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Klaus Kinski

Klaus Kinski

Father of Nikolai Kinski.

Father of actress Pola Kinski.

Father, with Ruth Tocki, of Nastassja Kinski.

For a brief time he lived in an apartment in Munich which he shared with several other people. One of the children living there was thirteen-year-old Werner Herzog. They later collaborated in five movies: Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972), Woyzeck (1979), Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979), Fitzcarraldo (1982) and Cobra Verde (1987).

Grandchildren: Aljosha, Sonja and Kenia.

He was honored by his city of birth, Sopot.

He was offered a part in Hammer's last movie To the Devil a Daughter (1976), but turned it down as his scenes would take more than ten days to shoot.

His autobiography was originally released under the title "All I Need Is Love", but was withdrawn in 1989 due to a contract dispute: a German publisher claimed Kinski had previously released an autobiography for them entitled "Ich, Kinski", and sued the publishers. It was reissued in 1997 under the title "Kinski Uncut", adding material that had been excluded from the first version of the book.

His countenance and screen persona gave his film career a boost in the 1960s when he was cast in a number of German productions based upon the thrillers of Edgar Wallace.

His father was an apothecary and allegedly also an opera singer who died, as did his mother, during the Second World War.

His provocative 1977 TV appearance on "Je später der Abend..." (1973) became legendary because he didn't answer a single question during an interview and called the host Reinhard Münchenhagen "Herr Münchhausen".

Of his three children, only his son Nikolai Kinski attended the funeral in California, where his ashes were strewn in the Pacific Ocean (February 1992).

Son of Bruno Nakszynski, a Polish-German pharmacist, and his wife Susanne Lutze, daughter of a German pastor from Danzig.

Spoke at least five languages: English, French, German, Italian & Spanish.

Turned down the role of a German villain in Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), although he wanted to do a movie with Steven Spielberg, but thought "the script is as moronically shitty as so many other flicks of its ilk.".

Uncle of actress Lara Lamberti.

Was announced to play Dr. Hans Fallanda in Lifeforce (1985), but dropped out.