Ruedi Walter

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Ruedi Walter (actually Hans Rudolf Häfeli; born December 10, 1916 in Solothurn ; † June 16, 1990 in Binningen ) was a Swiss actor , radio play speaker and cabaret artist . Along with Emil Hegetschweiler , Heinrich Gretler , Alfred Rasser , Schaggi Streuli and Max Haufler , he was one of the great people's actors in Switzerland. His acting talent ranged from comedic to serious roles.


The son of a representative graduated from the cantonal commercial school in Basel . As a teenager he was a member of the YMCA . He started an "internship" at the trading company for bakery supplies Bopp & Co., which went bankrupt in his second year. In order to avoid compulsory officer training after the recruit school, he went to language schools in Paris and London , where he worked as a volunteer at the tea wholesaler Twining Crossfield and later traded tea on his own account. When the Second World War broke out, Walter returned to Switzerland in 1939, where he began to work in the advertising department at Maggi in Kemptthal and did military service at the end of April 1939 . He then became the office manager of the Basel depot at Maggi. He initially ran the theater, the "Theäterle", as a leisure activity.

With his six years younger sister Gertrud - later Gertrud Kessel - he took acting lessons from Eva Bernoulli and Gustav Hartung . He also had consultation and singing hours with Margit von Tolnai. He appeared on stage for the first time during the war years: in the Basel City Theater , in 1944 at the Bärentatze soldiers' stage and in the Kaktus cabaret. After the war he joined the Cabaret Cornichon in 1948 . But the small stage was already past its prime, the pieces he played were quickly forgotten. In return, Walter made an acquaintance who shaped his further work: Margrit Rainer , with whom he entered into a longstanding artistic partnership. He was married to the actress Irène Camarius (Marthe Irène Liechti), who appeared with him in many stage plays and later retired from the theater. The couple had two children.

After two years of Cornichon , Margrit Rainer and Ruedi Walter went into business for themselves, only to shine as congenial stage partners in countless appearances for decades. Walter and Rainer were also popular in the 1950s thanks to their radio programs Spalebärg 77a and Bis Ehrsams zum schwarzen Kaffi , which were broadcast by half of Switzerland in front of the radio. Even when Margrit Rainer died in 1982, Walter continued to play in numerous Swiss films and television productions and also in the Swiss National Circus Knie .

Walter's main field of activity remained the stage, he embodied around 500 characters. He was convincing, whether as a peasant Heiri in the small Niederdorf Opera or as tarragon in Warte uf de Godot . He earned his reputation as a popular actor not least with his roles in the often locally patriotic Zurich musicals by Werner Wollenberger , Hans Gmür , Max Rüeger , Karl Suter (text), Hans Moeckel and Paul Burkhard (compositions): In addition to the small Niederdorf opera these were pieces like Eusi chlii Stadt, Golden Girl and Bibi Balu . In addition to Ruedi Walter and Margrit Rainer, the acting ensemble of these musicals also included Ines Torelli , Inigo Gallo , Edi Huber , Vincenzo Biagi , Jörg Schneider , Paul Bühlmann and others.

Ruedi Walter stood on stage and in front of the camera until his death, although his eyesight has deteriorated significantly in recent years. In the end he played almost blind. Walter died of complications from knee surgery.

Filmography (selection)


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  • 1968: The Six Kummerbuben (TV series)
  • 1973: A Case for Männdli (TV series)
  • 1974: My wife - the boss (theater recording)
  • 1976: Hurray, en Bueb! (Theater recording)
  • 1978: The small Niederdorf Opera (theater recording)
  • 1979: D'Muetter wott nur s'Bescht (theater recording )
  • 1981: Potz Millione (theater recording)
  • 1985: Three Men in the Snow (theater recording)

Radio plays (selection)



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Individual evidence

  1. pz: Ruedi Walter died. In: Neue Zürcher Zeitung . June 18, 1990, p. 27; Excerpt from quotation: "In the Basel Kantonsspital Bruderholz [...]".
  2. a b c d e f g h i j k l m Ernst Reinhardt, et al .: Ruedi Walter - traces of an actor's life . Friedrich Reinhardt Verlag, Basel 1984, ISBN 3-7245-0549-3 , p. 10-17, 20, 24, 31, 33 .