Did you hear who died? Kinski...
Aw man, now I'm really depressed. What
did he die of?
They're saying natural causes.
Bullshit -- there was nothin' natural
about that guy.
Saturday, November 23rd, 1991, exploitation
actor extraordinaire Klaus Kinski
was found dead in his Los Angeles home.
With his shock of white hair, rubbery face,
spooky bug-eyes, and somewhat bizarre accent
("zoom kind uv collactive intelligence"),
Kinski made a lasting impression on both
the film world and the ER staff.
From his first film -- 1948's
MORITURI -- through his work in more recent
fare as CREATURE
(aka TITAN FIND), K2 always left the
viewer wondering, "How much of this
is real and how much is an act?" Up
front, confrontational, and often shocking,
Kinski was so real it was surreal.
Having made headlines for
his hostile relationship with director Werner
Herzog (a relationship that brought out
the best in both men), Klaus splashed into
the news again with his autobiography, All
I Need is Love. Pulled from shelves
after only a brief release, rumors abounded
as to why. Though Random House maintains
that legal wranglings with an Italian publisher
were the real reason, we prefer to believe
that the book's near-pornographic prose,
vividly detailing many of K2's 160-some
alleged sexual encounters, frightened the
weasely publisher. Either way, this sucker's
a collectors item to be cherished.
Though he'll probably be remembered
more for being "Natassia Kinski's father,"
a candle will always burn brightly in these
offices in HIS memory. When all is said
and done, Klaus Kinski will be remembered
as one of a kind...a true original.