LAGUNITAS, CALIF. -- Klaus Kinski, 65, the bulbous-eyed actor who gained movie fame for his portrayal of madmen and monsters such as the megalomaniac Aguirre and the vampire Nosferatu in German director Werner Herzog's films, was found dead Nov. 23 at his home here.
He appeared to have died of natural causes, the Marin County coroner's office said on Monday. Autopsy results will be not be available for two weeks, authorities said.
Mr. Kinski, who was known for his white hair and intense stare, had supporting roles in "Dr. Zhivago" and "The Little Drummer Girl." In the 1950s and 1960s, he appeared in spaghetti westerns such as Clint Eastwood's "For a Few Dollars More."
In Europe, he starred in the Herzog films "Aguirre, the Wrath of God" and "Nosferatu, the Vampire." Though he acted in about 200 films, most of them were German and Italian B-grade shockers and war movies. They featured such titles as "Creature With the Blue Hand" and "The Dirty Two."
An intense, driven personality, he once told an interviewer: "If I hadn't been an actor, I would have been a murderer or the victim of a murderer."
Mr. Kinski, who stubbornly refused to rehearse or retake scenes, reveled in social scandal and extravagant living. At his third wedding, to Vietnamese student Genevieve Minhoi in 1971 in Rome, he smashed restaurant dishes and fought with police.
His maniacal manner was best tapped by Herzog in a series of movies that started with "Aguirre" (1972), which featured Mr. Kinski as a Spanish conquistador going mad as he searches for the legendary city of gold, El Dorado.
He also played the title role in "Nosferatu" (1979), a remake of the classic silent vampire movie. In "Fitzcarraldo" (1982), he memorably portrayed an Irish entrepreneur obsessed with bringing opera to the Amazon jungle. That movie was notorious for the hardships the film crew faced while shooting on location.
Other movies in which Mr. Kinski appeared included "Venus in Furs," "The Pleasure Girls" and Herzog's "Woszeck."
Mr. Kinski was born Nikolaus Gunthar Nakazynski in what was then the Free City of Danzig. His mother was a pastor's daughter, his father either an unemployed opera singer or a pharmacist. The family moved to Berlin in 1931.
At 16, he was drafted into the German army. On his second day of combat in the Netherlands, he was captured and spent World War II in a British prisoner-of-war camp. He chalked up his first theater experience with an ensemble in the camp.
He took up stage work after the war and made the low-budget westerns that paved the way for his collaborations with Herzog.
He was married three times. His daughter, the actress Nastassja Kinski was born in 1961 to his second wife, the German writer Ruth Brigitte. He and his second wife gained notoriety as members of West Germany's jet set. That marriage ended in divorce, as did his first marriage, to Gislint Kuehlbeck, the mother of his actress-daughter Pola. He and his third wife had a son, Nanhoi, before they separated in 1981.
ADRIENNE M. FARNY.
Adrienne Mann Farny, 85, a former director of admissions at George Washington University and Mount Vernon College, died of a stroke Nov. 23 at Northeast Baptist Hospital in San Antonio.
Mrs. Farny was born in Washington, and she lived here until 1977. She then moved to Bailey Island, Maine. She was spending the winter with her son in San Antonio when she died.
She was a graduate of the National Cathedral School for Girls and Vassar College. In 1936, she became director of admissions at George Washington University, remaining in that position until 1956. In 1963, she took the same job at Mount Vernon College, where she worked until 1970.
She was a member of the Chevy Chase Club.
Her first husband, Edward Joseph Duffy, died in 1934. Her second husband, Dr. William Carey Meloy, died in 1963. Her third husband, Cyril Farny, died in 1990.
Survivors include a son by her first marriage, Dr. Michael Duffy of San Antonio; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
LOUISE M. MYERS.
Garden Club Member
Louise Marlow Myers, 85, a member of the Paint Branch and Snow Hill garden clubs and the Daughters of the American Revolution, died of sepsis Nov. 25 at Howard County Hospital.
Mrs. Myers, who lived in Laurel, was born in Washington. She graduated from Central High School and the University of Maryland.
Her husband, Victor S. Myers, died five years ago. Survivors include a son, John M. Myers of Upper Marlboro; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.