There is more than one Klaus Kinski on last.fm: 1. Klaus Kinski (October 18, 1926–November 23, 1991) was a German actor of Polish descent, in the second half of the 20th century. He was notorious for his explosive temperament. After World War II, he began acting and changed his name to Klaus Kinski. He started on stage in Germany, became a legend as a monologist (presenting the prose and verse of William Shakespeare and Francois Villon, among others), and soon moved, pragmatically, to film, where the money was better.