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Klaus Kinski (1926–1991)

Klaus Kinski was born as 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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Known For

Nosferatu the Vampyre Count Dracula
Aguirre, the Wrath of God Don Lope de Aguirre
Fitzcarraldo Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald - 'Fitzcarraldo'
For a Few Dollars More Juan Wild - The Hunchback


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 1990 Grandi Cacciatori
Klaus Naginsky
 1989 Paganini
Niccolò Paganini
 1988 Vampire in Venice
 1987 Cobra Verde
Francisco Manoel da Silva / Cobra Verde
 1987 Timestalkers (TV Movie)
Dr. Joseph Cole
 1986 Crawlspace
Karl Gunther
 1986 Revenge of the Stolen Stars
Donald McBride
 1985 Star Knight
 1985 Kommando Leopard
 1985 Creature
Hans Rudy Hofner
 1984 The Secret Diary of Sigmund Freud
Dr. Max Bauer
 1984 The Hitchhiker (TV Series)
Kurt Hoffman
- Lovesounds (1984) ... Kurt Hoffman
 1984 The Little Drummer Girl
Martin Kurtz
 1984 Geheimcode Wildgänse
 1984 Faerie Tale Theatre (TV Series)
- Beauty and the Beast (1984) ... Beast
 1983 Android
Dr. Daniel
 1982 The Soldier
 1982 Fitzcarraldo
Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald - 'Fitzcarraldo'
 1981 Buddy Buddy
Dr. Hugo Zuckerbrot
 1981 Venom
 1981 Love & Money
Frederic Stockheinz
 1981 Les fruits de la passion
Sir Stephen
 1980 Schizoid
Pieter Fales
 1980 La femme enfant
 1980 Haine
Le motard
 1979 Woyzeck
 1979 Zoo zéro
Yavé, le directeur du zoo
 1979 Nosferatu the Vampyre
Count Dracula
 1978 The Song of Roland
Roland / Klaus
 1977 Mort d'un pourri
Nicolas Tomski
 1977 The French Woman
Alexander Zakis
 1977 Mivtsa Yonatan
Wilfried Boese
 1976 Golden Night
Michel Fournier
 1976 Jack the Ripper
Dr. Dennis Orloff
 1975 L'oeuf de Colomb (TV Movie)
 1975 Das Netz
Emilio Bossi
 1975 Lifespan
Nicholas Ulrich
 1975 Che botte ragazzi!
Pat Barnes
 1975 L'important c'est d'aimer
Karl-Heinz Zimmer
 1975 Footprints on the Moon
Prof. 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 Katohi (TV Series)
 1973 Shanghai Joe
Scalper Jack
 1973 La mano spietata della legge
Vito Quattroni
 1973 Death Smiles on a Murderer
Dr. Sturges
 1972 Aguirre, the Wrath of God
Don Lope de Aguirre
 1971 Giù la testa... hombre
Reverend Cotton
 1971 Black Killer
James Webb / Black Killer
 1971 L'occhio del ragno
Hans Fischer
 1971 Il venditore di morte
Chester Conway
 1971 Nella stretta morsa del ragno
Edgar Allan Poe
 1971 La bestia uccide a sangue freddo
Dr. Francis Clay
 1971 His Name Was King
Sheriff 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 And God Said to Cain
Gary Hamilton
 1970 Mir hat es immer Spaß gemacht
Juan José Ignatio Rodriguez de Calderon / 'Sam'
 1969 Venus in Furs
Ahmed Kortobawi
 1969 Il dito nella piaga
Cpl. Brian Haskins / Norman Carr (as Klaus Kinsky)
 1969 Gangster's Law
 1969 A doppia faccia
John Alexander
 1969 Marquis de Sade's Justine
Marquis de Sade (as Klaus Kinsky)
 1969 Five for Hell
SS Col. Hans Mueller
 1968 Twice a Judas
Victor Barret / Dingus
 1968 The Great Silence
Tigrero / Loco
 1968 I bastardi
 1968 The Vatican Affair
Clint Rogers
 1968 If You Meet Sartana... Pray for Your Death
Morgan (as Klaus Kinsky)
 1968 Coplan sauve sa peau
 1968 The Ruthless Four
Brent il Biondo
 1967 L'uomo, l'orgoglio, la vendetta
Garcia, Carmen's Husband (as Klaus Kinsky)
 1967 Grand Slam
Erich Weiss
 1967 The Million Eyes of Sumuru
President Boong
 1967 Five Golden Dragons
 1967 Creature with the Blue Hand
Dave Emerson / Richard Emerson
 1967 A Bullet for the General
El Santo
 1966 Killer's Carnival
Gomez (Rio segment)
 1966 Bang! Bang! You're Dead!
 1966 Psycho-Circus
 1965 Doctor Zhivago
 1965 For a Few Dollars More
Juan Wild - The Hunchback
 1965 That Man in Istanbul
 1965 The Secret Agents
Russian Agent
 1965 Again the Ringer
 1965 The Pleasure Girls
Nikko Stalmar
 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 Der Zinker
 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 The Devil's Daffodil
Peter Keene
 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 Sarajevo
 1955 Kinder, Mütter und ein General
Leutnant, der nicht mehr lacht
 1955 Ludwig II: Glanz und Ende eines Königs
Prinz Otto von Bayern
 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 | 5 Print Biographies | 7 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:

At first, I felt this thing coming up in myself, just really physically growing in myself and happening, but it was a jungle, so I couldn't distinguish things so much. I knew there were, in myself, the souls of millions of people who lived centuries ago - not just people but animals, plants, the elements, things, even, matter - that all of these exist in me, and I felt this. OK, this pushed and ... See more »


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. See more »


Often worked with director Werner Herzog See more »

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