- Birth name:
- Nikolaus Günther Nakszynski
- Date of Birth:
- 23 November 1926 Zoppot, Free City of Danzig [now Sopot, Polan
- 5' 8" (1.73 m)
Kinski grew up in Berlin, was drafted into the German army in 1944 and taken POW by the British in Netherlands. He began acting on the stage, quickly gaining a reputation for his ferocious talent and equally ferocious temper. He started acting in films shortly afterwards, showing complete lack of discrimination as to their quality (a complete filmography is almost impossible to establish), but turning out memorable work for director Werner Herzog a similarly driven and obsessive character. Herzog and Kinski pushed each other to extremes over a fifteen-year working relationship, but finally split after irreconcilable differences when filming Cobra Verde (1987). Kinski subsequently directed and starred in Kinski Paganini (1989), his only film as director. His autobiography 'All I Need is Love', one of the most vicious attacks on the film business ever written, was withdrawn for legal reasons and subsequently re-released as 'Kinski Uncut' in the US & UK, 'Ich brauche Liebe' in Germany, and in various other languages.