Fröbe, Gert

BORN 25 Feb 1913, Oberplanitz, Sachsen (now: Zwickau-Planitz) - DIED 5 Sep 1988, München, Bayern: Klinikum Grosshadern
BIRTH NAME Fröbe, Karl Gerhart
CAUSE OF DEATH heart attack
GRAVE LOCATION Icking, Bayern: Waldfriedhof, Waldhauser Strasse

Gert Fröbe initially worked as a violinist but he abandoned this career for work in cabarets and theatres. He was educated as a theatre painter in Dresden from 1933 to 1935 and subsequently took acting lessons. In 1929 he had joined the NSDAP, but he left it in 1937 and during the nazi era he actively helped two Jews by hiding them from the Gestapo.

After the war he appeared in movies and in 1958 he appeared as the villain in "Es geschah am hellichten Tag". This drew the attention of the producers of the James Bond movies and he was cast as Auric Goldinger in "Goldfinger" (1964). Apart from his acting he was active as a reader of poetry.

He was married five times and from his first marriage to Clara Peter he had a son, Utz (1940-2014). From 1953 to 1959 he was married to the movie critic Hannelore Görtz. He was also married to actress and singer Tatjana Iwanow and adopted her son, the actor Andreas Seyferth. The journalist Beate Bach became his last wife in 1962 and was with him until his death in 1988. A few days before his death he gave a pantomine performance at the Wiedemann sanatorium in Ambach at the Starnberger See in Bavaria.

Related persons
• was pupil of Ponto, Erich
• was a friend of Rühmann, Heinz


The grave of Gert Fröbe at the Waldfriedhof in Icking, Bavaria.
Picture by Androom (19 Aug 2012)


Süddeutsche Zeitung
Gert Fröbe - Wikipedia

Fröhlich, Anna

Published: 13 Mar 2016
Last update: 12 Mar 2022