Klaus Kinski Poster


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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 18 October 1926Zoppot, Free City of Danzig [now Sopot, Pomorskie, Poland]
Date of Death 23 November 1991Lagunitas, California, USA  (heart attack)
Birth NameNikolaus Günther Nakszynski
Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Klaus Kinski 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 for his ferocious talent and equally ferocious temper. He started acting in films shortly afterwards, showing an utter disregard for the quality of the productions he appeared in and churning out so many that a complete filmography is almost impossible to assemble. However, he did turn out memorable work for director Werner Herzog, a similarly driven and obsessive character. Herzog and Kinski pushed each other to extremes over a 15-year working relationship, which finally ended after filming Cobra Verde (1987), a production plagued by volcanic clashes between the star and director, involving--among other things--violent physical altercations and mutual death threats. Kinski subsequently directed and starred in the notorious Paganini (1989), his only film as director and which was marked by (again) clashes between Kinski and his producers, who accused him of turning their movie into a pornographic film and sued him in court. His autobiography "All I Need is Love", one of the most vicious attacks on the film business ever written, was withdrawn for legal reasons and subsequently re-released as "Kinski Uncut" in the US & UK, "Ich brauche Liebe" in Germany, and in various other languages.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

Spouse (4)

Debora Caprioglio (1987 - 1989)
Minhoi Loanic (1971 - 1979) (divorced) (1 child)
Brigitte Ruth Tocki (30 October 1960 - 1971) (divorced) (1 child)
Gislinde Kühbeck (11 June 1952 - 1955) (divorced) (1 child)

Trade Mark (4)

His ability to tap on and portay a deep well of perversity
Almost always played crazed characters
Contorting, maniacal face
Was infamous for his violent temper

Trivia (25)

Father, with Ruth Tocki, of actress Nastassja Kinski.
Father of actress Pola Kinski.
Father of actor Nikolai Kinski.
His autobiography was originally released under the title "All I Need Is Love", but was withdrawn in 1989 due to a contract dispute: a German publisher claimed Kinski had previously released an autobiography for them entitled "Ich, Kinski", and sued the publishers. It was reissued in 1997 under the title "Kinski Uncut", adding material that had been excluded from the first version of the book.
For a brief time he lived in an apartment in Munich (Elisabethstraße 3) which he shared with several other people. One of the children living there was thirteen-year-old Werner Herzog. They later collaborated on five movies: Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972), Woyzeck (1979), Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979), Fitzcarraldo (1982) and Cobra Verde (1987).
Grandchildren: Aljosha, Sonja and Kenya.
His countenance and screen persona gave his film career a boost in the 1960s when he was cast in a number of German productions based upon the thrillers of Edgar Wallace.
Uncle of actress Lara Lamberti.
Son of Bruno Nakszynski, a Polish-German pharmacist, and his wife Susanne Lutze, daughter of a German pastor from Danzig.
Of his three children, only his son Nikolai Kinski attended the funeral in California, where his ashes were strewn in the Pacific Ocean (February 1992).
Turned down the role of a German villain in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), although he wanted to do a movie with Steven Spielberg, but thought "the script is as moronically shitty as so many other flicks of its ilk.".
His provocative 1977 TV appearance on Je später der Abend... (1973) became legendary because he didn't answer a single question during an interview and called the host Reinhard Münchenhagen "Herr Münchhausen".
He was honored by his city of birth, Sopot.
Spoke at least five languages: English, French, German, Italian & Spanish.
His father was an apothecary and allegedly also an opera singer who died, as did his mother, during the Second World War.
He was offered a part in Hammer's last movie To the Devil a Daughter (1976), but turned it down as his scenes would take more than ten days to shoot.
Was announced to play Dr. Hans Fallanda in Lifeforce (1985), but dropped out. Was also considered for Bukovsky as well.
Brother-in-law of Tommy Kent.
In 2013, daughter Pola Kinski published her Autobiography "Kindermund" in Germany, in which she accuses her father of sexual abuse between the ages of 5 and 19.
He worked with Christopher Lee in The Devil's Daffodil (1961), Secret of the Red Orchid (1962), Psycho-Circus (1966), Five Golden Dragons (1967) and Count Dracula (1970). His daughter Nastassja Kinski later worked with Lee in To the Devil a Daughter (1976).
He appeared in two adaptations of Bram Stoker's 1897 novel "Dracula". He played Renfield in Count Dracula (1970) and Count Dracula in Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979).
In his long career Klaus Kinski worked together in films with 11 Academy Award winning actors (Maximilian Schell, Ernest Borgnine, Christopher Plummer, Walter Matthau, Jack Lemmon, Diane Keaton, Anjelica Huston, Susan Sarandon, Julie Christie, Rod Steiger and Alec Guinness) and 3 Academy Award winning directors (Billy Wilder, David Lean and George Roy Hill).
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.
According to Kinski, he rejected offers to work with Pier Paolo Pasolini, Federico Fellini and Luchino Visconti because the salaries were too low.
Although better known for many B-movies during his career, he also worked together with famous film directors, most notably David Lean, Billy Wilder, George Roy Hill, Sergio Leone and Werner Herzog. Other award-winning directors included Douglas Sirk, Damiano Damiani, James Toback, Andrzej Zulawski, Frank Cassenti, Giuliano Montaldo, Laslo Benedek, Fritz Kortner and Helmut Käutner. Among Kinski's films two were even nominated as 'Best Picture' / 'Best Foreign Language Film' at the Academy Awards: Doctor Zhivago (1965) and Mivtsa Yonatan (1977).

Personal Quotes (7)

Man muß den Menschen vor allem nach seinen Lastern beurteilen. Tugenden können vorgetäuscht sein. Laster sind echt. [One should judge a man mainly from his depravities. Virtues can be faked. Depravities are real.]
I'd have been better than Adolf Hitler. I could've delivered his speeches a lot better. That's for certain.
I choose films with the shortest schedule and the most money.
Wer mich beleidigt, entscheide ich. [I decide who offends me.]
So I sell myself, for the highest price. Exactly like a prostitute. There is no difference.
Making movies is better than cleaning toilets.
I'm like a wild animal who's behind bars. I need air, I need space.

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