Gottfried John

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Gottfried John
Gottfried John (Berlinale 2012).jpg
Gottfried John at the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival
Born (1942-08-29)29 August 1942
Berlin, Germany
Died 1 September 2014(2014-09-01) (aged 72)
Utting am Ammersee, Germany
Cause of death Cancer
Occupation Actor
Spouse(s) Brigitte John (2004–2014; his death)
Gottfried and Brigitte John in 2004

Gottfried John (German: [ˈjoːn];[1] 29 August 1942 – 1 September 2014) was a German actor.

Early life[edit]

John was born in Berlin, Germany on 29 August 1942. His father, whom he never met, was married to another woman. In World War II he and his mother were evacuated to East Prussia. He grew up with his single parent mother and in several protectories, John fled from a protectory when he was 15 years old and returned to his mother, who lived in Paris.

In Paris he earned a living as pavement artist and construction worker and returned to Berlin in 1960.[2][3][4]


During the 1970s and early 1980s, John was cast by director Rainer Werner Fassbinder in several of his projects, in particular as Reinhold in the Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980) mini-series.

He was internationally known for his portrayal of General Arkady Ourumov in the James Bond film GoldenEye and Julius Caesar in Asterix and Obelix take on Caesar.

Personal life[edit]

John lived with his wife, Brigitte, in Utting am Ammersee from 2008 until his death in 2014.[5]

On 1 September 2014, it was announced that John had died in Utting am Ammersee near Munich, Germany of cancer at the age of 72.[6]


Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ Unlike the common English name John, the German pronunciation begins with a "y" sound.
  2. ^ Schauspieler Gottfried John an Krebs gestorben; accessed 5 September 2014. (in German)
  3. ^ Gottfried John an Krebs gestorben; accessed 5 September 2014. (in German)
  4. ^ Profile,; accessed 5 September 2014. (in German)
  5. ^ Zum Tod des Schauspielers Gottfried John: Mit "Schlägervisage" zum Fassbinder-Gesicht (German), by Arno Frank, Der Spiegel (in German)
  6. ^ Die Schicksalsschläge der Fassbinder-Stars, N24, 3 September 2014. (in German)

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