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Klaus Kinski

German actor

Died when: 65 years 36 days (781 months)
Star Sign: Libra


Klaus Kinski

Klaus Kinski (German: [kla?s 'k?nski?], born Klaus Günter Karl Nakszynski 18 October 1926 – 23 November 1991) was a German actor, equally renowned for his intense performance style and notorious for his volatile personality.

He appeared in over 130 film roles in a career that spanned 40 years, from 1948 to 1988.He played leading parts in five films directed by Werner Herzog (Aguirre, the Wrath of God, 1972;

Nosferatu the Vampyre, 1979;Woyzeck, also 1979;Fitzcarraldo, 1982;Cobra Verde, 1987), who later chronicled their tumultuous relationship in the documentary My Best Fiend (1999).

Kinski's roles spanned multiple genres, languages, and nationalities, including many Spaghetti Westerns (such as For a Few Dollars More, 1965;A Bullet for the General, 1966;

The Great Silence, 1968;And God Said to Cain, 1970), horror films, war movies, dramas, and Edgar Wallace krimi pictures.His infamy was elevated by a number of eccentric creative endeavors, including a one-man show based on the life of Jesus Christ, a self-directed biographical film of violinist Niccolò Paganini, and over 20 spoken word albums.

During his lifetime, Kinski was a controversial and aggressive figure, prone to emotional and often violent outbursts directed at his directors and fellow cast members, issues further complicated by a history of mental illness.

Herzog described him as "one of the greatest actors of the century, but also a monster and a great pestilence." Posthumously, his legacy has been further tangled by accusations of physical and sexual abuse of his daughters Pola and Nastassja, themselves actresses.

His notoriety and prolific output has developed into a widespread cult following and a reputation as a popular icon.

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