Taffy Was Born

a film by David Giardina

Rolf Beyer In Memorium

Rolf Beyer was Scenic and Set Pieces Designer on "Taffy Was Born".  Sadly, Rolf passed away just after shooting of the movie was completed.  This page is dedicated to his memory.  


Born Rudolph Thomas Beyer on March 12, 1934 in Denver, Colorado, he was the son of successful exporter Rudolph Beyer, Sr. of Andover, Germany and painter Melba Beyer of Chicago, Illinois.


In the mid 1930’s the family moved to New York City where Rolf was raised in fashionable neighborhoods.  One such address was the Gramercy Park Hotel.  As a result of his father’s business, Rolf traveled extensively around Europe with his parents starting at a young age.  He attended The Rectory School in Pomfret, CT from 1944-1947.  During summer holidays Rolf worked as an apprentice stagehand at the Cape Playhouse on Cape Cod, Massachusetts where he befriended many stage and screen luminaries including Paulette Goddard, Beatrice Lilly, Tallulah Bankhead and Hurd Hatfield, Butterfly McQueen and many others.  It was there that his artistic flare was kindled.


Rolf went on to graduate from Dartmouth College and did his post-graduate studies at Yale University Drama School.  He later returned to Dartmouth as a professor of Architectural History and Stage Design.   His expertise eventually led him to become Master Scene Designer at Yale Drama School and Catholic University.  Some of Mr. Beyer’s brilliant set creations were featured in several celebrated books on the subject including:  W. Oren Parker’s “Scene Design and Stage Lighting” and Lyn Pecktal’s “Designing and Drawing for the Stage”.


An active member of the Scene Artists Union since the 1960’s, Rolf worked on many major productions at both the old and new Metropolitan Opera Houses and numerous Broadway productions including “Phantom of the Opera”.  At ABC Television he worked on countless programs even after his retirement in 2001.


Rolf’s last assignment was as Scenic/Artistic Director “Taffy Was Born”.  It was the only film work he ever did in his long and distinguished career and he also appears in a brief cameo in a key scene in the movie.  Rolf was a dear friend and colleague and will be surely missed by those who knew him.