German actor, Dieter Laser, most recently famous–or perhaps infamous–as the evil Dr. Heiter performing horrific human experiments in The Human Centipede (First Sequence) has died. He was 78 years old.
Laser began his career working in live theater as an extra in a play at 16 years old after fleeing his strict, fundamentalist family who regarded any type of theater and films as evil. According to his Bio on IMDb, he made his own little pact with the Devil, “I will become an actor. And I’ll pay later on–in Hell!”
His time on the stage was spent taking on some of the heaviest roles in the actor’s canon including Peer Gynt, MacBeth, and Captain Ahab.
Some 14 years or so later, he made the transition to the film, and would go on to accrue over 60 credits as an actor in the years to come including working with Glenn Close in Meeting Venus and in 1996’s The Ogre opposite John Malkovich.
He made a career out of playing murderers and villains on stage and on screen which eventually brought him to The Human Centipede wherein he took on the role of a German doctor who kidnaps three tourists to perform an experiment in which he sewed them together mouth to anus.
It was an instant cult hit, and Laser won multiple awards for the playing the role.
Laser passed away on February 29, 2020, but the family made no formal announcement until just this week.
iHorror sends our condolences to the family and friends of Dieter Laser.