Ralf Wolter

Ralf Wolter (born November 26, 1926 in Berlin) is a German stage and screen actor. Wolter appeared in nearly 220 films and television series in his over 60 years as a character actor.

Ralf Wolter
Born (1926-11-26) 26 November 1926
Berlin, Germany
Nationality Germany
Years activeLate 1940s-today

Life and career

Wolter began his long career on the Berlin stage and in cabaret during the late 1940s. He made his first film appearance in Die Frauen des Herrn S. and quickly achieved prominence as an actor for comedic supporting roles. In 1961, he appeared as the baldheaded Soviet agent Borodenko in Billy Wilder's comedy One, Two, Three with James Cagney and Horst Buchholz. Another Hollywood film with Wolter in a supporting role was Cabaret (1972), where he played Liza Minnelli's neighbour Herr Ludwig, a publisher of pornographic books who later turns out to be a Nazi.

In Germany, Wolter achieved his greatest fame as the eccentric but friendly trapper Sam Hawkens in a number of highly successful Karl May film adaptions during the 1960s. He reprised his role as Sam Hawkens in a television series from 1980. He also appeared with Heinz Erhardt in the 1970 comedy What Is the Matter with Willi? and in a few musical films with singing child star Heintje Simons. As his film roles got more obscure during his later years, he turned more and more towards television since the 1970s. He appeared in some of the most successful German television series. As of 2014, Wolter still appears as a stage actor, his latest film is Bis zum Horizont, dann links! (2012), co-starring Otto Sander.[1]

In 2002, he caused a motorway accident with three deaths.[2] He was sentenced to ten months on conditional discharge.

Selected filmography

References


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