Rudolf Klein-Rogge

Biography

Friederich Rudolf Klein-Rogge (November 24, 1885 - May 29, 1955) was a German film actor. Klein-Rogge is known for playing sinister figures in films in the 1920s and 1930s as well as being a main-stay in director Fritz Lang's Weimar-era films. Klein-Rogge was born in Cologne, Germany.[1] He began taking acting lessons while studying art history in Berlin and Bonn. Klein-Rogge made his acting debut at in 1909, playing Cassius in Julius Caesar in Halberstadt.[2][1] Klein-Rogge went on to play in theaters located in Düsseldorf, Kiel and Aachen.[1] In Aachen, Klein-Rogge met actress and screenwriter Thea von Harbou. The two married in 1914.[2] In 1915, Klein-Rogge joined Nuremberg's Städtische Bühnen theatre as both an actor and director.[1] In 1919, Klein-Rogge began acting in films.[1][2] He appeared in an uncredited role as the criminal in The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.[3][4] During this time, von Harbou was having affairs with director Fritz Lang and eventually left Klein-Rogge to marry Lang.[2] Despite the split, Klein-Rogge made several films that were written by von Harbou and directed by Lang, including Destiny, Dr. Mabuse the Gambler, Die Nibelungen, Metropolis and Spies. Klein-Rogge's intense look lead him to similar roles such as a tyrant in Fritz Wendhausen's Der steinerne Reiter, a pirate in Arthur Robison's Pietro der Korsar, and the Czar in Alexandre Volkoff's Casanova. Klein-Rogge's last film with Lang was The Testament of Dr. Mabuse in 1933.[1] Klein-Rogge played the lead roles in two films directed by von Harbou: Elisabeth und der Narr and Hanneles Himmelfahrt.[1] Klein-Rogge re-married twice. First with Margarete Neff and secondly with the Swedish actress Mary Johnson.[2] Partial filmography: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) Destiny (1921) Dr. Mabuse the Gambler (1922) Warning Shadows (1923) Die Nibelungen (1924) Metropolis (1927) Spies (1928) The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933)

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Metropolis

C. A. Rotwang, the inventor

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The Testament of Dr. Mabuse

Docteur Mabuse

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Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler

Dr. Mabuse (as Rudolf Klein Rogge)

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Spies

Haghi

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The Wandering Image

Georgs Vetter Wil Brand

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Truxa

Varieté-Direktor

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Der alte und der junge König

Leopold Dessauer

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Menschen vom Varieté

Kommissar Wiedemann

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Hochzeit auf Bärenhof

Sanitätsrat

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Die göttliche Jette

Stadtrat Müller

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From Caligari to Hitler: German Cinema in the Age of the Masses

Himself (archive footage)

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Hochzeit auf Bärenhof

Sanitätsrat

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Kora Terry

Dunkler Ehrenmann, Komplize Vopescus

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Menschen vom Varieté

Kommissar Wiedemann

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Robert Koch, der Bekämpfer des Todes

Rechnungsrat

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Truxa

Varieté-Direktor

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Die göttliche Jette

Stadtrat Müller

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Der Kaiser von Kalifornien

Bankier

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Das Hofkonzert

Oberst Flumms

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Der alte und der junge König

Leopold Dessauer

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The Testament of Dr. Mabuse

Docteur Mabuse

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Spies

Haghi

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Metropolis

C. A. Rotwang, the inventor

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Casanova

Le Tsar Peter III

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Die Nibelungen: Kriemhild's Revenge

King Etzel

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Die Nibelungen: Siegfried

King Etzel

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Warning Shadows

Unknown

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Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler

Dr. Mabuse (as Rudolf Klein Rogge)

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Four Around the Woman

Hehler Upton

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Destiny

Derwisch / Girolamo

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The Wandering Image

Georgs Vetter Wil Brand

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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

Ein Verbrecher (uncredited)

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