Udo Kier - Rotten Tomatoes

Udo Kier

Highest Rated:   100% Lola (1981)
Lowest Rated:   0% Fall Down Dead (2007)
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Birthplace:   Cologne, Germany
Possessing a pair of the most elegantly piercing steel blue eyes ever to be captured on celluloid, German cult actor Udo Kier has made a distinct mark for himself in the world of cinema with roles in everything from obscure European exploitation films to the most mainstream of Hollywood fare. Though as an actor Kier has made a name for himself by essaying frequently bizarre and sometimes sadistic film roles, the man himself is almost the complete opposite of the characters he portrays onscreen, exuding a flamboyant and personable earthy elegance that stands in stark contrast to his unforgettably cold, vampiric screen presence. Born in October of 1944 in Cologne, Germany, it may come as no surprise that Kier's incredibly dramatic birth would easily rival the intensity of any of the future actor's film roles. As war raged outside the serene confines of the hospital, Kier's mother requested a few moments alone with her newborn son immediately following his birth. Moments later the hospital was bombed and Kier's mother began the grueling task of digging herself and her son from out of the rubble. His father absent for much of his youth, Kier had a chance encounter with an aspiring young filmmaker named Rainer Werner Fassbinder before moving to Britain at the age of 18 to study English and acting. Shortly after Kier's arrival, director Mike Sarne offered him the role of a gigolo in The Road to St. Tropez (1966), and with that film the young actor made his screen debut. Though Kier would appear in a few films rounding out the 1960s, it was his part in the controversial 1970 film The Mark of the Devil that would truly set his career path in motion. His role as a witch hunter apprentice who meets a gruesome demise horrified audiences, and the film was subsequently banned in many areas of the world. Increasingly prolific in the following years, it was a pair of Paul Morrissey films from the mid-'70s that would leave an indelible impression on not only European audiences, but American audiences as well. It was while on a flight from Rome to Munich that Kier made the acquaintance of director Morrissey, and shortly thereafter Kier was cast in the role of Baron Frankenstein in Andy Warhol's Frankenstein (aka Flesh for Frankenstein). Filled to the brim with satirical gore and graphic violence, the notorious film immediately garnered an X-rating though it would become a hit with strong-stomached audiences who could appreciate its dark humor. Released that same year, Andy Warhol's Dracula (aka Blood for Dracula) once again found Kier relishing in gore-drenched satire. In 1977 Kier would appear before old friend Fassbinder's lens in the television drama The Stationmaster's Wife and play a small role in Italian horror director Dario Argento's Suspiria. The remainder of the 1970s as well as the majority of the 1980s, found Kier appearing frequently in European exploitation films with such lurid titles as G.I. Bro (1977) and Prison Camp Girls, Jailed for Love (1982). Though sharp-eyed American audiences could catch glimpses of Kier in such films as Moscow on the Hudson (1984) (in which he appeared uncredited), it was during this period that Kier would work almost exclusively in Europe. Though American audiences didn't necessarily bear witness to most of Kier's work in the 1980s, his career continued to flourish overseas and the actor began to develop a strong personal and professional relationship with director Lars von Trier. Following his appearance in von Trier's Medea (1987), Kier would not only appear in all of the director future films, but also become the godfather of von Trier's daughter Agnes as well. It was Kier's role in director Gus Van Sant's My Own Private Idaho (1991) that brought the actor back to stateside audiences, and following his memorable appearance in the film, Kier would appear in such big-budget American films as Johnny Mnemonic (1995), Armageddon (1998), and Blade (also 1998). Despite appearances in such mainstream come

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Courier-X
  • Nathan Vogel
2016
95% The Forbidden Room
  • Count Yugh/The Butler/The Dead Father/Guard/Pharmacist
$34.5k 2015
No Score Yet Coconut Hero
  • Actor
2015
60% Nymphomaniac: Volume II
  • Actor
$0.3M 2014
75% Nymphomaniac: Volume I
  • Waiter
$0.7M 2014
No Score Yet 10 PM Lincoln Boulevard
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Arteholic
  • Actor
2014
55% The Editor
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Beethoven's Treasure Tail
  • Actor
2014
44% The Lords of Salem
  • Witchhunter
$1.1M 2013
36% Iron Sky
  • Wolfgang Kortzfleisch
$66.6k 2012
No Score Yet UFO in Her Eyes
  • Steve Frost
2012
70% Keyhole
  • Dr. Lemke
$22.6k 2012
43% The Theatre Bizarre
  • Peg Poett (Theatre Guignol)
2012
No Score Yet Schamlos (Shameless)
  • Actor
2012
79% Melancholia
  • Wedding Planner
$3M 2011
57% House Of Boys
  • Madame
2011
No Score Yet Pariser Platz - Berlin (The Berlin Project)
  • Actor
2011
73% Soul Kitchen
  • Herr Jung
$0.2M 2010
50% Metropia
  • Ivan Bahn
2010
49% My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done
  • Lee Meyers
2010
No Score Yet Night of the Templar
  • Father Paul
2010
No Score Yet King Shot
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Lulu und Jimi (Lulu and Jimi)
  • Schultz
2009
No Score Yet Wasington
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet 1 1/2 Ritter - Auf der Suche nach der hinreißenden Herzelinde
  • Luipold Trumpf
2008
No Score Yet Far Cry
  • Dr. Krieger
2008
No Score Yet Tell - Jeder Schuss ein Treffer!
  • Reichsvogt Hermann Gessler
2007
65% Holly
  • Klaus
2007
50% Mother of Tears: The Third Mother
  • Father Johannes
2007
25% Halloween
  • Morgan Walker
$58.2M 2007
0% Fall Down Dead
  • Picasso Killer
2007
74% Planet Terror (Grindhouse Presents: Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror)
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Pars: Operation Cherry (Pars: Kiraz Operasyonu)
  • Actor
2007
83% Grindhouse
  • Franz Hess
$25M 2007
No Score Yet Kruistocht in spijkerbroek (Crusade in Jeans) (Crusade: A March Through Time)
  • Actor
2006
50% Manderlay
  • Mr. Kirspe
2006
4% BloodRayne
  • Regal Monk
$1.6M 2006
No Score Yet Pray for Morning
  • Edouard Leopold Edu
2006
No Score Yet Children of Wax (The Killing Grounds)
  • Actor
2006
50% Headspace
  • Rev. Hartman
2005
No Score Yet Masters of Horror
  • Bellinger
2005
No Score Yet The Killing Ground
  • Actor
2005
7% Surviving Christmas
  • Heinrich
$11.2M 2004
4% Modigliani
  • Max Jacob
2004
No Score Yet Dracula 3000
  • Capt. Varna
2004
No Score Yet Evil Eyes
  • George
2004
No Score Yet 30 Days Until I'm Famous
  • Barry Davis
2004
67% Paranoia 1.0
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Paranoia 1.0
  • Derrick
2004
42% Love Object
  • Radley
2003
70% Dogville
  • The Man in the Coat
$1.5M 2003
No Score Yet The Last Minute
  • Nazi Photographer
2003
No Score Yet Jargo
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Mary Higgins Clark's 'He Sees You When You're Sleeping'
  • Hans Kramer
2002
No Score Yet Mrs Meitlemeihr
  • Adolf Hitler/Mrs. Meitlemeihr
2002
54% Invincible
  • Count Helldorf
2002
3% Feardotcom
  • Polidori
$13.2M 2002
No Score Yet Revelation
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Double Deception
  • Vincent
2001
7% All the Queen's Men
  • General Landssdorf
2001
10% Megiddo: The Omega Code 2
  • The Guardian
$5.7M 2001
No Score Yet Critical Mass
  • Sampson
2001
81% Shadow of the Vampire
  • Albin
$7.6M 2000
68% Dancer in the Dark
  • Dr. Porkorny
$2.9M 2000
No Score Yet Red Letters
  • George Kessler
2000
No Score Yet Just One Night
  • Walter Lert
2000
No Score Yet Spy Games
  • Ivan Bliniak
1999
11% End of Days
  • Head Priest
1999
No Score Yet Las Nuevas Aventuras de Pinocho
  • Madame Flambeau
1999
No Score Yet Possessed (Besat)
  • Vincent
1999
No Score Yet Killer Deal
  • Roland Parker
1999
No Score Yet Doomsdayer
  • Max Gast
1999
No Score Yet Final Run
  • Reddick
1999
30% Modern Vampires
  • Vincent
1998
54% Blade
  • Dragonetti
1998
39% Armageddon
  • Psychologist
1998
No Score Yet Stingers
  • Mr. Scholnick
1998
No Score Yet Betty
  • Vincent Lord
1998
No Score Yet Life in the Fast Lane (There's No Fish Food in Heaven)
  • Tennant
1998
29% The End of Violence
  • Zoltan Koyacs
1997
No Score Yet Prince Valiant
  • Sligon
1997
No Score Yet Die 120 Tage von Bottrop
  • Actor
1997
84% Breaking the Waves
  • The Man on the Trawler
1996
No Score Yet Lea
  • Block
1996
27% Les Aventures de Pinocchio
  • Lorenzini
1996
28% Barb Wire
  • Curly
1996
No Score Yet A Trick of Light (Gebrüder Skladanowsky, Die)
  • Max Skladanowsky
1995
13% Johnny Mnemonic
  • Ralfi
1995
22% Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
  • Commercial Director
1994
No Score Yet Tod eines Weltstars
  • Actor
1994
32% For Love or Money
  • Himmelman
1993
46% Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
  • Ronald Camp
1993
14% Josh and S.A.M.
  • Tanning Salon Manager
1993
82% My Own Private Idaho
  • Hans
1991
86% Medea
  • Jason
1987
33% Epidemic
  • Himself
1987
No Score Yet Egomania - Insel ohne Hoffnung
  • Baron/Aunt/Devil
1986
No Score Yet Die Schlacht der Idioten
  • Actor
1986
No Score Yet Seduction - Cruel Woman
  • Gregor
1985
No Score Yet Escape from Blood Plantation
  • Actor
1982
100% Lola
  • Waiter
1981
No Score Yet Docteur Jekyll et les femmes (The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Miss Osbourne)
  • Dr.Henry Jekyll
1981
29% Lili Marleen
  • Drewitz
1981
88% The Third Generation (Die Dritte Generation)
  • Edgar
1980
100% Berlin Alexanderplatz
  • Actor
1980
No Score Yet Hungarian Rhapsody (Magyar rapszódia)
  • Actor
1979
50% Bolwieser (The Stationmaster's Wife)
  • Actor
1977
93% Suspiria
  • Frank
1977
No Score Yet Exposé (The House on Straw Hill) (Trauma)
  • Paul Martin
1976
No Score Yet The Fruit Is Ripe (Griechische Feige)
  • Actor
1976
33% The Story of O
  • Rene
1975
67% Blood for Dracula
  • Count Dracula
1974
92% Andy Warhol's Frankenstein
  • Baron Frankenstein
1974
No Score Yet The Salzburg Connection
  • Anton
1972
33% Mark of the Devil
  • Christian
1969
70% Medea
  • Actor
1969
No Score Yet Fruit Is Ripe
  • Actor
1961

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