My favorite thing in the world used to be paddling out just past the break in Hermosa Pier or Long Beach, turning around to look at the strip of clean white sand under a blue sky. Then the mongrels came. [...] The Chinks, spics, spades, you name it. More and more of them every year. I used to see the way they were overrunning this place and wonder, "Why does nobody say anything? Why is this allowed?"
— Kurt to Townsend[src]

Kurt is a recurring character on Showtime's Penny Dreadful: City of Angels. He is portrayed by Dominic Sherwood.[1]

He is the chauffeur and bodyguard for Richard Goss. There's more to Kurt than meets the eye: an unexpected depth and surprising background.[1]


Despite joining the Third Reich, Kurt is a full blood American. Born and raised is Los Angeles. He grew up in Hermosa Beach, learned to swim before he could walk and got his first board not long after that. His favorite thing in the world used to be paddling out just past the break in Hermosa Pier or Long Beach, turning around to look at the strip of clean white sand under a blue sky. But then the mongrels came and overtook everything. Not long after, he discovered the Fuehrer and moved to Berlin.

Throughout the SeriesEdit

Season 1Edit

Santa MuerteEdit

Kurt drives his boss, Richard Goss of the building-architecture firm, Goss and Ossenberg to a meeting with Councilman Townsend. His company is responsible for many roadways in Germany, and he wishes to do the same in Los Angeles, however, he can’t because they can’t hire foreign companies for security reasons. Richard explains that he means to make Charlton the Mayor of Los Angeles. He’ll help Charlton reach that goal in exchange for government contracts allowing them to build more motorways. He believes Los Angeles is the future of America. Should Charlton refuse his offer, Richard points to his driver Kurt, who is a Gestapo, otherwise known as the official secret police of Nazi Germany. If he doesn’t see their interaction end with a handshake, Richard has instructed Kurt to take his gun and shoot Charlton in the head. Charlton says that he won’t betray his company, but Richard assures him he will and the two shake hands and part ways, not before Richard salutes to Hitler.

Dead People Lie DownEdit

Kurt and Richard attend Councilman Townsend's press conference at City Hall. He holds up the blood soaked uniform of the now deceased 27 year old Officer Maynard West. He points to Maynard’s wife, Gloria. She now has to tell their 4 year old son that his father's dead. Townsend demands justice. He claims that the Mexicans fired first, and for that they cannot afford to show mercy. Townsend claims that they killed Officer West because of the motorway. He wishes to make it a symbol for justice, and therefore plans to introduce a motion to the City Council to remake it the "Maynard West Memorial Motorway."

While driving Richard into the hills, Kurt notices that they're being followed. He stops the car and shoots Anton and Sam in the head twice before pushing their car off a cliff.

Wicked Old WorldEdit

Kurt and Goss have dinner with Townsend and Alex, where they discuss the construction of the motorway. The money goes through Via Hermosa Development and various charitable organizations. However, the details, as Goss put it, is off no concern to Townsend. Goss explains that Via Hermosa translates to "beautiful street." He then makes a snide remark in regards to Townsend’s figure and his audacity. Alex tries to end the meeting, but Townsend first orders Goss and Kurt to kill Councilwoman Beck, who's declared war against him. Townsend reminds Goss that it’s his motorway and that if he doesn’t like it, he can "shove his Via Hermosa all the way up your Via-fucking-ass." If Councilman Beck becomes an obstacle, Goss assures Townsend they’ll handle it in their own way. He then reminds Townsend that he speaks for Adolf Hitler. And when the Wehrmacht is marching down Sunset Boulevard, Townsend will either be at their side or under their boots. Townsend grows uneasy and hastily exits. Alex is concerned, explaining that she’ll have to deal with the repercussions of this for the next week. Before departing, she tells them that they’re not as smart as they think.

Josefina and the Holy SpiritEdit

Townsend has hooked up with a male street hustler named Skip in the Olympic Hotel, but shorts Skip on their agreed upon payment. As he opens the door to leave, he comes face-to-face with Kurt, who shoots Skip twice, killing him, before dragging Townsend out and putting him in the back of his car.

As Kurt drives to his destination, while locked in the backseat, Townsend claims that he doesn’t hookup with men all the time. They only blow him when he doesn’t have time for a woman. Kurt tells Townsend that the doors lock from upfront and that there's no point in trying to escape, revealing his American accent. Kurt drives Townsend to a motel. He pulls Townsend in the room and surprisingly, he kisses him. He asks Townsend if he wants to be top or bottom. Townsend replies bottom, as they get undressed. Unbeknownst to Townsend, Alex watches and records from the other side of the window as this unfolds.

Children of the Royal SunEdit

Kurt follows Brian Koenig to a diner, where he meets with an unknown woman, who inquires about his work. Kurt then calls Goss from a phone booth to inform him of Dottie’s interference in their plans. Goss orders Kurt to find out who the woman is. Then they will discuss what to do with Brian. Goss then looks over a 3-D model of the motorway.

How It Is With BrothersEdit

Townsend and Kurt spend the afternoon on the beach. Kurt goes out surfing and then returns to shore to join Townsend on the sand. He learned how to surf from growing up in Hermosa beach. He practically learned how to swim before he could walk. Surfing used to be Kurt’s most favorite thing in the world. Then the mongrels came and took over. He used to wonder why no one would say anything. And then he heard about the Fuehrer and read Mein Kampf. And finally, he found someone he could relate to. He knew then that he could move to Berlin and be happy. He was happy there until he earned his Gestapo commission and was assigned to come back to Los Angeles, which he looks at as nothing more than a filthy City. Townsend on the other hand loves Los Angeles. When he was younger, he wanted to be a song and dance man. "LA doesn't care who you are when you arrive. It only cares about who you make yourself into."

Maria and the BeastEdit

Kurt and Goss take Brian to the outskirts of town to show him where his laboratory will supposedly be built if he does as Goss’ asks of him. Los Angeles is also to be the Fuehrer’s home. Goss promises Brian the idea of a better world, however, Brian worries that he can’t figure out how to construct the engine for the rocket. Unbeknownst to them, Lewis takes photos of their clandestine meeting from the bushes.

Kurt and Goss go to a restaurant. They discuss Townsend and how his home is far too modern for someone with a councilman’s salary. Kurt also remarks that Townsend bought a new tie to impress him, but Townsend has made no mention of his father. He won’t even drive down Townsend Boulevard. Goss remarks that Townsend can’t escape his bloodline. Kurt explains that Townsend isn’t as foolish as he thinks. He has a passion for his work and the city. Goss tells Kurt that he’s done his job admirably, though Kurt doesn’t appear to be too happy with the circumstances, which doesn’t go unnoticed by Goss, who tells him that he’s only as useful as he is cold-hearted. Otherwise, he’s just another useless American. They are joined by Councilman Townsend, Alex, and Miss Adelaide Finnister.

Hide and SeekEdit

Kurt and Townsend arrive at an underground, private club for queers. They share a kiss and proceed to dance. Kurt tells Townsend that a club like this wouldn’t exist in Berlin and that he’s never had a lover like Townsend. Townsend then asks Kurt to kill Beverly Beck. A bell rings, and they switch dance partners. All the men take up women dance partners. Fortunately, it was a false alarm. The bell is to signal the arrival of the vice squad. Kurt then tells Townsend that he won’t kill Councilwoman Beck. He warns Townsend that killing takes something from you that you can never get back, and that’s not the man he loves.

Sing, Sing, SingEdit

Dottie and Brian play Mahjong. She asks about his equations. He reveals that he’s figured out the rocket already. He’s working on something much bigger now. Unbeknownst to them, Kurt watches from outside the window. With his weapon drawn, he approaches the door but flees at the sight of an approaching car. Dottie tells Brian that it’s time to leave. Benny Berman arrives at the door, and Dottie and Brian leave with him. Kurt watches from the shadows as this unfolds.

Day of the DeadEdit

Goss tasks Kurt with finding Dottie. They’ve been following Lewis’ son and searched his apartment but they came up empty handed. Kurt suspects that maybe they’re hiding Brian with Lewis’ partner. He tells Kurt to bring Brian back alive, though he can do with the others as he pleases.

He finds Brian at the Vegas house and follows Tiago, Lewis, and Benny as they drive Brian to an airfield. Tiago, Lewis, Benny, and Brian come to a stop near the beach. Lewis and Brian walk down onto the beach. Moments later, two shots are fired and only Lewis returns.

Appearance and PersonalityEdit

Kurt is an American white man that has allied with Germans.

Powers and AbilitiesEdit

Kurt is a highly trained marksman.


Season 1Edit


References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Penny Dreadful’: Daniel Zovatto To Star In ‘City of Angels’ Showtime Sequel Series - Deadline
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