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Overview (4)

Born in Chur, Switzerland
Died in Zurich, Switzerland  (injuries from fall)
Birth NameHans Rudolf Giger
Height 5' 7¾" (1.72 m)

Mini Bio (1)

H.R. Giger was born on February 5, 1940 in Chur, Switzerland as Hans Rudolf Giger. He is known for his work on Alien (1979), Aliens (1986) and Alien vs. Predator (2004). He was married to Carmen Maria Scheifele and Mia Bonzanigo. He died on May 12, 2014 in Zurich, Switzerland.

Spouse (2)

Carmen Maria Scheifele (2006 - 12 May 2014) ( his death)
Mia Bonzanigo (1979 - ?) ( divorced)

Trivia (8)

Designed Korn vocalist Jonathan Davis' microphone stand.
Designed the highly controversial and surreal cover art for Emerson, Lake and Palmer's landmark progressive rock album "Brain Salad Surgery". The cover art was originally deemed too sexually explicit to be shown on store shelves, but was edited before release. Giger's design for that ELP album stands out as one of the best examples of 1970s record cover art to this day.
Designed the limited edition poster (rows of copulating genitalia) that was included in vinyl copies of the Dead Kennedys' 1985 release, "Frankenchrist". Jello Biafra, front man for the Dead Kennedys consequently was arrested for including the artwork with "Frankenchrist", due to its sexually explicit nature.
Suffers from Night Terrors, and keeps an artist's pad near his bed to draw out his nightmares. It was in this fashion that he came up with horrific designs of the monsters for Alien (1979).
Suffers from fear of flying, a condition necessitating that Ridley Scott visit him at his Swiss home in order to discuss his early design concepts for the beast in Alien (1979).
Giger was in a relationship with Swiss actress Li Tobler until she committed suicide in 1975.
Inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 2013.
Has named The Conversation (1974) his favorite film.

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