You may not know his name, but chances are that acclaimed German film actor Udo Kier will look familiar. He has played a wealth of distinctive characters in a film career that is now spans more than decades, and those roles have ranged from horror to drama to comedy, including many shades in between.
For American audiences, his most famous roles have been in films such as My Own Private Idaho (1991), Ace Ventura, Pet Detective (1994), Armageddon (1998), Blade (1998), and Shadow of the Vampire (2000). His filmography lists more than 210 films made all over the world.
In 2011, Kier can be seen in Melancholia, from director Lars Von Trier, and in House of Boys, which looks back at the origins of the AIDS epidemic in the early 1980s. It begins a run at Tucson's Loft Cinema on Dec. 2.
The Loft Cinema is paying tribute to Kier by presenting him with their first ever "Lofty" lifetime achievement award Thursday at 7 p.m.