Gert Fröbe

Actor, Violinist, Stage decorator
Corpulent German actor Gert Frbe 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 ... Read more »
Born: 12/24/1912 in Germany

Filmography

Actor (28)

Cent mille Dollars au Soleil 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Der Falke 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Bloodline 1979 (Movie)

Inspector Max Hornung (Actor)

Le Coup du Parapluie 1979 (Movie)

Otto Krumpe (Actor)

The Serpent's Egg 1976 (Movie)

Inspector Bauer (Actor)

Tod Oder Freiheit 1976 (Movie)

Count Von Buttlar (Actor)

And Then There Were None 1975 (Movie)

Wilhelm Blore (Actor)

Ludwig 1972 (Movie)

Father Hoffman (Actor)

Nuits rouges 1972 (Movie)

Inspector Sorbier (Actor)

$ 1971 (Movie)

Bank Manager (Actor)

Monte Carlo or Bust! 1969 (Movie)

Willi Schickel/Horst Muller (Actor)

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 1968 (Movie)

Baron Bomburst (Actor)

Is Paris Burning? 1966 (Movie)

Von Choltitz (Actor)

Jules Verne's Rocket to the Moon 1966 (Movie)

(Actor)

Triple Cross 1966 (Movie)

Col Steinhager (Actor)

A High Wind in Jamaica 1965 (Movie)

Dutch Captain (Actor)

Backfire 1965 (Movie)

Fehrman (Actor)

Banana Peel 1965 (Movie)

Lachard (Actor)

Ganovenehre 1965 (Movie)

Paul (Actor)

Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines 1965 (Movie)

Colonel Manfred Von Holstein (Actor)

Goldfinger 1964 (Movie)

Goldfinger (Actor)

Im Stahlnetz des Dr Mabuse 1960 (Movie)

Inspector Lohmann (Actor)

Rosemary 1959 (Movie)

Bruster (Actor)

The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse 1959 (Movie)

Superintendent Kras (Actor)

He Who Must Die 1957 (Movie)

Patriarcheas (Actor)

Special Delivery 1955 (Movie)

Olaf (Actor)

Heroes and Sinners 1954 (Movie)

Hermann (Actor)

Robinson Soll Nicht Sterben (Movie)

Mr. Gillis (Actor)

Biography

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.

Relationships

Andreas Frobe

Son

Utz Frobe

Son

Karin Frobe

Wife
fifth wife survived him

Milestones

1977

Portrayed Inspector Bauer in "The Serpent's Egg"

1966

Starred in "Is Paris Burning?"

1964

Cast in perhaps best known role, the title character in the James Bond film "Goldfinger"

1962

Appeared in large-cast "The Longest Day", his first "American" film

1948

Film acting debut, "The Berliner"

Worked as violinist and stage designer

Bonus Trivia

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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.

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