|Birth: ||May 11, 1928|
San Francisco County
|Death: ||Dec. 12, 1971, Italy|
Walter Frank Hermann Wolff (Frank Wolff) was a versatile and prolific character actor. His movie career began with roles in five of director Roger Corman's movie productions and ended over 10 years later in Rome after numerous parts in European films.
Frank born in San Francisco, the son of a physician who encouraged him at a young age to pursue an unconventional path. He studied acting and stagecraft at UCLA. Between 1957 and 1961 Frank made numerous appearances in films and TV shows. A few of his notable appearances were in episodes of "The Untouchables", "The Lawless Years", "Rawhide" and "Wagon Train". Another notable TV appearance was in a 1960 episode of Twilight Episode called "A Passage for Trumpet" in which he played a nightclub owner named Baron unwilling to give alcoholic trumpet player Joey Crown (Jack Klugman) another chance at success. He had bit parts in Roger Corman's "I Mobster" (1958) and a memorable scene in "The Wasp Woman" (1960). He had substantial parts in the next two of Roger Corman films he acted in: "Beast from Haunted Cave" (1959) and "Ski Troop Attack" (1960) where he played Sgt. Potter.
He traveled to Greece in the fall of 1960 and co-starred with Barboura Morris in "Atlas" a film where he played King Proximates, a scene-stealing villain who received much notice by film critics. The character of King Proximates was described as being both charming and menacing. Taking the advice of Roger Corman, Frank stayed in Europe and went on to act in many more films mostly Italian suspense films and spaghetti westerns. He returned to Greece in 1963 to play Vartan Damadian, a friend of the lead character Stavros Topouzoglou (played by Stathis Giallelis)in the film "America, America" which was written and directed by Elia Kazan. In this role Frank conveyed a complex, multi-dimensional personality. Some of his notable Italian film appearances include, "Salvatore Giuliano" (1962), "The Four Days of Naples" (1962), "The Great Silence" (1968), "Once Upon a Time in the West" (1968) and "Death Took Place Last Night" (1970).
Suffering from depression, he committed suicide in his hotel room in Rome on December 12th 1971 . His last film "When Women Lost Their Tails" (1972) was released after his death.
Created by: Weldon
Record added: Feb 03, 2008
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