Walter Gotell

Biography

Date of Birth 15 March 1924, Bonn, Germany Date of Death 5 May 1997, London, England, UK (cancer) Height 6' 3" (1.91 m) Walter Gotell was a German actor, known for his role as General Gogol, head of the KGB, in the Bond films. Gotell was born in Bonn, Germany. He started in films as early as 1942, usually playing German henchmen, but others role also, in films like 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), Black Sunday (1977), The Boys From Brazil (1978), and Cuba (1979). Gotell won the role of General Alexis 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. Throughout his career, Gotell also made numerous guest appearances in a wide array of television series. He was the chief constable in Softly, Softly: Taskforce for over five years from 1969. He guested in many series including Knight Rider, The A-Team, Airwolf, The X-Files, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, MacGyver, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Cagney and Lacey, The Saint, and many many others. Gotell was a businessman as well as an actor, and used his acting salaries to fund his business interests. He died in 1997 from cancer.

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Birth Name

Walter Gotell

Birth Place

Bonn

Birth Date

3/15/1924

Death Date

5/5/1997
Known For
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From Russia With Love

Morzeny

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The Spy Who Loved Me

General Gogol

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Basic Training

Ambassador Gotell

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Cry of the Innocent

Jack Brewster

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The London Connection

Simmons

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Sherlock Holmes: The Man Who Disappeared

Luzatto

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Desperate Moment

Ravitch's Servant-Henchman

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The Man Inside

Profuno

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Our Miss Fred

Schmidt

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At Dawn We Die

Hans

Starring In
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Puppet Master: Blitzkrieg Massacre

General Mueller (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Bond Girls Are Forever

General Gogol (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Prince Valiant

Erik the Old

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Sleepaway Camp IV: The Survivor

Uncle John (archive footage)

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Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge

General Mueller

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Hotel zur Unsterblichkeit

Receptionist

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The Nightmare Years

Gen. Von Fritsch

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Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers

Uncle John

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The Living Daylights

General Anatol Gogol

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A View to a Kill

General Gogol

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Basic Training

Ambassador Gotell

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Octopussy

Gogol

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The Scarlet and the Black

Gen. Max Helm

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The Scarlet and the Black

Gen. Max Helm

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For Your Eyes Only

General Gogol

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Amy

Simmons

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Cry of the Innocent

Jack Brewster

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Cuba

Don Jose Pulido

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Moonraker

General Gogol

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The London Connection

Simmons

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The Boys from Brazil

Mundt

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The Stud

Ben Khaled

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March or Die

Col. Lamont

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The Spy Who Loved Me

General Gogol

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Black Sunday

Colonel Riat

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Our Miss Fred

Schmidt

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Endless Night

Constantine

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La huella conduce a Londres

George Leeds

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Attack on the Iron Coast

Van Horst

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The Spy Who Came In From The Cold

Holten (uncredited)

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Lord Jim

Captain of Patna

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From Russia With Love

Morzeny

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55 Days at Peking

Capt. Hoffman

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Sword of Lancelot

Sir Cedric

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The Damned

Major Holland

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The Road to Hong Kong

Dr. Zorbb (3rd Echelon scientist)

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The Devil's Agent

Dr. Ritter (uncredited)

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Das Geheimnis der gelben Narzissen

Oberinspektor Whiteside (German version) / Supt. Whiteside (English version)

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The Guns of Navarone

Muesel

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The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll

Heverton - Second Gambler (uncredited)

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Circus of Horrors / Theater of Death

Baron Von Gruber (uncredited)

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Sink the Bismarck!

Signals Officer Mueller on the 'Bismarck' (uncredited)

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Circle of Deception

Phoney Ballard

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I Was Monty's Double

German Colonel

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Ice Cold In Alex

1st German Officer

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The Man Inside

Profuno

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The Man Who Knew Too Much

Guard (uncredited)

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1984

Guard (uncredited)

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Duel in the Jungle

Jim

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Marlag 'O' Prison Camp

Feldwebel

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The Red Beret

German Sentry

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Desperate Moment

Ravitch's Servant-Henchman

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The African Queen

Second Officer

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Sherlock Holmes: The Man Who Disappeared

Luzatto

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Lilli Marlene

Direktor of Propaganda

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The Wooden Horse

The follower

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No Orchids For Miss Blandish

Joe - Nightclub Doorman (uncredited)

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Two Thousand Women

German Soldier (uncredited)

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We Dive At Dawn

Luftwaffe Captain (uncredited)

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At Dawn We Die

Hans

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The Goose Steps Out

SS Guard (uncredited)

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Cairo Road

Prison Officer

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