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Erik Rolf (1911–1957)

Born of Norwegian parents in Minneapolis, the son of a clergyman and a teacher, Rolf Erik Ylvisaker was attracted to the theatre at an early age, and at fourteen was playing dramatic roles on the local radio station. One of the most active and versatile players in the New York radio world, he once set a record for appearing on forty-odd different ... See full bio »

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Song of the South
None Shall Escape
None Shall Escape Karl Grimm
The Chance of a Lifetime
The Chance of a Lifetime Dooley Watson
U-Boat Prisoner
U-Boat Prisoner Kapitaen Ganz, The U-Boat Captain


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 1950 Davy Crockett, Indian Scout
Mr. Simms
 1949 Everybody Does It
Dr. Walker (uncredited)
 1946 Song of the South
John (as Eric Rolf)
 1946 A Close Call for Boston Blackie
Smiley Slade (uncredited)
 1945 Prison Ship
Jan Van Steen
 1945 Counter-Attack
 1944 Strange Affair
Johansen (uncredited)
 1944 Kansas City Kitty
Dr. Henry Talbot
 1944 The Soul of a Monster
Fred Stevens
 1944 Secret Command
Ben Royall
 1944 U-Boat Prisoner
Kapitaen Ganz, The U-Boat Captain
 1944 She's a Soldier Too
Lucklow (uncredited)
 1944 None Shall Escape
Karl Grimm
 1943 The Chance of a Lifetime
Dooley Watson
 1943 First Comes Courage
 1943 The Boy from Stalingrad
German Captain
 1942 Commandos Strike at Dawn
German Soldier (uncredited)
 1942 Eyes in the Night
 1942 Atlantic Convoy
 1942 The Wife Takes a Flyer
Gestapo Leader (uncredited)
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Two children with Ruth Warrick: Karen Elizabeth (b. 13 March 1941) and Jon (b. September 1942).

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