Rolf was born at Fort Belvoir in Alexandria, Virginia. When his father left the army, the family moved permanently to California, eventually settling in the San Francisco Bay Area. After being in the first class of ACT's Young Conservatory, he worked with the embryonic Cal Shakes, was a founder member of the Berkeley Mime Troupe and worked a variety of Renaissance and Dickens Faires, where he learned to walk a rope, juggle and blow fire - and had a pretty great time.
Looking for classical training, he auditioned for and was accepted to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where he eventually joined the Omphalos Street Theatre Company as a performer and director. Omphalos performed in Festivals throughout the UK including the Edinburgh Festival (nominated for a Fringe First Award) and the Festival of the City of London. Upon graduating he was awarded the Gold Medal and presented to the Prince of Wales at the Guildhall’s centenary celebrations.
At graduation, Rolf had a union card, an agent, and offers of a TV series (DAN DARE), a film (LITTLE LORD FAUNTLEROY) and a season with the ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY. Things seemed to be looking pretty good so he stayed in the UK . . . and stayed.
Working in film (MISSION IMPOSSIBLE, ENTRAPMENT, SAVING PRIVATE RYAN), Television (for the BBC and many other UK TV companies including starring roles in three series and many movies) and theatre (THE ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY, West End and reperatory companies throughout the UK, performing British and European premieres of works by Donald Margulies, Miguel Pinero, Neil Simon and Lanford Wilson). He also became George Stobbart in the BROKEN SWORD series and the American narrator for the TELETUBBIES.
He now divides his time between the USA and UK with recent UK work including the tour of FRANKIE AND JOHNNY IN THE CLAIR DE LUNE with Kelly McGillis and the 50th Anniversary Season of the Chichester Festival Theatre appearing in Brecht's THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI directed by Jonathan Church. In the USA, TIME STANDS STILL directed by Leslie Martinson for TheatreWorks and most recently the Aurora Theater production of Amy Herzog's AFTER THE REVOLUTION directed by Joy Carlin and where he'll return in the spring of 2015 to perform TALLEY'S FOLLEY again directed by Carlin.
This year work will finish on the second installment of the fifth BROKEN SWORD and begin on the new Tom Hanks project, HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING, THE WOMAN IN GOLD directed by Simon Curtis and the independent AUGUST FALLS with Sam Hancock again at the helm. 2014 will also see him bringing Simon Brett's CHOPPED HAMLET to the Santa Fe University of Art and Design and the release of the independent sci-fi thriller, ALIEN STRAIN as well as his feature directorial debut, AFTER EVER AFTER.