Nikolai Kinski

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Nikolai Kinski
Kinski in 2008
Nanhoï Nikolai Kinski

(1976-07-30) July 30, 1976 (age 47)
Paris, France

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, and grew up in California. Currently residing in Berlin, he has acted primarily in American and German films, and speaks English, German, and French. He is a citizen of both the U.S. and France.

He is the only 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, and through Nastassja, the uncle of model Kenya Kinski-Jones.

Early life and education[edit]

Kinski was born in 1976 in Paris, to German actor Klaus Kinski, and his third wife, Minhoi Geneviève Loanic, a model of 19 when they met, who was born in Vietnam and came with her family to France at the age of seven. His father 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]

Kinski's father encouraged his interest in acting. His first role was 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, Kinski won the Romy Award as best newcomer.[2]


Year Title Role Director Notes
1989 Paganini Achille Paganini Klaus Kinski
1994 Jamila Young Seit Monica Teuber [de]
2000 West Coast Joshua Davis
Recessions The Man Robbie Stauder Short
2001 Tortilla Soup Andy Maria Ripoll
2002 Never Get Outta the Boat Saturn Paul Quinn
The Devil Who Called Himself God Lukas Dmitriy Astrakhan
2003 Dirty Sky Paule Andy Bausch
Connecting Dots Alex Alon Aranya
2004 Untreu Milan Farkas Rainer Matsutani TV film
2005 Æon Flux Claudius Karyn Kusama
Under the Dark Sun of Africa [fr] Duncan Coburn Roland Suso Richter TV film
Tatort Martin Schneider Robert Sigl TV series (1 episode)
Romy Gala - Favorite Male Shooting Star
2006 Klimt Egon Schiele Raúl Ruiz Nominated - Undine Awards - Best Young Character Actor/ Actress
Grimm Love Otto Hauser Martin Weisz
Fay Grim Amin Hal Hartley
Lemniskate Him Anna Bederke Short
Nichts geht mehr Marc Andreas Schaap Short
2007 Giganten Aimé Bonpland Gero von Boehm TV series (1 episode)
2008 The Secret Adventures of the Projectionist The Projectionist Max Sacker Short
2009 Die zwei Leben des Daniel Shore Daniel Shore Michael Dreher
The Countess The Teacher Julie Delpy
Krupp: A Family Between War and Peace [de] Arndt von Bohlen Carlo Rola TV miniseries
SOKO Donau Sebastian Opitz Robert Sigl (2) TV series (1 episode)
2010 The Apologies The Man Hal Hartley (2) Short
Planet The Man Matthew Branning & Bjoern Ruehmann Short
Kalter Hund Simon Anna Porzelt Short
2011 Long Distance Call The Rezeptionist Grzegorz Muskala Short
The Sinking of the Laconia Walter Drexler Uwe Janson TV miniseries
Stuttgart Homicide Björn Kowald Rainer Matsutani (2) TV series (1 episode)
2012 Belle de Lyon Marcel Max Sacker (2) Short
Mary of Nazareth Judas Giacomo Campiotti TV film
Stolberg Benjamin Becker Andi Niessner TV series (1 episode)
2013 Alex Alex Florian Frerichs Short
Die Frau hinter der Wand Junger Makler Grzegorz Muskala (2) TV film
Einsatz in Hamburg Erster Offizier Barlog Carlo Rola (2) TV series (1 episode)
2014 Yves Saint Laurent Karl Lagerfeld Jalil Lespert
Posthumous Kaleb Moo Lulu Wang
Die Innere Zone Dr. Antonius Cappa Fosco Dubini
Neben der Spur - Adrenalin Robert Mohren Cyrill Boss & Philipp Stennert TV film
Iron Fist [de] Kaiser Karl Carlo Rola (3) TV film
Küstenwache Dolf Karst Dagmar von Chappuis TV series (1 episode)
Binny und der Geist Magnus Mala Nico Zingelmann TV series (1 episode)
2015 1915 Tony Garin Hovannisian & Alec Mouhibian
Point Break Pascal Al-Fariq Ericson Core
Die Himmelsleiter René Valmund Carlo Rola (4) TV miniseries
2016 Axolotl Blockbuster Mr. Kroschinske Helene Hegemann
The Loner Sepehr Daniel Grove
2017 The Yellow Birds The Priest Alexandre Moors
2018 Berlin I Love You Alister Gabriela Tscherniak
2019 Berlin Station Roman Platov various TV series (recurring, season 3)
2020 Barbarians Pelagios various TV series (recurring, season 1)
2022 Vikings: Valhalla Romanos III Argyros TV series (recurring, season 2)


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

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