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Born in Bonn, Germany, his most famous role was the part of General Gogol, the head of the KGB, in six films of the James Bond film series from 1977 to 1987. These included Octopussy (1983), co-starring Steven Berkoff and Vijay Amritraj, and The Living Daylights (1987), co-starring John Rhys-Davies. Gotell also played a supporting role in the 1984 miniseries The Scarlet and the Black as SS General Max Helm. The film starred Christopher Plummer in the lead role as SS Lieutenant Colonel Herbert Kappler.
Gotell also played a German officer in the World War II film The Guns of Navarone (with James Darren), and ex-Nazi scientist Victor Klemper in The X-Files Season Three episode "Paper Clip" (with John Neville).