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|Born||Nanhoï Nikolai Kinski
July 30, 1976
Nanhoï Nikolai Kinski (born July 30, 1976) is a French-American film actor, who has also done work in television and on stage. He was born in Paris, France and grew up in California. Currently residing in Berlin, Germany, he has acted primarily in American and German films, and speaks English, German and French. He holds dual citizenship in the United States and France.
Early life and education
Nikolai was born in Paris, France in 1976 to the German actor Klaus Kinski and his third wife, Minhoi Geneviève Loanic. A model of 19 when they met, she was born in Vietnam and came with her family to France at the age of seven. The senior Kinski had two older daughters, Pola Kinski and Nastassja Kinski, born in Germany to his first and second wives, respectively. He took his family to California, where Nikolai lived mostly with his mother after his parents divorced in 1979. He was never close to his half-sisters, who lived most of the time in Germany.
His father encouraged his interest in acting. Nikolai first had a role at the age of 13 alongside his father in the film Kinski Paganini (1989). In the mid-1990s, he entered the UCLA School of Theatre as a theatre major and graduated from there.
Afterward Kinski moved to Berlin, where he learned to speak German fluently. He has since starred in a number of German language films and TV series, in addition to American works. He starred in Æon Flux (2005) alongside Charlize Theron.
- 1989: Kinski Paganini
- 1994: Jamila
- 2000: West Coast
- 2001: Tortilla Soup
- 2002: The Devil Who Called Himself God
- 2003: Dirty Sky
- 2003: Connecting Dots
- 2004: Untreu (TV-movie)
- 2005: Kein Himmel über Afrika (TV-movie)
- 2005: Tatort (Crime film series)
- 2005: Æon Flux
- 2006: Klimt
- 2006: Rohtenburg
- 2006: Fay Grim
- 2007: Giganten (TV-series)
- 2009: Krupp – Eine deutsche Familie (TV miniseries)
- 2009: The Countess
- 2009: The Two Lives of Daniel Shore (Die zwei Leben des Daniel Shore)
- 2009: SOKO Donau (TV-series)
- 2011: The Sinking of the Laconia (TV miniseries)
- 2014: Yves Saint Laurent
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