Acclaimed German actor Dieter Laser, perhaps best known for his role as the deranged Dr. Josef Heiter in the 2009 film The Human Centipede (First Sequence), has died at the age of 78.
Laser died on February 29, 2020, but the news was not shared until April 9th. No cause of death was provided.
Tom Six, who directed The Human Centipede paid tribute to the actor in a tweet, saying, "I’m totally shocked Dieter passed away. He was a force of nature, an unique human being and an iconic actor. I’m so damn proud we created pop culture together. Wished we could have made many more movies. RIP my friend, you will live forever on screen!"
Laser had a long career in German film and TV, starting in 1968's In the Jungle of Cities.
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