Udo Kier

Udo Kier

Additional Names: Udo Kierspe (Geburtsname)
Darsteller, Regie, Regie-Assistenz, Drehbuch, Bauten
*14.10.1944 Köln

Biography

Udo Kier was born in Cologne on August 14th 1944. After completing an apprenticeship as a mechanic, he began working in the assembly line at Ford. After a short while, Kier relocated to London, where he took language classes and was offered his first film role. While "The Road to St. Tropez" marked his screen debut, Kier was also in demand as a male model and was featured in numerous magazine spreads.

Also among his earliest film appearances was a role in the European exploitation flick "Hexen bis aufs Blut gequält" – also known as "Mark of the Devil" –, which at that time shocked audiences with explicit depictions of violence. Kier himself soon became a true cosmopolitan, living wherever his talents were wanted. After making the acquaintance of Factory filmmaker Paul Morrisey, he was cast in the titular roles of "Frankenstein" and Dracula", and the two Warhol productions gained him prominence in the underground and arthouse cinema.

Other Euro-productions followed, among them "L"histoire d'O" (1975) and Dario Argento's gory thriller "Suspiria" (1977). But In 1977, Kier shot a film in Germany: "Bolwieser" was his first collaboration with Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and Kier not only acted in the film, but also served as assistant director. He later returned to work on several other Fassbinder films, notably "Lola" and "Lili Marleen".

By then, Kier was already an industrious actor, shifting effortlessly – and at times with visible joy – between highbrow auteur films and trashy genre fare. 1986" "Egomania" saw him working for the first time with director-provocateur Christoph Schlingensief, and Kier would become a steady presence in the artist's subsequent films.

He forged an even more important creative partnership with Danish director Lars von Trier: Starting with "Epidemic", Kier appeared in nearly all of von Trier's films, leaving indelible impressions with his turns in "Europa", the acclaimed TV-series "Kingdom", and the musical / melodrama "Dancer in the Dark".

In the early 1990s, mainly thanks to his performance in Gus van Sant's "My Own Private Idaho", Kier also had his breakthrough in the US. From then on, the charismatic actor was in high demand in Hollywood, taking supporting roles in blockbusters like "Armageddon" and "Blade" Kier while also keeping himself busy with juicy parts in numerous B- and C-productions of the horror and science-fiction variety.

Despite his successful movie career, Udo Kier always remained a true renaissance man: He worked on books, gave lectures and generally has shown interest in all forms of art. Among his latest acting endeavours in the German-speaking areas are the children TV-programme "4 gegen z" and the history spoof "Tell".

Kier continued to switch between straight B movies, ambitious arthous films and popular entertainment: He played the villain in Uwe Boll's speculative Video Game adaptation "Far Cry", had a self-effacing cameo in Til Schweiger's "1 1/2 Ritter - Auf der Suche nach der hinreißenden Herzelinde", embodied a mean chauffeur in Oskar Roehler's "Lulu & Jimi" and also appeared in Fatih Akin's comedy "Soul Kitchen" and Dani Levy's "Das Leben ist zu lang".

2011 saw the release of seven films featuring Kier, including "Pariser Platz – Berlin", "Der Himmel hat vier Ecken", Lars von Trier's acclaimed doomsday epic "Melancholia" and the drama  "UFO in Her Eyes". Moreover, he played the role of Pope Innozenz VIII in the TV series "Borgia".

One of his more bizarre screen characters appeared in the science-fiction spoof "Iron Sky", which premiered at the 2012 Berlin IFF. Kier plays a Nazi who fled to the Moon in 1945 and now plans to invade Earth with his minions. Also in 2012, he had an uncredited cameo as a witch hunter in Rob Zombie's horror film "Lords of Salem" (US/UK/CND). Following his small but memorable turn as a waiter in Lars von Trier's  "Nymphomaniac" (DK/D/F/B/S 2013), he played the head of a psychiatric ward in the horror comedy "The Editor" (CND 2014). Also he voiced the villain Mr. Toad in the animated TV series "Beware the Batman" (2013/14).

Kier himself became the subject of the documentary "Arteholic", in which director Hermann Vaske portrays the eccentric cult actor and art lover.

Udo Kier lives in the USA and Europe.

Filmography

2018 M - Eine Stadt sucht einen Mörder
Cast
 
2015-2018 Iron Sky - The Coming Race
Cast
 
2015 Zero
Cast
 
2015 Get Well Soon: It's Love
Cast
 
2014/2015 Coconut Hero
Cast
 
2013/2014 Arteholic
Participation
 
2013 Heather's Dream
Cast
 
2012/2013 Nymph()maniac
Cast
 
2010/2011 UFO In Her Eyes
Cast
 
2010/2011 Der Himmel hat vier Ecken
Cast
 
2010/2011 Melancholia
Cast
 
2010/2011 90 Minuten – Das Berlin Projekt
Cast
 
2010-2012 Iron Sky
Cast
 
2009/2010 Das Leben ist zu lang
Cast
 
2009 My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?
Cast
 
2008/2009 Platt gemacht
Cast
 
2008/2009 Soul Kitchen
Cast
 
2008-2010 House of Boys
Cast
 
2008 1 1/2 Ritter - Auf der Suche nach der hinreißenden Herzelinde
Cast
 
2007/2008 Far Cry
Cast
 
2007-2009 Lulu & Jimi
Cast
 
2006/2007 Tell
Cast
 
2006 Mit anderen Augen
Cast
 
2005/2006 Kreuzzug in Jeans
Cast
 
2004/2005 BloodRayne
Cast
 
2004/2005 Manderlay
Cast
 
2004 Modigliani
Cast
 
2003/2004 Jargo
Cast
 
2003 Tor zum Himmel
Cast
 
2001/2002 Pigs Will Fly
Cast
 
2000/2001 Die Männer ihrer Majestät
Cast
 
2000/2001 Unbesiegbar
Cast
 
2000/2001 Die neuen Abenteuer von Pinocchio
Cast
 
2000-2002 Auf Herz und Nieren
Cast
 
1999/2000 Dancer In the Dark
Cast
 
1998/1999 Nina Hagen = Punk + Glory
Participation
 
1998 Nina - Vom Kinderzimmer ins Bordell
Cast
 
1998 Eis - wenn die Welt erfriert
Cast
 
1997/1998 Die Diebin
Cast
 
1996/1997 Die 120 Tage von Bottrop
Cast
 
1996/1997 Am Ende der Gewalt
Cast
 
1996/1997 Prinz Eisenherz
Cast
 
1996 Das Mädchen mit der Puppe
Cast
 
1995/1996 Lea
Cast
 
1995/1996 Die Legende von Pinocchio
Cast
 
1995 Unter Druck
Cast
 
1994/1995 United Trash
Cast
 
1994/1995 Nur über meine Leiche
Cast
 
1994/1995 Ausgestorben
Cast
 
1994/1995 Schmetterling im Dunkeln
Participation
 
1994 In Liebe und Tod
Cast
 
1994 Rotwang muß weg!
Cast
 
1994 Der unbekannte Deserteur
Cast
 
1993/1994 The Kingdom - Hospital der Geister
Cast
 
1993-1996 Die Gebrüder Skladanowsky
Cast
 
1993 Three Shake-a-Leg Steps to Heaven
Cast
 
1993 Plötzlich und unerwartet
Cast
 
1992 Terror 2000 - Intensivstation Deutschland
Cast
 
1992 Tod eines Weltstars. Portrait Udo Kier
Participation
 
1990 Das deutsche Kettensägenmassaker
Cast, Assistant director
 
1990 Europa
Cast
 
1988/1989 100 Jahre Adolf Hitler. Die letzte Stunde im Führerbunker
Cast
 
1988 Tanz auf dem Seil
Cast
 
1987/1988 Mutters Maske
Cast
 
1986 Die Schlacht der Idioten
Cast
 
1986 Egomania - Insel ohne Hoffnung
Cast
 
1985/1986 Am nächsten Morgen kehrte der Minister nicht an seinen Arbeitsplatz zurück
Cast
 
1985 Die Einsteiger
Cast
 
1984/1985 Der Unbesiegbare
Cast
 
1984/1985 Verführung: Die grausame Frau
Cast
 
1984-1986 Kir Royal. 4. Adieu Claire
Cast
 
1983/1984 Hur und heilig
Cast
 
1983 Ein König ohne Reich
Cast
 
1983 Pankow '95
Cast
 
1982/1983 Die wilden Fünfziger
Cast
 
1982/1983 Die Insel der blutigen Plantage
Cast
 
1981 Lola
Cast, Set design
 
1981 Docteur Jekyll et les femmes
Cast
 
1980 Lili Marleen
Cast
 
1979/1980 Rainer Werner Fassbinder: Mein Traum vom Traum des Franz Biberkopf: Vom Tode eines Kindes und der Geburt eines Brauchbaren
Cast
 
1979/1980 Merke - einen Schwur kann man amputieren
Cast
 
1979/1980 Berlin Alexanderplatz (14 Teile)
Cast
 
1979/1980 Lulu
Cast
 
1978/1979 Die dritte Generation
Cast
 
1978/1979 Victor
Cast
 
1978 Das fünfte Gebot
Cast
 
1977 Belcanto oder Darf eine Nutte schluchzen?
Cast
 
1976/1983 Bolwieser
Cast, Assistant director
 
1976/1977 Bolwieser
Cast, Assistant director
 
1976-1984 The Last Trip to Harrisburg
Cast, Director, Screenplay
 
1976 Erinnerung an die Leidenschaft
Cast
 
1975/1976 Goldflocken
Cast
 
1974/1975 Der letzte Schrei
Cast
 
1973/1974 Schattenreiter
Cast
 
1973 Olifant
Cast
 
1972/1973 Pan
Cast
 
1972 Kassensturz um Mitternacht
Cast
 
1972 The Salzburg Connection
Cast
 
1969/1970 Hexen bis aufs Blut gequält
Cast
 
1968 Schamlos
Cast
 

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