Rufus Beck

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Rufus Beck (born July 23, 1957 in Heidelberg ) is a German actor as well as audio book and voice actor . Among other things, he is popular as a reader of the Harry Potter and Burg-Schreckenstein books. He became known in 1994 in the role as "Waltraud" in the film The Moving Man .


Beck is the only child of an entrepreneurial couple, since his parents were often abroad, he lived in the boarding school of the Odenwald School. After graduating from high school in 1976 and the subsequent community service , Beck studied Islamic studies , ethnology and philosophy at the University of Heidelberg , but dropped out again. From 1976 he was seen as a musician and acting trainee on the municipal stages of Heidelberg . The following year he was a guest at the Saarland State Theater , followed by engagements at the Landestheater Tübingen , the Schauspiel Frankfurt, the Schauspiel Köln , the Bavarian State Theater , the Münchner Kammerspiele and the Berliner Ensemble . He later made guest appearances at the Berlin Renaissance Theater (2006), the old Schauspielhaus Stuttgart (2010) and the Hamburger Kammerspiele (2014).

In 1989 Beck was voted “Young Actor of the Year” by Theater heute magazine . Also in 1989 he received the sponsorship award for young actors from the Association of Friends of the Bavarian State Theater.

In 1990, he was with the robbers of Friedrich Schiller on tour in the Soviet Union and has appeared in Moscow , Irkutsk and Alma-Ata . In 1991 he was on a South America tour with Miss Sara Sampson from GE Lessing . In 1994 he toured Germany with Tabaluga and Peter Maffay .

Beck celebrated his film breakthrough in Sönke Wortmann's The Moving Man in 1994 and was awarded the Bambi for his role as “Waltraut” . In 1999 he was nominated for the German Film Prize for Jimmy the Kid . He has appeared in more than 70 television and 14 cinema productions (as of 2018) in front of the camera. In the children's film Die Wilden Kerle (2003) he took on the role of "Trainer Willi". He played this role again in Die wilden Kerle - The legend lives! (2016).

Rufus Beck is the interpreter and producer of more than 200 audio books, including the Harry Potter novels. He gives each of the many characters their own voice and uses different dialects and accents . His audio books have received numerous audio book awards.

In the festival seasons 2006 and 2007 Beck played Mephisto in Goethe's Faust at the Bad Hersfeld Festival . Under artistic director and director Dieter Wedel , he played Joseph Süß Oppenheimer in Jehoschua Sobol's The Story of Joseph Süß Oppenheimer, known as Jud Süß, at the Nibelungen Festival Worms 2011 .

In 2004 he staged the dance spectacle for the world tour of Night of the Sultans - Pandoras Legend in Istanbul . In 2003, 2012 and 2016 he was the director, author and leading actor of the magician and the beetle in the musical Tabaluga .

Rufus Beck wrote several theater adaptations for his own shows. In 2006 he published the anthology Stories for Us Children . In 2007 his non-fiction book Children love fairy tales and discover values ​​was published .

With his son Jonathan Beck he appeared in the film Die Wilden Kerle and went on a theater tour with him with the play Zorn in 2014/15 . Jonathan Beck also played in his father's Tabaluga productions in 2012 and 2016 as 0815 and was also his assistant director. Since 2018 he has played in the television series Deutsch-Les-Landes .

His daughters Sarah Beck and Natalie Spinell also work as actors. Rufus Beck lives in Munich.


Rufus Beck made a reading tour through Germany together with Harry Potter author Joanne K. Rowling , which, depending on the source, is dated to 1999 or 2001. That she named the fictional character Rufus Scrimgeour after him, as is sometimes rumored, is incorrect: “ Rufus is the Latin word for red-haired. It was the nickname of the English King Wilhelm II , who had a reputation as a great warrior, but a ruthless and unpopular ruler. "


  • 1989: Sponsorship award for young actors from the "Association of Friends of the Bavarian State Theater"
  • 1989/90: "Young Actor of the Year" by the theater magazine Theater heute
  • 1994: Bambi for the movie The Moving Man
  • 2006: Great Hersfeld Prize - for the role of Mephisto in Faust 1 in the production by Torsten Fischer
  • Hörkules - 2000 for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  • Children and youth audiobook from HR 2 - 2000
  • Acoustics 2004
  • Hörkulino - 2008 for Harry Potter Volume 6
  • a gold record
  • six platinum records


Audio books

Radio plays

Movies and television




Web links

Commons : Rufus Beck  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Interview with Rufus Beck, in: Stern No. 10, March 2, 2017, p. 125.
  2. »I don't want to be reduced to my voice« . Zeit Campus, June 20, 2018.
  3. a b Rufus Beck: From "Harry Potter" to "Pilgrim" . Swiss Radio and Television (SRF), March 15, 2014.
  4. a b "The voice is like a camera" . Giessener Allgemeine, January 20, 2017.
  5. Rufus Scrimegour . Entry on Harry Potter Wiki (English). Retrieved April 26, 2018.
  6. Gold / platinum database of the Federal Association of the Music Industry, accessed March 8, 2019