The Big Bang Theory: German voice actor for “Raj” dies


His voice should be more than known to German fans of the series “The Big Bang Theory”: Rajvinder Singh dubbed the series favorite Dr. Rajesh “Raj” Koothrappali. Now the writer and voice actor has died.

As dubbing director Stefan Ludwig, a family friend, announced on Tuesday, Rajvinder Singh died on December 16, 2021 after a brief illness. He was 65 years old.

Rajvinder Singh celebrated great success with “The Big Bang Theory”

Singh was especially recognized as the voice of Dr. Rajesh “Raj” known Ramayan Koothrappali in the hit series “The Big Bang Theory” (Kunal Nayyar). He also worked on films such as “Matrix Revolutions”.

The voice actor and writer came from Punjab in India and has lived in Berlin since 1981, according to the announcement. Only four years later he began to publish as an author in German and worked, among other things, as a town clerk for Rheinsberg and Trier. His last publication “If I read you like a book” was published by Klak Verlag. According to “RND”, the publisher Jörg Becken recalls that the 65-year-old campaigned for the exchange of authors in East and West in the 80s.

The Federal President quoted the writer

He also had a connection with Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. As Foreign Minister he quoted Singh in a speech at the Frankfurt Book Fair on the host country India: “Overcoming individual, linguistic or religious foreignness is the most important step in transforming from being an individual to being a human being.”

According to the publisher, Rajvinder Singh wrote in five languages, lovingly calling German his “stepmother’s language”. In India he received his highest honor, the National Fellowship of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study in Shimla. A total of 14 of his poetry volumes have been published. Three of his poems are carved in stone in the city park and at two schools in Trier. Singh leaves behind a wife and daughter.

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