German actor Dieter Laser died February 29, 2020 – less than two weeks after his 78th birthday – in Berlin, Germany. An official cause of death was not revealed. The death was not revealed until April 9, 2020.

Laser was best known for his role as the evil Dr. Heiter in “The Human Centipede”.

He began his acting career at age 16 when he appeared at the stage door of the Deutsches Schauspielhaus and inquired about how to become an actor. As luck would have it, there was an extra role open after the actor failed to show. Learning as he continued to appear on stage, Laser made his lead role debut film appearance in “John Glückstadt”.

Throughout his career, Laser appeared in dozens of films on both sides of the Atlantic including “Peter Gynt”, “John Glueckstadt”, “The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum”, “Das blaue Palais”, “Union der festen Hand”, “Kreuzfahrten eines Globetrotters”, “Vater und Sohne – Eine deutsche Tragodie”, “The Ogre”, “Lexx”, “Meine grune Freiheit – Ein Fruhling in Irland”, “The Human Centipede (First Sequence), “Gier”, and his final role in 2017 as Baron in “November”.

Laser’s accomplishments include a German Film Award for his role in “John Glückstadt”, a Best Actor Award from the Austin Fantastic Fest, and a Scream Award for Best Villain for his role in “Human Centipede”.

He was born on February 17, 1942 in Kiel, Germany to a fundamentalist Christian family.

Laser’s survivors include his wife Inge.

 

 

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