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Director Werner Herzog once said, "People like Brando are just kindergarten compared to Kinski"; not surprisingly, Klaus Kinski made his mark in roles that called for an intensity and aggressiveness bordering on madness.

Born Oct. 18, 1926, in Sopot, Poland, Kinski began working on the German stage after World War II, quickly gaining fame as a monologist (in one performance, he reinterpreted the Gospels with Jesus as a raging psychopath). By the late 1940s, Kinski had broken into film, and in the '50s and '60s he played the villain in dozens of movies, including psycho-crime dramas based on Edgar Wallace novels and Italian spaghetti Westerns such as For a Few Dollars More.

It was Kinski's association with the equally intense Herzog, however, that would bring the actor lasting fame through films such as Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972), Nosferatu (1979) and Fitzcarraldo (1982). Kinski died Nov. 23, 1991.

Klaus Kinski in For a Few Dollars More

For a Few Dollars More

1965 R

Clint Eastwood returns as the iconic "man with no name," who joins forces with a rival bounty hunter to capture a crazed outlaw in director Sergio Leone's gritty follow-up to the 1964 classic A Fistful of Dollars.

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