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Udo Kier (born Udo Kierspe on October 14, 1944) is a German actor.



Early life

Udo Kier was born in Cologne. The hospital where he was born was bombed moments after his birth. (cf. role in "Epidemic" and DVD commentary from Lars von Trier) His father was absent during most of his childhood. Kier moved to Britain at the age of eighteen, in 1962.


Udo Kier began his acting career as a protégé of film director Rainer Werner Fassbinder. He has starred in many vampire movies, such as Blood for Dracula, produced by Andy Warhol and directed by Paul Morrissey (1974), Blade (1998) and Shadow of the Vampire (2000), both as vampire and human. He has also been in all of Lars von Trier's movies since 1987's Epidemic (with the exception of The Idiots), and is the godfather of von Trier's daughter Agnes.

Well known mainstream film appearances were in the Pamela Anderson movie, Barb Wire, and as an extremely cynical NASA flight surgeon in Armageddon, who finds himself subjected to the rambunctious behavior of the flight crew he's supposed to psychoanalyze. He has also frequently worked with director Christoph Schlingensief.

Kier also made an appearance in Madonna's 1992 coffee table book, Sex, as well as the video for her disco hit Deeper and Deeper from the album "Erotica."< Kier appeared in Korn's music video Make Me Bad alongside Brigitte Nielsen, as a military "scientist" conducting bizarre experiments on his "patients" (the band members). He is described in the "making of" of this video as having "fucked-up eyes but he's funny as shit", by Korn's frontman Jonathan Davis. He also appears in the music video of "Die Schöne Und Das Biest" by defunct German band Rauhfaser.

He also starred as Yuri in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 and its expansion, Yuri's Revenge.


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