Friday, November 16, 2018

RIP Rolf Hoppe

German theater and film actor Rolf Hoppe died at his home in Dresden, Germany on November 16, 2018. He was 87 years-old. Born in Ellrich, Thuringia, Germany on Decebmer 6, 1930. Even as a teenager he played in a amateur theater group.  After an acting education he came 1961 to Dresden.  At the Staatstheater he played hundreds of roles - for him the artistic breakthrough. The actor became internationally known in 1981 through the film "Mephisto".  In addition to Klaus Maria Brandauer, he played a Nazi general - demonic, brutal and seductive at the same time.  The film received an Oscar.  In the fairytale classic "Drei Haselnüsse für Cinderella", which has been on television for many years at Christmas, Hoppe plays the king. He became a regular in the DEFA westerns usually playing a villain or army officer. His roles included:  The Falcon’s Trail – 1967 (Bashan), Fatal Error – 1969 (Allison), White Wolves – 1969 (James Bashan), Apaches – 1973 (Captain Brown/Burton), Kit & Co. – 1974 (Shorty), Ulzana – 1974 (Captain Burton), The Long Ride from School – 1983 (trapper)

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