Udo Kier (Wikipedia)
Udo Kier is a German actor and voice actor. Known primarily as a character actor, Kier has appeared in over 200 films in both leading and supporting roles throughout Europe and North America. He has collaborated with acclaimed filmmakers like Lars von Trier, Gus van Sant, Walerian Borowczyk, Dario Argento, Charles Matton, and Paul Morrissey.
Kier was born in Cologne, near the end of World War II. The hospital where he was born was bombed moments after his birth, and he and his mother had to be dug out of the rubble. In his youth, he was an altar boy and cantor. He moved to the United Kingdom to learn the English language.
In 1966, Kier was cast in the lead role for the film Road to St. Tropez. An early starring role in Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein (1973) led to a string of art-house, low-budget, and mainstream horror films, including a number of vampire-themed pictures Die Einsteiger (1985), Blade (1998), Modern Vampires(1998), Shadow of the Vampire (2000), Dracula 3000and Bloodrayne (2005). He has also become famous for his work with cult directors, including Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Walerian Borowczyk, Gus Van Sant, Christoph Schlingensief, and Dario Argento (whose classic Suspiria (1977) he was featured in). He has appeared in all of Lars von Trier’s movies since 1987’s Epidemic (with the exceptions of The Idiots, The Boss of it All and Antichrist).
His most famous Hollywood roles include his appearance as Ron Camp in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994), Curly in Barb Wire, as a NASA flight psychologist in Armageddon, and as Ralfi in the film Johnny Mnemonic. His music video work includes Madonna’s“Deeper and Deeper” from the album Erotica, Korn‘s “Make Me Bad”, Eve’s “Let Me Blow Ya Mind“, and “Die Schöne und das Biest” by defunct German band Rauhfaser.
He has also worked extensively as a voice actor, starring as the psychic Yuri in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 and its expansion, Yuri’s Revenge, playing the villainous Lorenzini in the 1996 film The Adventures of Pinocchio, and later reprising his role in the 1999 sequel The New Adventures of Pinocchio. He also voiced Professor Pericles in Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated.
A documentary on his life and career entitled ICH-UDO…der Schauspieler Udo Kier (ME-Udo…the actor Udo Kier) was filmed for ARTE, the French-German culture channel in Europe, and released in 2012. In 2013, the documentary won the New York Festival “Finalist Certificate”.