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Klaus Kinski

1926 - 1991

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Klaus Kinski (German: [klaʊs ˈkɪnskiː] , born Klaus Günter Karl Nakszynski 18 October 1926 – 23 November 1991) was a German actor. Equally renowned for his intense performance style and notorious for his volatile personality, he appeared in over 130 film roles in a career that spanned 40 years, from 1948 to 1988. He is best known for starring in five films directed by Werner Herzog from 1972 to 1987 (Aguirre, the Wrath of God, Nosferatu the Vampyre, Woyzeck, Fitzcarraldo, and Cobra Verde), who would later chronicle their tumultuous relationship in the documentary My Best Fiend.Kinski's roles spanned multiple genres, languages, and nationalities, including Spaghetti Westerns, horror films, war films, dramas, and Edgar Wallace krimi films. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Klaus Kinski has received more than 4,086,946 page views. His biography is available in 53 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 51 in 2019). Klaus Kinski is the 145th most popular actor (down from 128th in 2019), the 52nd most popular biography from Poland (down from 48th in 2019) and the most popular Polish Actor.

Klaus Kinski is most famous for his role as a Nazi officer in the film "Aguirre, the Wrath of God."

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Among actors, Klaus Kinski ranks 145 out of 9,996Before him are Jean Renoir, Oliver Hardy, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jane Birkin, Laurence Olivier, and Christopher Lloyd. After him are Anita Ekberg, George Lazenby, Peter O'Toole, Joe Pesci, Christopher Plummer, and Leonardo DiCaprio.

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Among people born in 1926, Klaus Kinski ranks 14Before him are Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, Leslie Nielsen, Miles Davis, Sathya Sai Baba, Dario Fo, and Svetlana Alliluyeva. After him are Andrzej Wajda, Thích Nhất Hạnh, Chuck Berry, René Goscinny, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, and Hugh Hefner. Among people deceased in 1991, Klaus Kinski ranks 10Before him are Olav V of Norway, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Serge Gainsbourg, Miles Davis, Edwin McMillan, and Yves Montand. After him are Jiang Qing, Klaus Barbie, Graham Greene, Carl David Anderson, Gustáv Husák, and John Bardeen.

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In Poland

Among people born in Poland, Klaus Kinski ranks 52 out of 1,454Before him are Ernst Cassirer (1874), Christian Wolff (1679), Maria Goeppert Mayer (1906), Paul Ehrlich (1854), Wojciech Jaruzelski (1923), and Władysław III of Poland (1424). After him are Otto Stern (1888), Friedrich Schleiermacher (1768), Eric of Pomerania (1381), Ferdinand Lassalle (1825), Casimir III the Great (1310), and Andrzej Wajda (1926).

Among ACTORS In Poland

Among actors born in Poland, Klaus Kinski ranks 1After him are Pola Negri (1897), Hanna Schygulla (1943), Barbara Brylska (1941), Daniel Olbrychski (1945), Anny Ondra (1903), Dita Parlo (1906), Izabella Scorupco (1970), Beata Tyszkiewicz (1938), Peter van Eyck (1911), Bella Darvi (1928), and Bohdan Stupka (1941).

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