Manfred Ludolf Steffen (born June 28th, 1916 in Hamburg, Germany) was an actor in many German television programs and was the narrator of Thomas & Friends from the first - fifth seasons between 1998 and 2000, the CD release of Calling All Engines! and the first 16 audiobooks of Thomas & Friends in Germany.
He was best known for appearing in various German television shows and films, such as "Der Nachlaß", "Hoopers letzte Jagd", "Miss Milly Mill", "Heimatgeschichten", and "Frau Luna". He is also known for voicing Henry Travers from "It's a Wonderful Life", Peter Cushing from "From Beyond the Grave", Noah Beery Jr. from "The Rockford Files", Mr. Hooper from "Sesame Street", and Gustav from "Felidae".
He died on January 22nd, 2009 in Halstenbek, Schleswig-Holstein at the age of 92.
- He, Holger Mahlich, Thomas Fritsch, Dirk Bach, Patrick Bach, Robin Brosch, Sascha Draeger, Konstantin Graudus, Eberhard Haar, Fabian Harloff, Lutz Herkenrath, Till Huster, Henry König, Helmut Krauss, Martin May, Tetje Mierendorf, Robert Missler, Renate Pichler, Christian Rudolf, Tobias Schmidt, Rainer Schmitt, Achim Schülke, Christian Stark, Bernd Stephan, Sky du Mont, Marion von Stengel, Peter Weis and Santiago Ziesmer all had roles in "The Three Investigators".
- He and Robert Missler both had roles in "Sesame Street".