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Gert Frobe – MovieActors.com

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Frobe in GOLDFINGER.

About Gert Frobe (1913 – 1988)

Born February 25, 1913 in Planitz, Saxony, Germany. He was the son of Anna and Otto Johannes Frobe, a shoemaker.

His birth name was Karl-Gerhart Froeber. He loved music, and became proficient as a violinist. He was bitten by the acting bug, and jumped professions, becoming an actor.

Gert Frobe notched up over 100 film appearances, predominantly in German language productions.

Frobe was a tall and portly jovial person, with a huge laugh, who had comedic skills and loved to read poetry. He had a large smile, and a compassionate personality. He loved children.

Gert was unlucky in love, and was married five times. When still a young man, he married Clara Peter, and they had a son together, Utz. Their marriage didn't last.

He tried marriage again, and married actress Tatjana Iwanow. He adopted her son, actor Andreas Seyferth, in 1969. Obviously, he loved the boy and had a relationship with him over the years; long after the mother split up with Gert.

In 1953, he married Hannelore Gortz, and that marriage lasted five years. In 1962, he married Beate Bache, but she tragically died in 1968.

Gert Forbe found a long-lasting, seventeen relationship when he married Karin Frobe, in 1970. This marriage did last until Gert died in 1988. Gert adopted her daughter, Beate Frobe, who loved him too. In 2010, she was in the documentary, about her adopted father, Gert Forbe.
Gert's first film was the 1948 movie, THE BERLINER, which he starred in, offering a satirical portrayal of life in Berlin after the ending of the war.

Gert Frobe was a character actor, who played the average Joe, {usually in a humorous manner}, the baffoon, comical characters and dastardly villains as well.

Gert's first film was the 1948 movie, THE BERLINER, which he starred in, offering a satirical portrayal of life in Berlin after the ending of the war.

In 1962 film, THE LONGEST DAY, I remember Gert's cameo performance; riding a fat horse, bursting out of his sloppy-looking NAZI uniform, chomping on a bun AND jugging down a drink, as he rode the poor animal down the road, just before the Normandy Beach landing.

Gert was equally talented in playing dastardly villains. In the Swiss-German film, IT HAPPEND IN BROAD DAYLIGHT, he portrayed a child serial killer. This performance got the attention of the producers of the 1964 James Bond thriller, GOLDFINGER. He will forever be remembered by Western audiences for his fantastic performance in this film as the bombastic megalomanic "Auric Goldfinger" trying to kill Sean Connery and irradiate the vast US gold reserves within Fort Knox.

This villainous reputation bothered Gert a bit, because it wasn't the real Gert! "I am a big man, and I have a laugh to match my size. The ridiculous thing is that since I played "Goldfinger" in the James Bond film there are some people who still insist on seeing me as a cold, ruthless villain - a man without laughs."

Frobe received much grief throughout his postwar career for having been a member of the Nazi Party from 1929 - 1937. When he joined the Nazi Party, Gert Frobe was sixteen years old at the time, and all youth were requried to be a member of Hitler Youth. Gert Frobe had a good heart and brave character. During World War 11, Gert risked his life to hide German Jews from the Gestapo. Gert was banned from Israel until a Jewish family publically thanked him for saving their lives during the war.

Gert Frobe died September 5, 1988, of a heart attack at the age of 75, in Munich, Bavaria, Germany.

Gert Frobe's notable movie/television credits include...

THE LITTLE VAMPIRE(1986)
MANOVIC STRAHINJA (1981)
THE UMBRELLA COUP (1980)
CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG (1968)
JULE VERNE'S ROCKET TO THE MOON (1967)
TRIPLE CROSS (1966)
THE UPPER HAND(1966)
IS PARIS BURNING? (1966)
A SCOUNDREL'S HONOUR (1966)
THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN IN THEIR FLYING MACHINES (1965)
THE GOLDEN PATSY (1963)
BANANA PEEL (1963)
THE LONGEST DAY (1962)
CROOK AND THE CROSS (1960)




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Gert Frobe in GOLDFINGER (1964).