Werner Abrolat (1924-1997) was a German voice actor who dubbed Gonzo in Die Muppet Show and the films and specials through A Muppet Family Christmas. He also dubbed minor character parts (usually old men) in Jim Hensons beste Geschichten (The StoryTeller).
Abrolat's acting career began after World War II and was initially limited to the provincial stage. Then in 1949, he began appearing on television and dubbing films. In 1965, he appeared with Clint Eastwood and future Die Muppet Show co-star Kurt Zips in Sergio Leone's acclaimed spaghetti Western For a Few Dollars More (as outlaw Slim), and appeared in Jess Franco's films The Castle of Fu Manchu (featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000) and The Bloody Judge (both with Christopher Lee). He was also a frequent player in the comedies of German filmmaker Helge Schneider.
As a voice actor, Abrolat dubbed Christopher Lloyd in Star Trek IV, David Ketchum in The Main Event, Peter Sallis in Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?, and Geoffrey Bayldon in The 10th Man. TV dubbing included Davros and others on the original Doctor Who, several guest stars on Columbo and Cheers, and over thirty guests on CHiPs (including Rudy Vallee). Animation roles included Groundskeeper Willie on The Simpsons, Moralelastix in Asterix vs. Caesar, assorted Scooby-Doo suspects, and Unicron in Transformers: The Movie.
For German television, Abrolat appeared in episodes of Derrick, Tatort, the German Father Brown adaptations, and Das Kriminalmuseum. He also appeared in an episode of the BBC World War II series Colditz as a German farmer.
Muppet dubbing credits
- as Gonzo unless otherwise noted
- Die Muppet Show
- Muppet Movie (The Muppet Movie)
- Ich war frei, ich war glücklich (Julie Andrews: One Step Into Spring)
- Der Grosse Muppet Krimi (The Great Muppet Caper)
- Die Fraggles (Fraggle Rock): Marlon Fraggle
- Die Muppets erobern Manhattan (The Muppets Take Manhattan)
- Die fantastische Miss Piggy Show (The Fantastic Miss Piggy Show)
- Die Muppets feiern Weihnacht (A Muppet Family Christmas)
- Jim Hensons beste Geschichten (The StoryTeller)