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Udo Kierspe

(1944-10-14) 14 October 1944 (age 78)
Years active1966–present
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Udo Kierspe (born 14 October 1944), known professionally as Udo Kier, is a German actor. Known primarily as a character actor, Kier has appeared in more than 220 films in both leading and supporting roles throughout Europe and the Americas. He has collaborated with acclaimed filmmakers such as Lars von Trier, Gus Van Sant, Werner Herzog, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Walerian Borowczyk, Kleber Mendonça Filho, Dario Argento, Charles Matton, Guy Maddin, Alexander Payne, and Paul Morrissey. [1] [2]


Early life

Kier was born in Cologne, near the end of World War II. The hospital where he was born was bombed by the invading Allied forces moments after his birth, and he and his mother had to be dug out of the rubble. [3] [4] He grew up without a father. [5] In his youth, he was an altar boy [6] and cantor. He moved to London, England at the age of 18 to learn English. [1]


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Kier in Flesh for Frankenstein

In 1966, Kier was cast in the lead role for the film Road to St. Tropez. [7] [8] 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 famous for his work with cult directors, including Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Walerian Borowczyk, Gus Van Sant, Christoph Schlingensief, and Dario Argento (whose classic Suspiria (1977) he was featured in). He has appeared in almost all of Lars von Trier's movies since 1987's Epidemic (with the exceptions of The Idiots , The Boss of it All , Antichrist and The House That Jack Built ).

Kier at the press conference of Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot at Berlinale 2018 Udo Kier - Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot - Press Conference.jpg
Kier at the press conference of Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot at Berlinale 2018

His most famous Hollywood roles include his appearance as Ron Camp in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994), [9] Curly in Barb Wire , as a NASA flight psychologist in Armageddon , [10] [11] as the villainous Lorenzini in The Adventures of Pinocchio and 1999 sequel The New Adventures of Pinocchio , and as Ralfi in the film Johnny Mnemonic . In 1992, Kier appeared in Madonna's controversial book Sex . He also appeared in the music videos for Madonna's songs Erotica and Deeper and Deeper , both taken from Madonna's 1992 album Erotica , [12] Kier also appeared in the music videos for Korn's Make Me Bad, Eve's 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 (as well as the voice of the PsiCorps) in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 and its expansion, Yuri's Revenge . He also voiced The Music Master in Justice League , Herbert Ziegler in The Batman , Ivan Bahn in Metropia , Professor Pericles as well as a Shadowy Figure in Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated , Mister Toad in Beware the Batman , Warden in Axe Cop , Head Vampire Vampire in Major Lazer , Dylan Beekler's Backpack in Golan the Insatiable and Dr. Peter Straub in Call of Duty: WWII .

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 European Franco-German culture channel, and released in 2012. [13] In 2013, the documentary won the New York Festival "Finalist Certificate". [14]

Personal life

Kier is gay, and has been open about his homosexuality his entire life. "No one ever asked about my sexuality. Maybe it was obvious, but it didn't make any difference because all that mattered was the role I was playing. As long as I did a good job on the part, no one cared about my sexuality." [15]

He moved to Palm Springs, California, United States, in 1991. [7] [16] [17]



1966Road to Saint TropezBoyShort film
1968 Shameless  [ de ]Alexander Pohlmann
1969 La stagione dei sensi  [ it ]Luca
1970 Mark of the Devil Count Christian von Meruh
1971Oi ErotomaneisTonis Theodorou
1971Anilikes amartoles
1972 The Salzburg Connection Anton
1973 Flesh for Frankenstein Baron von Frankenstein
1973PanPilgrim of Death
1974 Blood for Dracula Count Dracula
1975 The Last Word Raimund
1975 Story of O René
1976 Exposé Paul Martin
1976 Goldflocken  [ fr ]Franzl
1976 Spermula Werner
1977 Suspiria Dr. Frank Mandel
1977Belcanto oder Darf eine Nutte schluchzen?Poulailler
1978 The Fifth Commandment Peter Dümmel
1979 The Third Generation Edgar Gast
1979 Hungarian Rhapsody Poór
1980 Narcissus and Psyche Laci Tóth
1980LuluJack the Ripper
1981 Docteur Jekyll et les femmes Dr. Henry Jekyll
1981 Lola WaiterUncredited; also production designer
1981 Lili Marleen Drewitz
1983 The Island of the Bloody Plantation  [ de ]Hermano
1983 The Roaring Fifties Fromm
1983Pankow '95Johann Wolfgang Amadeus Zart
1984 Moscow on the Hudson Gay Man on StreetUncredited cameo
1985The InvincibleArgon
1985 Seduction: The Cruel Woman Gregor
1985 Die Einsteiger  [ de ]Graf Frackstein
1986Egomania – Insel ohne HoffnungBaron Tante Teufel
1987 Epidemic Himself
1988Another Way: D-Kikan-JohoHansman
1988Mother's MaskHerr Seidler
1989100 Jahre Adolf Hitler – Die letzte Stunde im Führerbunker Adolf Hitler
1990 Das deutsche Kettensägenmassaker JonnyAlso assistant director
1991 My Own Private Idaho Hans
1991 Europa Lawrence Hartmann
1992Terror 2000 – Intensivstation DeutschlandJablo
1993 Josh and S.A.M. Salon Manager
1993 For Love or Money Mr. Himmelman
1993 Even Cowgirls Get the Blues Commercial Director
1993Three Shake-a-Leg Steps to HeavenEdouard Müllendorf
1994 Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Ron Camp
1994 Rotwang muß weg!  [ de ]Arthur Eigenrauch
1995Schmetterling im DunkelnHimselfDocumentary short
1995 A Trick of Light Max Skladanowsky
1995 Johnny Mnemonic Ralfi
1995AusgestorbenYork CortexShort film
1995 Over My Dead Body Killer
1995Paradise FramedHimself
1995ExtinctYork CortexShort film
1995Dog DazeErich von StroheimShort film
1996United TrashUNO-General Werner Brenner
1996 Barb Wire Curly
1996 Breaking the Waves Sadistic Sailor
1996 Lea Block
1996 The Adventures of Pinocchio Lorenzini
1997 The End of Violence Zoltan Kovacs
1997 Betty Vincent Lord
1997 Prince Valiant Sligon
1998 Armageddon Psychologist
1998 There's No Fish Food in Heaven Rocky
1998 Blade Dragonetti
1998Life in the Fast LaneRocky
1998Immaculate SpringsHans
1999 End of Days Dr. Abel
1999 History Is Made at Night Ivan Bliniak
1999 The Debtors
1999 Unter den Palmen Ludwig
1999 The New Adventures of Pinocchio Madame Flambeau / Lorenzini
2000Citizens of Perpetual Indulgence
2000 Shadow of the Vampire Albin Grau
2000 Dancer in the Dark Dr. Porkorny
2000Red LettersGeorge Kessler
2000 Just One Night Walter Lert
2000DoomsdayerMax Gast
2000Simon SaysStuart Moss
2001 Critical Mass Samson
2001 Invincible Count Helldorf
2001Double DeceptionVincent
2001Die Gottesanbeterin
2001 Megiddo: The Omega Code 2 The Guardian
2001 All the Queen's Men General Landssdorf
2001 Revelation Grand Master
2002Auf Herz und NierenDoc
2002Broken CookiesDirector
2002 FeardotCom Polidori
2002Mrs MeitlemeihrHitler / Mrs. MeitlemeihrShort film
2002Pigs Will FlyOnkel Max
200310 SchritteHimselfShort film
2003 Dogville The Man in the Coat
2003 Love Object Radley
2003Gate to HeavenJoachim Nowak
2004Celluloid HorrorHimselfDocumentary
2004 Paranoia 1.0 Derrick
2004 Jargo Jargos Vater
2004 Sawtooth Reverend Cain
2004 Modigliani Max Jacob
2004 Evil Eyes George
2004 Dracula 3000 Captain Varna
2004 Surviving Christmas Heinrich
2005Children of WaxP.
2005 Headspace Rev. Karl Hartman
2005One More RoundLance Wallace
2005Wit's EndThe Stranger
2005 Manderlay Mr. Kirspe
2005 BloodRayne Regal Monk
2006 Pray for Morning Edouard Leopold Edu
2006 Holly Klaus
2006 Crusade in Jeans Dr. Lawerence
2007Children of WaxP
2007 Fall Down Dead Picasso Killer / Aaron GarveyAlso associate producer
2007 Grindhouse Franz HessSegment: "Werewolf Women of the SS"
2007 Halloween Morgan Walker
2007TellHermann Gessler
2007 The Mother of Tears Father Johannes
2007 Pars: Operation Cherry Klaus Kayman
2008 Far Cry Dr. Lucas Krieger
2008 1½ Knights – In Search of the Ravishing Princess Herzelinde Luipold Trumpf
2009 Lulu and Jimi Schultz
2009 House of Boys Madame
2009 Soul Kitchen Herr Jung
2009 Metropia Ivan BahnVoice
2009Tattoos: A Scarred HistoryHimselfDocumentary
2009 My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done? Lee Meyers
2010 Das Leben ist zu lang  [ de ]Tabatabai
2011 Die Blutgräfin
2011 Keyhole Dr. Lemke
2011Graf Karpatovicz and the Blonde BiteGraf KarpatoviczShort film
2011The Sky Has Four CornersGraf Karpatovicz
2011 Melancholia Wedding Planner
2011 The Theatre Bizarre Peg Poett
2011UFO in Her EyesSteve Frost
2011 The Berlin Project Guru
2012 Iron Sky Wolfgang Kortzfleisch
2012Unlocking PassagesThe ActorShort film
2013Night of the TemplarFather Paul
2013Heather's DreamDoctorShort film
2013The Girl behind the White Picket FenceThe Shaman / The Doctor
2013 Nymphomaniac The Waiter
2014 Beethoven's Treasure Tail The Real Fritz Bruchschnauser
2014 The Editor Dr. Casini
2015 Coconut Hero Mr. Morrow (Therapist)
2015Get Well Soon: It's LoveManShort film
2015Johnny WalkerFyodorVoice
2015Shanzo (Teaser)JagoShort film
2015The 1000 Eyes of Dr. MaddinHimselfDocumentary
2015 The Forbidden Room Count Yugh / The Butler / The Dead Father / Guard / Pharmacist
2015ZeroThe Lord of the World
2016Courier XNathan Vogel
2016SeancesActorShort film
2016BrotherFrank Solek
2017 Downsizing Joris Konrad
2017Hitler's HollywoodNarrator (USA version)Voice
2017 Brawl in Cell Block 99 Placid Man
2018 American Animals Mr. Van Der Hoek
2018 Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot George
2018 Daughter of Mine Bruno
2018Ulysses: A Dark OdysseyAlcyde
2018 Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich André Toulon
2018 Dragged Across Concrete Friedrich
2018 The Mountain Frederick
2019 American Exit Anton
2019 Iron Sky: The Coming Race Wolfgang Kortzfleisch
2019 Holy Beasts Henry
2019 Bacurau Michael
2019 The Painted Bird Miller
2019 The Barefoot Emperor Dr. Otto Kroll
2019Skin WalkerClaus
2020 Last Moment of Clarity Ivan
2021 The Blazing World Lained
2021 Swan Song Pat Pitsenbarger
2021Chompy & The GirlsChompyVoice
202113 Tracks to Frighten Agatha BlackOpening NarrationVoice
2022A E I O U: A Quick Alphabet of LoveMichel
2022Bad PainterO
2022My Neighbor, AdolfMr. Herzog
TBA The Ark: An Iron Sky Story Grand MasterPost-production


1973 Sonderdezernat K1 Harry GätjensEpisode: "Kassensturz um Mitternacht"
1973 Joseph Balsamo  [ fr ]Gilbert3 episodes
1977 The Stationmaster's Wife  [ de ]SchafftalerTelevision film, Also assistant director
1980 Berlin Alexanderplatz Young Man in the Bar2 episodes
1986 Der Fahnder Uli WeberEpisode: "Ein König ohne Reich"
1986 Kir Royal HolgerEpisode: "Adieu Clairef"
1988 Medea JasonTelevision film
1992Tod eines WeltstarsWeltstar Udo KierTelevision film
1993 Red Shoe Diaries Fashion DesignerEpisode: "Runaway"
1993 Seaquest DSV Dr. Guy PecheEpisode "Give me Liberté"
1993Udo Kier - From A to AHimselfTelevision film documentary
1993Jack Reed: Badge of HonorGiles MarquetteTelevision film
1994 Doppelter Einsatz KönigEpisode "Feuerzauber"
1994–1997, 2022 The Kingdom Åge Krüger / Little Brother8 episodes
1996 Tracey Takes On... ChauffeurEpisode "Death"
1996 Nash Bridges Wolfgang HerzogEpisode "Aloha Nash"
1996, 1999 The Sentinel Klaus Zeller2 episodes
1996, 2009 Tatort Beethoven / Hans-Rudi Dreher2 episodes
1998 Viper Erich GeigerEpisode "Double Team"
1998 V.I.P. Viktor BalekEpisode "What to Do with Vallery When You're Deam"
1998 Modern Vampires VincentTelevision film
1998Miss DiamondBuhlerTelevision film
1998Nina - Vom Kinderzimmer ins BordellBongoTelevision film
1998 Ice Dr. Norman KistlerTelevision film
1999 Final Run Reddick, Train Control SupervisorTelevision film
2001 Andy Warhol: The Complete Picture HimselfTelevision documentary
2002 Justice League The Music Master Voice, Episode: "Legends" parts I and II
2002He Sees You When You're SleepingHans KramerTelevision film
2003Betty - Schon wie der TodGeorg WasserbergTelevision film
2004 The Batman BertVoice, Episode: "Q & A"
200430 Days Until I'm FamousBarry DavisTelevision film
20053 Wild AngelsRichard Voss4 episodes
2005 Masters of Horror BellingerEpisode: "John Carpenter's Cigarette Burns"
2005–20074 Against ZZanrelot41 episodes
2006Alfredissimo! - Kochen mit BioHimself - CookEpisode: "Spaghetti mit Kokosmilch, Zitronengras und Garnelen/Thunfisch in Sesamkruste"
2006 Polizeiruf 110 Heinrich ZermahlenEpisode: "Mit anderen Augen"
200613 GravesDebroTelevision film
2010 Chuck Otto Van VogelEpisode: "Chuck Versus the Role Models"
2010–2013 Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Professor Pericles, Shadowy FigureVoices, 17 episodes
2011 Borgia Pope Innocent VIII 3 episodes
2013–2014 Beware the Batman Mister Toad Voice, 4 episodes
2014HubertusjagdHimselfEpisode: "Los Angeles"
2015 Altes Geld Rauchensteiner / Rolf / Father9 episodes
2015 Axe Cop WardenVoice, Episode: "Heads Will Roll"
2015 Major Lazer Head Vampire VampireVoice, Episode: "Vampire Weekend"
2015 Golan the Insatiable Dylan Beekler's BackpackVoice, Episode: "Pilot"
2017 Funny or Die Presents Admiral CodiEpisode: "Storm: A Star Wars Indie"
2019 M - Eine Stadt sucht einen Morder Mann im Fuchspelz6 episodes
2023 Hunters Adolf Hitler7 episodes

Video games

1996 The Adventures of Pinocchio LorenziniVoice
2000 Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 Yuri, PsyCorpsVoice
2001 Command & Conquer: Yuri's Revenge Yuri
20081 1/2 Knights: In Search of the Ravishing Princess HerzelindeCount Luipold TrumpfVoice
2017 Call of Duty: WWII Dr. Peter StraubVoice
2022Martha is DeadErichVoice

Music videos

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