Udo Kier

Highest Rated: 100% Lola (1981)
Lowest Rated: 0% Fall Down Dead (2007)
Birthday: Oct 14, 1944
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

CREDIT
73% Dragged Across Concrete Friedrich 2019
81% Daughter of Mine (Figlia mia) Actor 2019
No Score Yet Bacarau Michael 2019
86% Nighthawk (Bacurau) Actor 2019
No Score Yet Holy Beasts (La Fiera y la Fiesta) Henry 2019
66% Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich Andre Toulon 2018
77% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot Hans 2018
88% American Animals Fence 2018
56% The Mountain Frederick 2018
49% Downsizing Konrad $23M 2017
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
45% The Lords of Salem Witchhunter $1.1M 2013
38% Iron Sky Wolfgang Kortzfleisch $66.6K 2012
No Score Yet UFO in Her Eyes Steve Frost 2012
67% 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 $0.3M 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
49% Mother of Tears: The Third Mother Father Johannes 2007
26% 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
84% 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
40% 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
82% 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
38% 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
85% 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
19% Even Cowgirls Get the Blues Commercial Director 1994
No Score Yet Tod eines Weltstars Actor 1994
37% For Love or Money Himmelman 1993
47% Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Ronald Camp 1993
25% Josh and S.A.M. Tanning Salon Manager 1993
80% Zentropa (Europa) Lawrence Hartmann 1992
81% 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
40% Lili Marleen Drewitz 1981
90% The Third Generation (Die Dritte Generation) Edgar 1980
93% Berlin Alexanderplatz Actor 1980
No Score Yet Hungarian Rhapsody (Magyar rapszódia) Actor 1979
44% 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

TV

CREDIT
63% Masters of Horror
2005-2007
Bellinger
  • 2005
No Score Yet V.I.P.
1998-2004
Victor Balek
  • 1998
No Score Yet M - A City Hunts a Murderer
Fuchspelzmann

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