Rolf Berntzen

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Rolf Berntzen as the Prince of Morocco in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice at Den Nationale Scene in Bergen, 1969.

Rolf Johannes Berntzen (4 June 1918 – 22 September 2005) was a Norwegian actor, and the grandfather of the Norwegian musician Julian Berntzen.

He was born in Bergen, co-founded Bergens Dramatiske Klubb in 1939, made his debut at Den Nationale Scene in 1941 and was officially hired there in 1943.[1] He stayed at Den Nationale Scene for his entire career, except for an intermezzo at the National Theatre from 1963 to 1964. He also guested Det Norske Teatret, Oslo Nye Teater, Trøndelag Teater and Rogaland Teater. He retired in 1985, but continued acting sporadically as a pensioner.[2] His last performance was in 1996. He also had small roles in films.[1][3]

In 1947 he married actress Karin Simonnæs (1924–1984). He was decorated as Knight, First Class of the Royal Norwegian Order of St. Olav in 1979. He died in September 2005.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Madsen, Alf H. "Rolf Berntzen". In Helle, Knut. Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 8 July 2009. 
  2. ^ Borgersen, Morten (29 September 2005). "Rolf Berntzen (obituary)". Aftenposten (in Norwegian). 
  3. ^ Rolf Berntzen at the Internet Movie Database