Dieter Laser at Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival, in April 2010
17 February 1942 |
Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Laser was born in Kiel, Germany. He is known to English speaking audiences for his roles as Mantrid in Lexx, Prof. Otto Blaettchen in The Ogre and Dr. Joseph Heiter in The Human Centipede (First Sequence), for which he won Best Actor at the Austin Fantastic Fest.
In 1975, he was awarded the German Film Award in Gold in the category of Best Actor for his title role in John Glückstadt.
During the filming of The Human Centipede, many crew members and leading actors described Laser as being a "Method Actor". On the days of filming he did not speak to the cast very often and would stay in character as much as he possibly could. Dieter Laser was among some of director Tom Six's preferences to play Dr Heiter, Six was impressed Laser's work after seeing him in some of his earlier films.
Laser was among those nominated for the LA Scream Awards for Best Villain in 2009.
- 1968 – In the Jungle of Cities (Im Dickicht der Städte) as Collie Couch alias "The Pavian"
- 1974-1976 – Das Blaue Palais (TV-series) as Enrico Polazzo
- 1975 – John Glückstadt as John Glückstadt
- 1975 – The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum as Werner Toetges
- 1976 - The Elixirs of the Devil as Medardus
- 1977 - Operation Ganymed (de) as Don
- 1978 - The Glass Cell (Oscar nominated: Best Foreign Language Film) as David Reinald
- 1986 - Väter und Söhne – Eine deutsche Tragödie (mini series) as Friedrich Deutz
- 1990 – The Man Inside as Leonard Schroeter
- 1991 - Meeting Venus as Hans von Binder
- 1993 – Kaspar Hauser (de) as Ludwig I. von Bayern
- 1996 - Conversation with the Beast as Peter Hollsten
- 1996 – The Ogre as Prof. Otto Blaettchen
- 1997 – Shanghai 1937 (Hotel Shanghai) as Dr. Hain
- 2002 – Big Girls Don't Cry as Mr. Winter
- 2002 - Fuhrer Ex as Eduard Kellermann
- 2003 - Baltic Storm as Gehrig
- 2006 - Ich bin die Andere (de) as Bruno
- 2010 – The Human Centipede (First Sequence) as Dr. Josef Heiter
- 2011 – The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence) as Dr. Josef Heiter (stock footage only)
- 2014 - The Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence) as Bill Boss
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