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Udo Kier
Udo Kierspe

(1944-10-14) 14 October 1944 (age 79)
Cologne, Germany
Years active1966–present
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Udo Kierspe (born 14 October 1944), known professionally as Udo Kier, is a German actor. Known primarily as a character actor, Kier has appeared in more than 220 films in both leading and supporting roles throughout Europe and the Americas. He has collaborated with acclaimed filmmakers such as Lars von Trier, Gus Van Sant, Werner Herzog, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Walerian Borowczyk, Kleber Mendonça Filho, Dario Argento, Tom Shadyac, Charles Matton, Guy Maddin, Alexander Payne, and Paul Morrissey.[1][2]

Early life

Kier was born in Cologne, near the end of World War II. The hospital where he was born was bombed by the invading Allied forces moments after his birth, and he and his mother had to be dug out of the rubble.[3][4] He grew up without a father.[5] In his youth, he was an altar boy[6] and cantor. He moved to London, England, at the age of 18 to learn English.[1]


Kier in Flesh for Frankenstein

In 1966, Kier was cast in the lead role for the film Road to St. Tropez.[7][8] An early starring role in Andy Warhol's Frankenstein (1973) led to a string of art-house, low-budget, and mainstream horror films, including a number of vampire-themed pictures Die Einsteiger (1985), Blade (1998), Modern Vampires (1998), Shadow of the Vampire (2000), Dracula 3000 and BloodRayne (2005). He has also become famous for his work with cult directors, including Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Walerian Borowczyk, Gus Van Sant, Christoph Schlingensief, and Dario Argento (whose classic Suspiria (1977) he was featured in). He has appeared in almost all of Lars von Trier's films since 1987's Epidemic (with the exceptions of The Idiots, The Boss of it All, Antichrist and The House That Jack Built).

Kier at the press conference of Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot at Berlinale 2018

His most famous Hollywood roles include his appearance as Ron Camp in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994),[9] Curly in Barb Wire, as a NASA flight psychologist in Armageddon,[10][11] as the villainous Lorenzini in The Adventures of Pinocchio and 1999 sequel The New Adventures of Pinocchio, and as Ralfi in the film Johnny Mnemonic. In 1992, Kier appeared in Madonna's controversial book Sex. He also appeared in the music videos for Madonna's songs "Erotica" and "Deeper and Deeper", both taken from Madonna's 1992 album Erotica.[12] Kier also appeared in the music videos for Korn's "Make Me Bad", Eve's "Let Me Blow Ya Mind", and "Die Schöne und das Biest" by defunct German band Rauhfaser.

He has also worked extensively as a voice actor, starring as the psychic Yuri (as well as the voice of the PsiCorps) in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 and its expansion, Yuri's Revenge. He also voiced the Music Master in Justice League, Herbert Ziegler in The Batman, Ivan Bahn in Metropia, Professor Pericles in Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, Mister Toad in Beware the Batman, Warden in Axe Cop, Head Vampire Vampire in Major Lazer, Dylan Beekler's Backpack in Golan the Insatiable and Dr. Peter Straub in Call of Duty: WWII.

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 European Franco-German culture channel, and released in 2012.[13] In 2013, the documentary won the New York Festival "Finalist Certificate".[14]

Personal life

Kier is gay, and has been open about his homosexuality his entire life. "No one ever asked about my sexuality. Maybe it was obvious, but it didn't make any difference because all that mattered was the role I was playing. As long as I did a good job on the part, no one cared about my sexuality."[15]

He moved to Palm Springs, California, in 1991.[7][16][17]



Year Title Role Notes
1966 Road to Saint Tropez Boy Short film
1968 Shameless [de] Alexander Pohlmann
1969 La stagione dei sensi [it] Luca
1970 Mark of the Devil Count Christian von Meruh
1971 Oi Erotomaneis Tonis Theodorou
1971 Provocation Angelos
1971 Anilikes amartoles
1972 The Salzburg Connection Anton
1973 Flesh for Frankenstein Baron von Frankenstein
1973 Pan Pilgrim of Death
1974 Blood for Dracula Count Dracula
1975 The Last Word Raimund
1975 Story of O René
1976 Exposé Paul Martin
1976 Goldflocken [fr] Franzl
1976 Spermula Werner
1977 Suspiria Dr. Frank Mandel
1977 Belcanto oder Darf eine Nutte schluchzen? Poulailler
1978 The Fifth Commandment Peter Dümmel
1979 The Third Generation Edgar Gast
1979 Hungarian Rhapsody Poór
1980 Narcissus and Psyche Laci Tóth
1980 Lulu Jack the Ripper
1981 Docteur Jekyll et les femmes Dr. Henry Jekyll
1981 Lola Waiter Uncredited; also production designer
1981 Lili Marleen Drewitz
1983 The Island of the Bloody Plantation [de] Hermano
1983 The Roaring Fifties Fromm
1983 Pankow '95 Johann Wolfgang Amadeus Zart
1984 Moscow on the Hudson Gay Man on Street Uncredited cameo
1985 The Invincible Argon
1985 Seduction: The Cruel Woman Gregor
1985 Die Einsteiger [de] Graf Frackstein
1986 Egomania – Insel ohne Hoffnung Baron Tante Teufel
1987 Epidemic Himself
1988 Another Way: D-Kikan-Joho Hansman
1988 Mother's Mask Herr Seidler
1989 100 Jahre Adolf Hitler – Die letzte Stunde im Führerbunker Adolf Hitler
1990 Das deutsche Kettensägenmassaker Jonny Also assistant director
1991 My Own Private Idaho Hans
1991 Europa Lawrence Hartmann
1992 Terror 2000 – Intensivstation Deutschland Jablo
1993 Josh and S.A.M. Salon Manager
1993 For Love or Money Mr. Himmelman
1993 Even Cowgirls Get the Blues Commercial Director
1993 Three Shake-a-Leg Steps to Heaven Edouard Müllendorf
1994 Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Ron Camp
1994 Rotwang muß weg! [de] Arthur Eigenrauch
1995 Schmetterling im Dunkeln Himself Documentary short
1995 A Trick of Light Max Skladanowsky
1995 Johnny Mnemonic Ralfi
1995 Ausgestorben York Cortex Short film
1995 Over My Dead Body Killer
1995 Paradise Framed Himself
1995 Extinct York Cortex Short film
1995 Dog Daze Erich von Stroheim Short film
1996 United Trash UNO-General Werner Brenner
1996 Barb Wire Curly
1996 Breaking the Waves Sadistic Sailor
1996 Lea Block
1996 The Adventures of Pinocchio Lorenzini
1997 The End of Violence Zoltan Kovacs
1997 Betty Vincent Lord
1997 Prince Valiant Sligon
1998 Armageddon Psychologist
1998 There's No Fish Food in Heaven Rocky
1998 Blade Dragonetti
1998 Life in the Fast Lane Rocky
1998 Stingers
1998 Schuldig
1998 Immaculate Springs Hans
1999 End of Days Dr. Abel
1999 History Is Made at Night Ivan Bliniak
1999 Besat Vincent
1999 The Debtors
1999 Unter den Palmen Ludwig
1999 The New Adventures of Pinocchio Madame Flambeau / Lorenzini
2000 Citizens of Perpetual Indulgence
2000 Shadow of the Vampire Albin Grau
2000 Dancer in the Dark Dr. Porkorny
2000 Red Letters George Kessler
2000 Just One Night Walter Lert
2000 Doomsdayer Max Gast
2000 Simon Says Stuart Moss
2001 Critical Mass Samson
2001 Invincible Count Helldorf
2001 Double Deception Vincent
2001 Die Gottesanbeterin
2001 Megiddo: The Omega Code 2 The Guardian
2001 All the Queen's Men General Landssdorf
2001 Revelation Grand Master
2002 Auf Herz und Nieren Doc
2002 Broken Cookies Director
2002 FeardotCom Polidori
2002 Mrs Meitlemeihr Hitler / Mrs. Meitlemeihr Short film
2002 Pigs Will Fly Onkel Max
2003 10 Schritte Himself Short film
2003 Dogville The Man in the Coat
2003 Love Object Radley
2003 Gate to Heaven Joachim Nowak
2004 Celluloid Horror Himself Documentary
2004 Paranoia 1.0 Derrick
2004 Jargo Jargos Vater
2004 Sawtooth Reverend Cain
2004 Modigliani Max Jacob
2004 Evil Eyes George
2004 Dracula 3000 Captain Varna
2004 Surviving Christmas Heinrich
2005 Children of Wax P.
2005 Headspace Rev. Karl Hartman
2005 One More Round Lance Wallace
2005 Wit's End The Stranger
2005 Manderlay Mr. Kirspe
2005 BloodRayne Regal Monk
2006 Pray for Morning Edouard Leopold Edu
2006 Holly Klaus
2006 Crusade in Jeans Dr. Lawerence
2007 Children of Wax P
2007 Fall Down Dead Picasso Killer / Aaron Garvey Also associate producer
2007 Grindhouse Franz Hess Segment: "Werewolf Women of the SS"
2007 Halloween Morgan Walker
2007 Tell Hermann Gessler
2007 The Mother of Tears Father Johannes
2007 Pars: Operation Cherry Klaus Kayman
2008 Far Cry Dr. Lucas Krieger
2008 1½ Knights – In Search of the Ravishing Princess Herzelinde Luipold Trumpf
2009 Lulu and Jimi Schultz
2009 House of Boys Madame
2009 Soul Kitchen Herr Jung
2009 Metropia Ivan Bahn Voice[18]
2009 Tattoos: A Scarred History Himself Documentary
2009 My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done? Lee Meyers
2010 Das Leben ist zu lang [de] Tabatabai
2011 Die Blutgräfin
2011 Keyhole Dr. Lemke
2011 Graf Karpatovicz and the Blonde Bite Graf Karpatovicz Short film
2011 The Sky Has Four Corners Graf Karpatovicz
2011 Gorunmeyen Bartok
2011 Melancholia Wedding Planner
2011 The Theatre Bizarre Peg Poett
2011 UFO in Her Eyes Steve Frost
2011 The Berlin Project Guru
2012 Iron Sky Wolfgang Kortzfleisch
2012 Unlocking Passages The Actor Short film
2013 Night of the Templar Father Paul
2013 Heather's Dream Doctor Short film
2013 The Girl behind the White Picket Fence The Shaman / The Doctor
2013 Nymphomaniac The Waiter
2014 Arteholic Himself Documentary
2014 Beethoven's Treasure Tail The Real Fritz Bruchschnauser
2014 The Editor Dr. Casini
2015 Coconut Hero Mr. Morrow (Therapist)
2015 Get Well Soon: It's Love Man Short film
2015 Johnny Walker Fyodor Voice
2015 Shanzo (Teaser) Jago Short film
2015 The 1000 Eyes of Dr. Maddin Himself Documentary
2015 The Forbidden Room Count Yugh / The Butler / The Dead Father / Guard / Pharmacist
2015 Zero The Lord of the World
2016 Courier X Nathan Vogel
2016 Seances Actor Short film
2016 Brother Frank Solek
2017 Downsizing Joris Konrad
2017 Hitler's Hollywood Narrator (USA version) Voice
2017 Brawl in Cell Block 99 Placid Man
2018 American Animals Mr. Van Der Hoek
2018 Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot George
2018 Daughter of Mine Bruno
2018 Ulysses: A Dark Odyssey Alcyde
2018 Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich André Toulon
2018 Dragged Across Concrete Friedrich
2018 The Mountain Frederick
2019 American Exit Anton
2019 Iron Sky: The Coming Race Wolfgang Kortzfleisch
2019 Holy Beasts Henry
2019 Bacurau Michael
2019 The Painted Bird Miller
2019 The Barefoot Emperor Dr. Otto Kroll
2019 Skin Walker Claus
2020 Last Moment of Clarity Ivan
2021 Haymaker Furst
2021 The Blazing World Lained
2021 Swan Song Pat Pitsenbarger
2021 Chompy & The Girls Chompy Voice
2021 13 Tracks to Frighten Agatha Black Opening Narration Voice
2022 A E I O U: A Quick Alphabet of Love Michel
2022 Bad Painter O
2022 My Neighbor Adolf Mr. Herzog
TBA The Ark: An Iron Sky Story Grand Master Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1973 Sonderdezernat K1 Harry Gätjens Episode: "Kassensturz um Mitternacht"
1973 Joseph Balsamo [fr] Gilbert 3 episodes
1977 The Stationmaster's Wife [de] Schafftaler Television film, Also assistant director
1980 Berlin Alexanderplatz Young Man in the Bar 2 episodes
1986 Der Fahnder Uli Weber Episode: "Ein König ohne Reich"
1986 Kir Royal Holger Episode: "Adieu Clairef"
1988 Medea Jason Television film
1992 Tod eines Weltstars Weltstar Udo Kier Television film
1993 Red Shoe Diaries Fashion Designer Episode: "Runaway"
1993 Seaquest DSV Dr. Guy Peche Episode "Give me Liberté"
1993 Udo Kier - From A to A Himself Television film documentary
1993 Jack Reed: Badge of Honor Giles Marquette Television film
1994 Doppelter Einsatz König Episode "Feuerzauber"
1994–1997, 2022 The Kingdom Åge Krüger (human disguise for Satan)
Frederik/Little Brother/Big Brother (the Antichrist)
8 episodes
1996 Tracey Takes On... Chauffeur Episode "Death"
1996 Nash Bridges Wolfgang Herzog Episode "Aloha Nash"
1996, 1999 The Sentinel Klaus Zeller 2 episodes
1996, 2009 Tatort Beethoven / Hans-Rudi Dreher 2 episodes
1998 Viper Erich Geiger Episode "Double Team"
1998 V.I.P. Viktor Balek Episode "What to Do with Vallery When You're Deam"
1998 Modern Vampires Vincent Television film
1998 Miss Diamond Buhler Television film
1998 Nina - Vom Kinderzimmer ins Bordell Bongo Television film
1998 Ice Dr. Norman Kistler Television film
1999 Final Run Reddick, Train Control Supervisor Television film
2001 Andy Warhol: The Complete Picture Himself Television documentary
2002 Justice League Music Master Voice, episode: "Legends"[18]
2002 He Sees You When You're Sleeping Hans Kramer Television film
2003 Betty - Schon wie der Tod Georg Wasserberg Television film
2004 The Batman Bert Voice, episode: "Q&A"[18]
2004 30 Days Until I'm Famous Barry Davis Television film
2005 3 Wild Angels Richard Voss 4 episodes
2005 Masters of Horror Bellinger Episode: "Cigarette Burns"
2005–2007 4 Against Z Zanrelot 41 episodes
2006 Alfredissimo! - Kochen mit Bio Himself - Cook Episode: "Spaghetti mit Kokosmilch, Zitronengras und Garnelen/Thunfisch in Sesamkruste"
2006 Polizeiruf 110 Heinrich Zermahlen Episode: "Mit anderen Augen"
2006 13 Graves Debro Television film
2010 Chuck Otto Van Vogel Episode: "Chuck Versus the Role Models"
2010–2013 Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Professor Pericles, Shadowy Figure Voices, 17 episodes
2011 Borgia Pope Innocent VIII 3 episodes
2013–2014 Beware the Batman Mister Toad Voice, 4 episodes[18]
2014 Hubertusjagd Himself Episode: "Los Angeles"
2015 Altes Geld Rauchensteiner / Rolf / Father 9 episodes
2015 Axe Cop Warden Voice, episode: "Heads Will Roll"
2015 Major Lazer Head Vampire Vampire Voice, episode: "Vampire Weekend"
2015 Golan the Insatiable Dylan Beekler's Backpack Voice, episode: "Pilot"
2017 Funny or Die Presents Admiral Codi Episode: "Storm: A Star Wars Indie"
2019 M - Eine Stadt sucht einen Morder Mann im Fuchspelz 6 episodes
2023 Hunters Adolf Hitler 7 episodes

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
1996 The Adventures of Pinocchio Lorenzini Voice
2000 Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 Yuri, PsyCorps
2001 Command & Conquer: Yuri's Revenge Yuri
2008 1 1/2 Knights: In Search of the Ravishing Princess Herzelinde Count Luipold Trumpf Voice
2017 Call of Duty: WWII Dr. Peter Straub Voice
2022 Martha is Dead Erich Voice
TBA OD TBA Voice and Likeness

Music videos

  • Madonna: Erotica (1992) - Partyguest
  • Madonna: Deeper and Deeper (1992) - Lover
  • Goo Goo Dolls: Naked (1996) - Himself
  • Supertramp: You Win, I Lose (1997) - Partyguest
  • Rauhfaser: Die Schone und das Biest (1999) - Der Freier
  • Korn: Make Me Bad (2000) - Himself
  • Eve feat. Gwen Stefani: Let Me Blow Ya Mind (2001) - Partyguest
  • RMB: Deep Down Below (2001) - Dr. Wagner
  • Terranova: Prayer (2012) - Himself - Musician


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Further reading

  • Tons May. "The Other Face of Love: Udo Kier's Career in the Erotic Genre" in Jack Stevenson (ed), Fleshpot: Cinema's Sexual Myth Makers and Taboo Breakers. Manchester: Critical Vision/Headpress, 2002, pp. 141–58 and "Udo Speaks: An Interview with Udo Kier" in same volume, pp. 159–62.

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