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Gert Fröbe

Gert Fröbe on a 2000 German stamp
Born February 25, 1913(1913-02-25)
Died September 5, 1988 (aged 75)
Occupation actor
Years active 1948–1988

Karl Gerhart Fröbe, better known as Gert Fröbe (German pronunciation: [ˈɡeɐt ˈfʁøːbə]) (February 25, 1913 – September 5, 1988) was a German actor who starred in many films, including the James Bond film Goldfinger as Auric Goldfinger, The Threepenny Opera as Peachum, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as Baron Bomburst and in Der Räuber Hotzenplotz as Hotzenplotz.



Born in Zwickau, Fröbe was a member of the Nazi Party before and during World War II. However, he aided German Jews by hiding them from the Gestapo. Because of his former membership in the Nazi Party, the film Goldfinger was initially banned in Israel until he was publicly thanked for his help by a Jewish family.[1]

Fröbe gained fame in one of the first German movies made after World War II, called Berliner Ballade (The Ballad of Berlin, 1948). In 1958 he was cast as the villain in the Swiss-German film Es geschah am hellichten Tag (It Happened in Broad Daylight), which was novelised by Swiss author Friedrich Dürrenmatt. His role as an insane murderer of children drew the attention of the producers of the James Bond movie Goldfinger, (1964) and he was chosen to play one of the most remembered villains of the series, gold tycoon Auric Goldfinger.

Fröbe made several appearances in all-star casts in the 1960s, including the films The Longest Day, Is Paris Burning?, Monte Carlo or Bust and Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines. Because of his thick German accent, Fröbe was dubbed in some of his classic roles, including by British actor Michael Collins in Goldfinger. He also appeared in $ (1971) with Goldie Hawn and Warren Beatty. He also played small parts in Mercedes Benz W123 commercials in the 1980's, plugging the coupe and the sedan.

Besides acting, Fröbe was a prolific reciter of lyric poetry, especially that of Christian Morgenstern and Joachim Ringelnatz.

Fröbe died in Munich in September 1988 at age 75 from a heart attack.


Year Film Role Notes
1948 Berliner Ballade
1954 The Eternal Waltz Gawriloff
1955 Dunja
1956 Winter in the Woods Gerstenberg
1957 He Who Must Die Patriarcheos
1958 Nasser Asphalt Jupp
1961 Auf Wiedersehen Angelo Pirrone
1962 The Longest Day Unteroffizier Kaffeekanne
Redhead Kramer
1964 Greed in the Sun Castigliano dit 'La betterave'
Goldfinger Auric Goldfinger
Tonio Kröger
1965 Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines Colonel Manfred von Holstein
A High Wind in Jamaica Dutch Captain
1966 Is Paris Burning? Gen. Dietrich von Choltitz
Triple Cross Col. Steinhager
1967 Rocket to the Moon Professor von Bulow
1968 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Baron Bomburst
1969 Monte Carlo or Bust Willi Schickel & Horst Muller
1971 $ Mr. Kessel
1972 Ludwig Father Hoffmann
1974 And Then There Were None
1977 The Serpent's Egg Inspector Bauer
1979 Bloodline Inspector Max Hornung
1980 The Umbrella Coup Otto Krampe aka Whale
1985 The Little Vampire (Television series) Hans-Heinrich Geiermeier


  1. ^ Associated Press. (1988, 6 September). Gert Frobe, an Actor, Dies at 75.

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