Wolf Roth Life story

Wolf-Egbert Klapproth is a German theatre and television actor.

Wolf-Egbert Klapproth (aka Wolf K. Roth) (born August 30, 1944) is a German theatre and television actor.

Early life and education

Roth was born in Torgau, Germany, where his family had fled during World War II. He was raised and educated in Bremen. In 1961 he moved to the United States and graduated from the Edsel Ford High School in Detroit, Michigan. He spent the next months travelling through the Midwest of the U.S.


Having returned to Germany, he graduated in Bremen and went on to the Freie Universität in Berlin. He took courses in sociology and economics, but found his vocation when he was taken by friends to the entrance examinations of the famous Max Reinhardt Seminar for actors. He was discovered by the actress Hilde Körber, and while still in the seminar, he was seen and engaged by Boleslaw Barlog. He made his theatrical debut in the play Quadratur des Kreises by Walentin Petrowitsch Katajew in 1967. Subsequently he joined the theatre in Oberhausen, where he portrayed several roles. He left Oberhausen in 1969 to continue his career in Berlin, where he played in the Berliner Theater and the Schaubühne. During this time, he started to work in television and the movies, where his main work has been since then. Films include Goldene Zeiten (2006) (as the character Jürgen Matthies).


Quadratur des Kreises by Walentin Petrowitsch Katajew, Schiller-Theater Werkstatt Berlin, 1967

Half Way Up a Tree by Peter Ustinov, "Robert", Oberhausen, 1967/68

Die Dreigroschenoper by Bertold Brecht, "Filch", Oberhausen, 1967/68

Das Staatsexamen by Alexander Wampilow, "Koljossow", Oberhausen, 1967/68

La belle Hélène by Jacques Offenbach, "Paris", Oberhausen, 1967/68

Kaspar by Peter Handke (world première), "Einsager", Oberhausen, 11.5.1968

Die Räuber by Friedrich Schiller, "Franz Moor", Oberhausen, 1968

The Knack by Ann Jellicoe, "Tolen", Oberhausen, 1968

Avanti! by Samuel A. Taylor, directed by Victor de Kowa, "Baldo Pantaleone" with Günter Pfitzmann, Berliner Theater, 1969

Piano concerts

In his youth Wolf Roth studied to become a professional pianist. At the age of 12 he gave his first concert with Mozart, at the age of 14 he played his first Beethoven concert and at the age of 16, when in the U.S., he played the Warsaw Concerto by Richard Addinsell and the Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin before audiences. As Franz Moor in Die Räuber he had to play the piano on stage (it was a modern dress production) and was so good, that it was almost impossible to convince the critics and the audience, that they were watching a 'live performance' and not listening to an audio recording.

Selected films

Perrak, directed by Alfred Vohrer (1971), as Nick

Ich werde dich töten, Wolf, directed by Wolfgang Petersen (1971), as Wolf

Der kleine Doktor (1974, German television series, 1 episode), as Philippe

One or the Other of Us, directed by Wolfgang Petersen (1974), as Hohenberg

Quincy, M.E. (1977, US television series, 1 episode), as Müller

Plutonium (1978), as Porfirio Perez

Fleisch (1979), as Bill

Derrick - Season 10, Episode 1: "Via Genua" (1983), as Achim Huber

Derrick - "Ein Spiel mit dem Tod" (1984), as Ulrich Hossner

Cover Up (1985, US television series, 1 episode), as Nicholas

Scarecrow and Mrs. King (1985, US television series, 1 episode), as Hans Retzig

Derrick - "Entlassen Sie diesen Mann nicht!" (1986), as Dr. Kraus

Derrick - "Höllensturz" (1990), as Arnold Kiesing

Derrick - "Caprese in der Stadt" (1991), as Gaug

Derrick - "Der Schrei" (1991), as Simon Krüger

Derrick - "Die seltsame Sache Liebe" (1993), as Seidel

Derrick - "Gib dem Mörder nicht die Hand" (1994), as Gerhard Schumann

Derrick - "Abendessen mit Bruno" (1994), as Herr Mandy

Derrick - "Ein Mord, zweiter Teil" (1995), as Rudolf Kollau

Derrick - "Eines Mannes Herz" (1995), as Arnold Bertram

Derrick - "Die Ungerührtheit der Mörder" (1995), as Professor Weiland

Derrick - "Mama Kaputtke" (1998), as Herr Reuter

Goldene Zeiten (2006), as Jürgen Matthies

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018), as Spielman

External links

Wolf Roth at IMDb

Wolf Roth Photos

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