|Born||July 7, 1955
Alexandria, Virginia, US
|Notable work||Broken Sword, Mission: Impossible, Saving Private Ryan|
Rolf Saxon (born July 7, 1955) is an American actor. Saxon was born in Alexandria, Virginia. He studied with the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England where he was awarded the Gold Medal on his graduation and presented to the Prince of Wales at the Guildhall's centenary celebrations. He has appeared in many television programs, films and theater. He is the North American Narrator for the Teletubbies and is also known as the voice of George Stobbart in the Broken Sword series of adventure games.
Life and career
Saxon was born at Fort Belvoir in Alexandria, Virginia. When his father left the army, the family moved permanently to California, eventually settling in the San Francisco Bay Area. Saxon had wanted to become an actor since high school and as a result, trained with the American Conservatory Theatre as a member of the first class of the Young Conservatory, worked with the embryonic Cal Shakes, was a founder member of the Berkeley Mime Troupe and worked a variety of Renaissance and Dickens Faires.
Looking for classical training, he auditioned for and was accepted to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where he eventually joined the Omphalos Street Theatre Company as a performer and a director. Using the works of Chaucer, Shakespeare and Commedia, Omphalos performed in Festivals all over the UK including the Festival of the City of London and the Edinburgh Festival where they received a Fringe First Award nomination.
Upon graduating Guildhall, he had an agent, a union card and offers of a television series, Dan Dare, the feature Little Lord Fauntleroy and a season with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Things seemed to be looking pretty good so he stayed in the UK . . . and stayed. He has worked in film, television and theatre including the British and/or European premieres of works by Neil Simon, Lanford Wilson, Donald Margulies and Miguel Pinero. He also became George Stobbart in the Broken Sword series and the American narrator for the Teletubbies.
He now divides his time between working in the States and the UK as an actor, director and coach. Saxon has one son who recently graduated from Oxford.
Awards and nominations
Upon his graduation at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Saxon was awarded the Gold Medal. While performing with the Omphalos Street Theatre Company at the Edinburgh Festival, he was nominated for the Fringe First Award. Critics praised Saxon's performance as Victor Franz in The Price play, earning him the Best Actor in A Leading Role Award at the Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards. Films such as Saving Private Ryan and Tomorrow Never Dies, the TV series Agatha Christie's Poirot, and video games the Broken Sword series and The Witcher received several awards and nominations.
|1981||The Gentle Touch||Doctor||1 Episode|
|1982||Starting Out||Mr Moran||1 Episode|
|1983||Play for Today||Chemist|
|Shades of Darkness||Robert Elwell|
|1984||The First Olympics: Athens 1896||Tim Coldfelt||Unknown|
|The Tripods||Black Guard||1 Episode|
|Tender is the Night||American in Bar||Unknown|
|1987||Pulaski||Jerome Summers||8 Episodes|
|1989||Boon||Luke Hennessey||1 Episode|
|Birds of a Feather||Rodney Kauffman|
|1990||She-Wolf of London||Charlie Bodine||2 Episodes|
|1989–1990||Capital City||Hudson J. Talbot / Hudson J. Talbot III||22 Episodes|
|1993||Agatha Christie's Poirot||Dr. Ames||1 Episode|
|Runaway Bay||Daniel Vincent|
|1994||Love Hurts||Sam Levison||4 Episodes|
|1995||The Tomorrow People||Mr. Roach||1 Episode|
|Space Precinct||Lieutenant Verro Walker|
|Crown Prosecutor||Tom Reid|
|One for the Road||Hank|
|1999||Goodnight Sweetheart||Murray||1 Episode|
|1999||Hippies||Jerry Gurvitz||1 Episode|
|2003||Ultimate Force||Art Spellman|
|2005||The Eagle: A Crime Odyssey||Sam Johnson||2 Episodes|
|2006||Little Britain||US President||1 Episode|
|2011||They Live Among Us||Father Buer / Fr. Buer||2 Episodes|
|1980||Little Lord Fauntleroy||Dick|
|1983||Curse of the Pink Panther||Second speedboat man|
|The Lords of Discipline||Rowland|
|Invitation to the Wedding||Supporting character|
|1985||Lace II||Hollywood Director|
|The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission||Robert E. Wright|
|1988||A Time of Destiny||Kentucky|
|1989||Joyriders||First American sailor|
|Tailspin: Behind the Korean Airliner Tragedy||Frank|
|1991||The Trials of Oz||Professor Ronald Dworkin|
|The Affair||Captain Marks|
|1996||London Suite||Carl Dolby|
|Mission: Impossible||C.I.A. Analyst William Donloe|
|1997||Tomorrow Never Dies||Philip Jones|
|The Canterville Ghost||Hiram Otis|
|1998||Saving Private Ryan||Lieutenant Briggs|
|RKO 281||Flunkie #1|
|All I Think of is You||Featured character|
|1992||Lost in Yonkers||Eddie|
|Laughter on the 23rd Floor||Milt|
|A View from the Bridge||Eddie Carbone|
|2000||The Seven Year Itch||Richard|
|The Graduate||Mr. Robinson|
|2001||Dinner with Friends||Gabe|
|2002||The Winter's Tale||Polixenes|
|Pericles, Prince of Tyre||Simonides|
|Frankie and Johnny in the Clair De Lune||Johnny|
|2004||Blues for Mr. Charlie||Parnell James|
|2005||The Price||Victor Franz|
|Death and the Maiden||Gerardo|
|2006||Jerry Springer: The Opera||Jerry Springer|
|2007||Babes in Arms||Seymour Flemming|
|2009||The Floating Light Bulb||Jerry|
- Video games
|1996||Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars||George Stobbart|
|1997||Broken Sword II: The Smoking Mirror|
|2003||Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon|
|2006||Broken Sword: The Angel of Death|
|2009||Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars - Director's Cut||George Stobbart|
|2010||Broken Sword: The Smoking Mirror - Remastered|
|2013||Broken Sword: The Serpent's Curse|
- "George Stobbart speaks! An interview with Rolf Saxon". The Gaming Liberty. February 28, 2011. Retrieved April 21, 2012.
- "Rolf Saxon - Actor :: Bio". Official Saxon Website. Retrieved April 21, 2012.
- Awards and nominations for films, TV series and video games in which Saxon was cast in:
- "Awards for Tomorrow Never Dies". IMDb. Retrieved 2007-01-14.
- "Academy Awards, USA: 1999". IMDB. Retrieved September 5, 2008.
- "Awards for Saving Private Ryan". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved September 6, 2008.
- "Awards Database — The BAFTA site". Bafta.org. Retrieved 2009-03-03.
- "The Edgar Awards Database". Myster Writers of America (TheEdgars.com). Retrieved 2009-05-26.
- "TEDxYork: Charles Cecil - Revolution Games :: "Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars"". TED. July 18, 2011. Retrieved April 18, 2012.
- "1UP: BAFTA Game Awards Nominees". 1UP. 2003. Retrieved April 18, 2012.
- "Revolution Software (Former website "2004," WayBack Machine)". Revolution Software. February 25, 2004. Retrieved April 18, 2012.
- "4th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards". Game Developers Choice Awards. 2004. Retrieved April 18, 2012.
- "Video Games Awards 2010". BAFTA. February 16, 2010. Retrieved February 15, 2012.
- "Adventure Gamers: 2009 Aggie Award nominees". Adventure Gamers. February 5, 2010. Retrieved April 18, 2012.
- "European Games Awards 2011 Winners". European Games Awards. 2010. Retrieved April 18, 2012.
- Sal 'Sluggo' Accardo. "Gamespy's Game of the Year 2007". Gamespy. Retrieved 2008-08-12.
- "IGN Best of 2007". IGN. Retrieved 2008-08-12.