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Date of Birth 19 December 1934Alkmaar, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Date of Death 7 July 2006Bremen, Germany  (lung cancer)
Birth NameRudolf Wijbrand Kesselaar

Mini Bio (1)

Rudi Carrell was born on December 19, 1934 in Alkmaar, Noord-Holland, Netherlands as Rudolf Wijbrand Kesselaar. He was a writer, known for Am laufenden Band (1974), Die Rudi Carrell Show (1965) and Herzblatt (1987). He was married to Simone Felischak, Anke Bobbert and Truus de Vries. He died on July 7, 2006 in Bremen, Germany.

Spouse (3)

Simone Felischak (2002 - 7 July 2006) (his death)
Anke Bobbert (1974 - 2000) (her death) (1 child)
Truus de Vries (16 May 1957 - 1973) (divorced) (2 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Although living and working in Germany for 40 years he always spoke with a heavy Dutch accent

Trivia (9)

Born at 3:30am-LMT.
Son of André Carrell.
Dutch entertainer, actor and singer. After his breakthrough in the Netherlands, he has worked in Germany since 1965 and has gained enormous popularity there.
His song "Wann wird`s mal wieder richtig Sommer?" (When will it be summer again?) became a big hit in 1975 and was rediscovered during the Easy Listening wave in the 1990s.
Lived in Syke near Bremen, Germany, with his third wife Simone. He had three children from two prior marriages: Annemieke, Caroline, and Alexander.
Won the Silver Rose of Montreux in 1964 for an episode of Die Rudi Carrell Show (1965)'s Dutch original version starring Esther Ofarim as a mermaid. In 2001, he was given the Honorary Rose for his lifetime achievements.
Received Germany's Cross of Merit for his achievements in German-Dutch relations (1985).
A sketch about Ayatollah Khomeini on Rudis Tagesshow (1981) caused a diplomatic crisis between Germany and Iran. Carrell came under threat from fundamentalists, until he officially apologized (15 February 1987).
Brother of Aad Kesselaar.

Personal Quotes (3)

News anchors always start with 'Good evening' and need 15 minutes to explain that the evening isn't good.
I will live on as a rerun for a long time.
(on receiving the Golden Camera Lifetime Achievement Award, February 2, 2006, visibly marked by his severe cancer illness): "I owe the fact that I am able to be here tonight to accept this prize primarily to my health insurance, the medical center Bremen-East and to the Germany pharmaceutical industry."

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