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 US and UK with recent work including the 50th Anniversary Season of the Chichester Festival Theatre appearing in Brecht's THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI directed by Jonathan Church. This year he was seen as Matt in Lanford Wilson's TALLEY'S FOLLY at the Aurora directed by Joy Carlin, the World Premiere of TRIANGLE, a musical directed by Meredith McDonough for THeatreWorks, Walter in Miller's THE PRICE again directed by Carlin and is presently performing in the UK tour of Chichester's production of MACK AND MABLE directed by Jonathan Church.
2015 will also see the releases of THE WOMAN IN GOLD directed by Simon Curtis, HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING directed by Tom Tykwer and AUGUST FALLS directed by Sam Hancock.