In Memoriam: Actor Robert Hoffman, star of “The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe”

I’ve just learnt of the death of Robert Hoffman (30th August 1939 – 4th July 2022), aged 82, a handsome blond-haired Austrian actor who became familiar to generations of British children as the star of the classic black-and-white television series The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, first shown here in 1965, featuring one of the most memorable theme tunes for so many, created for the English version by Robert Mellin and Gian-Piero Reverberi; up there, for me, with On White Horses.

The series was Hoffmann’s first professional acting job and became a staple of BBC children’s summer holiday schedules for many years, and the series led to many roles in German language films.

He did, however, have one more moment of stardom in the UK when he was chosen to play the U-boat Captain in the 1980 film The Sea Wolves, also starring Gregory Peck, Roger Moore, David Niven, Trevor Howard and Patrick Macnee.

There’s an extensive interview with Robert Hoffman here, in German, about his entire career, which included working alongside Peter Cushing

Daily Telegraph Obituary (Paywall)

A fantastic guide to the making of “The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe”

Wikipedia – The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (TV series)

The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe DVD (AmazonUK Affiliate Link)

Director: Jean Sacha
Production: Deropa/Franco-Londo
Robinson Crusoe: Robert Hoffmann
Friday: Fabian Cevallos
Robinson Crusoe’s Father: Erich Bludau
Captain Darrik: Robert Dalban
With: Oskar von Schaab, Robert von Dalban, Claudia Berg, Jane Marken, Paul Chevallier, Robert Luchaire, Gilbert Robin u.a.
Music for the French and German release: Georges Van Parys
Music for the English release: Robert Mellin / Gian-Piero Reverberi

The Adventures Of Robinson Crusoe Original TV Soundtrack (AmazonUK Affiliate Link)

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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