Udo Kier


Udo Kier : biography

14 October 1944 –


  • Justice League (2002)
  • The Batman (2004)
  • Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated (2010-13)
  • Beware the Batman (2013)

Video games

  • Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 (2000)
  • Command & Conquer: Yuri’s Revenge (2001)


Kier has appeared in over 200 films in France, Austria, Italy, Greece and the United Kingdom. One of the most important films in his early career was Flesh For Frankenstein in 1973 (also known as "Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein"). Another film, Blood for Dracula in 1974 was filmed by Paul Morrissey for Andy Warhol’s studio and produced by Vittorio de Sica and Roman Polański, with Kier playing the lead roles of young doctor Frankenstein and young count Dracula. Kier has appeared in a number of other vampire movies, such as Die Einsteiger (1985), Blade (1998), Modern Vampires (1998), Shadow of the Vampire (2000) and Dracula 3000. In 1980s Keir worked with Hungarian director Gábor Bódy and made appearance in a number of his projects. Their most successful common work is Narcissus and Psyche, 1980.

He has worked with Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Walerian Borowczyk, Dario Argento and starred in many horror and vampire movies, such as Flesh For Frankenstein (1973) and Blood for Dracula (1974), produced by Andy Warhol and directed by Paul Morrissey, horror classic Suspiria (1977), vampire Hollywood blockbuster Blade (1998) and ironic Independent film Shadow of the Vampire (2000) produced by Nicolas Cage.

He has appeared in several of Lars von Trier’s movies including 1987’s Epidemic (with the exceptions of The Idiots, The Boss of it All and Antichrist)..

He made an appearance in cult movie My Own Private Idaho (1991) directed by Gus van Sant. Well-known film appearances were in Ace Ventura:Pet Detective (1994) with Jim Carrey as a billionaire Ronald Camp, in Barb Wire with Pamela Anderson, as a NASA flight psychologist in Armageddon, and as Ralphie in the film Johnny Mnemonic. He has also frequently worked with German director Christoph Schlingensief.

Kier also made an appearance in Madonna’s 1992 book called 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", in Eve’s music video "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" and in the music video of "Die Schöne und das Biest" by defunct German band Rauhfaser.

He also starred as the psychic "Yuri" in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2, based on a video game, and its expansion, Yuri’s Revenge, played the villainous Lorenzini in the 1996 film The Adventures of Pinocchio, and then later reprised his role in the 1999 sequel The New Adventures of Pinocchio his Character Lorenzini in the first film portrayed 3 Villains in the Movie the Puppet Master AKA The Fire Eater the Coachman AKA The Ring Leader and the Sea Whale AKA the Sea Monster 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 starring Udo Kier") was filmed for ARTE, the French-German culture channel in Europe, and released in 2012. 2013 the Documentary won the NewYork Festival "Finalist Certificate"

Personal life

Kier moved to Palm Springs, California in 1991.

He is openly gay. http://www.nndb.com/people/123/000036015/

Early life

Udo Kier was born in Cologne, near the end of World War II. The hospital where he was born was bombed moments after his birth.Role in "Epidemic" and DVD commentary from Lars von Trier Kier moved to the United Kingdom to learn the English language and in 1962 was cast in the lead role for the film, Road To St.Tropez.