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Walter Gotell

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.

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Mar 15, 1924 In Bonn, Germany
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Goose Steps Out 1942-08-01
Latest Project:
Movie Puppet Master: Blitzkrieg Massacre 2018-09-26
Known For
Poster of The X-Files
Poster of Our Miss Fred
Poster of Duel in the Jungle
Poster of Sherlock Holmes: The Man Who Disappeared
Movie Puppet Master: Blitzkrieg Massacre Nazi General (archive footage) (uncredited) 2018-09-26
Movie Puppet Master: The Legacy General Mueller (archive footage) 2003-12-16
Movie Inside 'From Russia with Love' Himself 2000-01-01
Movie Prince Valiant Erik the Old 1997-07-24
Series The X-Files Unknown 1993-09-10
Movie Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge General Mueller 1991-10-17
Series Tales from the Crypt Unknown 1989-06-10
Series Freddy's Nightmares Unknown 1988-10-09
Movie Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers Uncle John 1988-10-31
Movie The Living Daylights General Anatol Gogol 1987-06-29
Series Star Trek: The Next Generation Unknown 1987-09-28
Movie KGB: The Secret War 1985-07-18
Series Spenser: For Hire Unknown 1985-09-20
Movie A View to a Kill General Gogol 1985-05-24
Series MacGyver Unknown 1985-09-29
Movie Basic Training Nabokov 1985-11-01
Series Airwolf Unknown 1984-01-22
Movie Memed My Hawk Sgt. Asim 1984-05-10
Series Miami Vice Unknown 1984-09-16
Movie The Scarlet and the Black Gen. Max Helm 1983-02-02
Movie Octopussy Gogol 1983-06-05
Series The A-Team Unknown 1983-01-23
Movie Kalabaliken i Bender Storvesiren 1983-08-26
Series Masquerade Steiner 1983-12-15
Series Scarecrow and Mrs. King Unknown 1983-10-03
Series Cagney & Lacey Unknown 1982-03-25
Series Airline Unknown 1982-01-03
Series Hotel Unknown 1982-08-21
Series Knight Rider Unknown 1982-09-26
Movie For Your Eyes Only General Anatol Gogol 1981-06-23
Movie Cry of the Innocent Jack Brewster 1980-06-19
Movie Cuba Don Jose Pulido 1979-12-21
Movie Moonraker General Gogol 1979-06-26
Movie The Stud Ben Khaled 1978-08-17
Series The Word Hennig 1978-11-12
Movie The Boys from Brazil Mundt 1978-10-05
Movie The Spy Who Loved Me General Anatol Gogol 1977-07-07
Movie Black Sunday Colonel Riat 1977-03-11
Movie March or Die Col. Lamont 1977-09-08
Movie The Assignment Frankenheimer 1977-07-11
Series The Zoo Gang Unknown 1974-04-05
Movie Our Miss Fred Schmidt 1972-12-14
Movie Endless Night Constantine 1972-10-05
Movie Cry WoIf 1969-01-02
Movie The File of the Golden Goose George Leeds 1969-10-13
Series The Champions Unknown 1968-09-25
Movie Attack on the Iron Coast Van Horst 1968-06-05
Movie 55 Days at Peking Capt. Hoffman 1963-05-06
Movie The Damned Major Holland 1963-05-19
Series The Sentimental Agent Unknown 1963-09-28
Movie Lancelot and Guinevere Sir Cedric 1963-06-02
Movie From Russia with Love Morzeny 1963-10-11
Series Z-Cars Unknown 1962-01-02
Movie The Road to Hong Kong Dr. Zorbb 1962-01-01
Series Studio Four Unknown 1962-01-22
Movie The Longest Day German soldier (uncredited) 1962-09-25
Movie The Guns of Navarone Muesel 1961-04-27
Series Stryker of the Yard Unknown 1961-11-02
Movie The Devil's Daffodil Oberinspektor Whiteside 1961-07-20
Movie Sink the Bismarck! Signals Officer Mueller on the 'Bismarck' (uncredited) 1960-02-11
Movie Circus of Horrors Baron Von Gruber 1960-04-01
Series No Hiding Place Unknown 1959-09-16
Movie The Bandit Of Zhobe Azhad Khan 1959-04-01
Movie The Treasure of San Teresa Hamburg inspector 1959-07-21
Movie The Man Inside Profuno 1958-09-07
Movie Ice Cold in Alex 1st German Officer 1958-06-24
Series Behind Closed Doors Unknown 1958-10-02
Series The Adventures of William Tell Unknown 1958-09-15
Movie I Was Monty's Double German Colonel 1958-10-21
Movie 1984 Guard (uncredited) 1956-03-06
Series The Count of Monte Cristo Le Drue 1956-02-20
Movie The Man Who Knew Too Much Guard (uncredited) 1956-05-16
Movie Above Us the Waves German Officer on Tirpitz 1955-03-29
Series Dixon of Dock Green Unknown 1955-07-09
Movie Duel in the Jungle Jim 1954-06-30
Movie Desperate Moment Ravitch's Servant-Henchman 1953-03-17
Movie The Red Beret German Sentry 1953-08-11
Movie Albert R.N. Feldwebel 1953-11-23
Movie The African Queen Second Officer 1952-01-07
Movie Sherlock Holmes: The Man Who Disappeared Luzatto 1951-04-01
Movie Cairo Road Prison Officer 1950-06-21
Movie The Wooden Horse François - The Follower 1950-10-16
Movie Lilli Marlene Director of Propaganda 1950-12-08
Movie No Orchids for Miss Blandish uncredited 1948-04-13
Movie We Dive at Dawn 1943-04-15
Movie The Goose Steps Out SS Guard 1942-08-01
Movie Secret Mission Lieutenant Langfeld 1942-10-05