Competitive bodybuilder-turned-actor Ralf Moeller is probably best remembered as Conan on the hit television series “Conan The Adventurer” (1997-1998). On the wide screen, Moeller, who had his first taste of being in front of the film cameras in such action flicks as “Cyborg” (1989), “Universal Soldier” (1992), “Best Of The Best 2” (1993) and “Batman & Robin” (1997), enjoyed international recognition as Hagen on Ridley Scott’s critically acclaimed epic “Gladiator” (2000), opposite Russell Crowe. He is also known for having parts in the movies “The Scorpion King” (2002), “El Padrino” (2004), “My Suicidal Sweetheart” (2005), “Pathfinder” (2007), “Seed” and “Postal” (both 2007) and appeared in such German productions as “Der Superbuller und die Halbstarken (2000), “Held der Gladiatoren” (2003), “Megalodon -Hai-Alarm auf Mallorca” (2004) and “Time of the Comet” (2007). Prior to his acting career, Moeller won several competitions in swimming and bodybuilding in Germany and in 1986 became the world champion of the International Federation of Bodybuilders in Tokyo, Japan.
Moeller’s admirers’ should look forward to his acting in such upcoming movies as “Dejection,” “The Tourist,” “Slave” and “Abelar: Tales of an Ancient Empire.”
The 1983 German bodybuilding champion is an avid supporter of fitness and good nutrition and lives an energetic and healthy lifestyle. When he is free, Moeller enjoys scuba diving, horseback riding, tennis and motorcycle riding.
Moeller is the father of two girls, Laura and Jacqueline, who were mothered by his wife Annette. The couple moved from Germany to Los Angeles, California, in 1992.
Childhood and Family:
Ralf Rudolf Möller, professionally known as Ralf Moeller, was born on January 12, 1959, in Recklinghausen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. He first discovered a love for sports at age seven and before long, joined the SU Neptune Recklinghausen swim club. He won several swimming competitions in Germany before turning his attention to bodybuilding. While maintaining his training as a lifeguard, 17-year-old Ralf trained hard to become a world bodybuilding champion, a goal he ultimately achieved in 1986 at the International Federation of Bodybuilders in Tokyo, Japan. Prior to that achievement, he finished second and became the German bodybuilding champion in 1982 and 1983, respectively. In 1988, he participated in the Mr. Olympia, opposite such famed champions as Lee Haney and Shawn Ray.
Ralf is married to a woman named Annette and they two daughters, Laura and Jacqueline. The family currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
Born and raised in Germany Ralf Moeller was a professional swimmer before becoming a competitive bodybuilder. He made his acting debut in a 1988 episode of the German series “Tatort.” He followed it up with parts in “Jan Rap en z’n maat” (1989) and “Occhio alla perestrojka/Watch Out for Perestroika” (1990). He made his English language debut when he was cast as Brick Bardo in the Hollywood film “Cyborg” (1989), which starred Jean-Claude van Damme.
Moeller headed to Los Angeles in 1992. Later that same year, he landed a minor role in the Roland Emmerich directed “Universal Soldier,” which reunited him with van Damme. More roles followed, including portraying Brakus in the Eric Roberts starring vehicle “Best of the Best 2” (1993), Kjartan in Michael Chapman's “The Viking Sagas” (1995), Arkham Asylum Guard in Joel Schumacher's “Batman & Robin” (1997) and Kurt Mayer in Brent Huff's “The Bad Pack” (1998).
Moeller’s big breakthrough came when he was cast in the starring role of Conan the Barbarian on the American TV series “Conan The Adventurer” (1997-1998). The show was a success and aired in more than 80 countries, including Moeller’s native land of Germany. In addition to propelling him to worldwide prominence, the role made Moeller the first German actor to have the starring role in an American TV series.
Entering the new millennium, Moeller received additional popularity with his role of Hagen on the Academy Award winning epic “Gladiator” (2000), which was directed by Ridley Scott and starred Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix. His performance in the blockbuster movie earned Moeller international praise. He returned to German productions later that same year to star as Mark Kerner in the TV film “Der Superbuller und die Halbstarken.”
Moeller next played Tank Emerson in the family film “Ozzie” (2001) and guest starred in such TV series as “Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda,” “Queen of Swords,” “Relic Hunter” (all 2001) and “Mutant X” (2002) before having his next box office exposure with “The Scorpion King” (2002). Costars of the movie included The Rock, Kelly Hu and Michael Clarke Duncan.
After roles in the television movies “The Paradise Virus” and “Held der Gladiatoren/Hero of the Gladiators” (2003), Moeller played Kurt Meyers in the Damian Chapa directed “El Padrino” (2004), in which he costarred with Faye Dunaway, Stacey Keach, Jennifer Tilly and the director himself. He went on to spend the rest of the year working in such German productions as “Ring of the Nibelungs” and “Megalodon -Hai-Alarm auf Mallorca.”
Moeller revisited the wide screen in 2005 when he portrayed the role of Bruno, a suicidal patient in a psychiatric hospital, in the dramatic comedy “My Suicidal Sweetheart,” for director/writer Michael Parness. Subsequent film credits include the Jay Chandrasekhar comedy “Beerfest” (2006, as Hammacher), Marcus Nispel's “Pathfinder” (2007, as Ulfar), Uwe Boll's thrillers “Seed” (2007, as Warden Arnold Calgrove) and “Postal” (2007, as Officer John). He also appeared in “Time of the Comet” (2007, as Freiherr von Keittel), “Far Cry,” (2008) and “Alone in the Dark 2” (2008, V) and will portray characters in the upcoming “Dejection,” “The Tourist,” “Slave” and “Abelar: Tales of an Ancient Empire.” Moeller is also set to star in upcoming “King of the Vampires” and “Blackout - The Film.”
International Federation of Bodybuilders: World Champion, 1986
German Bodybuilding Champion, 1983