Ralf Möller

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Ralf Möller
Ralf Möller Berlinale 2008.jpg
Möller in 2008
Born (1959-01-12) January 12, 1959 (age 55)
Recklinghausen, Germany
Occupation Actor, Bodybuilder, Musician
Years active Bodybuilding (1976–91)
Acting (1988–Present)
Music (1999–07)

Ralf Rudolf Möller (born January 12, 1959) is a German-American actor and former competitive bodybuilder. He is best known for his roles of Brick Bardo in Cyborg, Kjartan in The Viking Sagas, the title character in the television show Conan the Adventurer, Hagen in Gladiator, Thorak in The Scorpion King and Ulfar in Pathfinder.

Early life[edit]

Möller was born in Recklinghausen, Germany in 1959. He was born to a German mother, and an American father, who was also of German descent. He used to work as a lifeguard in a public swimming pool in his hometown.

Bodybuilding years (1976–1991)[edit]

He began bodybuilding at age 17 and was the German Champion by 1984. He competed in the 1988 Mr. Olympia alongside Lee Haney, Shawn Ray and other notable champions. He is one of the tallest bodybuilding champions to date standing at 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in), weighing 288 pounds in 1988.

Retirement from bodybuilding[edit]

In June 1991, Möller announced his retirement as a bodybuilder in order to focus on his acting career. He has since stated that he has thoughts about having another go as a bodybuilder.

Acting career[edit]

1987–2002[edit]

Möller began a film career in 1987 with the film Cyborg. In 1992, he appeared in Universal Soldier with Dolph Lundgren and Jean-Claude Van Damme. In 1993 he played the villain Brakus opposite Phillip Rhee and Eric Roberts in Best of the Best 2. Also in 1990, Möller was considered for the role of the T-1000 the in James Cameron's Terminator 2: Judgment Day opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger, but producers believed that the role needed a performer with a much more slender build, opposed to Möller's muscular build and so the role was eventually given to Robert Patrick.

His two biggest mainstream film roles to date are Ridley Scott's Gladiator, appearing alongside his friend Russell Crowe, and in 2002's The Scorpion King. Besides these two movies, he has played the leading character in The Viking Sagas, and also played Conan the Barbarian in the TV-series Conan. The show aired in 1997–1998, and the premise was that Conan, accompanied by his three sidekicks, was chosen by the god Crom to fight and vanquish the evil Hissah Zul and to become king.

Also in both The Bad Pack (1997) and Gladiator (2000), Möller appeared alongside fellow bodybuilder Sven-Ole Thorsen.

2003–present[edit]

He went on to appear in El padrino (2004), sequel to The Bad Pack, once again playing Special Agent Kurt Mayers. He also played Hammacher in the 2006 film Beerfest.

He appeared in a music video of German techno music band Scooter "Maria (I Like It Loud)". He collaborated in the recording disc with the German group techno / trance E Nomine.

Musical work[edit]

He has also collaborated with the German trance/techno-band E Nomine on a number of their albums.

Personal life[edit]

Ralf lives in Los Angeles with his wife Annette and two daughters. He leads an active, healthy lifestyle and is a strong proponent of fitness and good nutrition. When he's not on location, he enjoys motorcycle riding, scuba diving, tennis and horseback riding. He is a friend of Arnold Schwarzenegger and is often seen and photographed with him.

Awards and Honours[edit]

In 2008, Möller was honored as Grand Marshal of the German-American Steuben Parade in New York City. This is the largest German-American event in the country, and tens of thousands of fans celebrated Möller as one of only a few German actors with success in Hollywood.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1988 Tatort TV
1989 Cyborg Brick Bardo As Rolf Muller
1990 Occhio alla perestrojka Serghjei As Ralf Rudolf Möller
1992 Universal Soldier GR76
1993 Best of the Best 2 Brakus
1994 Der unbekannte Deserteur Soldier Short
1996 The Viking Sagas Kjartan
1997 Batman & Robin Arkham Asylum Guard
1997 The Bad Pack Kurt Mayer
1997-1998 Conan the Adventurer Conan the Barbarian TV
1998 Der Clown Autobahnpolizist TV
2000 Gladiator Hagen
2000 Der Superbulle und die Halbstarken Mark Kerner TV Movie
2001 Andromeda Jeger TV
2001 Sommer und Bolten: Gute Ärzte, keine Engel Martin Ranklebe TV
2001 Queen of Swords Roman Petrov TV
2001 Relic Hunter Frank Kafka TV
2002 Mutant X Lieutenant Bo Longstreet TV
2002 The Scorpion King Thorak
2003 The Paradise Virus Joseph TV Movie
2003 Held der Gladiatoren Ferox TV Movie
2004 El padrino Special Agent Kurt Meyers
2004 Shark Alarm Sven Hansen TV Movie
2004 Curse of the Ring King Thorkilt TV Movie
2005 My Suicidal Sweetheart Bruno
2006 Scooter: Excess All Areas Disco Dancer - 'Maria' Direct-to-Video Film
2006 Beerfest Hammacher
2006 Ozzie Tank Emerson
2007 Pathfinder Ulfar
2007 Seed Warden Arnold Calgrove
2007 Postal Officer John
2008 Alone in the Dark II Boyle Direct-to-Video Film
2008 Far Cry Max Cardinal
2008 Time of the Comet Freiherr von Keittel
2009 Dejection Superstitious Boss Short Film
2010 Tales of an Ancient Empire General Hafez
2010 Küstenwache William Forges TV
2010 The Tourist Jail Bird Lunt
2014 Sabotage[1][2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New Trailer for ‘Sabotage’ Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger". Latino Review. 
  2. ^ "Ralf Moeller 'Gladiator' 'We Just Finished 'Ten' With Arnold Schwarzenegger". 

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