Saturday, November 26, 2011

Happy 85th Birthday Ralf Wolter

Ralf Wolter was born in Berlin, Germany November 26, 1928. After visiting the Acting Academy in his hometown, he began his career in various theaters in and around Berlin. His penchant for writing and composing led him to the cabaret, which also brought him success in Hamburg. In 1951 his first film role came in the comedy "Die Frauen des Herrn S.". In most of Wolter’s films he was used as comedy relief. He played sappy butlers, etc. his characters were always just a character actr. Even after all these years he’s probably best remember as Sam Hawkens in the Karl May movies. In all he appeared in 13 Euro-westerns.With the end of the Karl May series, the highly successful features of the period his career expired. He appeared in several more films such as "Urlaubsreport" and five of the Roy Black film series. His roles in such films are often embarrassing.Regardless, he delivered in 1970 an outstanding performance in the Heinz Erhardt comedy " Was ist denn bloss mit Willilos?" a significant role as second major Felix Klein.Fortunately for Ralf in 1975 he focused primarily on the rising medium of television. He played roles in the series "Tatort" and "Der Alte". 1979 following his comeback as Sam Hawkens in the TV series filmed in Mexico "My Friend Winnetou" he played alongside Pierre Brice was followed by numerous television roles. He appeared again along side Brice in the Bad Segeberg Karl May Festival of "Winnetoy - The Legacy" in 1991. He then turned to theater work in Berlin and voice work in animated films and cartoons. Today we celebrate Ral Wolter’s 85th birthday.

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