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Gunther Gebel-Williams (1934–2001)

Gunther Gebel-Williams was born on September 12, 1934 in Schweidnitz, Lower Silesia, Germany as Gunther Gebel. He was an actor, known for Rings Around the World (1966), Circus World (1974) and Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Circus - 109th Edition (1979). He was married to Sigrid Neubauer and Jeanette Williams. He died on July 19, 2001 in ... See full bio »


(age 66) in Venice, Florida, USA

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 1958 Bimbo the Great
Zirkus-Artist (as Günther Gebel)
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 1968 The Artist in the Circus Dome: Clueless (animal trainer: elefants - as Günther Gebel-Williams)
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 1984 NBC Special Treat (TV Series)
- My Father the Circus King (1984) ... Himself
 1973-1978 The Mike Douglas Show (TV Series)
Himself - Animal Trainer / Himself - Lion Tamer / Himself - Circus Trainer
- Episode #17.89 (1978) ... Himself - Animal Trainer
- Episode #16.192 (1977) ... Himself - Lion Tamer
- Episode #12.215 (1973) ... Himself - Circus Trainer
 1974 Circus World (Documentary short)
The Animal Trainer
 1971-1973 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (TV Series)
- Episode #12.149 (1973) ... Himself
- Episode #12.97 (1973) ... Himself
- Episode #10.95 (1971) ... Himself
 1972 V.I.P.-Schaukel (TV Series documentary)
- Episode #2.2 (1972) ... Himself
 1966 Rings Around the World (Documentary)
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 1981 Här är ditt liv (TV Series)
- Trolle Rhodin (1981) ... Himself

Personal Details

Alternate Names:

Günther Gebel | Günther Gebel-Williams

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You cannot tell a wild animal that he has to learn a trick today. You have to believe that he'll do it tomorrow if you spend enough time with him. See more »


Gebel-Williams, world renowned as The Greatest Animal Trainer of All Time, was the most celebrated and honored circus artist in history and the recipient of innumerable accolades, including the "Outstanding Circus Performer of the Year" award by the American Guild of Variety Artists in 1973. See more »


Wore long bleached-blond hair, sequined and rhinestoned costumes, and a boyish grin.

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