Dr. Wilhelm Rolf isn't one of the best-known characters in the history of DAYS OF OUR LIVES, but the man could play a very important role in the soap’s future! The doc has been played by actor William Utay since the character was first introduced back in 1997, and while he died in 2003, he returned again for another stint from 2007-2008. Dr. Rolf has not only faked deaths (including his own) but brought people back to life. With Utay reprising his role, could the mad scientist hold the answer to whether or not Will is really alive?
Dr. Rolf first appeared as the man working on a cure for Roman, but it turned out he was also responsible for helping Stefano turn Hope into Princess Gina! After an adventure in the jungle where he helped cure John and Peter, Rolf journeyed to Salem with Stefano and got mixed up in a crazy scheme to switch Hope’s child with his niece, Marlo’s. Stefano also had the doctor transform Hattie Adams’ appearance to look even more like Marlena’s. When news of the evil deeds began to come to light, Rolf detonated bombs all over Salem to cover his tracks!
Rolf helped make Hattie into the woman she is today! (Photo Credit: Aaron Montgomery/JPI)
Wilhelm became a professor at the university to keep an eye on the children of Salem, including the Gemini Twins, Cassie and Rex. He programmed the duo to kill anyone who came near the DiMeras and was later revealed to have been involved in their conception and birth. When Rex confronted Rolf, the doctor was killed when a crate fell on him.
But four years later, Rolf was revealed to be very much alive and serving as personal physician to an ailing Stefano. He had Sami kidnapped so he could use stem cells from her unborn baby to keep Stefano alive, but instead discovered she wasn’t actually carrying E.J. DiMera’s child! Andre DIMera stole the liver of Benjy Hawk so Rolf could transplant it into Stefano and save his life.
Rolf brought John back to life but broke his brain! (Photo Credit: Paul Skipper/jpistudios.com)
When John was hit by a car and killed, Rolf revived the guy and brainwashed him to become Stefano’s pawn again. When John became violent, he attempted to kill Rolf, but Stefano managed to stop him. Rolf was arrested along with his boss, and John agreed not to press charges against Rolf if he became his butler and shut down his lab. Marlena requested the doctor’s help in restoring John’s memories, offering to vouch for him if he did the right thing.
Rolf returned to work for Stefano, but now that the villain is gone, Wilhelm hasn’t been seen in Salem for quite some time. However, the doctor’s history with bringing the dead back to life would seem to make him an important piece of the puzzle regarding whether or not Will could possibly be alive after being strangled to death by Ben!
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