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Also Known As: Udo Kierspe Died:
Born: October 14, 1944 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Germany Profession: actor, cook

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This German-born leading man and character player has acted successfully in American and European productions, working with a number of important directors including his lifelong friend Rainer Werner Fassbinder. The blond, one-time boyishly handsome Kier made his US feature debut as a neo-Nazi spy in the forgettable "The Salzburg Connection" (1972) and then played title roles in "Andy Warhol's Frankenstein" (1973) and "Blood For Dracula" (1974) both directed by Paul Morrissey. He was cast as the sadistic lover Rene in "The Story of O" (1975) and had a cameo in horror master Dario Argento's "Suspiria" (1976).

This German-born leading man and character player has acted successfully in American and European productions, working with a number of important directors including his lifelong friend Rainer Werner Fassbinder. The blond, one-time boyishly handsome Kier made his US feature debut as a neo-Nazi spy in the forgettable "The Salzburg Connection" (1972) and then played title roles in "Andy Warhol's Frankenstein" (1973) and "Blood For Dracula" (1974) both directed by Paul Morrissey. He was cast as the sadistic lover Rene in "The Story of O" (1975) and had a cameo in horror master Dario Argento's "Suspiria" (1976).

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 Fall Down Dead (2009)
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 Metropia (2009)
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 Lulu and Jimi (2009)
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Met Rainer Werner Fassbinder in the Cologne gay scene and the two teenagers became fast friends and lovers
1962:
Moved to Great Britain at age 18 (date approximate)
1966:
Made screen debut in small role in "The Road to St. Tropez"
1970:
Acted in the controversial "Mark of the Devil"
1972:
U.S. feature acting debut, "The Salzburg Connection"
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Met Paul Morrissey on an airplane
1973:
Landed title roles Morrissey-directed "Flesh for Frankenstein" and "Blood for Dracula," ostensibly produced under the aegis of Andy Warhol
1975:
Performed in the controversial "The Story of O"
1976:
Cast by Dario Argento in supporting role, "Suspira"; because of technical difficulties voice was dubbed
1978:
First of five appearances in a Rainer Werner Fassbinder film, "Bolwieser/The Stationmaster's Wife"; originally made for television
1981:
Acted in Fassbinder's "Lola"
1980:
Had role in Fassbinder's epic TV drama "Berlin Alexanderplatz"
1980:
Portrayed Jack the Ripper in Walerian Borowczyk's "Lulu"
1981:
Offered interpretation of the title role of Dr. Jekyll in "Dr. Jekyll and His Women"; dubbed into English for U.S. release
1987:
First collaboration with Lars von Trier, the TV-movie "Medea"; played Jason
1991:
Co-starred in von Trier's "Zentropa/Europa"
1991:
Settled in the U.S.
1991:
Acted in "My Own Private Idaho," directed by Gus Van Sant; first film with Keanu Reeves
1992:
Was featured in photographs published in Madonna's book "Sex"
1993:
US TV debut, "Jack Reed: Badge of Honor"
1994:
Had featured role in von Trier's TV drama "The Kingdom"
1996:
Cast as a sadistic sailor in von Trier's breakthrough drama "Breaking the Waves"
1997:
Reprised role in von Trier's sequel "The Kingdom II"
2000:
Made cameo appearance as a doctor in Lars von Trier's "Dancer in the Dark"
2000:
Co-starred as producer and art director Albin Grau in "Shadow of the Vampire"
2004:
Had a small role in Lars von Trier's "Dogville"
2005:
Cast in "Modigliani," starring Andy Garcia as Amedeo Modigliani, who had a bitter rivalry with Pablo Picasso
2006:
Cast in the big-screen version of the popular video game "BloodRayne"
2006:
Cast in "Manderlay," the second film in Trier's U.S.A. trilogy, starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Danny Glover, and Willem Dafoe
2007:
Appeared in the drama "Holly," about child trafficking in Cambodia
2007:
Appeared in Rob Zombie's remake of horror classic "Halloween"
2009:
Landed a featured role in "My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done" opposite Michael Shannon
2011:
Reteamed with Von Trier in the apocalyptic drama "Melancholia"
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Notes

Kier is the godfather of one of Lars von Trier's children.

Kier is in the cast of von Trier's film "Dimension" which is being shot over a 30-year period and is scheduled for release in 2024.

"In my real life I'm a very normal person. I'm working on my house a lot. I have a dog I go out with every day. I work in the garden. I collect furniture and modern art. And I never go to any parties. I rather prefer to go around in nature." --Udo Kier quoted in The San Francisco Examiner, , May 27, 1998

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