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
Died1 September 2014(2014-09-01) (aged 72)
Cause of deathCancer
OccupationActor
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 and voice actor.

Early life[edit]

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

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

Career[edit]

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

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][dead link]

Works[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Audiobooks[edit]

  • Gottfried John reads: Die toten Seelen by Nikolai Gogol. 2006, ISBN 978-3-7831-2794-2.
  • Gottfried John reads: Die Stunden by Michael Cunningham. 2007, ISBN 978-3-86604-759-4.

Written works[edit]

Nominations and awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Unlike the common English name John, the German pronunciation begins with a "y" sound.
  2. ^ Frank, Arno (3 September 2014). "Nachruf auf Gottfried John: Mit "Schlägervisage" zum Fassbinder-Gesicht". Retrieved 19 November 2018 – via Spiegel Online.(in German)
  3. ^ ""James Bond"-Bösewicht: Schauspieler Gottfried John ist tot". 2 September 2014. Retrieved 19 November 2018 – via Spiegel Online.(in German)
  4. ^ Ravensburg, Munzinger-Archiv GmbH,. "Gottfried John - Munzinger Biographie". www.munzinger.de. Retrieved 19 November 2018.(in German)
  5. ^ Frank, Arno (3 September 2014). "Nachruf auf Gottfried John: Mit "Schlägervisage" zum Fassbinder-Gesicht". Retrieved 19 November 2018 – via Spiegel Online.(in German)
  6. ^ "Panorama". Die Welt. Retrieved 19 November 2018.(in German)[dead link]

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