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Walter Gotell
Born March 15, 1924
Died May 5, 1997

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Walter Gotell (15 March 1926 – 5 May 1997) was a German actor, known for his role as General Gogol, head of the KGB, in the James Bond film series.

Gotell was born in Bonn, Germany; his family emigrated to the United Kingdom after the Nazis came to power. A fluent English speaker, he started in films as early as 1943, usually playing German henchmen, such as in We Dive at Dawn (1943).

He began to have more established roles by the early fifties, starring in 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), Lord Jim (1965), Black Sunday (1977), The Boys From Brazil (1978), and Cuba (1979).

Gotell won the role of KGB General Anatol 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. Gotell is one of a few actors to have played a villain and a Bond ally in the film series (others being Joe Don Baker, Charles Gray and Richard Kiel).

Throughout his career, Gotell also made numerous guest appearances in a wide array of television series. He played Chief Constable Cullen in Softly, Softly: Taskforce between 1969 and 1975. He guested in many series including Danger Man, Knight Rider, The A-Team, Airwolf, The X-Files, Scarecrow and Mrs. King, MacGyver, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Miami Vice, Cagney and Lacey, The Saint, and many others.

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The African Queen (1951) Second Officer
From Russia with Love (1963) Morzeny
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) General Anatol Gogol
For Your Eyes Only (1981) General Anatol Gogol
Octopussy (1983) Gogol
A View to a Kill (1985) General Gogol
The Living Daylights (1987) General Anatol Gogol
Prince Valiant (1997) Erik the Old
Cry of the Innocent (1980) Jack Brewster
The Road to Hong Kong (1962) Dr. Zorbb
March or Die (1977) Col. Lamont
Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge (1991) General Mueller
Circus of Horrors (1960) Baron Von Gruber
Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers (1988) Uncle John
Black Sunday (1977) Colonel Riat
The File of the Golden Goose (1969) George Leeds
The Damned (1963) Major Holland
The Stud (1979) Ben Khaled
Basic Training (1985) Nabokov
Attack on the Iron Coast (1968) Van Horst
Lace II (1985) General Zedd
Desperate Moment (1953) Ravitch's Servant-Henchman
The Treasure of San Teresa (1959) Hamburg inspector
Lilli Marlene (1951) Director of Propaganda
Cairo Road (1950) Prison Officer
Our Miss Fred (1972) Schmidt
Moonraker (1979) General Gogol
Duel in the Jungle (1954) Jim
KGB: The Secret War (1985)
No Orchids for Miss Blandish (1948) uncredited
The Guns of Navarone (1961) Muesel
Sherlock Holmes: The Man Who Disappeared (1951) Luzatto
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) Guard (uncredited)
Ice Cold in Alex (1961) 1st German Officer
Lancelot and Guinevere (1963) Sir Cedric
We Dive at Dawn (1943)
The Longest Day (1962) German soldier (uncredited)
The Boys from Brazil (1978) Mundt
The Scarlet and the Black (1983) Gen. Max Helm
Kalabaliken i Bender (1983) Storvesiren
Cuba (1979) Don Jose Pulido
Memed My Hawk (1984) Sgt. Asim
The Red Beret (1953) German Sentry
Cry WoIf (1969)
Secret Mission (1942) Lieutenant Langfeld
Inside 'From Russia with Love' (2000) Himself
Puppet Master: Blitzkrieg Massacre (2018) Nazi General (archive footage) (uncredited)
Puppet Master: The Legacy (2003) General Mueller (archive footage)
1984 (1956) Guard
Albert R.N. (1955) Feldwebel
Sink the Bismarck! (1960) Signals Officer Mueller on the 'Bismarck' (uncredited)





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