Udo Kier

. 14 October 1944_
Udo Kier
(71th anniversary)
14 October 1944 
Cologne [now North Rhine-Westphalia], Germany 
5' 11" (1,8 m)

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 Britain in order to learn the English language. While there he took a few acting courses. He was eventually offered a role by director Michael Sarneas 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 Las torturas de la inquisición(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 Carne para Frankenstein (1973). It was this film, along with its sister film Sangre para 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 El contacto de Salzburgo (1972), Historia de O(1975) (The Story of O), Spermula (1976) and La casa de la colina de paja (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 Los amantes de Lulú (1980), Docteur Jekyll et les femmes (1981) (The Blood of Dr Jekyll), Die Insel der blutigen Plantage (1983) (Escape from Blood Plantation) and Verführung: Die grausame Frau (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 Mi Idaho privado(1991) (the soundtrack includes the song that Udo performs in the film). Ellas también se deprimen (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, un detective diferente (1994) opposite Jim Carrey. In the 1990s some of the films he was in included El reino (1994), Conserje a su medida (1993), Rompiendo las olas (1996), Pinocho, la leyenda (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 (Das deutsche Kettensägen Massaker (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.

Udo Kier was born October 14, 1944 in Cologne, Germany, during World War II. - IMDb Mini Biography By: <BloodyOlga@hotmail.com>

Trade Mark 
Frequently portrays a vampire character

Piercing blue eyes

Often plays leading or secondary villains that ends up in horrible death

Eccentric characters and persona

Loves horror movies, and has a particular fondness for playing vampire characters.

Is the godfather of director Lars von Trier's daughter Agnes.

Starred in Paul Morrissey's back-to-back horrors, Sangre para Dracula (1974) and Carne para Frankenstein (1973). Of the two, Udo says he prefers "Blood for Dracula".

He was the subject of indie band Half Eye's seven-album repertoire: the first letter of the album names spell out his name: U.D.O. K. I. E. R.

He also sings.

Personal Quotes
I think to be the devil you have to be angel. Only an angel can play the devil because the devil was a fallen angel.

Audition is the worst thing. It's like cleaning furniture in a department store.

Werner Herzog, I knew him for so many years, when [Rainer Werner Fassbinder] was at his highest moment. But we had a rule: An actor from Fassbinder could never work with an actor of Werner Herzog or Wim Wenders. Because if we would have done that, we would have been spies. AAh, you worked with Werner - how was it? How did he direct you? I was Fassbinder's actor.

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