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.
- 1949: Mitenand gahts better (short advertising film)
- 1952: A Song of Travel (short advertising film)
- 1953: The Venus from Tivoli
- 1955: Police Wäckerli
- 1956: Oberstadtgass
- 1957: Taxi driver Bänz
- 1957: Spalebärg 77 A (short advertising film)
- 1957: May 10th
- 1957: luck must me ha
- 1958: To the golden ox
- 1958: The dairy in vehicle joy
- 1959: Behind the seven tracks
- 1960: Anne Bäbi Jowäger - Part 1: How Jakobli comes to a woman
- 1960: The devil has a good laugh
- 1961: Anne Bäbi Jowäger - Part 2: Jakobli and Meyeli
- 1961: The marriage of Mr. Mississippi
- 1961: Democrat Läppli
- 1962: The 42nd Heaven
- 1964: Money and Spirit
- 1966: Bonditis
- 1968: restless daughters
- 1968: freckles
- 1968: The six cummerbubs
- 1969: The go-go girl from the blow-up
- 1970: Pastor Iseli
- 1971: The captain
- 1973: God protects the lovers
- 1988: Klassezämekunft
- 1990: Bingo
- 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)
- 1973: Fritz Gafner : Eugen or the way home. A dialect radio play - Director: Lilo Külp ( Original radio play - SWF )
- 1974: Kurt Heynicke : E Dreckfetzli Papier - Director: Lilo Külp ( Dialect radio play - SWF)
- 1974: Karl Wittlinger : Zwei Wassertröpfli - Director: Lilo Külp (original radio play, dialect radio play - SWF)
- 1974: Kurt Heynicke: Tante Theklas Testament - Director: Lilo Külp (Dialect radio play - SWF)
- 1974: Hans Stalder-Schüpach : En Iibrächer. Dialect game - Director: Lilo Külp (SWF)
- 1976: Jakob Stebler : De Durisch. A dialect game - adaptation and direction: Lilo Külp (original radio play, interactive radio play - SWF)
- 1980: Karl Otto Mühl : Go out of my heart ... (Heini Schwarz) - Director: Stephan Heilmann (original radio play - SR DRS )
- 1980: Gert Hofmann : The departure of the poet Robert Walser from the Literary Association (Oskar Gissinger) - Director: Horst H. Vollmer (original radio play - HR / RB / SDR )
- 1983: Dieter Forte : Martin Luther and Thomas Münzer or The introduction of bookkeeping (2nd part: 2nd evening: The Sword of God) (Froben) - Director: Hartmut Kirste (radio play –SWF)
- 1983: Dieter Kühn : U-Boot-Spiel (Willi) - Director: Charles Benoit (radio play, dialect radio play - SR DRS)
- Michael Gautier: Walter, Ruedi. In: Historical Lexicon of Switzerland . April 3, 2013 .
- Ernst Reinhardt (Ed.): Ruedi Walter. Traces of an acting life. Reinhardt, Basel 1984, ISBN 3-7245-0549-3 .
- Mats Staub: Ruedi Walter . In: Andreas Kotte (Ed.): Theater Lexikon der Schweiz . Volume 3, Chronos, Zurich 2005, ISBN 3-0340-0715-9 , p. 2047 f.
- Michael Wenk: Jässodu! He was a comedian, comedian, cabaret artist. And he was a great actor: Ruedi Walter was born a hundred years ago. In: Neue Zürcher Zeitung . December 7, 2016.
- Ruedi Walter in the Internet Movie Database (English)
- Things worth knowing about Ruedi Walter , Mikiwiki
- The Ruedi-Walter-Strasse , website «Gang dur Züri»
- On May 18, 1952, Ruedi Walter and Margrit Rainer played various episodes for Swiss television in the test studio in Münchenstein . It is the oldest film document on Swiss TV.
- pz: Ruedi Walter died. In: Neue Zürcher Zeitung . June 18, 1990, p. 27; Excerpt from quotation: "In the Basel Kantonsspital Bruderholz [...]".
- 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 .
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Häfeli, Hans Rudolf (real name)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Swiss folk actor, radio play speaker and cabaret artist|
|DATE OF BIRTH||December 10, 1916|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Solothurn|
|DATE OF DEATH||June 16, 1990|
|Place of death||Binningen|