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Möller in 2008
January 12, 1959 |
|Occupation||Actor, Bodybuilder, Musician|
|Years active||Bodybuilding (1976–91)
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.
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)
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
|1989||Cyborg||Brick Bardo||As Rolf Muller|
|1990||Occhio alla perestrojka||Serghjei||As Ralf Rudolf Möller|
|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|
|2000||Der Superbulle und die Halbstarken||Mark Kerner||TV Movie|
|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|
|2007||Seed||Warden Arnold Calgrove|
|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||The Tourist||Jail Bird Lunt|
- "New Trailer for ‘Sabotage’ Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger". Latino Review.
- "Ralf Moeller 'Gladiator' 'We Just Finished 'Ten' With Arnold Schwarzenegger".
- "Home Page".
- Ralf Möller at the Internet Movie Database
- Ralf Möller Hands Over Fitness Machines For Soldiers