Biography


 

Ulli Lommel (born 21 December, 1944) is a German born actor and film maker noted for his extensive career in both Europe and the U.S. and his collaboration with Rainer Werner Fassbinder (1968-1977) and Andy Warhol (1978-1984).

Ulli Lommel was born in 1944 in Berlin, Germany. He began his performing career when he was put on stage in 1948 at the age of four by his father, Ludwig Manfred Lommel, a popular comedian and radio personality often referred to as the Charlie Chaplin of Germany. The younger Lommel decided as a teenager that he wanted to pursue acting, but his father did not approve, so he ran away from home at age 16.

He acted in over 28 plays, among them Shakespeare’s Hamlet, in which he played the lead, 22 TV movies and 18 motion pictures before joining Rainer Werner Fassbinder and the Anti-Theater, an inspired political collective that launched the careers of several prominent German actors including Lommel, Kurt Raab, Hanna Schygulla and Margit Carstensen. As Fassbinder moved from theater to films in the late 60s, rapidly becoming one of the leading voices of the German New Wave, Lommel became one of his closest collaborators. He spent 10 years working with Fassbinder, who was legendary for his prodigious output, directing 41 films in 13 years. Lommel not only acted in 16 Fassbinder productions, he also served as producer, assistant director and production designer, including Satan's Brew, Love Is Colder Than Death, Effi Briest and Chinese Roulette. Fassbinder produced the cult films Tenderness of the Wolves and Adolf and Marlene, both directed by Lommel.

Since the death of Fassbinder in 1982, Lommel has been traveling the world and participating in numerous retrospectives dedicated to his Fassbinder years, among them the Museum of Modern Art in N.Y., Harvard, Centre Pompidou in Paris, London, Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo and Beijing.

In 1971, Lommel directed his first movie, Haytabo, starring Eddie Constantine. In 1973 Fassbinder produced Tenderness of the Wolves, Lommel’s cult classic, a film that was voted “One of the 1,000 movies to change your life” by Time Out. The film opened the Berlin International Film Festival and played for several years in art houses around the world. In 1978 Lommel moved to New York City, where he began working with Andy Warhol and made two films with Warhol, Blank Generation and Cocaine Cowboys. Warhol introduced Lommel during the years at the Silver Factory in Manhattan to the factory style of multi-media creativity, and Lommel not seldom found himself in the middle of music, polaroid and Pop-Art productions, all taking place at the same time in the same place. In 1980 Lommel moved to Hollywood and made The Boogeyman, starring John Carradine, which became an over night sensation and box office hit, grossing over $25 million worldwide. Many of Lommel's post-Boogeyman films such Olivia (1981), BrainWaves starring Tony Curtis and Vera Miles (1982), The Devonsville Terror starring Donald Pleasence (1983) also starred his ex-wife, actress Suzanna Love.

In 2004 Lommel started his own repertory group in Venice, California, where he and his collaborators have made 16 genre films released by Lionsgate, most of them highly commercial U.S. Home Theatre Premieres.

During his career, Ulli Lommel has worked with many popular stars including Tony Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Keir Dullea, John Carradine, David Carradine, Klaus Kinski, Vera Miles and Oscar winner Jack Palance. Oscar winner Elliot Goldenthal worked as composer for Lommel's Blank Generation and Cocaine Cowboys. Lommel also introduced Michael Ballhaus to Fassbinder and brought Ballhaus to Hollywood. Ballhaus started working for Lommel in 1976 as DP for Adolf and Marlene, which was screened in 2010 at the Cinemateque Francaise.

 



Filmography


Director

Boogeyman - Reincarnation (2015)
Mondo Americana (2013)
Sunset Blvd. (2012)
Manson Family Cult (2012)
D.C. Sniper (2010)
Nightstalker (2009)
Absolute Evil (2009)
  Starring David Carradine
Angel of Death (2008)
Baseline Killer (2008)
Son of Sam (2008)
Dungeon Girl (2008)
Borderline Cult (2007)
The Tomb (2007)
Curse of the Zodiac (2007)
Diary of a Cannibal (2007)
The Raven (2006)
Black Dahlia (2006)
Killer Pickton (2005)
Green River Killer (2005)
B.T.K. Killer (2005)
Zodiac Killer (2005)
Zombie Nation (2004)
Daniel - Der Zauberer (2004)
September Song (2001)
Danny and Max (2000)
Alien X Factor (1997)
Bloodsuckers (1997)
Eva Braun: Her Life with Adolf Hitler (1996, documentary)
Every Minute Is Goodbye (1996)
Lethal Orbit (1996)
Millenium Day (1995)
Star Witness (1995)
Return of the Boogeyman (1994)
Marilyn, My Love (1994)
The Big Sweat (1991)
A Smile in the Dark (1991)
Cold Heat (1989)
  Starring John Phillip Law, Britt Ekland and Robert Sacchi
Warbirds (1989)
Defense Play (1987)
Overkill (1987)
Heaven and Earth (1987)
Revenge of the Stolen Stars (1986)
  Starring Klaus Kinski
Strangers in Paradise (1984)
The Devonsville Terror (1983)
  Starring Donald Pleasence
BrainWaves (1983)
  Starring Tony Curtis, Keir Dullea and Vera Miles
Boogeyman II (1983)
Olivia (1983)
The Boogey Man (1980)
  Starring John Carradine, Suzanna Love
Blank Generation (1980)
  Starring Carole Bouquet, Andy Warhol
Cocaine Cowboys (1979)
  Starring Jack Palance, Andy Warhol
Monkey Business (1978)
  Starring Anna Karina
Adolf and Marlene (1977)
  Starring Kurt Raab, Margit Carstensen   Produced by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Second Spring (1975)
  Starring Curd Jürgensen, Eddie Constantine
Wachtmeister Rahn (1974)
Yodeling Is No Sin (1974)
Tenderness of the Wolves (1973)
  Starring Kurt Raab, Margit Carstensen, Ingrid Caven
  Produced by Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Tödlicher Poker (1972)
Haytabo (1971)
  Starring Eddie Constantine, Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Producer

Boogeyman - Reincarnation (2015)
Four Senses (2013)
Mondo Americana (2013)
Sunset Blvd. (2012)
Manson Family Cult (2012)
D.C. Sniper (2010)
Nightstalker (2009)
Absolute Evil (2009) Children of the X-Files (2009) - executive producer
Angel of Death (2008)
Baseline Killer (2008)
Mummy Maniac (2007)
The Tomb (2007)
Curse of the Zodiac (2007)
Diary of a Cannibal (2007)
The Raven (2006)
Black Dahlia (2006)
Killer Pickton (2005)
Green River Killer (2005)
B.T.K. Killer (2005)
Ulli Lommel's Zodiac Killer (2005)
Zombie Nation (2004)
Fassbinder in Hollywood (2002, documentary) - co-producer
September Song (2001) - executive producer
Hitchghost.com (2000)
Alien X Factor (1997)
Bloodsuckers (1997)
Eva Braun: Her Life with Adolf Hitler (1996, documentary)
Every Minute Is Goodbye (1996)
Lethal Orbit (1996) - executive producer
Gemini Encounters (1995) - executive producer
Millenium Day (1995)
Star Witness (1995)
Tornado Run (1995)
Return of the Boogeyman (1994) - co-producer
Marilyn, My Love (1994)
Sex Crimes (1992)
A Smile in the Dark (1991)
Defense Play (1987)
Overkill (1987)
Heaven and Earth (1987)
Revenge of the Stolen Stars (1986)
Strangers in Paradise (1984)
The Devonsville Terror (1983)
BrainWaves (1983)
Boogeyman II (1983)
Olivia (1983)
The Boogey Man (1980)
Con la música a otra parte (1975)
Yodeling Is No Sin (1974)
Tödlicher Poker (1972)
Whity (1971, dir. Rainer Werner Fassbinder)
Anglia (1970)
Der gelbe Koffer (1970) - co-producer