— July 7
), born Rudolf Wijbrand Kesselaar
, was a Dutch entertainer.
He worked as a television entertainer and hosted his own show. The Rudi Carrell Show ran first in the Netherlands, then in Germany for many years.
Carrell was also a singer with a number of hits, and acted in several movies.
Eurovision Song Contest
He represented the Netherlands
at the Eurovision Song Contest 1960
singing " Wat een geluk
" (What luck). He finished 12th out of 13 scoring just 2 points.
Rudi Carrell Show
His own show "The Rudi Carrell Show" was a huge success in Germany from the 1960s to the 1990s. The show included a similar concept to "Star Search" or "Pop Idol" and brought many well-known German pop stars and actors to prominence, such as Alexis
or Mark Keller. It also featured comedy sketches.
His show was also pretty popular in some other European non-german speaking countries like Slovenia where his reunions between long lost friends or relatives became part of popular culture.
In between he hosted other popular shows, including "Am laufenden Band", "Rudis Tagesshow", "Herzblatt" and "7 Tage 7 Köpfe".
In 1987, he famously caused a diplomatic rift between Germany and Iran with a sketch in which veiled women threw their undergarments at someone dressed like Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini. The outraged Iranian government responded by expelling two German diplomats and closing the Goethe Institute in Tehran.
Another controversial sketch used clever editing to show the then Chancellor Helmut Kohl and other prominent German politicians apparently consorting with prostitutes.
In an interview in November 2005 the entertainer confirmed to the magazine Bunte
, that he was suffering from lung cancer
. He died on July 7
, aged 71.
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- Ingo Schiweck (Red.), "Laß dich überraschen ..." Niederländische Unterhaltungskünstler in Deutschland nach 1945, Münster 2005.
- Susanne Schult, Rudi Carrell. Das Image eines Stars in der Geschichte des deutschen Fernsehens, Osnabrück 2000.