Claude-Oliver Rudolph

Claude-Oliver Rudolph

Darsteller, Regie, Drehbuch, Musik, Produzent
*30.11.1956 Frankfurt am Main

Biography

Claude-Oliver Rudolph was born November 30, 1956, in Frankfurt am Main. He grew up in Bochum and became interested in film from an early age. Aged fifteen, he started shooting substandard films. Three years later he was discovered as a stage actor by Peter Zadek.

He studied philosophy, psychology, and dramatics, attended the renowned "Actor's Studio" in New York, and worked as an assistant to Jiri Menzel. Until the early 1980s, Rudolph mainly performed at the Volksbühne in Berlin, the Theater am Turm in Frankfurt, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, and the Prinzregentheater in Munich. He made his big screen debut in Wolfgang Petersen's classic "Das Boot" ("The Boat", 1981), in which he played the small role of a machinist. Subsequently, he played supporting roles in various cinema and television productions. Due to his heavily built appearance, Claude-Oliver Rudolph is usually cast as shady racketeer or brutal thug. Examples include the TV mini-series "Der Schattenmann" and his impressive role in Ralf Huettner's thriller movie "Der kalte Finger" (1995/96), in which he turns a car upside down, using only his bare hands.

With his roles in the multi-parted miner's drama "Rote Erde" (1983) and Joseph Vilsmaier's epic movie "Herbstmilch" (1988), Rudolph has proven that he is also capable of playing more multi-faceted characters. Despite his movie successes, he continued to act on stage. In 1999, for example, he played the drum major in a critically-acclaimed production of Büchner's stage play "Woyzeck".

In 1987, Rudolph made his debut as a director with the documentary "Der dicke Rebell", which was co-produced by his old school-fellow Herbert Grönemeyer. In 1992, he caused a stir with "Ebbies Bluff". The crime caper, set in the boxing milieu, was written, directed, and produced by Rudolph. Thematically, the movie seemed to be in line with his film role stereotype.

In 1999, he followed in the tradition of Gert Fröbe, Klaus Maria Brandauer, and Götz Otto, by starring in the James Bond adventure "The World Is Not Enough" – although he only played the small role of a Russian colonel. In addition to starring in mainstream productions such as this, Rudolph - a man of unexpected contrasts – also goes on reading tours around Germany, reciting texts by the likes of Klaus Kinski and Jaques Mesrine.

Until 2004, Claude-Oliver Rudolph has been married to the actress Sabine von Maydell. He is the father of two children.

Filmography

2017 Alice - The Darkest Hour
Cast
 
2013-2016 Mann im Spagat - Pace, Cowboy, Pace
Cast
 
2013 Kreuzungen
Cast
 
2011/2012 Atemlos
Cast
 
2011/2012 Robin Hood: Ghosts of Sherwood
Cast
 
2011 Ijon Tichy: Raumpilot 2
Cast
 
2010/2011 Fahr zur Hölle
Cast
 
2010/2011 Gegengerade - 20359 St. Pauli
Cast
 
2010-2012 Klappe Cowboy
Producer
 
2009 Topper gibt nicht auf
Cast
 
2008/2009 Chaostage - We are Punks!
Cast
 
2008/2009 Kopf oder Zahl
Cast
 
2002/2003 Dirty Sky
Cast, Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
2000-2002 Die Affäre Semmeling
Cast
 
1999 James Bond 007 - Die Welt ist nicht genug
Cast
 
1998 Die 3 Posträuber
Cast
 
1996/1997 Der König von St. Pauli
Cast
 
1996 Amigo-Affäre
Cast
 
1995/1996 Alles nur Tarnung
Cast
 
1995/1996 Der kalte Finger
Cast
 
1995 Zwischen zwei Männern - Die Liebe einer Frau
Cast
 
1994/1995 Der Schattenmann
Cast
 
1993/1994 Singvogel
Cast
 
1992/1993 Ebbies Bluff
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
1991/1992 Ein seltsamer Ehrenmann
Cast
 
1991 Verlorene Würde
Cast
 
1990/1991 Ex und Hopp
Cast
 
1990 The Wonderbeats - Kings of Beat
Cast, Director, Screenplay, Music, Producer (other)
 
1990 Der Einzelgänger
Cast
 
1989 Die Kälte des Lebens
Cast
 
1988/1989 Verlorene Horizonte
Director
 
1988/1989 Die Stimme
Cast
 
1988 Der zweite Mord
Cast
 
1988 Herbstmilch
Cast
 
1987 Der dicke Rebell
Director, Screenplay, Producer
 
1986/1987 Tod eines Piraten
Cast
 
1986/1987 Der Angriff
Cast
 
1986/1987 Kinder aus Stein
Cast
 
1986 Der Fehler
Cast
 
1985/1986 Die Reise
Cast
 
1985 Gigolo ist tot ...
Cast
 
1985 Fluchtgeld
Cast
 
1984/1985 Alpha City - Abgerechnet wird nachts
Cast
 
1983 Rote Erde
Cast
 
1982/1983 Hure
Cast
 
1980/1981 Das Boot
Cast
 
1980 Herz-Jagd
Cast
 

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