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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:||Cast ... actor producer director journalist|
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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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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