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Gert Fröbe Poster

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Overview (4)

Born in Oberplanitz [now Zwickau], Saxony, Germany
Died in Munich, Bavaria, West Germany  (heart attack)
Birth NameKarl-Gerhart Fröbe
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Tall, portly built German born actor (and talented violinist) who notched up over 100 film appearances, predominantly in German-language productions. He will forever be remembered by Western audiences as the bombastic megalomaniac "Auric Goldfinger" trying to kill Sean Connery and irradiate the vast US gold reserves within Fort Knox in the spectacular "James Bond" film Goldfinger (1964). However, due to Fröbe's thick German accent, his voice was actually dubbed by English actor, Michael Collins.

Whilst commonly perceived as cold hearted & humourless from his Goldfinger (1964) portrayal, quite to the contrary, Fröbe was a jovial man and a wonderful comedic performer. His light hearted talents can be best viewed in The Ballad of Berlin (1948), Der Tag vor der Hochzeit (1952), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), and Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines or How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 Hours 11 Minutes (1965). Fröbe also portrayed dogged detective Kriminalkommissar Kras/Lohmann pursuing the evil Dr. Mabuse in The 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse (1960), The Return of Dr. Mabuse (1961) and The Terror of Doctor Mabuse (1962).

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Family (1)

Spouse Karin Fröbe (21 August 1970 - 5 September 1988)  (his death)  (1 child)
Beate Bach (1962 - 1968)  (her death)
Tatjana Iwanow (1959 - 1962)  (divorced)  (1 child)
Hannelore Görtz (1953 - 1959)  (divorced)
Clara Peters (1937 - 1953)  (divorced)  (1 child)

Trade Mark (2)

His iconic role as Auric Goldfinger in the James Bond 007 film Goldfinger (1964).
Heavy, stocky build

Trivia (9)

Received much criticism in 1965 when it was revealed he had been a member of the Nazi party in Germany from 1929 until 1937. It then transpired that he had helped two Jews leave Germany.
His voice was dubbed in Goldfinger (1964) by Michael Collins.
Was a noted reciter of poetry, especially of Christian Morgenstern and Joachim Ringelnatz.
Due to his past membership in the Nazi party, Goldfinger (1964) was banned in Israel for several months until a Jew, Mario Blumenau, informed the Israeli Embassy in Vienna that his life and his mother's had probably been saved when Frobe hid them from the Nazis.
Son of Otto Johannes Fröbe, a shoemaker, and his wife Alma (d. 1972).
Is buried in the Waldfriedhof cemetery in Icking.
Had two sons, Utz (with Clara Peter) and Andreas Seyferth (son of Tatjana Iwanow, adopted by Fröbe in 1969), and one daughter, Beate Fröbe (daughter of his last wife Karin Pistorius, adopted by Fröbe in 1978).
Pictured on a 3 DM commemorative postage stamp by the German post.
Israel at first banned the film Goldfinger when it was discovered that he had been a member of the Nazi party during WWII but than a Jewish man revealed that Gert had saved both his and his mother's lives and Gert proved that he hadn't been an active member and the ban was lifted.

Personal Quotes (3)

I am a big man, and I have a laugh to match my size. The ridiculous thing is that since I played "Goldfinger" in the James Bond film (Goldfinger (1964)) there are some people who still insist on seeing me as a cold, ruthless villain - a man without laughs.
I am a tall man, 6 feet and 1 1/4, and I am born in 1913, that's all.
What I told an English reporter during an interview was that during the Third Reich I had the luck to be able to help two Jewish people, although I was a member of the Nazi party.

Salary (10)

Der Pauker (1958) 15.000 DEM
Und ewig singen die Wälder (1959) 60.000 DEM
Menschen im Hotel (1959) 50.000 DEM
Alt Heidelberg (1959) 50.000 DEM
Die 1000 Augen des Dr. Mabuse (1960) 50.000 DEM
Via Mala (1961) 50.000 DEM
Im Stahlnetz des Dr. Mabuse (1961) 50.000 DEM
Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse (1962) 50.000 DEM
Goldfinger (1964) 52.000 USD
Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines or How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 Hours 11 Minutes (1965) 200.000 USD

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