Curd Jürgens

Biography

Date of Birth 13 December 1915, Solln near Munich (now Munich), Bavaria, Germany Date of Death 18 June 1982, Vienna, Austria (heart attack) Birth Name Curd Gustav Andreas Gottlieb Franz Jürgens Nickname The Norman hulk (by Brigitte Bardot) Height 6' 4" (1.93 m) Curd Jürgens (commonly billed as "Curt Jurgens" in anglophone countries) was one of the most successful European film actors of the 20th Century. He was born Curd Gustav Andreas Gottlieb Franz Jürgens on December 13, 1915, in Solln, Bavaria, in Hohenzollern Imperial Germany, a subject of Kaiser Wilhelm II. Of Franco-German parentage, Jürgens -- who was born during the closing days of the second year of the First World War -- would abandon the country of his birth after the end of World War II: Jürgens became an Austrian citizen in 1945 and lived part-time in France. Jürgens entered the journalism profession after receiving his education, and married Louise Basler, an actress. Basler, the first of his five wives, encouraged him to switch careers and become an actor. He learned his new profession on the Vienna stage, which retained his loyalty even after he became an global film star. Jürgens was sent to a concentration camp for "political unreliables" in 1944 due to his anti-Nazi opinions. It was this experience in Nazi Germany that led him to become an Austrian citizen after the war. His appearance in Des Teufels General (1955) ("The Devil's General" (1955)) established him as a star of German cinema, and his role as Brigitte Bardot's older lover in Roger Vadim's Et Dieu... créa la femme (1956) (And God Created Woman (1956)) made him an international star. Always interested in multilingual European actors with good looks and talent, Hollywood beckoned the 6' 4" Jürgens, casting him in The Enemy Below (1957) as a WWII German U-boat commander in a duel with American destroyer commander Robert Mitchum. He constantly was in demand to play Germany military officers (e.g., The Longest Day (1962), the most expensive black-and-white film ever made) -- indeed, his last role was as The General in the miniseries _"Smiley's People" (1982)(TV)_ -- and Germanic villains (e.g., Cornelius, the cowardly and treacherous trading company representative, in Lord Jim (1965)) for the rest of his life. One of his most famous roles in the English-language cinema was as the James Bond villain Karl Stromberg in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), the best entry in Roger Moore's Bond series. It was Moore's favorite Bond film. Jürgens considered himself primarily a stage actor and often performed on the Vienna stage. Though the world knew him as a cinema actor, he also directed several films and wrote several screenplays and an autobiography, "Sixty and Not Yet Wise" (1975). His death from a heart attack in 1982 in Vienna was front-page news across Austria and Germany.

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Birth Name

Curd Gustav Andreas Gottlieb Franz Jürgens

Birth Place

Solln, Munich, Bavaria, Germany

Birth Date

12/13/1915

Death Date

6/18/1982
Known For
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Battle of Britain

Baron von Richter (as Curt Jurgens)

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The Inn Of The Sixth Happiness

Capt. Lin Nan (as Curt Jurgens)

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Des Teufels General

Gen. Harry Harras

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...And God Created Woman

Eric Carradine (as Curd Jurgens)

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Lord Jim

Cornelius (as Curt Jurgens)

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Bitter Victory

Maj. Brand (as Curt Jurgens)

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Michel Strogoff

Michel Strogoff

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Katja - Ungekrönte Kaiserin

Czar Alexander II

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The Spies

Alex

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Me and the Colonel

Colonel Prokoszny (as Curt Jurgens)

Starring In
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Best Ever Bond

Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Meine Schwester Maria

Self (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Smiley's People

The General (2 episodes, 1982)

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Tegeran-43

Maître Legraine

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Breakthrough

Gen. Hofmann

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Goldengirl

Dr. Serafin

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Missile X: The Neutron Bomb Incident

Baron Marchant (as Curt Jurgens)

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Just a Gigolo

Prince

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The Spy Who Loved Me

Stromberg (as Curt Jurgens)

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Folies Bourgeoises

Le bijoutier / Jeweller

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As of Tomorrow

Senator Shelton

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The Vault of Horror

Sebastian (segment 3 "This Trick'll Kill You") (as Curt Jurgens)

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Soft Beds, Hard Battles

General Von Grotjahn

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Captain Roughneck from St. Pauli

Käpt'n Markus Jolly

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Nicholas and Alexandra

The German Consul

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Kill!

Grueningen

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The Mephisto Waltz

Duncan Mowbray Ely (as Curt Jurgens)

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Im Rausch der Sinne

Ronald Marvelling

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Cannabis

Henry Emery

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Ohrfeigen

Thomas Nathan Terbanks

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The Priest of St. Pauli

Konrad Johannsen

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Battle of Britain

Baron von Richter (as Curt Jurgens)

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The Assassination Bureau

Gen. von Pinck (as Curt Jurgens)

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Battle of the Commandos

Gen. von Reilow (as Curd Jurgens)

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The Battle of Neretva

Gen. Lohring

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OSS 117 Murder for Sale

Il Maggiore - il capo dei gangster

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Der Arzt von St. Pauli

Dr. Jan Diffring

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Dirty Heroes

Gen. Edwin von Keist

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The Karate Killers

Carl Von Kesser (archive footage) (as Curt Jurgens)

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The Gardener of Argenteuil

Le Baron Edouard de Santis

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Der Kongress amüsiert sich

Czar Alexander I

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2 Girls vom Roten Stern

Dave O'Connor

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Das Liebeskarussell

Stefan von Cramer

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DM-Killer

Kurt Lehnert

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Lord Jim

Cornelius (as Curt Jurgens)

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Psyche 59

Eric Crawford (as Curt Jurgens)

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Miracle of the White Stallions

Gen. Tellheim (as Curt Jurgens)

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Nutty, Naughty Chateau

Hugo Falsen

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The Longest Day

Maj. Gen. Gunther Blumentritt (as Curt Jürgens)

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Disorder

Carlo's Father (as Curd Jurgens)

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Le Triomphe de Michel Strogoff

Michel Strogoff

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I Aim at the Stars

Wernher von Braun

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Katja - Ungekrönte Kaiserin

Czar Alexander II

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Ferry to Hong Kiong

Mark Conrad (as Curt Jurgens)

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The Inn Of The Sixth Happiness

Capt. Lin Nan (as Curt Jurgens)

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Me and the Colonel

Colonel Prokoszny (as Curt Jurgens)

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Tamango

Captain John Reinker

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This Happy Feeling

Preston Mitchell (as Curt Jürgens)

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Duel in the Forest

Johann 'Schinderhannes' Bückler

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The Enemy Below

Von Stolberg (as Curt Jurgens)

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The Spies

Alex

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Bitter Victory

Maj. Brand (as Curt Jurgens)

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Michel Strogoff

Michel Strogoff

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...And God Created Woman

Eric Carradine (as Curd Jurgens)

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Teufel in Seide

Thomas Ritter

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Ohne dich wird es Nacht

Dr. Robert Kessler

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Die goldene Brücke

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London ruft Nordpol

Colonel Bernes

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Les Héros Sont Fatigues

Wolf Gerke (as Curd Jüergens)

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Die Ratten

Bruno Mechelke

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Des Teufels General

Gen. Harry Harras

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Das Bekenntnis der Ina Kahr

Paul Kahr

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Orientexpress

Bate

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1. April 2000

Capitano Herakles

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Prämien auf den Tod

Gunarson, Operntenor

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Gute Nacht, Mary oder: Die gestörte Hochzeitsnacht

Lawrence Vinning

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Wiener Mädeln

Graf Lechenberg

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The Angel with the Trumpet

Graf Leopold Thraun

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An klingenden Ufern

Stefan Keller

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The Life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Emperor Joseph II

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Zu neuen Ufern

Bobby Wells' Freund

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