Ralph J. Boettner was born Ralph Joachim Boettner in Erfurt, Thueringen, Germany on February 11, 1923. After his formal schooling ended, Boettner began acting training in Erfurt. This was followed by stage engagements in Rudolstadt, Arnstadt, Nordhausen, Gotha, Schwerin, Potsdam, Rostock and Berlin. He also appeared as a film and television actor for the DEFA, GDR television and in film productions in socialist brother states. Among them were well-known fairy tales, where, however, he usually only played supporting roles like in “The Golden Goose” “The Captain of the King”, or in “How to Marry a King?”.
In addition to working as an actor Boettner also directed television films, such as ‘Death on the Mississippi’, ‘The Explosion on the Maine’ and ‘Tracker’, where he also wrote the screenplay.
Ralph appeared as Big Burke alongside Dean Reed in 1974’s “Kit & Co.”.
Boettner died at 59 in East Berlin, Germany on March 22, 1982.
BOETTNNER, Ralph J. (aka Ralph Boettner) (Ralph Joachim Boettner) [2/11/1923, Erfurt, Thueringen, Germany - 3/22/1982, East Berlin, Berlin, East Germany] - director, screenwriter, TV actor.
Kit & Co. - 1974 (Big Burke) [as Ralph J. Boettner]