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Walter Gotell (15 March 1926 – 5 May 1997) was a German actor, known for his role as General Gogol, head of the KGB, in the James Bond film series.

Gotell was born in Bonn, Germany; his family emigrated to the United Kingdom after the Nazis came to power. A fluent English speaker, he started in films as early as 1943, usually playing German henchmen, such as in We Dive at Dawn (1943).

He began to have more established roles by the early fifties, starring in The African Queen (1951), Ice-Cold in Alex (1958), The Guns of Navarone (1961), 55 Days At Peking (1963), Lancelot and Guinevere (1963), The Spy Who Came In From The Cold (1965), Lord Jim (1965), Black Sunday (1977), The Boys From Brazil (1978), and Cuba (1979).

Gotell won the role of KGB General Anatol Gogol in The Spy Who Loved Me for being a look-alike of the former head of Soviet secret police Lavrentiy Pavlovitch Beria. His first role in the James Bond films came in 1963, when he played the henchman Morzeny in From Russia with Love. Starting in the late 1970s, he played the recurring role of General Gogol in the James Bond series, beginning with The Spy Who Loved Me in 1977. The character returned in Moonraker (1979), For Your Eyes Only (1981), Octopussy (1983), A View to a Kill (1985) and The Living Daylights (1987). As the Cold War developed, the role of leader of the KGB was seen to change attitudes to the West - from direct competitor to collaborator. His final appearance, as the Cold War began to become less imminent, sees him transferred to a different, more diplomatic role. Gotell is one of a few actors to have played a villain and a Bond ally in the film series (others being Joe Don Baker, Charles Gray and Richard Kiel).

Throughout his career, Gotell also made numerous guest appearances in a wide array of television series. He played Chief Constable Cullen in Softly, Softly: Taskforce between 1969 and 1975. He guested in many series including Danger Man, Knight Rider, The A-Team, Airwolf, The X-Files, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, MacGyver, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Miami Vice, Cagney and Lacey, The Saint, and many others.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Walter Gotell, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Walter Gotell (15 March 1926 – 5 May 1997) was a German actor, known for his role as General Gogol, head of the KGB, in the James Bond film series.

Gotell was born in Bonn, Germany; his family emigrated to the United Kingdom after the Nazis came to power. A fluent English speaker, he started in films as early as 1943, usually playing German henchmen, such as in We Dive at Dawn (1943).

He began to have more established roles by the early fifties, starring in The African Queen (1951), Ice-Cold in Alex (1958), The Guns of Navarone (1961), 55 Days At Peking (1963), Lancelot and Guinevere (1963), The Spy Who Came In From The Cold (1965), Lord Jim (1965), Black Sunday (1977), The Boys From Brazil (1978), and Cuba (1979).

Gotell won the role of KGB General Anatol Gogol in The Spy Who Loved Me for being a look-alike of the former head of Soviet secret police Lavrentiy Pavlovitch Beria. His first role in the James Bond films came in 1963, when he played the henchman Morzeny in From Russia with Love. Starting in the late 1970s, he played the recurring role of General Gogol in the James Bond series, beginning with The Spy Who Loved Me in 1977. The character returned in Moonraker (1979), For Your Eyes Only (1981), Octopussy (1983), A View to a Kill (1985) and The Living Daylights (1987). As the Cold War developed, the role of leader of the KGB was seen to change attitudes to the West - from direct competitor to collaborator. His final appearance, as the Cold War began to become less imminent, sees him transferred to a different, more diplomatic role. Gotell is one of a few actors to have played a villain and a Bond ally in the film series (others being Joe Don Baker, Charles Gray and Richard Kiel).

Throughout his career, Gotell also made numerous guest appearances in a wide array of television series. He played Chief Constable Cullen in Softly, Softly: Taskforce between 1969 and 1975. He guested in many series including Danger Man, Knight Rider, The A-Team, Airwolf, The X-Files, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, MacGyver, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Miami Vice, Cagney and Lacey, The Saint, and many others.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Walter Gotell, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 79

Birthday 1924-03-15

Day of Death 1997-05-05

Place of Birth Bonn, Germany

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2018 Puppet Master: Blitzkrieg Massacre as Nazi General (archive footage) (uncredited)
2003 Puppet Master: The Legacy as General Mueller (archive footage)
2000 Inside 'From Russia with Love' as Himself
1997 Prince Valiant as Erik the Old
1993 The X-Files (1 episode)
1991 Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge as General Mueller
1989 Tales from the Crypt (1 episode)
1988 Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers as Uncle John
1988 Freddy's Nightmares (1 episode)
1987 Star Trek: The Next Generation (1 episode) as Kurt Mandl
1987 The Living Daylights as General Anatol Gogol
1985 KGB: The Secret War
1985 Basic Training as Nabokov
1985 MacGyver (2 episodes)
1985 Spenser: For Hire (1 episode)
1985 A View to a Kill as General Gogol
1985 Lace II as General Zedd
1984 Miami Vice (1 episode)
1984 Memed My Hawk as Sgt. Asim
1984 Airwolf (1 episode) as Oberst Helmut Krüger / Hans Daubert
1983 Masquerade (1 episode) as Steiner
1983 Scarecrow and Mrs. King (1 episode)
1983 Hotel (1 episode)
1983 Kalabaliken i Bender as Storvesiren
1983 Octopussy as Gogol
1983 The Scarlet and the Black as Gen. Max Helm
1983 The A-Team (1 episode) as Ramon DeJarro
1982 Knight Rider (1 episode) as Simon Carascas
1982 Cagney & Lacey (1 episode) as J.F. Blackwell
1982 Airline (1 episode)
1981 For Your Eyes Only as General Anatol Gogol
1980 Cry of the Innocent as Jack Brewster
1979 Cuba as Don Jose Pulido
1979 Moonraker as General Gogol
1978 The Boys from Brazil as Mundt
1978 The Stud as Ben Khaled
1977 March or Die as Col. Lamont
1977 The Spy Who Loved Me as General Anatol Gogol
1977 Black Sunday as Colonel Riat
1974 The Zoo Gang (1 episode)
1972 Our Miss Fred as Schmidt
1969 The File of the Golden Goose as George Leeds
1969 Cry WoIf
1968 The Champions (1 episode)
1968 Attack on the Iron Coast as Van Horst
1963 From Russia with Love as Morzeny
1963 The Sentimental Agent (1 episode)
1963 Lancelot and Guinevere as Sir Cedric
1963 The Damned as Major Holland
1962 The Longest Day as German soldier (uncredited)
1962 Studio Four (1 episode)
1962 Z-Cars (2 episodes)
1962 The Road to Hong Kong as Dr. Zorbb
1961 Stryker of the Yard (1 episode)
1961 The Guns of Navarone as Muesel
1960 Circus of Horrors as Baron Von Gruber
1960 Sink the Bismarck! as Signals Officer Mueller on the 'Bismarck' (uncredited)
1959 No Hiding Place (1 episode)
1959 The Treasure of San Teresa as Hamburg inspector
1958 Behind Closed Doors (1 episode)
1958 The Adventures of William Tell (1 episode)
1958 The Man Inside as Profuno
1958 Ice Cold in Alex as 1st German Officer
1956 The Man Who Knew Too Much as Guard (uncredited)
1956 1984 as Guard
1956 The Count of Monte Cristo (2 episodes) as Le Drue
1955 Dixon of Dock Green (1 episode)
1954 Duel in the Jungle as Jim
1953 Albert R.N. as Feldwebel
1953 The Red Beret as German Sentry
1953 Desperate Moment as Ravitch's Servant-Henchman
1951 The African Queen as Second Officer
1951 Sherlock Holmes: The Man Who Disappeared as Luzatto
1950 Lilli Marlene as Director of Propaganda
1950 Cairo Road as Prison Officer
1948 No Orchids for Miss Blandish as uncredited
1943 We Dive at Dawn
1942 Secret Mission as Lieutenant Langfeld
1942 The Goose Steps Out as SS Guard

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