Known as Curt Jurgens in the English-speaking world, he was born in Solln, Bayern, Germany. He began his working career as a journalist before becoming an actor at the urging of his actress wife, Louise Basler. He spent much of his early acting career on the stage in Vienna.
Critical of the Nazis in his native Germany, in 1944 he was shipped to a concentration camp for political unreliables. Jurgens survived and after the war became an Austrian citizen. He continued with his acting career, becoming an international film star. His breakthrough screen role came in Des Teufels General (1955, The Devil's General) and he came to Hollywood following his appearance in the sensational 1956 Roger Vadim directed French film Et Dieu... créa la femme (And God Created Woman) starring Brigitte Bardot. In 1957, Jurgens made his first Hollywood film, The Enemy Below.
Although he appeared in over 100 films, Jurgens considered himself primarily a stage actor. He directed a few films with limited success, and also wrote screenplays. Curt Jurgens was married five times; one of his wives was actress Eva Bartok (1927-1998). Showing his sense of humor, he titled his 1975 autobiography Sixty and Not Yet Wise.
Jurgens maintained a home in France but frequently returned to Vienna to perform on stage and that was where he died of a heart attack in 1982. He was interred in the city's Zentralfriedhof.
Curt Jurgens also made a number of films in the French and German languages. Some of his other English language films include:
- Tamango (1957)
- The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958)
- The Blue Angel (1959)
- The Longest Day (1962)
- The Miracle of the White Stallions (1963)
- Lord Jim (1964)
- The Assassination Bureau (1969)
- The Mephisto Waltz (1971)
- The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
- Goldengirl (1979)
- Teheran 43 (1981)
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|Birth Name||Curd Juergens|
|Birthday||December 13, 1915|
|Date of death||June 18, 1982 (age 66)|
|Height||6' 4" (1m93) How tall is Curd Jürgens compared to you?|
|The Enemy Below|
|Battle Of Britain|
|Inn Of The Sixth Happiness|
|The Inn Of The Sixth Happiness|
|Spy Who Loved Me, The|
|...And God Created Woman|
|Fall of Eagles|
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