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Top Model and the first person of color to ever grace the cover of GQ Magazine. Read More

In Black and White

My book is dedicated to my mother Irma Althaus from Altdorf and all the Mothers of the World. Read More

The dream and reality.

Honored as the Italian Soccer Legend Aristóteles Read More

Transcending Racism

I was alongside Susan Sarandon, when the art director stopped the shoot and said...

The Actor

Performed alongside Sir Sean Connery in the 1986 film "The Name of The Rose" which grossed 77 million dollars worldwide Read More
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  • "Saved by the Swiss mountains, a belief in god and my mother's undying love.
    Where I once sought to expand my senses through drugs
    I now know meditation works just as well."

    Urs Althaus

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Urs Althaus

Actually Urs Althaus wanted to become a professional soccer player. But what happened in reality was some thing that nobody in Altdorf, where he was raised by his single mother, would ever have expected.


Born and raised in Switzerland with his Swizz Mother, his Nigerian medical student Father he never met. After finisihing buisness studies in Switzerland he stormed the fashion runways of this world. He walked for designers like Calvin Klein, Valentino, Armani, Kenzo, Yves Saint Laurent.


He was the first black model ever to appear on the cover of the American fashion Magazine "GQ". He danced with Liza Minelli, Cindy Crawford and Brooke Shields in the Clubs of Paris, London and New York. In 1978, in New York, he founded the company "Xtazy Ltd.", the first Model Ensemble in the World. Eight years later, also in New York, and together with Gary Gatys he created the fashion label "Gary Gatys Ltd". As an agent between 1990 - 2001 he represented Supermodels like Giselle Bündchen, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss and Claudia Schiffer. He had a private audience with His Highness the Dalai Lama and breakfasted with Richard Gere.

As an actor he stood before the camera next to Marcello Mastroianni and in the filming of Umberto Eco's "The Name of the Rose" - worked with Sean Connery in the 1986 film The Name of The Rose which grossed 77 million dollars worldwide.

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Urs Althaus (I)

Actually Urs Althaus wanted to become a professional soccer player. But what happened in reality was some thing that nobody in Altdorf, where he was raised by his single mother, would ever have expected. After finishing his business studies, this illegitimate child of his Swiss mother, and a Nigerian medical student, whom he never met, stormed the ... See IMDB full bio »
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Known For


 (31 credits)
 2014Dog Men (completed
 2016Das Traumschiff (TV Series) 
Dr. Frank Cullem
Cook Island (2016) ... Dr. Frank Cullem
 2015Premium Calcio (TV Series) 
Aristotoles / Urs Althaus
 2014Convicted (Short) 
Black men
 2012Best Friends (TV Series) 
Alavaro da Silva / Alvaro da Silva / Alavaro da Silav
Der Brötli-Dieb (2012) ... Alvaro da Silva
Underground-Party (2012) ... Alavaro da Silva
FMC Quadrat (2012) ... Alavaro da Silva
Guten Flug (2012) ... Alavaro da Silva
Entschuldigungen (2012) ... Alavaro da Silva
 2012Ganz Grosses Kino (Short) 
 2011SF bi de Lüt - Altdorf (TV Movie) 
 2010Fashion Days Model Challenge (TV Series) 
Episode #1.8 (2010) ... Jury
Episode #1.7 (2010) ... Jury
Episode #1.6 (2010) ... Jury
Episode #1.5 (2010) ... Jury
Episode #1.4 (2010) ... Jury
 2009Vienna Crime Squad (TV Series) 
Oskar von Wecker
Böser Zauber (2009) ... Oskar von Wecker
 2008L'allenatore nel pallone 2 
 2001-2003Beauty Centre (TV Series) 
Gennaio (2003) ... Mekho
Luglio (2002) ... Mekho
Giugno (2002) ... Mekho
Febbraio (2002) ... Mekho
Gennaio (2002) ... Mekho
 2003Médico de familia (TV Mini-Series) 
 2003Chiaroscuro (TV Movie) 
Edwin Ross
 2002Il commissario (TV Mini-Series) 
Fernando Maputo Gomez
La casbah (2002) ... Fernando Maputo Gomez
 2002Valeria medico legale (TV Series) 
Re Luc
Bentornata Valeria (2002) ... Re Luc
 1998Un medico in famiglia (TV Series) 
George (2003)
 1986War Bus 
 1986The Name of the Rose 
 1986Another World (TV Series) 
Ravi Embassador
Episode dated 28 May 1986 (1986) ... Ravi Embassador
Episode dated 22 April 1986 (1986) ... Ravi Embassador
 1984Le martyre de Saint Sébastien (TV Movie) 
 1984Progetto Atlantide (TV Movie) 
 1984L'allenatore nel pallone 
 1984...e la vita continua (TV Mini-Series) 
 1983Il quartetto Basileus 
Call Boy
 1983Warrior of the Lost World 
 1982Beyond the Door 
Tunesian (uncredited)
 1982The New York Ripper 
Sex Show Performer #2 (uncredited)
 1981Progetto di vita (TV Movie) 

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 2014Simplify Your Soul (co-producer) 

 (1 credit)
 2009Soundless Wind Chime (special thanks) 

 (9 credits)
 2014Electroboy (Documentary) 
 2005-2013Glanz & Gloria (TV Series documentary) 
Ich mit 16 (2013)
Charity im Schnee (2011) ... Himself
Episode dated 4 November 2009 (2009) ... Himself
Glanz & Gloria (2005) ... Himself
 2012Der Club (TV Series) 
Amerika-geliebt, gehasst (2012) ... Himself
 2012Aristoteles torna (per beneficenza) (TV Movie) 
 2011Was wurde aus...? (TV Series documentary) 
 2011Motorshow (TV Series) 
Motorshow tcs (2011) ... Himself
 2011Gut Leben (TV Series) 
Gut Leben (2011) ... Himself
 2010Mise au point (TV Series documentary) 
Portrait d'Urs Althaus (2010) ... Himself
 2009Aeschbacher (TV Series) 
Voll Fett (2009) ... Himself

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Other Works:

 2007 Sep. Short movie "Unter Dem Bett" (Göttliche Komödie) directed by: Gilles Tschudi. Urs Althaus - Virgil Phillippe Reinhardt- Dante See more »

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 7 Print Biographies | 16 Interviews | 41 Articles | 13 Pictorials | 7 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


 6' 1" (1.85 m)

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Playing Age 40 - 60
Height 186 cm
Hair Color Black and/or Silver
Eye Color Dark Brown
Figure Elegant Athletic
Native Tongue Deutsch (German)
Additional Languages Spoken English, Italian and French
Dialects Urner, Zuercher
Sport: Swimming, Football, Tennis, Ski

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