Udo Kier

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Udo Kier
Udo KIER festival de Cannes 2011.jpg
BornUdo Kierspe
(1944-10-14) 14 October 1944 (age 69)
Cologne, Germany
OccupationActor
Years active1966–present
 
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Udo Kier
Udo KIER festival de Cannes 2011.jpg
BornUdo Kierspe
(1944-10-14) 14 October 1944 (age 69)
Cologne, Germany
OccupationActor
Years active1966–present

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

Early life[edit]

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] He moved to the United Kingdom to learn the English language.[1]

Career[edit]

In 1966, Kier was cast in the lead role for the film Road to St. Tropez.[4][5] One of the most important films in his early career was Andy Warhol's Frankenstein in 1973. Another film, Blood for Dracula in 1974 was filmed by Paul Morrissey for Andy Warhol's studio and produced by Vittorio de Sica and Roman Polański, with Kier playing the lead roles of young doctor Frankenstein and young count Dracula. Kier has appeared in a number of other vampire movies, such as Die Einsteiger (1985), Blade (1998), Modern Vampires (1998), Shadow of the Vampire (2000), Dracula 3000 and Bloodrayne (2006). In 1980s Keir worked with Hungarian director Gábor Bódy and made appearance in a number of his projects. Their most successful common work is Narcissus and Psyche, 1980.

He has worked with Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Walerian Borowczyk, Dario Argento and starred in many horror and vampire movies, such as Flesh For Frankenstein (1973) and Blood for Dracula (1974), produced by Andy Warhol and directed by Paul Morrissey, horror classic Suspiria (1977), vampire Hollywood blockbuster Blade (1998) and ironic Independent film Shadow of the Vampire (2000) produced by Nicolas Cage.

He has appeared in several of Lars von Trier's movies including 1987's Epidemic (with the exceptions of The Idiots, The Boss of it All and Antichrist).

He made an appearance in cult movie My Own Private Idaho (1991) directed by Gus van Sant.[6] Well-known film appearances were in Ace Ventura:Pet Detective (1994) with Jim Carrey[7] as a billionaire Ronald Camp, in Barb Wire with Pamela Anderson, as a NASA flight psychologist in Armageddon,[8][9] and as Ralphie in the film Johnny Mnemonic. He has also frequently worked with German director Christoph Schlingensief.

Kier also made an appearance in Madonna's 1992 book called Sex, as well as the video for her disco hit "Deeper and Deeper" from the album Erotica.[10] Kier appeared in Korn's music video "Make Me Bad", in Eve's music video "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" and in the music video for "Die Schöne und das Biest" by defunct German band Rauhfaser.

He also starred as the psychic "Yuri" in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 and its expansion, Yuri's Revenge, played the villainous Lorenzini in the 1996 film The Adventures of Pinocchio, and then later reprised 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" [1]

Personal life[edit]

Kier moved to Palm Springs, California in 1991.[4][12][13]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Television[edit]

Animation[edit]

Video games[edit]

References[edit]

  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. ^ a b Posted by ahillis at July 30, 2011 5:00 AM (2011-07-30). "GreenCine Daily: INTERVIEW: Udo Kier". Daily.greencine.com. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  5. ^ Vatnsdal, Caelum (2011-01-04). "Udo Kier | Film | Random Roles". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  6. ^ "Udo Kier - Actor | Film". DW.DE. 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. ^ Seibold, Witney (2012-10-02). "I Die With Open Eyes: Udo Kier on Iron Sky". CraveOnline. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  13. ^ "Udo Kier | Actor | Hollywood". Palm Springs Life. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 

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