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  • Aguirre, the Wrath of God

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  • The Million Eyes of Su-Muru

  • Giù le Mani...Carogna

  • Giù la Testa...Hombre

  • Il ritorno di Clint il solitario

  • Nosferatu a Venezia

  • Our Man in Marrakesh

  • I Bastardi

  • Paganini

  • Prega il Morto e Ammazza il Vivo

  • Love and Money

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Klaus Kinski Biography

  • Profession: Actor
  • Born: Oct 8, 1926
  • Died: Nov 23, 1991
  • Birth Name: Nikolaus Gunther Nakszynski

Though he invariably looked sickly and tubercular, Polish/German actor Klaus Kinski rose to fame in roles calling for near-manic aggressiveness. His war career consisted primarily of a year and a half in a British POW camp. After this experience, Kinski took to the theater, where he rapidly built a reputation for on-stage brilliance and off-stage emotional instability. He made his first German film, [[Feature~V140620~Morituri~morituri]], in 1948; three years later, he made his English-language movie debut with a fleeting bit in Decision Before Dawn (1951). Villainy was Kinski's film stock in trade during the 1950s and '60s, with several appearances in Germany's [[Performer~P165859~Edgar Wallace~edgarwallace]] second-feature series and in such Italian spaghetti Westerns as [[Feature~V18148~For a Few Dollars More~forafewdollarsmore]] (1965). International stardom came Kinski's way via his off-the-beam appearances in the films of director [[Performer~P94214~Werner Herzog~wernerherzog]], notably [[Feature~V1249~Aguirre, the Wrath of God~aguirrethewrathofgod]] (1973), [[Feature~V55551~Woyzeck~woyzeck]] (1978), [[Feature~V127854~Nosferatu~nosferatuthevampyre]] (1979), and [[Feature~V17649~Fitzcarraldo~fitzcarraldo]] (1982). With 1989's [[Feature~V142740~Paganini~paganini]], Kinski proved to be as colorful and chaotic a director as he was an actor. Kinski was the father of actress [[Performer~P38430~Nastassja Kinski~nastassjakinski]], though the two seldom saw each other and were never close. He died in 1991. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi