Klaus Kinski

1926 - 1991

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Klaus Kinski (German: [klaʊ̯s kɪ] (listen), 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 played leading parts in five films directed by Werner Herzog (Aguirre, the Wrath of God, 1972; Nosferatu the Vampyre, 1979; Woyzeck, also 1979; Fitzcarraldo, 1982; Cobra Verde, 1987), who later chronicled their tumultuous relationship in the documentary My Best Fiend (1999).Kinski's roles spanned multiple genres, languages, and nationalities, including many Spaghetti Westerns (such as For a Few Dollars More, 1965; A Bullet for the General, 1966; The Great Silence, 1968; And God Said to Cain, 1970), horror films, war movies, dramas, and Edgar Wallace krimi pictures. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Klaus Kinski has received more than 2,909,967 page views. His biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 48 in 2019). Klaus Kinski is the 128th most popular actor (up from 138th in 2019), the 48th most popular biography from Poland (up from 59th 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 128 out of 10,030Before him are Peter O'Toole, Oliver Hardy, Burt Lancaster, Jean Renoir, Rita Hayworth, and Yves Montand. After him are Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Bruno Ganz, Julie Andrews, Shirley Temple, and Diane Keaton.

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Among people born in 1926, Klaus Kinski ranks 15Before him are Chuck Berry, Sathya Sai Baba, Dario Fo, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, Miles Davis, and René Goscinny. After him are Hugh Hefner, Andrzej Wajda, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, Jerry Lewis, Svetlana Alliluyeva, and Paul Bocuse. Among people deceased in 1991, Klaus Kinski ranks 9Before him are Isaac Bashevis Singer, Dr. Seuss, Olav V of Norway, Serge Gainsbourg, Miles Davis, and Yves Montand. After him are Klaus Barbie, Jiang Qing, Graham Greene, Edwin McMillan, Gustáv Husák, and Carl David Anderson.

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In Poland

Among people born in Poland, Klaus Kinski ranks 48 out of 1,231Before him are Rudolf Clausius (1822), Arthur Rubinstein (1887), Krzysztof Kieślowski (1941), Sigismund II Augustus (1520), Ernst Cassirer (1874), and Friedrich Schleiermacher (1768). After him are Konstantin Rokossovsky (1896), Casimir III the Great (1310), Gustav Fechner (1801), Tamara de Lempicka (1898), Gerhart Hauptmann (1862), and Christian Wolff (1679).

Among ACTORS In Poland

Among actors born in Poland, Klaus Kinski ranks 1After him are Pola Negri (1897), Hanna Schygulla (1943), Anny Ondra (1903), Daniel Olbrychski (1945), Dita Parlo (1906), Barbara Brylska (1941), Beata Tyszkiewicz (1938), Izabella Scorupco (1970), Peter van Eyck (1911), Bella Darvi (1928), and Aleksander Krupa (1947).

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