Gustav Fröhlich

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Gustav Fröhlich
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Born (1902-03-21)21 March 1902
Hanover, Germany
Died 22 December 1987(1987-12-22) (aged 85)
Lugano, Switzerland
Years active 1922–1958

Gustav Fröhlich (21 March 1902 – 22 December 1987) was a German actor. He landed secondary roles in a number of films and plays before landing his breakthrough role of Freder Fredersen in Fritz Lang's 1927 film Metropolis.


Fröhlich was born in Hanover, Germany, and was raised by foster parents. Before becoming an actor in the mid-1920s, he was an editor and a journalist. During World War I he volunteered for a duty in occupied Brussels as the press' supervisor.

In 1922 he played the role of composer Franz Liszt in Paganini, and in 1930 he was called to Hollywood to play roles in German versions of American films such as Die heilige Flamme and Kismet.

Between 1931 and 1935, Fröhlich was married to Hungarian opera star, and actress Gitta Alpár, with whom he had a child, Julika. He was engaged to the actress Lida Baarova until she became involved with the Nazi propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels. In 1937, he rented his house in Berchtesgaden to Hitler's architect, Albert Speer. In 1941 he married Maria Hajek. In the same year he served the Wehrmacht Landschützen-Regiment.

Fröhlich gradually retired from the film business, and from 1956 he lived in Lugano, Switzerland, where he died in 1987, of complication from surgery.



  1. ^ IMDB page on Rakoczy-Marsch (accessed 5.9.2013)

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