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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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Actor Profile


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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