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Hey ice head...you got a visitor!
Ralf Moeller spent his early years in competetive swimming and started bodybuilding at the age of 17. Moeller eventually started competed and at the age of 25 won the German Bodybuilding Championship title in 1984. His list of friends and associates in Hollywood is a who's who list of action stars and I'm surprised he hasn't appeared in one of the Expendables flicks due to his close ties to Schwarzenegger.
Moeller's big screen debut came in the Van Damme Sci-fi classic Cyborg as the character Brick Bardo. Bardo was one of Fender's henchmen (the guy with the glazed eyes and the 80's shades). Moeller had a decent chunk of screen time, but after being ambushed in the sewer meets his demise at the hands of JCVD. Of course, most people know that Cyborg was the result of a sequel to Masters of the Universe and a live action Spider-Man flick being in the works and both were scrapped as Cannon films was facing financial troubles...the result was the production work being evolved into Cyborg (a $500K Masterpiece!). Ironically, Moeller has a bit of a resemblance to Beast Man with the hairstyle and wardrove, but doesn't sound like him....all of Moeller's lines were dubbed due to his thick German accent.
Moeller's next big screen appearance came alongside.....Jean Claude Van-Damme in yet another Sci-Fi Classic, Universal Soldier. Playing the role of "GR76" Moeller held his own with JCVD and Dolph as one of the tactical Unisol units. Moeller was Dolph's right hand man as they went rogue and off the deep end. During the final chase scene Moeller and Dolph thought they had Van Damme nailed as they tried to push his uverturned bus off the edge of a cliff...too bad Van Damme popper up, plugged Moeller full of bullets causing him to collapse at the wheel and drive off the cliff. Dolph somehow survived, Moeller didn't...They're dropping like flies!!!
One of my all time favorite Martial Arts B-Movies would be Best of the Best 2 starring...Ralf Moeller. Moeller was cast as the main villain Brakus. Not only did the man pound the crap out of Chris Penn, but he also had to put up with Eric Robert's insistent blubbering and Wayne Newton's schticky dialogue. Either way, Brakus was a bad ass. During the final fight with Tommy Lee (not the drummer) Brakus finally gets his ass kicked and his life is spared, that is until he tries to blindside Lee and ends up getting his neck broken.....if you haven't seen it, check it out. Make sure you have a bottle of your favorite drink and take a shot whenever Robert's sheds a tear, you'll be feeling pretty happy about an hour in....
After appearing in The Viking Tales (German), Moeller went on to appear in the epic classic Batman and Robin. Moeller landed the role of a prison guard at Arkham Asylum. In a blink and you'll miss him role, Moeller got to rock an eyepatch and deliver such oscar worthy dialogue as "Hey Ice Head..." and shared screen time with both Arnie and Uma...after his 10 seconds of fame, Moeller got one planted on him by Uma Thurman and died...
After a few straight to video films, Moeller landed the starring role in Conan: The Adventurer....Remember that one?! Not many do, it was cancelled after a season. I hear it was big in Germany (so is Hasselhoff). Moeller was a pretty decent fit physically for the role and the wardrobe and props were identical to the movies, but the character was just so different from the one portrayed in movies that fans were pretty divided. Toned down for T.V. this version of Conan was a very compasionate, kind, sympathetic and upbeat...a nicer Barbarian.
If anything positive came out of the Conan series it would be the skills Moeller learned for the role. Moeller's size, strength and sword handling skills did lead him to get a supporting role as Hagen in Ridley Scott's Gladiator. In Moeller's biggest screen appearance to date, he played alongside Crowe as the man responsible for evaluating the fighting talent of incoming slaves and eventuall joining Maximus' army of Galdiators. After many impressive battles in the arena Hagen get drilled with 6 or 7 arrows in the final battle for freedom and dies.
A few guest appearances on TV Shows and some more German language films and Moeller returned to the big screen as Thorak alongside Duane "The Rock" Johnson in The Scorpion King. Thorak was the bad guy match up for The Rock and eventually leads a bunch of troops to try and take down The Rock. As we all know, you can't beat The Rock...Duane held his own thanks to a sandstorm and picked off Thorak's men one by one, but not before Thorak stabbed him in the leg with a scorpion venom drenched arrow which eventually led to The Rock becomming The Scorpion King...
From here Moeller's career took a bit of a downturn, in some less memorable roles Moeller went on to star as a beer guzzling German in the drinking competition movie Beerfest. In a rather unusual turn for Moeller, he was cast in the kids flick Ozzie. Playing a goon named Tank, Moeller was responsible for kidnapping the talking, farting, burping plush Koala bear for his boss who wants to clone the bear and sell them as talking pets. Moeller bumbles along as he's seen riding a kid's bicycle, taking pies to the face and assaulted numerous times in a direct Home Alone ending rip off... hilarity ensues...Moeller also l landed a pretty large role in the movie Pathfinder. However, he spent a majority of the movie burried under a horned helmet, so you probably couldn't tell it's him....
For some unknown reason, maybe the German roots, maybe the need for work or maybe he likes boxing....Moeller went on to appear in a number of Uwe Boll movies. Seed, Postal, Alone in the Dark II & Far Cry....Unfortunatly, I've seen all of them and I can say that most are really not that great...i think Postal might have been the only marginally decent one thanks to J.K. Simmons....
Moeller's last big-screen appearance came in the love it or hate it flick The Tourist. Moeller played Jail Bird Lunt and received little screen time.....
Where is he now?
Moeller is rumored to be returning to the big screen in a movie called Active Shooter next year, he currently resides in California with his wife and two daughters.
Moeller has been involved in a number of humanitarian projects including providing and delivering fitness equipment to troops in Afghanistan as well as starting a project Stateside to help children with troubled backgrounds. Moeller has also launched his own line of cologne....for real men.
In his spare time he is a motorcycle enthusiast and loves techno, he's collaborated on numerous projects with the German group E Nomine. He's also gave Tico Torres a run for most testosterone on set while appearing as a gladiator in the music video for Bon Jovi's "Say it Isn't So" as well as appearing in the Scooter music video for Maria...This one's a bit tougher to figure out as he's rocking a satin red ruffled shirt, dancing disco style, drinking martinis and has a red terminator glowing style eye....I shit you not.