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‘The Human Centipede’ Actor Dies at 78 – Variety

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German actor Dieter Laser, who performed evil scientist Dr. Josef Heiter in “The Human Centipede,” died on Feb. 29 in Germany. He was 78.

Laser’s demise has solely now come to gentle by way of an announcement posted to his Facebook web page on Thursday. “We’re very sorry to have to tell you that Dieter Laser handed away on February 29, 2020,” the publish stated. The reason for demise was not disclosed.

Laser was born on Feb. 17, 1942, in Kiel, Germany, based on his IMDb web page. He’s greatest recognized for his bone-chilling portrayal of Heiter in “The Human Centipede,” in addition to Mantrid in science-fiction TV sequence “Lexx” and Professor Otto Blaettchen within the 1996 WWII drama “The Ogre.” In 1975, Laser was awarded greatest actor on the German Movie Awards for his first characteristic movie, “John Glückstadt,” wherein he performed the titular position.

In keeping with IMDb, Laser started his profession at 16 by exhibiting as much as the stage door of Deutsches Schauspielhaus, some of the well-known theaters in Germany, and touchdown a last-minute position as an additional of their Christmas play. This was dangerous for Laser, whose household didn’t approve of his chosen profession.

“He had grown up in a fundamentalist Christian sect the place the Theatre was thought to be satan’s work,” Laser’s IMDb bio says. “As a brainwashed believer he needed to hazard the results.”

After build up his profession in theater, Laser moved to cinema and went on to seem in 65 movies, together with “The Human Centipede” in 2009 and its final installment, 2015’s “The Human Centipede III (Closing Sequence).” His most up-to-date position was in 2017 in Estonian drama “November,” wherein he performed the position of Baron.

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