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KLAUS KINSKI: Krimi's, Cowboys, Vampires and Mad Men in German Cinema

He portrayed both Bram Stoker's "Renfield" and "Count Dracula". He fought Clint Eastwood's "The Man With No Name" and hijacked an airplane to Entebbe, Uganda. Not many could say they did all of this, but one of my favorite German character actors, Klaus Kinski, could.

Over his career the actor would appear in 136 Feature Films from an extra to a leading man, but it was always his presence that caught hold of me. In a crowded scene you could pick him out.


The actor was born either on October 18, 1926, or October 8, 1926, depending on the source, as Klaus Gunter Karl Nakszynski in Zoppot, Germany (now Sopot, Poland). The future actor's father was a failed opera singer turned pharmacist Bruno Nakszynski. His mother was Susanne Lutze Nakszynski a nurse whose father was a pastor.

During "The Great Depression" his parents could not make a living in Zoppot to support themselves, Klaus and his two older sisters and b…