His son Oliver works as Producer for the Bavaria Film Company in Munich and is a popular Producer in Germany.
German actor and director of comedies, in films from 1924. Began on the stage in 1926 and worked in Berlin cabarets (including "Kabarett der Komiker" and "Die Katakombe") and theatres (Metropoltheater, Admiralspalast, Theater am Kurfürstendamm) during the 1930's. After the war, co-founded and led the Munich cabaret "Die Schaubude". Became popular as funny or eccentric old men in comedies, operettas and Heimatfilms of the 1950's and 60's. Also occasionally seen in international productions, notably in The Exorcist (1973) (as the servant Karl). Forced to wind down his career by the early 1980's due to the onset of blindness.
He continued his career during wartime and acted among others in "...reitet für Deutschland" (1941) and "Das schwarze Schaf" (1944).
He went on with his career after the war. From 1950 he also directed regular funny films with a regional background. Till 1962 he directed more than 20 movies.
The actor Rudolf Schündler was a very successful support actor who experienced his greatest popularity in the undemanding but very popular slapstick movies of the 60's and 70's.
In the 60's followed a whole string of banal comedies which enjoyed great popularity.
Rudolf Schündler also took part in some Edgar-Wallace movies.
In the 70's and 80's he often got engagements in TV production, so for several episodes of the successful serials "Derrick" and "Der Alte".
Rudolf Schündler experienced a late height with the movie "The Exorcist" (73), and some great German directors became aware again of this great actor. In the following years he took part in well-known movies like "Gefundenes Fressen" (1977), "Der amerikanische Freund" (1977) with Dennis Hopper - , "Schöner Gigolo, armer Gigolo" (1979) - the last movie of Marlene Dietrich - and "Der Sandmann" (1983) and rounded off an impressive film career.
After finishing the film The Nasty Girl, Rudolf died of a heart attack in Germany, he was 82 years old. The film was released in 1990; 2 years after his death.