Rolf Saxon

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Rolf Saxon
Born July 7, 1955
Alexandria, Virginia, US
Residence London, England
Nationality American, British
Ethnicity American
Occupation Actor
Years active 1980–present
Notable work(s) Broken Sword, Mission: Impossible, Saving Private Ryan
Website
http://rolfsaxon.com/

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.

Biography[edit]

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[edit]

Upon his graduation at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Saxon was awarded the Gold Medal.[1] While performing with the Omphalos Street Theatre Company at the Edinburgh Festival, he was nominated for the Fringe First Award.[2] 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.[3]

Filmography[edit]

Television
Year Title Role Notes
1981 The Gentle Touch Doctor 1 Episode
1982 Q.E.D. American Associate
1982 Starting Out Mr Moran 1 Episode
1983 Play for Today Chemist
Shades of Darkness Robert Elwell
Chessgame Mike Klobucki
1984 The First Olympics: Athens 1896 Tim Coldfelt Unknown
The Tripods Black Guard 1 Episode
1985 American Playhouse Soldier
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
1997–2001 Teletubbies Narrator Unknown
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
Film
Year Title Role
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
1984 Nineteen Eighty-Four Patrolman
1985 Lace II Hollywood Director
The Dirty Dozen: Next Mission Robert E. Wright
D.P. Soldier
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
1992 Wild West Yuhudi
1993 Hostages Plaskett
1995 Night Watch Fisk
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
1999 Entrapment Director
RKO 281 Flunkie #1
2000 Honest Alden Wheaton
Obedience Herbie Clayton
2012 Us Madrone
All I Think of is You Featured character
Stage/Theatre
Year Title Role
1992 Lost in Yonkers Eddie
1995 Oleanna John
Laughter on the 23rd Floor Milt
1998 The Frogs Dionysos
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
2003 Chicago Billy Flyinn
2004 Blues for Mr. Charlie Parnell James
2005 The Price Victor Franz
Death and the Maiden Gerardo
2006 Jerry Springer: The Opera Jerry Springer
Hello Dolly Vandergelder
2007 Babes in Arms Seymour Flemming
2009 The Floating Light Bulb Jerry
2011 Danger: Memory! Kroll
The Chosen Malter
Video games
Year Title Role
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
2007 The Witcher Leo
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "George Stobbart speaks! An interview with Rolf Saxon". The Gaming Liberty. February 28, 2011. Retrieved April 21, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Rolf Saxon - Actor :: Bio". Official Saxon Website. Retrieved April 21, 2012. 
  3. ^ Awards and nominations for films, TV series and video games in which Saxon was cast in:

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