Since 1997, Dr. Rolf has been Stefano's jack-of-all-trades henchman. A scientist, doctor, biochemist and plastic surgeon, Dr. Rolf has performed many dastardly deeds for DiMera, including turning Hope into Princess Gina, creating the Gemini twins and most recently, causing John Black's current robotic-like state.
So why is the person responsible for John's memory loss suddenly in his employ? One can only assume each man has his own agenda, Rolf's being that he's probably still working for Stefano. But whatever their reasons, the fans are certainly benefiting from their humorous scenes, such as John asking Dr. Rolf for advice on how to dress and instructing his employee to lose his accent simply because, "It bothers me."
While Wilhelm Rolf has spent his time serving others, his portrayer William Utay has enjoyed a varied and creative career. Utay has continuously appeared in a string of primetime series since 1985 including, "Knight Rider," "L.A. Law," "ER," "Angel" and "7th Heaven." Most notably, Utay appeared as the recurring characters of homeless Phil and his brother Will on the 1980's series "Night Court." Utay was also featured in the films, "Species," "Dark Blue," "Play it to the Bone" and "Ali," among others.
In addition to his success in acting, Utay is an accomplished artist, as he and his wife Susan specialize in hand-painted photography.
We don't know how long John plans on keeping Dr. Rolf on his payroll (and presumably under his thumb), but we certainly will enjoy the ride while it lasts.