Udo Kier Biography

Birthday: 1944-10-14
Place of Birth: Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia Germany
Height: 5' 11" (1.80 m)
Wiki Biography: Udo Kier was born October 14, 1944 in Cologne, Germany, during World War II. His entrance was just as dramatic as some of his roles. On the evening of his birth Udo's mother requested extra time with her new baby. The nurses had gathered all of the other babies and returned them to the nursery when the hospital was bombed. He and his mother were rescued from underneath the rubble. Udo didn't know much about his father. When Udo was 18 he moved to Britian in order to learn the English language. While there he took a few acting courses. He was eventually offered a role by director Michael Sarne as a gigolo in the film Road to Saint Tropez (1966). While the role was small, it was the beginning of his career in films. His first "hit" film was Mark of the Devil (1970) (Mark of the Devil). The film was rated "V" for violence and ticket buyers were offered vomit bags before the film started. It was banned in 31 countries but spawned two sequels (both without Kier). The film is notorious for its exploitation of sex and violence (the uncut version was remastered and re-released on video in 1997). Kier met director Paul Morrissey on an airplane trip. Morrissey offered him the lead role in the 3-D Andy Warhol's Frankenstein (1973). It was this film, along with its sister film Andy Warhol's Dracula (1974), that made Udo a cult figure. Both Morrissey films are also known as Andy Warhol's Frankenstein and Dracula; however, Andy Warhol was not involved in the production or creation of the films. Both were rated X when released. One of Kier's most vivid memories from "Flesh for Frankenstein" was the infamous "internal organ" scene. Real animal organs were used that were left unrefrigerated on the set for several hours. Udo had to pull the organs out of a prop dummy with his bare hands and hold them up to his face. He has said he will never forget that smell. When this film was finished the cast and crew began immediately filming "Blood for Dracula". Udo remembers both of these films fondly and regards "Dracula" over "Frankenstein" as his favorite of the two (in 1996 both films were released by Criterion on DVD totally uncut). In the 1970s some of Kier's work included The Salzburg Connection (1972), The Story of O (1975) (The Story of O), Spermula (1976) and Trauma (1976) (House on Straw Hill). Much of his work has been dubbed with someone else's voice. In Suspiria (1977) there were some technical difficulties with the sound while his scene was shot. In the 1980s some of his work included Lulu (1980), The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Miss Osbourne (1981) (The Blood of Dr Jekyll), The Island of the Bloody Plantation (1983) (Escape from Blood Plantation) and Seduction: The Cruel Woman (1985) (Seduction: The Cruel Woman). In the 1980s Kier did very little work outside of Europe. In the 1990s he had a lot more visibility in America and his breakthrough role was as Hans in My Own Private Idaho (1991) (the soundtrack includes the song that Udo performs in the film). Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1993) reunited Kier with his friend Keanu Reeves yet again. Udo was cast as Pamela Anderson's sidekick in Barb Wire (1996) and played Ron Camp in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994) opposite Jim Carrey. In the 1990s some of the films he was in included "The Kingdom" (1994), For Love or Money (1993), Breaking the Waves (1996), The Adventures of Pinocchio (1996), Blade (1998) and Armageddon (1998). Over his 30-year career Udo has worked with several brilliant directors: Paul Morrissey, Charles Matton, Dario Argento, Gus Van Sant and Walerian Borowczyk. he continues to work often with Lars von Trier and is the godfather of Van Trier's child as well as a good friend. Von Trier is currently working on a film entitled Dimension which is a project that spans 30 years. Every year the cast and crew (including Udo) meet to shoot footage. The film will show the actors age 30 years without make-up or special effects. Approximately seen years of footage has already been shot. The premiere will take place in 2024! Kier's acting career ranges from art house films (Europa (1991)) to gore fests (Blackest Heart (1990) (German Chainsaw Massacre)) to television commercials. He says he loves horror films and wants to do more of them. He enjoys playing villains, as he feels it is more interesting because evil has no limits. Currently Udo lives in California and spends much of his time working in Europe, where he receives larger roles and more recognition.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Ron Camp 1994 Comedy
For Love or Money 2003 - 2004 Comedy
Blade Dragonetti 2006 - 2006 Action
Metropia Ivan Bahn 2009 Animation
How God Made The English Debro 2012 Documentary
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Miss Osbourne Dr.Henry Jekyll 1981 Horror
Am nächsten Morgen kehrte der Minister nicht an seinen Arbeitsplatz zurück Minister / Kali 1986
Egomania - Insel ohne Hoffnung Baron Tante Teufel 1987 Drama
Medea Jason 1988 Drama
Mutters Maske Herr Seidler 1988 Comedy
100 Jahre Adolf Hitler - Die letzte Stunde im Führerbunker Adolf Hitler 1989
Seduction: The Cruel Woman Gregor 1989 Drama
Blackest Heart Jonny 1990 Comedy, Horror
Europa Lawrence Hartmann 1991 Drama
My Own Private Idaho Hans 1991 Drama, Romance
Three Shake-a-Leg Steps to Heaven Edouard Müllendorf 1993
Josh and S.A.M. Salon Manager 1993 Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Ron Camp 1994 0
Terror 2000 - Intensivstation Deutschland Jablo 1994 Comedy, Horror
Rotwang muß weg! Arthur Eigenrauch 1994 Comedy
Johnny Mnemonic Ralfi 1995 0, Sport, Game Show, 0, 0
Nur über meine Leiche Killer 1995 Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Die Gebrüder Skladanowsky Max Skladanowsky 1995 Biography, Drama
The Adventures of Pinocchio Lorenzini 1996 Drama, 0, 0
The Slit UNO-General Werner Brenner 1996 Comedy
Breaking the Waves Sadistic Sailor 1996 Drama, Romance
Lea Block 1997 Drama, Romance
Prince Valiant Sligon 1997 Adventure, Fantasy
Blade Dragonetti 1998 Action, Fantasy, Horror
Life in the Fast Lane Rocky 1998 Comedy
End of Days Head Priest 1999 0, Reality Tv, Game Show
History Is Made at Night Ivan Bliniak 1999 Action, Comedy, Romance
The New Adventures of Pinocchio Madame Flambeau / Lorenzini 1999 Family, Fantasy
Critical Mass 2000
Dancer in the Dark Dr. Porkorny 2000 0, Comedy
Unter den Palmen Ludwig 2000 Drama
Just One Night Walter Lert 2000 Comedy
Red Letters George Kessler 2000 Crime, Drama
All the Queen's Men Gen. Landsdorf 2001
Doomsdayer Max Gast 2001 Action
Shadow of the Vampire 2001 Drama, Horror
Die Gottesanbeterin Julius Quellenreich 2001 Comedy, Thriller
Double Deception Vincent 2001 Action, Thriller
Megiddo: The Omega Code 2 The Guardian 2001 Thriller, Fantasy
Invincible Count Helldorf 2002 Drama
Revelation The Grand Master 2002 Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Auf Herz und Nieren Doc 2002 Action, Comedy
FeardotCom Polidori 2002 Horror, Thriller, Crime
Pigs Will Fly Onkel Max 2003 Drama
The Last Minute Nazi Fashion Shooter 2003 Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Gate to Heaven Joachim Nowak 2003 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Evil Eyes George 2004
Love Object 2004 Comedy, Drama, Horror
Modigliani Max Jacob 2004 Drama
Surviving Christmas Heinrich 2004 Comedy, Romance
Wit's End The Stranger 2005 Comedy
Headspace Rev. Karl Hartman 2005 Horror, Mystery
Pray for Morning Edouard Leopold Edu 2006 Horror, Thriller
BloodRayne Regal Monk 2006 Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Pars: Kiraz operasyonu Klaus Kayman 2007 Action, Crime, Drama
Children of Wax P. 2007 Thriller
Mother of Tears Father Johannes 2007 Horror
Tell Hermann Gessler 2007 Comedy
Far Cry Dr. Lucas Krieger 2008 Action, Adventure, Sci Fi
1 1/2 Ritter - Auf der Suche nach der hinreißenden Herzelinde Luipold Trumpf 2008 Comedy
Wasington 2009
Lulu und Jimi Schultz 2009 Drama, Music, Romance
Fall Down Dead Aaron Garvey 2009 Horror
My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done Lee Meyers 2010 Drama, Thriller
Keyhole Dr. Lemke 2011 0, 0, Game Show
Der Himmel hat vier Ecken Graf Karpatovicz 2011 Drama, Family
Pariser Platz - Berlin Guru 2011 Drama
Görünmeyen Bartok 2011 Drama
The Theatre Bizarre 2012
Iron Sky 2012 0, 0, Sport
UFO in Her Eyes Steve Frost 2012 Comedy, Drama
Night of the Templar Father Paul 2012 Action, Comedy, Drama
Holly Klaus 2013
Citizens Hans 2014 Drama
The Editor Dr. Casini 2014 0, Reality Tv
Nymphomaniac: Part Two The Waiter 2014 Mystery
Killing Frank Frank Reynolds 2015 Horror, Thriller
The Forbidden Room Count Yugh / The Butler / The Dead Father / Guard / Pharmacist 2015 Comedy, Drama, Mystery
Johnny Walker Fyodor 2015 Comedy, Drama
Coconut Hero Mr. Morrow 2015 Comedy, Drama
Iron Sky the Coming Race Wolfgang Kortzfleisch 2016 Fantasy
Broer Frank Solek 2016 Comedy
Suspiria Dr. Frank Mandel 2018 Game Show, 0, Reality Tv, 0
Epidemic 2018
For Love or Money 2019