Generation Edgar Gast
1979 Hungarian Rhapsody Poór
1980 Nárcisz és Psziché Laci Tóth
1980 Lulu Jack the Ripper
1981 Docteur Jekyll et les femmes Dr. Henry Jekyll
1981 Lola Waiter Uncredited
1981 Lili Marleen Drewitz
1983 The Island of the Bloody Plantation Hermano
1983 The Roaring Fifties Fromm
1983 Pankow '95 Johann Wolfgang Amadeus Zart
1984 Moscow on the Hudson Gay Man on Street Uncredited cameo
1985 Der Unbesiegbare Argon
1985 Seduction: The Cruel Woman Gregor
1985 Die Einsteiger Graf Frackstein
1986 Egomania – Insel ohne Hoffnung Baron Tante Teufel
1987 Epidemic Himself
1988 Another Way: D-Kikan-Joho Hansman
1988 Mother's Mask Herr Seidler
1989 100 Jahre Adolf Hitler – Die letzte Stunde im Führerbunker Adolf Hitler
1990 Blackest Heart Jonny
1991 My Own Private Idaho Hans
1991 Europa Lawrence Hartmann
1992 Terror 2000 – Intensivstation Deutschland Jablo
1993 Josh and S.A.M. Salon Manager
1993 For Love or Money Mr. Himmelman
1993 Even Cowgirls Get the Blues Commercial Director
1993 Three Shake-a-Leg Steps to Heaven Edouard Müllendorf
1994 Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Ron Camp
1994 Rotwang muß weg! Arthur Eigenrauch
1995 A Trick of Light Max Skladanowsky
1995 Johnny Mnemonic Ralfi
1995 Ausgestorben York Cortex Short film
1995 Over My Dead Body Killer
1996 United Trash UNO-General Werner Brenner
1996 Barb Wire Curly
1996 Breaking the Waves Sadistic Sailor
1996 Lea Block
1996 The Adventures of Pinocchio Lorenzini
1997 The End of Violence Zoltan Kovacs
1997 Betty Vincent Lord
1997 Prince Valiant Sligon
1998 Armageddon Psychologist
1998 Life in the Fast Lane Rocky
1998 Blade Dragonetti
1998 Modern Vampires Vincent
1999 End of Days Head Priest
1999 History Is Made at Night Ivan Bliniak
1999 Besat Vincent
1999 The Debtors Unknown character
1999 Unter den Palmen Ludwig
1999 The New Adventures of Pinocchio Madame Flambeau / Lorenzini
2000 Citizens of Perpetual Indulgence
2000 Shadow of the Vampire Albin Grau
2000 Dancer in the Dark Dr. Porkorny
2000 Red Letters George Kessler
2000 Just One Night Walter Lert
2000 Doomsdayer Max Gast
2001 Critical Mass Samson
2001 Invincible Count Helldorf
2001 Double Deception Vincent
2001 Die Gottesanbeterin
2001 Megiddo: The Omega Code 2 The Guardian
2001 All the Queen's Men General Landssdorf
2001 Revelation Grand Master
2002 Auf Herz und Nieren Doc
2002 Broken Cookies Director
2002 FeardotCom Polidori
2002 Mrs Meitlemeihr Hitler / Mrs. Meitlemeihr Short film
2002 Pigs Will Fly Onkel Max
2003 Dogville The Man in the Coat
2003 Montewood Hollyverità Erich Mühsam
2003 Love Object Radley
2003 Gate to Heaven Joachim Nowak
2004 Paranoia 1.0 Derrick
2004 Jargo Jargos Vater
2004 Sawtooth Reverend Cain
2004 Modigliani Max Jacob
2004 Evil Eyes George
2004 Dracula 3000 Captain Varna
2004 Surviving Christmas Heinrich
2005 Children of Wax P.
2005 Headspace Rev. Karl Hartman
2005 One More Round Lance Wallace
2005 Wit's End The Stranger
2005 Manderlay Mr. Kirspe
2005 BloodRayne Regal Monk
2006 Pray for Morning Edouard Leopold Edu
2006 Holly Klaus
2006 Crusade in Jeans Dr. Lawerence
2007 Fall Down Dead Picasso Killer / Aaron Garvey
2007 Grindhouse Franz Hess Segment: "Werewolf Women of the SS"
2007 Halloween Morgan Walker
2007 Tell Hermann Gessler
2007 The Mother of Tears Father Johannes
2007 Pars: Operation Cherry Klaus Kayman
2008 Far Cry Dr. Lucas Krieger
2008 1½ Knights – In Search of the Ravishing Princess Herzelinde Luipold Trumpf
2009 Lulu and Jimi Schultz
2009 House of Boys Madame
2009 Soul Kitchen Herr Jung
2009 Metropia Ivan Bahn (voice)
2009 My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done? Lee Meyers
2010 Das Leben ist zu lang Tabatabai
2011 Die Blutgräfin
2011 Keyhole Dr. Lemke
2011 Melancholia Wedding Planner
2011 The Theatre Bizarre Peg Poett
2011 UFO in Her Eyes Steve Frost
2012 Iron Sky Wolfgang Kortzfleisch
2012 The Lords of Salem Witchhunter
2012 Night of the Templar Father Paul
2013 Nymphomaniac The Waiter
2014 Beethoven's Treasure Tail The Real Fritz Bruchschnauser
2014 The Editor Dr. Casini
2015 Coconut Hero Mr. Morrow
2015 The Forbidden Room Count Yugh / The Butler / The Dead Father / Guard / Pharmacist
2015 Zero The Lord of the World
2016 Courier X Nathan Vogel
2017 Downsizing Joris
2017 Brawl in Cell Block 99 Placid Man
2017 Haymaker David Post-production
2017 American Exit Anton Post-production
2018 Iron Sky: The Coming Race Wolfgang Kortzfleisch Post-production
2018 Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot George Post-production
2018 Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich André Toulon Post-production
2018 Dragged Across Concrete Friedrich Post-production
TBA American Animals Post-production
TBA The Painted Bird The Miller Post-production

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1973 Sonderdezernat K1 Harry Gätjens Episode: "Kassensturz um Mitternacht"
1973 Joseph Balsamo Gilbert Miniseries
1977 The Stationmaster's Wife Schafftaler Television film
1980 Berlin Alexanderplatz Young Man in the Bar 2 episodes
1986 Der Fahnder Uli Weber Episode: "Ein König ohne Reich"
1986 Kir Royal Holger Episode: "Adieu Clairef"
1988 Medea Jason Television film
1993 Red Shoe Diaries Fashion Designer Episode: "Runaway"
1993 Seaquest DSV Dr. Guy Peche Episode "Give me Liberté"
1993 Jack Reed: Badge of Honor Giles Marquette Television film
1994 Doppelter Einsatz König Episode "Feuerzauber"
1994–1997 The Kingdom Åge Krüger / Little Brother Miniseries
1996 Tracey Takes On... Chauffeur Episode "Death"
1996 Nash Bridges Wolfgang Herzog Episode "Aloha Nash"
1996, 1999 The Sentinel Klaus Zeller 2 episodes
1996, 2009 Tatort Beethoven / Hans-Rudi Dreher 2 episodes
1998 Viper Erich Geiger Episode "Double Team"
1998 V.I.P. Viktor Balek Episode "What to Do with Vallery When You're Deam"
1998 Ice Dr. Norman Kistler Television film
1999 Final Run Reddick, Train Control Supervisor Television film
2002 Justice League The Music Master (voice) Episode: "Legends" parts I and II
2002 He Sees You When You're Sleeping Hans Kramer Television film
2004 The Batman Herbert Ziegler (voice) Episode: "Q & A"
2004 30 Days Until I'm Famous Barry Davis Television film
2005 Masters of Horror Bellinger Episode: "John Carpenter's Cigarette Burns"
2006 Polizeiruf 110 Heinrich Zermahlen Episode: "Mit anderen Augen"
2006 13 Graves Debro Television film
2010 Chuck Otto Van Vogel Episode: "Chuck Versus the Role Models"
2010–2013 Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Professor Pericles / Shadowy Figure (voice) 17 episodes
2011 Borgia Pope Innocent VIII 3 episodes
2013–2014 Beware the Batman Mister Toad (voice) 4 episodes
2015 Altes Geld Rauchensteiner 9 episodes
2015 Major Lazer Head Vampire Vampire (voice) Episode: "Vampire Weekend"
2015 Golan the Insatiable Dylan Beekler's Backpack (voice) Episode: "Pilot"

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 Yuri
2001 Command & Conquer: Yuri's Revenge Yuri
2017 Call of Duty: WWII Doctor Peter Glucksbringer Straub

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Interview With An Icon: Udo Kier Discusses His Career And Latest Projects!". Iconvsicon.com. 2012-03-12. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  2. ^ "Iron Sky: Interview with Udo Kier | Electric Sheep – Features, essays & interviews from the mavericks of the film world". Electricsheepmagazine.co.uk. 2012-05-21. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  3. ^ Role in "Epidemic" and DVD commentary from Lars von Trier
  4. ^ http://www.moviepilot.de/news/udo-kier-von-andy-warhol-zu-den-space-nazis-115142
  5. ^ a b ahillis at July 30, 2011 5:00 AM (2011-07-30). "GreenCine Daily: INTERVIEW: Udo Kier". Daily.greencine.com. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  6. ^ Vatnsdal, Caelum (2011-01-04). "Udo Kier | Film | Random Roles". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  7. ^ Mark Wyatt, Bert LaMarche. "Udo Kier – Movies". Filmsandtv.com. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  8. ^ "Armageddon Times, Movie Tickets, and Theaters – Zap2it". Movies.zap2it.com. 1998-07-01. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  9. ^ "Movies We Love: Armageddon". Film School Rejects. 2011-04-01. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  10. ^ Guilbert, Georges-Claude (2002). Madonna as Postmodern Myth. Jefferson: McFarland & Co. p. 69. ISBN 0-7864-1408-1. 
  11. ^ "Network for European Documentary Professionals". reelisor. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  12. ^ "Piece #1 – ME – UDO / starring Udo Kier / a Western Road Movie". New York Festivals. Retrieved March 7, 2015.
  13. ^ Seibold, Witney (2012-10-02). "I Die With Open Eyes: Udo Kier on Iron Sky". CraveOnline. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  14. ^ "Udo Kier | Actor | Hollywood". Palm Springs Life. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 

Further readingEdit

  • Tons May. "The Other Face of Love: Udo Kier's Career in the Erotic Genre" in Jack Stevenson (ed), Fleshpot: Cinema's Sexual Myth Makers and Taboo Breakers. Manchester: Critical Vision/Headpress, 2002, pp. 141–58 and "Udo Speaks: An Interview with Udo Kier" in same volume, pp. 159–62.

External linksEdit