Corpulent German actor Gert Fröbe rose to worldwide fame as the megalomaniacal "Goldfinger" (1964), perhaps the best of the Sean Connery-era James Bond films. He had enjoyed a lengthy career in h...
Appeared in large-cast "The Longest Day", his first "American" film
Film acting debut, "The Berliner"
Portrayed Inspector Bauer in "The Serpent's Egg"
Worked as violinist and stage designer
Cast in perhaps best known role, the title character in the James Bond film "Goldfinger"
Starred in "Is Paris Burning?"
Corpulent German actor Gert Fröbe rose to worldwide fame as the megalomaniacal "Goldfinger" (1964), perhaps the best of the Sean Connery-era James Bond films. He had enjoyed a lengthy career in his native country playing roles diametrically opposite to his dastardly Bond villain; from 1948 through the early 1960s, Fröbe drew comparisons to actor Danny Kaye in a series of popular comedies while also appearing in numerous dramas and suspense thrillers. Though his grasp of English was limited at best - his dialogue in "Goldfinger" was dubbed by another actor - Fröbe enjoyed a lengthy career in Hollywood and British productions, including comic turns in "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" (1969) and more serious roles in Richard Brooks' "$" (1971) and Ingmar Bergman's "The Serpent's Egg" (1976), among other films. At the time of his death in 1988, Gert Fröbe was perhaps among the best known German actors in the world, with a body of work to his name that both encompassed and exceeded his best known effort as one of James Bond's most challenging nemeses.
fifth wife; survived him
After the release of "Goldfinger," Frobe's international image increased. In 1965, the London Daily Mail published an article indicating that Frobe had been a member of the Nazi Party during World War II. His films were banned in Israel and his career appeared as if it would not survive the Nazi stigma until a Jew contacted the Israeli Embassy in Vienna and then went public to say that Frobe had hidden both he and his mother during World War II.