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About Curt Jurgens (1915 – 1982)

Curt (Curd) Jurgens was born on December 13, 1915, in Solln (now Munich), Bavaria, Germany. On June 18th, 1982, Curt Jurgens passed away in Vienna, Austria, from a heart attack.

Sometimes Curt Jurgens is credited as Curt Juergens, Curd Jurgens, Curt Jurgens, Curd Jüergens or Curt Jürgens. His birth name is Curd Gustav Andreas Gottlieb Franz Jürgens.
Curt had two older twin sisters. His German father was a salesman in Hamburg. His mother was French.

Curt originally was a journalist, but changed his profession to acting after marrying his first wife, Lulu Bassler. She encouraged him to follow his thespian dream. Curt learned his acting chops on the Vienna stage. He was active in Vienna Burgtheater, from 1940-1953, and from 1965-1968.

Not a man to keep his opinions to himself, he wound up in a Nazi Concerntration Camp for "political unreliables" in 1944, because he spoke out against the Nazis. After the end of the war, he renounced his German citizenship and moved to Austria, becoming a naturalized citizen.

Curt Jurgens became a favorite in post war German cinema, starting with the film, THE DEVIL'S GENERAL;(1955). He gained even more popularity in Europe with the film; AND GOD CREATED WOMAN; (1956).

In 1955, Curt Jurgens began to be nominated for awards in Europe. He won the Best Actor Award for LES HEROS SONT FATIGUES and DES TEUFELS GENERAL at the Venice Film Festival.
His performance in DES TEUFELS GENERAL also earned him a Bambi Award nomination, and a nomination at the 1955 German Film Awards, for Best Performance by an actor in a leading role.

His popularity in Europe caught the eye of Hollywood folks, who tempted this bi-lingual German actor to come and be in the mega-hit WW2 submarine thriller, THE ENEMY BELOW; (1957). Jurgens was nominated for BEST FOREIGN ACTOR;(1959 BAFTA Awards.)

In 1958, for a change of pace, Curt Jurgens was cast as a Eurasian Captain in the Twnetieth Century Fox production, THE INN OF THE SIXTH HAPPINESS. He earned a nomination for his performance as well at the 1959 BAFTA AWARDS.

Jurgens' performance in this film opened the floodgates to roles playing German officers, such as THE LONGEST DAY; (1962). This must of been sweet revenge for his time he suffered in a concentration camp. His last TV mini-series was SMILEY'S PEOPLE;(1982), where he portrayed the character of "The General."

For the rest of his life, Curt Jurgens had fun portraying German villains, with nasty motives and bad attitudes. He portrayed the dastardly villain, Karl Stromberg, the nemesis of James Bond in THE SPY WHO LOVED ME. The last movie Curt Jurgens made was THE SLEEP OF DEATH, in 1981, in which he played Count St. Alyre.

Though Jurgens never won an Oscar, Golden Globe or German Film Award, he was awarded a life-time achievement award in 1981, during the German Film Awards Ceremony.

Curt Jurgens was unlucky at love. It didn't help that a bad car accident during the early 1930s' left him infertile. He was married five times. Three of the five were actresses. Curt's first wife was Louise Basler. Curt's second wife was Judith Holzmeister. His third was Eva Bartok, and his fourth was Simone Bicheron. He finally found Margie Schmitz, and lived happily with her until his death.


Curt Jurgens's notable movie credits include...

THE SLEEP OF DEATH (1981)
GOLDENGIRL (1979)
THE SPY WHO LOVED ME (1977)
SOFT BEDS, HARD BATTLES (1974)
THE VAULT OF HORROR (1973)
HELLO-GOODBYE (1970)
THE INVINCIBLE SIX (1968)
BEGEGNUNG IN SALZBURG (1964)
PSYCHE '59 (1964)
HIDE AND SEEK (1963)
THE LONGEST DAY (1962)
THE INN OF THE SIXTH HAPPINESS (1958)

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Curt Jurgens in 
THE SPY WHO LOVED ME (1977).


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Curt Jurgens in Curt Jurgens in THE ENEMY BELOW (1957).

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Curt Jurgens in THE INN OF THE SIXTH HAPPINESS (1958).