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Klaus Kinski (1926–1991)

Klaus Kinski was born Klaus Günter Karl Nakszynski in Zoppot, Free City of Danzig (now Sopot, Poland), to Susanne (Lutze), a nurse, and Bruno Nakszynski, a pharmacist. He grew up in Berlin, was drafted into the German army in 1944 and captured by British forces in Holland. After the war he began acting on the stage, quickly gaining a reputation ... See full bio »

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 1988 Grandi cacciatori
Klaus Naginsky
 1987 Timestalkers (TV Movie)
Dr. Joseph Cole
 1986 Crawlspace
Karl Gunther
 1986 Revenge of the Stolen Stars
Donald McBride
 1985 El caballero del dragón
 1985 Kommando Leopard
 1985 Creature
Hans Rudy Hofner
 1984 The Secret Diary of Sigmund Freud
Dr. Max Bauer
 1984 Deadly Nightmares (TV Series)
Kurt Hoffman
- Lovesounds (1984) ... Kurt Hoffman
 1984 The Little Drummer Girl
Martin Kurtz
 1984 Code Name: Wild Geese
 1984 Faerie Tale Theatre (TV Series)
 1982 Android
Dr. Daniel
 1982 Love & Money
Frederic Stockheinz
 1981 Venom
 1980 La femme enfant
 1980 Schizoid
Pieter Fales
 1980 Haine
Le motard
 1979 Woyzeck
 1979 Zoo zéro
Yavé, le directeur du zoo
 1978 The Song of Roland
Roland / Klaus
 1977 Mort d'un pourri
Nicolas Tomski
 1977 The French Woman
Alexander Zakis
 1976 Golden Night
Michel Fournier
 1976 Jack the Ripper
Dr. Dennis Orloff
 1975 The Net
Emilio Bossi
 1975 Lifespan
Nicholas Ulrich
 1975 Return of Shanghai Joe
Pat Barnes
 1975 Le orme
Professor Blackmann
 1974 Heroes in Hell
Gen. Kaufmann (as Klaus Kinsky)
 1974 Lover of the Monster
Dr. Alex Nijinski
 1974 The Hand That Feeds the Dead
Prof. Nijinski
 1973 Occupation (TV Series)
 1973 Shanghai Joe
Scalper Jack
 1973 La mano spietata della legge
Vito Quattroni
 1973 Death Smiles on a Murderer
Dr. Sturges
 1971 Adios Compañeros
Reverend Cotton
 1971 Black Killer
James Webb, the lawyer
 1971 L'occhio del ragno
Hans Fischer
 1971 Death's Dealer
 1971 La bestia uccide a sangue freddo
Dr. Francis Clay
 1971 Lo chiamavano King
Brian Foster
 1971 Coffin Full of Dollars
Hagen / Slander
 1970 The Beast
Johnny Laster
 1970 Churchill's Leopards
Hauptsturmführer Holtz
 1970 Appuntamento col disonore
 1970 Only the Cool
Pavel Richko / Torpédo I
 1970 Count Dracula
Reinfierd (as Klaus Kinsky)
 1970 Mir hat es immer Spaß gemacht
Juan José Ignatio Rodriguez de Calderon / 'Sam'
 1969 Sartana the Gravedigger
Hot Dead
 1969 Venus in Furs
Ahmed Kortobawi
 1969 War Fever
Cpl. Brian Haskins / Norman Carr (as Klaus Kinsky)
 1969 Gangster's Law
 1969 They Were Called Graveyard
Dingus / Victor Barrett
 1969 Marquis de Sade's Justine
Marquis de Sade (as Klaus Kinsky)
 1969 Five for Hell
SS Col. Hans Mueller
 1968 The Bastard
 1968 The Vatican Affair
Clint Rogers
 1968 Coplan Saves His Skin
 1968 The Ruthless Four
Brent il Biondo
 1967 Pride and Vengeance
Lt.Miguel Garcia, Carmen's Husband (as Klaus Kinsky)
 1967 Grand Slam
Erich Weiss
 1967 Five Golden Dragons
 1967 The Million Eyes of Sumuru
President Boong
 1967 Creature with the Blue Hand
Dave Emerson / Richard Emerson
 1966 Target for Killing
 1966 Killer's Carnival
Gomez (Rio segment)
 1966 Psycho-Circus
 1966 Bang! Bang! You're Dead!
 1965 Doctor Zhivago
 1965 The Pleasure Girls
Nikko Stalmar
 1965 That Man in Istanbul
 1965 The Secret Agents
Russian Agent
 1965 Again the Ringer
 1964 Das Verrätertor
 1964 Winnetou: The Red Gentleman
David 'Luke' Lucas
 1964 Mark of the Tortoise
 1963 Piccadilly null Uhr zwölf
Whity Skipper
 1963 Dr. Mabuse vs. Scotland Yard
Inspector Joe Wright
 1963 The Indian Scarf
Peter Ross
 1963 The Black Abbot
Thomas Fortuna
 1963 The Black Cobra
Koks-Charly / Charley 'The Snow'
 1963 Die Mondvögel (TV Movie)
 1962 The Inn on the River
Gregor Gubanow
 1962 Der rote Rausch
 1962 The Counterfeit Traitor
 1961 Die seltsame Gräfin
 1961 Die Kurve (TV Movie)
 1961 Bankraub in der Rue Latour
Bex, Autor
 1961 Dead Eyes of London
Edgar Strauss
 1960 The Avenger
Lorenz Voss (as Klais Kinski)
 1958 A Time to Love and a Time to Die
Gestapo Lieutenant
 1956 Corinna Darling
Klaus Brockmann
 1956 Waldwinter
Otto Hartwig
 1955 Hanussen
Erik von Spazier / Mirko
 1955 Sons, Mothers and a General
 1954 Fear
Cabaret Performer (uncredited)
 1951 Decision Before Dawn
Whining Soldier (uncredited)
 1948 Morituri
Dutch prisoner
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Recorded three albums in 1971, citing poems of the French poets Villon and Rimbaud (translated into German).

Publicity Listings:

2 Biographical Movies | 4 Print Biographies | 6 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 9 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Alternate Names:

Klais Kinski | Klaus Kinsky


5' 8" (1.73 m)

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Personal Quote:

The ultimate acting is to destroy yourself. See more »


The French government declared him a 'Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres' on the 5th Februar 1986, one the highest honors for a foreign artist. See more »


Contorting, maniacal face See more »

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