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Oliver Rohrbeck is an actor from Germany. He was best known as a dubbing and radio play actor and audio book speaker. Oliver Rohrbeck also works as a dialogue director and as a dialogue book author. Oliver Rohrbeck is best known for his role as the first detective Justus Jonas in the popular radio play series The Three Question Marks, which first appeared in 1979. In addition, Oliver Rohrbeck has other tasks in the speaker industry. Among other things, he is the German dubbing voice of actors Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Michael Rapaport and Greg Germann. Oliver Rohrbeck is the managing director of the Berlin-based radio play label and live organizer Lauscherlounge. In addition to Oliver Rohrbeck, a number of other well-known German speakers will appear in the listening lounge.
The actor Oliver Rohrbeck grew up with an older sister in Berlin. Like his later colleague Andreas Fröhlich in The Three Question Marks, he first attended the Wald-Gymnasium in Berlin. He then moved to the Erich Hoepner High School. In the 11th grade, Oliver Rohrbeck switched to Erika Dannhoff’s private acting school. Oliver Rohrbeck has been active in film and television since he was a child. As a child, he appeared in the ZDF series Peter ist der Boss (1972) and in Sesame Street (1973), which is well-known to many children. In addition, Oliver Rohrbeck was cast in numerous dubbing and radio play roles. In collaboration with other well-known children’s speakers, he was able to appear in 1976 in the quick guessing show Die Montagsmaler, moderated by entertainer Frank Elstner. There he met Jens Wawrczeck, another colleague for the well-known series The Three Question Marks. In addition, in 1976/1977 Oliver Rohrbeck was the national winner of the German reading competition.
At school, Oliver Rohrbeck was already working in a theater in his free time, no less than the Schillertheater in Berlin, where he performed with Bernhard Minetti and Curt Bois, among others. He played Ariel in the drama The Tempest by William Shakespeare. When Oliver Rohrbeck had completed his acting exam, he was hired by several theaters and performed in various plays from 1984 to 1991, including at the Berlin Vaganten stage. He also took on several roles that were offered to him in television productions such as A Class of His Own (1984) or Didi – The Subtenant (1985-1986). From the mid-1970s, Oliver Rohrbeck appeared in several radio plays by the well-known Swedish children’s book author Lindgren. In addition, he worked in 1978 as Julian Kirrin in the youth adventure series Five Friends. Subsequently, Oliver Rohrbeck was engaged for the European radio play version of the same name, which, like the television series of the same name, was based on novels by Enid Blyton.
However, Oliver Rohrbeck achieved the real highlight of his career when the producer Heikedine Körting gave him one of the main roles in the detective series Die Drei ??? offered. In the decades that followed, these became one of the world’s most successful radio play series. In it, Oliver Rohrbeck can be heard alongside his friends Andreas Fröhlich as Bob Andrews and Jens Wawrczeck as detective Justus Jonas.
The live performances that the three speakers gave as a direct consequence of the hit series The Three Question Marks were also something special. They performed under the program title Master of Chess in a nationwide tour, with the radio play sequence of the same name being staged live there. After the great success, Oliver Rohrbeck and his colleagues staged a new stage version, which received the title The Strange Alarm Clock – Live and Ticking. All in all, the trio attracted more than 100,000 visitors to the cinemas and theaters with this program in 2009. In 2010, the ensemble put on the world’s largest live radio play in the Berlin Waldbühne with more than 15,000 spectators. Oliver Rohrbeck was also able to take part in many other well-known radio play productions, including Seafarer Sinbad and Der kleine Muck in radio play versions and cast permanent secondary characters such as Sheriff Freddy in Bibi and Tina and trainer Norbert in Die Teufelkicker.
“Voice acting is acting! You have to play the part right, and when the person on the screen is crying up there, you have to put yourself in that mood. You have to make emotions audible through the voice and merge with your role. You have to animate the words and you can only do that if you play them right. If you don’t do that, you will immediately hear from the voice that nothing is coming across. Then it just sounds dull and boring.”
The three main characters from The Three Question Marks Oliver Rohrbeck, Jens Wawrczeck and Andreas Fröhlich have known each other since their school days.