Curd Jürgens

Curd Jürgens

Additional Names: Kurt Jürgens (Weiterer Name); Curd Jurgens (Weiterer Name)
Darsteller, Regie, Regie-Assistenz, Drehbuch, Musik
*13.12.1915 München; †18.06.1982 Wien, Österreich

Biography

Curd Gustav Andreas Gottlieb Franz Jürgens was born on December 13, 1915, in Munich. After taking actor's training at the age of 18, Jürgens played at several theatres in Munich, Berlin and Vienna during the 1937/38 season. From 1941 to 1953, he was a cast member of Vienna's Burgtheater, where he played again from 1965 to 1968, and once more from 1973 on.

In 1935, Willi Forst brought him to the cinema. Jürgens then made his screen debut as young Emperor Franz Joseph in Herbert Maisch's "Königswalzer" ("The Royal Waltz") but did not play in any leading part in the following years. After the end of the war he starred in several Austrian productions and went back to Germany in 1950 to play a series of parts of smart lovers and handsome men, for example as a cavalry captain in "Der letzte Walzer" ("The Last Waltz").

His rise to fame started with his performance as Air Force General Harras in Helmut Käutner's "Des Teufels General" ("The Devil's General"), an adaptation of Carl Zuckmayer's famous play. Furthermore, Jürgens starred in the role of Bruno Mechelke in Robert Siodmak's adaptation of Gerhart Hauptmann's play "Die Ratten" ("The Rats") and alongside Yves Montand in "Les héros sont fatigués" ("Heroes and Sinners") by Yves Ciampi which made him an international star.

In the following years, Jürgens worked together with many international stars. He starred alongside Brigitte Bardot in Roger Vadim's "Et dieu créa la femme" ("...And God Created Woman", 1956) and as Robert Mitchum's counterpart as German submarine commandant von Stolberg in Dick Powell's "The Enemy Below" (1957) and played a Chinese army officer alongside Ingrid Bergman in "The Inn of the Sixth Happiness" (1958) by Mark Robson and a permanent passenger on a ferry in constant conflict with the captain, played by Orson Welles, in Lewis Gilbert's "Ferry to Hong Kong" (1959).

His most important international performance was the role of Colonel Prokoszny in the adaptation of Franz Werfel's play "Me and the Colonel" alongside co-star Danny Kaye. Apart from various ambitious parts in movie as well as TV productions, Jürgens starred in several commercial entertainment movies, for example in the 1970s series of "St. Pauli" movies.

Besides his work in movie productions, Jürgens also performed on stage and directed four movies, as well. The way Jürgens led his private Life corresponded to the majority of his movie parts. The gruff bon vivant and ladies' man was married five times: He married actress Lulu Basler in 1938, actress Judith Holzmeister in 1947 and Eva Bartok, another actress, in 1955. From 1958 to 1977 he was married to model Simone Bichéron, and from 1978 on to Margie Schmitz.

Curd Jürgens died on June 18, 1982, in Vienna and was buried at Vienna's Zentralfriedhof.

Filmography

1981 Collin
Cast
 
1980/1981 Tegeran-43
Cast
 
1979/1980 Warum die UFOs unseren Salat klauen
Cast
 
1979 La Gueule de l'autre
Cast
 
1979 Goldengirl
Cast
 
1979 Berggasse 19
Cast
 
1978/1979 La lunga strada senza polvere
Cast
 
1978/1979 Rückblende
Cast
 
1978/1979 Steiner - Das Eiserne Kreuz. 2. Teil
Cast
 
1978-1981 The Sleep of Death
Cast
 
1977/1978 Schöner Gigolo, armer Gigolo
Cast
 
1977/1978 Rot, rot, tot
Cast
 
1977-1979 Missile X - Geheimauftrag Neutronenbombe
Cast
 
1976/1977 The Spy Who Loved Me
Cast
 
1976/1977 Curd Jürgens - Der Filmstar, der vom Theater kam
Participation
 
1975/1976 Die verrückten Reichen
Cast
 
1975/1976 Ab morgen sind wir reich und ehrlich
Cast
 
1975/1976 Auch Mimosen wollen blühen
Cast
 
1975 Povero Cristo
Cast
 
1975 Madeira
Cast
 
1974/1975 Der zweite Frühling
Cast
 
1974/1975 Cagliostro
Cast
 
1974 Die gelbe Nachtigall
Cast
 
1974 Fräulein Else
Cast
 
1973/1974 Soft Beds, Hard Battles
Cast
 
1973 Ein Mädchen nachts auf der Straße
Cast
 
1972/1973 Tales from the Crypt II
Cast
 
1972/1973 Profession: Aventuriers
Cast
 
1971/1972 Traum eines Wahnsinnigen
Cast
 
1971/1972 Wie bitte werde ich ein Held?
Cast
 
1971 Nicholas and Alexandra
Cast
 
1971 Fieras sin Jaula
Cast
 
1971 Käpt'n Rauhbein aus St. Pauli
Cast
 
1971 Kill!
Cast
 
1970/1971 The Mephisto Waltz
Cast
 
1970 Millionen nach Maß
Cast
 
1970 Hello - Goodbye
Cast
 
1970 Der Pfarrer von St. Pauli
Cast
 
1970 Das Stundenhotel von St. Pauli
Cast
 
1969/1970 Cannabis - Engel der Gewalt
Cast
 
1969/1970 Ohrfeigen
Cast
 
1969 Auf der Reeperbahn nachts um halb eins
Cast
 
1968/1969 Battle of Britain
Cast
 
1968/1969 Die zum Teufel gehen
Cast
 
1968-1970 The Invincible Six
Cast
 
1968 Babeck
Cast
 
1968 Der Arzt von St. Pauli
Cast
 
1968 Niente Rose Per OSS 117
Cast
 
1968 The Assassination Bureau Ltd.
Cast
 
1967-1969 Die Schlacht an der Neretva
Cast
 
1967 ...und morgen fahrt ihr zur Hölle
Cast
 
1967 Der Lügner und die Nonne
Cast
 
1967 The Karate Killers
Cast
 
1966 Der schwarze Freitag. Der New Yorker Börsenkrach 1929
Cast
 
1966 Blüten, Gauner und die Nacht von Nizza
Cast
 
1966 Das Geheimnis der gelben Mönche
Cast
 
1965/1966 Der Kongreß amüsiert sich
Cast
 
1965/1966 Zwei Girls vom roten Stern
Cast
 
1965 Das Liebeskarussell. 1. Episode: Sybill
Cast
 
1964 DM-Killer
Cast
 
1963/1964 Les Parias de la gloire
Cast
 
1963/1964 Psyche 59
Cast
 
1963/1964 Begegnung in Salzburg
Cast
 
1963/1964 Lord Jim
Cast
 
1963 Château en Suéde
Cast
 
1963 Of Love and Desire
Cast
 
1963 Hide and Seek
Cast
 
1963 Curd Jürgens erzählt
Cast
 
1963 Berlin-Melodie. Vom Zille-Ball zum Jazzlokal
Participation
 
1962/1963 Miracle of the White Stallions
Cast
 
1962/1963 I Dongiovanni della Costa Azzura
Cast
 
1962/1963 Die Dreigroschenoper
Cast
 
1961/1962 The Longest Day
Cast
 
1961/1962 Il Disordine
Cast
 
1961 Le Triomphe de Michel Strogoff
Cast
 
1961 Bankraub in der Rue Latour
Cast, Director
 
1960 Gustav Adolfs Page
Cast
 
1960 Schachnovelle
Cast
 
1959/1960 Der Mann, der nach den Sternen greift: Wernher von Braun
Cast
 
1959 Katia
Cast
 
1959 The Blue Angel
Cast
 
1958/1959 Ferry to Hong Kong
Cast
 
1958 Le Vent se lève
Cast
 
1958 Der Schinderhannes
Cast
 
1958 The Inn of the sixth Happiness
Cast
 
1957/1958 Me and the Colonel
Cast
 
1957/1958 This Happy Feeling
Cast
 
1957/1958 Tamango
Cast
 
1957 The Enemy Below
Cast
 
1957 Les Espions
Cast
 
1957 Bitter Victory
Cast
 
1956/1957 Œil pour œil
Cast
 
1956 Michel Strogoff
Cast
 
1956 Et Dieu... créa la femme
Cast
 
1956 Ohne Dich wird es Nacht
Cast, Director, Co-author
 
1955/1956 Die goldene Brücke
Cast
 
1955-1957 Londra chiama Polo Nord
Cast
 
1955 Teufel in Seide
Cast
 
1955 Du mein stilles Tal
Cast
 
1955 Die Helden sind müde
Cast
 
1955 Die Ratten
Cast
 
1955 Liebe ohne Illusion
Cast
 
1954/1955 Orientexpreß
Cast, Dialogue editor
 
1954/1955 Des Teufels General
Cast
 
1954 Du bist die Richtige
Cast
 
1954 Das Bekenntnis der Ina Kahr
Cast
 
1954 Gefangene der Liebe
Cast
 
1954 Eine Frau von heute
Cast
 
1953/1956 Meines Vaters Pferde [Einteilige Fassung]
Cast
 
1953/1954 Rummelplatz der Liebe
Cast
 
1953/1954 Meines Vaters Pferde. 1. Teil: Lena und Nicoline
Cast
 
1953 Alles für Papa
Cast
 
1953 Der letzte Walzer
Cast
 
1953 Musik bei Nacht
Cast
 
1953 Man nennt es Liebe
Cast
 
1952/1953 Praterherzen
Cast
 
1952 Du bist die Rose vom Wörthersee
Cast
 
1952 1. April 2000
Cast
 
1952 Haus des Lebens
Cast
 
1952 Knall und Fall als Hochstapler
Cast
 
1951 Gangsterpremiere
Cast, Director, Screenplay
 
1951 Der schweigende Mund
Cast
 
1951 Das Geheimnis einer Ehe
Cast
 
1950/1951 Ein Lächeln im Sturm
Cast
 
1950 Pikanterie
Cast
 
1950 Küssen ist keine Sünd'
Cast
 
1950 Gute Nacht, Mary
Cast
 
1949 Prämien auf den Tod
Cast, Director, Screenplay, Story
 
1949 Schuß durchs Fenster
Cast
 
1948/1949 Hexen
Cast
 
1948/1949 Lambert fühlt sich bedroht
Cast
 
1948 Das Kuckucksei
Cast
 
1948 Verlorenes Rennen
Cast
 
1948 An klingenden Ufern
Cast
 
1948 Der himmlische Walzer
Cast
 
1947/1948 Der Engel mit der Posaune
Cast
 
1947/1948 Leckerbissen
Participation
 
1947/1948 Das singende Haus
Cast
 
1947 Hin und her
Cast
 
1944-1945/1949 Wiener Mädeln
Cast
 
1943/1944 Ein Blick zurück
Cast
 
1943/1944 Eine kleine Sommermelodie
Cast, Vocals
 
1943 Ein glücklicher Mensch
Cast
 
1942/1943 Frauen sind keine Engel
Cast
 
1942 Wen die Götter lieben
Cast
 
1942 Stimme des Herzens
Cast
 
1940 Herz ohne Heimat
Cast
 
1940 Operette
Cast
 
1939/1940 Weltrekord im Seitensprung
Cast
 
1939 Die gute, alte Zeit
Cast
 
1938/1939 Salonwagen E 417
Cast
 
1938 Das Mädchen von gestern Nacht
Cast
 
1937 Tango Notturno
Cast
 
1937 Zu neuen Ufern
Cast
 
1937 Liebe kann lügen
Cast
 
1936 Die Unbekannte
Cast
 
1935/1936 Familienparade
Cast
 
1935 Königswalzer
Cast