Best known for his role as the friendly KGB head General Gogol in most of Roger Moore's Bond films, Walter Gotell was an extremely talented character actor who appeared in some of the monumental films of the twentieth century.
Born in Bonn, Germany, in 1924, Gotell made a name for himself as a businessman, farmer, and actor. He made his film debut in "Tomorrow We Live" (1943). In the 1950s his career began to expand; he appeared, though often uncredited, in such c films in the '50s and '60s as "The African Queen", the remake of "The Man Who Knew Too Much", "Sink the Bismarck!", "The Two Faces of Doctor Jekyll", "The Guns of Navarone", "55 Days at Peking", and "The Spy Who Came In From The Cold"; he also appeared in a small role in "From Russia With Love". After appearing in "Black Sunday" in 1977, he had his first turn as General Gogol in "The Spy Who Loved Me", and appeared in the remainder of Moore's films as Bond, and had his finale in the role in "The Living Daylights".
In From Russia With Love as SPECTRE agent Morzeny and in The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, A View to a Kill and The Living Daylights as General Gogol.
In The Saint as heister Hans Lasser (The Hi-Jackers).
Extra bit of information was taken from The Saint from big screen to small screen and back agian book.
Following the latter role, Gotell's film career hit the skids, appearing in low-budget dreck such as "Sleepaway Camp II" and "Puppet Master III". However, he was as active as ever in television, having guest appearances on shows as diverse as "The A-Team", "Knight Rider", "Miami Vice", "MacGuyver", "Star Trek: The Next Generation", "Tales From The Crypt", and "The X-Files". Tragically, Gotell died of cancer in 1997; his death forced people to say farewell to one of cinema's best and most-loved character actors.