Gert Fröbe

Gert Fröbe

Additional Names: Karl Gerhart Fröbe (Geburtsname)
Darsteller
*25.02.1913 Oberplanitz (heute Zwickau-Planitz); †05.09.1988 München-Großhadern

Biography

Karl Gerhart Fröbe was born in Planitz on the 25th of February, 1913. After finishing school, Fröbe, a talented painter who wanted to become an actor, completed a three-year apprenticeship as painter and was employed at the Staatstheater in Dresden. After taking acting lessons from Erich Ponto, who he followed to Berlin in 1936, he continued to take acting lessons there from Paul Günther, finally completing his acting studies under Lothar Müthel in the same year. Following engagements at the Städtischen Bühnen in both Wuppertal (1937/38) and Frankfurt (1938/39), he travelled to Vienna, where he performed at the Volkstheater during the next four years. Here he first came in contact with film, playing the role of a farmer in "Die Kreuzlschreiber" in 1944. In the film "Berliner Ballade" (The Ballad of Berlin), the thin Fröbe took on his first main role, playing a loyal helpless veteran returning home from the war. Fröbe eventually became known as "the normal Joe on the street", who dreams of love and mountains of cakes.

With few film offers, Fröbe – as a member of the Artists Lodge – worked predominantly in parody and as a jongleur for circus and variety audiences. Playing a number of big supporting roles in French films, Fröbe finally achieved a high degree of popularity as well as work in German cinema. Besides playing brutal villains, he also appeared as inspector in three "Dr. Mabuse" films. He achieved international fame with his role as "Goldfinger", the constantly sweating inhuman monster in the third James Bond film.

From 1971 onwards, Fröbe worked increasingly in the German Federal Republic, performing in the film "$" by Richard Brooks in Hamburg as well as in the film "Das Schlangenei" (The Serpent's Egg) by Ingmar Bergman in Munich. While making his comeback in German productions with the children’s film "Der Räuber Hotzenplotz", Fröbe’s most important forum became once again variety entertainment. He continued to perform in a few selected films made possible by the production unit of the Polyphon Film and Television Company (Film- und Fernseh-GmbH) in Hamburg.

Gert Fröbe was married five times and had two sons. Taken ill during the mid-1980s with lung cancer, he died of a heart attack in Munich on September 5th, 1988.

Filmography

1984 Alte Sünden rosten nicht
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1983 August der Starke
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1982 Der Garten
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1981 Ein sturer Bock
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1980/1981 Der Falke
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1980 Das kleine Kino an der Ecke. Erinnerungen an den Nachkriegsfilm
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1978/1979 Blutspur
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1978/1979 Noch 'ne Oper. Ein musikalischer Spaß
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1977/1978 Der Schimmelreiter
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1977/1978 Der Tiefstapler
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1977 »Als wär's heut' gewesen...«
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1977 Tod oder Freiheit
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1976/1977 Das Schlangenei
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1976/1977 Das Gesetz des Clans
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1976 Sonntagsgeschichten
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1975/1976 Die Schuldigen mit den sauberen Händen
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1975 Mein Onkel Theodor oder Wie man im Schlaf viel Geld verdient
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1974 Ein Unbekannter rechnet ab
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1973/1974 Der Räuber Hotzenplotz
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1972/1973 Morgenstern am Abend
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1972 Ludwig II.
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1967/1968 Caroline chérie - Schön wie die Sünde
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1965/1966 Ganovenehre
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1965/1966 Rififi in Paris
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1965 Das Liebeskarussell. 2. Episode: Angela
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1964 Tonio Kröger
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1963 Peau de banane
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1962/1963 Der Mörder
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1962/1963 Die Dreigroschenoper
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1962/1963 Heute kündigt mir mein Mann
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1962 Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse
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1962 Die Rote
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1961/1962 The Longest Day
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1961 Auf Wiedersehn
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1961 Im Stahlnetz des Dr. Mabuse
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1961 Via Mala
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1960/1961 Der grüne Bogenschütze
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1960 Bis daß das Geld Euch scheidet...
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1960 Die 1000 Augen des Dr. Mabuse
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1960 Soldatensender Calais
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1960 Der Gauner und der liebe Gott
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1959/1960 Das kunstseidene Mädchen
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1959 Schüsse im Morgengrauen
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1959 Am Tag als der Regen kam
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1959 Menschen im Hotel
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1959 Jons und Erdme. Die Frau des Anderen
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1959 Und ewig singen die Wälder
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1959 Alt-Heidelberg
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1958/1959 Ihr Verbrechen war Liebe
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1958/1959 I Battellieri del Volga
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1958 Das Mädchen mit den Katzenaugen
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1958 Das Mädchen Rosemarie
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1958 Es geschah am hellichten Tag
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1958 Der Pauker
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1958 Nasser Asphalt
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1958 Grabenplatz 17
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1958 Nick Knattertons Abenteuer. Der Raub der Gloria Nylon
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1957 Das Herz von St. Pauli
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1957 Der tolle Bomberg
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1956/1957 Robinson soll nicht sterben
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1955/1956 Waldwinter
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1955/1956 Ein Mädchen aus Flandern
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1955/1956 Ein Herz schlägt für Erika
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1955 Das Forsthaus in Tirol
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1955 Die Helden sind müde
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1955 Special Delivery
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1955 Der dunkle Stern
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1955 Ich weiß, wofür ich lebe
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1954 Ewiger Walzer
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1954 Mannequins für Rio
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1954 Das zweite Leben
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1954 Morgengrauen
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1954 Das Kreuz am Jägersteig
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1953/1954 Die kleine Stadt will schlafen gehen
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1953 Arlette erobert Paris
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1953 Die vertagte Hochzeitsnacht
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1953 Salto mortale
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1953 Ein Herz spielt falsch
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1953 Hochzeit auf Reisen
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1952 Der Tag vor der Hochzeit
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1949 Nach Regen scheint Sonne
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1948 Berliner Ballade
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1948 Der Herr vom andern Stern
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1944/1950 Die Kreuzlschreiber
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1940 Wagen Nr. 1 kämpft sich seinen Weg
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