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Also Known As: Curd Jurgens, Curd Gustav Andreas Gottlieb Franz Jurgens, Curd Juergens, Curd Jrgens, Curd Jurgens, Curt Jrgens Died: June 18, 1982
Born: December 13, 1912 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Germany Profession: actor, producer, director, journalist

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Stage and screen performer who first gained international attention starring in "The Devil's General" (1955), as a German WWII hero who comes to renounce the Nazi creed. Two of Jurgens' five wives--Louise Basler and Eva Bartok--were actresses.

Stage and screen performer who first gained international attention starring in "The Devil's General" (1955), as a German WWII hero who comes to renounce the Nazi creed. Two of Jurgens' five wives--Louise Basler and Eva Bartok--were actresses.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Ohne Dich Wird es Nacht (1958) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Ondskans vardshus (1981) Count
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 Teheran '43 (1981) Matre Legraine
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 Gueule de l'autre, La (1979) Wilfrid
4.
 Goldengirl (1979) Dr Serafin
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 Teil Steiner - Das Eiserne Kreuz 2 (1979) General Hoffmann
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 Patriotin, Die (1979) Military-Attache
8.
 Just a Gigolo (1978) Prince
10.
 Spy Who Loved Me, The (1977) Karl Stromberg
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1935:
Feature acting debut, "The Royal Waltz/Konigswalzer"
1944:
Deported to a concentration camp in Hungary for the politically unreliable by order of Dr. Goebbels
1950:
Directorial debut and first screenplay credit, also appeared in, "Pramien auf den Tod"
1955:
Gained international recognition as General Harras in, "The Devil's General/Des Teufels General"
1957:
First US production, "The Enemy Below"
1961:
Directed final feature, "Bankraub in der Rue Latour"
1981:
Final feature, "The Sleep of Death/Ondskans vardshus"
1982:
Final TV credit for the syndicated miniseries, "Smiley's People"
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Curd Gustav Andreas Gottlieb Franz Jürgens (December 13, 1915 - June 18, 1982) was an German-Austrian stage and motion-picture actor of German-French parentage. He was usually billed in English-speaking films as Curt Jurgens. In 1945 Jürgens took Austrian citizenship. He began his working career as a journalist before becoming an actor at the urging of his actress wife, Louise Basler. He spent much of his early acting career on the stage in Vienna. Like many multilingual German-speaking actors, he went on to play soldiers in innumerable war movies. Notable performances in this vein include a German officer in the epic The Longest Day and a U-Boat Commander in The Enemy Below directed by Dick Powell. He eventually gained the role of the villain in Roger Moore's favourite James Bond film in The Spy Who Loved Me as Karl Stromberg, a sociopathic industrialist seeking to transform the world into an ocean paradise. Although he appeared in over 100 films, Jürgens considered himself primarily a stage actor. He also directed a few films with limited success, and wrote screenplays. Showing his sense of humor, he titled his 1975 autobiography Sixty and Not Yet Wise. Jürgens maintained a home in France, but frequently returned to Vienna to perform on stage and that was where he died of a heart attack in 1982.

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