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Udo Kier

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Udo Kier
Udo KIER festival de Cannes 2011.jpg
Born Udo Kierspe
(1944-10-14) 14 October 1944 (age 72)
Cologne, Germany
Occupation Actor
Years active 1966–present

Udo Kier (born Udo Kierspe; 14 October 1944) is a German actor who has appeared in over 200 films.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Kier was born in Cologne, near the end of World War II. The hospital where he was born was bombed moments after his birth.[3] In his youth he worked as an altar boy [4] and cantor. He moved to the United Kingdom to learn the English language.[1]


In 1966, Kier was cast in the lead role for the film Road to St. Tropez.[5][6] 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 notorious for his work with cult directors, including Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Walerian Borowczyk, Gus Van Zant, Christoph Schlingensief, and Dario Argento (whose classic Suspiria (1977) he was featured in). He has appeared in all of Lars von Trier's movies since 1987's Epidemic (with the exceptions of The Idiots, The Boss of it All and Antichrist).

His most famous Hollywood roles include appearances in Ace Ventura:Pet Detective (1994),[7] Barb Wire , as a NASA flight psychologist in Armageddon,[8][9] and as Ralphie in the film Johnny Mnemonic. Music video work Madonna's "Deeper and Deeper" from the album Erotica,[10] Korn's "Make Me Bad", Eve "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 in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 and its expansion, Yuri's Revenge, playing the villainous Lorenzini in the 1996 film The Adventures of Pinocchio, and later reprising his role in the 1999 sequel The New Adventures of Pinocchio. He also voiced Professor Pericles in Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated.

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 French-German culture channel in Europe, and released in 2012.[11] 2013 the Documentary won the New York Festival "Finalist Certificate".[12]

Personal life[edit]

Kier moved to Palm Springs, California in 1991.[5][13][14]





Video games[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Interview With An Icon: Udo Kier Discusses His Career And Latest Projects!". 2012-03-12. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  2. ^ "Iron Sky: Interview with Udo Kier | Electric Sheep – Features, essays & interviews from the mavericks of the film world". 2012-05-21. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  3. ^ Role in "Epidemic" and DVD commentary from Lars von Trier
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  5. ^ a b ahillis at July 30, 2011 5:00 AM (2011-07-30). "GreenCine Daily: INTERVIEW: Udo Kier". Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  6. ^ Vatnsdal, Caelum (2011-01-04). "Udo Kier | Film | Random Roles". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  7. ^ Mark Wyatt, Bert LaMarche. "Udo Kier – Movies". Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  8. ^ "Armageddon Times, Movie Tickets, and Theaters – Zap2it". 1998-07-01. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  9. ^ "Movies We Love: Armageddon". Film School Rejects. 2011-04-01. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  10. ^ Guilbert, Georges-Claude (2002). Madonna as Postmodern Myth. Jefferson: McFarland & Co. p. 69. ISBN 0-7864-1408-1. 
  11. ^ "Network for European Documentary Professionals". reelisor. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  12. ^ "Piece #1 – ME – UDO / starring Udo Kier / a Western Road Movie". New York Festivals. Retrieved March 7, 2015.
  13. ^ Seibold, Witney (2012-10-02). "I Die With Open Eyes: Udo Kier on Iron Sky". CraveOnline. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  14. ^ "Udo Kier | Actor | Hollywood". Palm Springs Life. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 

Further reading[edit]

  • 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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