Walter Gotell

Walter Gotell

  • Born on
    • March 15th, 1924
  • Died on
    • May 5th, 1997
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.


Acting (35 Credits)

2003Puppet Master: The Legacy as General Mueller (archive footage)
1997Prince Valiant as Erik the Old
1991Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge as General Mueller
1988Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers as Uncle John
1987The Living Daylights as General Anatol Gogol
1985A View to a Kill as General Gogol
1983The Scarlet and the Black as Gen. Max Helm
1983Octopussy as Gogol
1981For Your Eyes Only as General Anatol Gogol
1979Cuba as Don Jose Pulido
1979Moonraker as General Gogol
1978The Stud as Ben Khaled
1978The Boys from Brazil as Mundt
1977The Spy Who Loved Me as General Anatol Gogol
1977Black Sunday as Colonel Riat
1977March or Die as Col. Lamont
1972Endless Night as Constantine
1968Attack on the Iron Coast as Van Horst
1963From Russia with Love as Morzeny
196355 Days at Peking as Capt. Hoffman
1962The Road to Hong Kong as Dr. Zorbb
1962The Damned as Major Holland
1962The Longest Day as German soldier (uncredited)
1961The Guns of Navarone as Muesel
1960Circus of Horrors as Baron Von Gruber
1960Sink the Bismarck! as Signals Officer Mueller on the 'Bismarck' (uncredited)
1958Ice Cold in Alex as 1st German Officer
1958Hell, Heaven or Hoboken as German Colonel
19561984 as Guard (uncredited)
1956The Man Who Knew Too Much as Guard (uncredited)
1955Above Us the Waves as German Officer on Tirpitz
1953Paratrooper as German Sentry
1951The African Queen as Second Officer
1950The Wooden Horse as François - The Follower
1948No Orchids for Miss Blandish as uncredited

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