Nikolai Kinski

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Nikolai Kinski
Nikolai Kinski Berlinale 2008.jpg
Born Nanhoï Nikolai Kinski
(1976-07-30) July 30, 1976 (age 38)
Paris, France
Occupation Actor

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.

He is the son of the German actor Klaus Kinski and his third wife, Minhoi Geneviève Loanic. He is the half-brother of actresses Pola Kinski and Nastassja Kinski.

Early life and education[edit]

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.

Acting career[edit]

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[1] 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.

In 2006, he won the Romy Award as best newcomer.[2]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ "Visiting UCLA", Nikolai Kinksi website
  2. ^ Romy Award Winner, Nikolai Kinski website

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