Cliff Roles
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Radio/TV Host, Actor, Photographer, Translator, Features Writer, MC/Auctioneer
A little about me (so that you know I am a real person and not a spammer!)
- Actor at, among others, S.W. Florida's Players of Sarasota, Venice Theatre, Manatee Players, Golden Apple Dinner Theatre and the Backlot.

- Award-winning radio talk-show host. I have a weekly live radio show calld "Cliff On Sundays" on 1280 AM WTMY from 12 to 2 pm every Sunday.
Plus, I podcast my radio interviews through my website, through (iTunes), through Facebook and regularly through Creative Loafing's Blog 941.

- Features writer for Scene Magazine, the oldest magazine on Florida’s Southwest Coast, so be sure to watch out for my column every month!

- Professional photographer:
Professional and lifestyle portfolios, events, head-shots, family portraits, weddings, house pets - all at a very reasonable price, and we’ll take photos for as long as it takes - it’s that simple!
So contact me for a session at (941) 685-9017 or mail me at - I promise to make you look FABULOUS!

-I'm a professional German>English translator, a narrator, an Audiobook reader, and I also enjoy doing voiceovers and TV commercials.

- Sophisticated, non-regional English accent, and am able to do voice work in regional British accents (London (e.g. cockney), Yorkshire, Irish, Welsh, for example), as well as French, German, Russian, Australian and South African accents. I speak fluent English (native), French and German.

- Master of Ceremonies/Auctioneer at community and corporate events and fundraisers.
- Ringmaster of Circus Sarasota in 2006 and 2007.

- “Best Local Actor” (3rd year in succession!), “Best Media Personality” and “Best Mixed Message”, Creative Loafing 2009
- Readers Choice "Best Local Charismatic Actor 2009", SRQ Magazine
- Best Emcee/Auctioneer 2009, Scene Magazine
- Top three, Best Local Actor 2008 and 2009, Sarasota Magazine
- Readers' Choice winner 2008, Best Supporting Actor, Sarasota Herald Tribune
- Readers' Choice "Best Local Actor 2008" and "Best Suncoast Enthusiast 2008", Creative Loafing
- Sarasota County Arts Council 2007 Arts Leadership Award for Media.
-Best Suncoast Enthusiast and Best Local Actor 2007, Creative Loafing
- Best Suncoast Enthusiast, 2nd place Best Radio DJ, Best Local Actor - Creative Loafing, 2007
- Recipient of the Sarasota County Arts Council 2007 Arts Leadership Award for Media.

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Actor, Local Media, Writer
The things I like most about the Sarasota/Manatee area

Why I Love Sarasota
By Cliff Roles (as published in SCENE Magazine, June 2008)

About eight years ago I was going through one of those "male-menopause-midlife-crisis" phases, where nothing and no-one seemed to be right for me. My marriage had gone pear-shaped, I was burnt out from 16 years in the rock 'n roll business, and my people skills desperately needed honing.
I decided to change pace, job, surroundings and attitude. I became a translator and started traveling the world. Greece, Mexico, Italy, Switzerland ... I eventually landed on Florida's East Coast and, in keeping with my mood, bought a Harley Davidson motorcycle (I mean, who wouldn't?). And on February 17 2001, my birthday, I rode into Sarasota and parked my bike outside the Columbia Restaurant on St. Armand's. I bought myself an ice-cream at Scoop Daddy's, walked slowly around the Circle, and knew instantly that I was home. I met my wife Maria that evening, and within 18 months I had moved out of my flat in Hamburg, Germany and had become a resident of Sarasota.
I have fallen in love with Sarasota, and Sarasota has warmly opened to my embrace. Of course I now regularly sing songs of praise about its beaches, climate, restaurants, arts and culture possibilities and entrepreneurial skills, but it's Sarasota's underlying feeling of pride and passion that gets me. Visit our Farmer's Market on a Saturday morning, walk Main Street to Five Points during Sarasota's Reading Festival or Arts Day, stroll Siesta Key on an Arts and Crafts weekend, and you'll realize why we are the envy of everyone that doesn't live here year round. Those wonderful retirees who have moved here from "up North" are Sarasota's most valuable asset; they help our community to flourish, they tend to our parks and gardens, they finance our arts organizations and they keep our restaurants in business. A smile and a thank-you on their lips, they are always ready to tell you their story: how long they've been here, how they discovered our paradise, where they are from and what they love about living here. Their story, yes. That's what we are - a plethora, a multitude, myriads of fabulous, fantastic stories - a collection of big hearts worn on big sleeves.
Why I love Sarasota? Because of its people, that's why - I needed to come here to regain my faith in human nature.
Thank you, People of Sarasota - I think I'll stick around.

My Interests & Hobbies

My wife and best friend Maria, radio/TV, acting, writing features ....
Theatre, opera, ballet, symphony
... and my dog Sam.

Personal Website
How I heard about
From Rick, Peg and Christine; I'm proud to be one of the first members and a contributing writer of!

Sarasota British Club / Meet MingleCliff!

You really couldn't wish for a nicer bunch of people: the Sarasota British Club meets regularly at different venues to enjoy each other's company and a meal, have a natter and occasionally invite a guest speaker or musician. I was honored to be asked to speak before them in August and was thrilled at the reception I received.
They are always looking out for new members, so if you feel a hankering towards us Brits or are curious as to our history and heritage, culinary delights and idiosyncracies, join the club and get to know a fine group (I heartily recommend their Christmas "do", for example!).
The club has its own website and newsletter, so bookmark one and subscribe to the other:


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GOT A MINUTE?, our 60-second Play Festival at the Players, Sept 4 - 6 2009

Posted on July 28, 2009 at 6:30am 0 Comments

Every one of the 60× 1-minute plays performed at GOT A MINUTE? this Sept. will have a producer, a person who pays 75 dollars so that their play - and all the proceeds over the three days - will be dedicated to cancer awareness and to the Moffitt Cancer Care Foundation. Be a GOT A MINUTE? producer and dedicate your play to a loved one.

Phone 358-7675 or; and buy your GAM? tickets at 365-2494!…


Monday, May 18: Please assemble at 10 am in the reception area of the Holiday Inn, Lido Beach 233 Ben Franklin Drive Sarasota FL 34236 Men and women, any type, for lobby scene. You will be needed pr…

Posted on May 17, 2009 at 1:22am 0 Comments

Monday, May 18: Please assemble at 10 am in the reception area of the

Holiday Inn,

Lido Beach

233 Ben Franklin Drive

Sarasota FL 34236

Men and women, any type, for lobby scene.

You will be needed pretty much for the full day (estimated wrap 10:30-11pm). There are some we can send home after our first scene, and others as we complete certain scenes, but the rest will need to stay.

EXTRAS are as follows:

1. NY Businessmen Age 40s-50s. Male.…

The Jonestown Defense - indie movie feature - Audition details

Posted on May 6, 2009 at 8:00am 0 Comments

Auditions for "The Jonestown Defense" will be held on Thursday, May 7th as an open call from 1 - 4pm.

Callbacks will be on May 8th.

You must be available for shooting at Sarasota locations between May 12 and May 19, 2009.


770 St. Judes Drive North.

Longboat Key, FL 34228

Where spoken lines are involved, you will be asked to read from sides.

Please bring your headshot, resume/bio with contact numbers, as well as possible conflict…

"That would be harsher punishment for parole violators, Stan … and world peace."

Posted on April 17, 2009 at 3:00am 0 Comments

As American as apple pie: "Smile" provides a platform for some musical-theater stars of tomorrow, but also gives rise to thought.

As I was driving home from tonight's Opening Night of "Smile", the musical by Marvin Hamlisch and Howard Ashman that deals with the "American Young Miss" beauty pageant of 1985, a couple of thoughts went through my mind: I was impressed with the cast's obvious hard work to bring this performance to the Players' stage; I "discovered" (for…

SCENE UpClose tonight at 8 pm on Channel 21!

Posted on April 14, 2009 at 9:26am 0 Comments

This evening I'll be hosting SCENE UpClose TV from 8 - 8.30 pm on BLAB TV, Sarasota Local Channel 21. In addition to talking about various new events going on this week in town and looking at the new issue of SCENE Magazine, I'll be welcoming as my guests Leslie Jones & Stacey Corley from the Junior League as well as Philip Tavill & Angie Stringer of Children First.

Don't worry if you can't see the show live - the edited clips will be available for…

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At 10:18pm on February 16, 2011, Jack Alexander said…
"HAPPY BIRTHDAY again Cliff !!!" Clap, Clap. Cheer,Cheer. Bravo. May your birthday be joyously celebrated by one and all. God Bless! Truly, Jack
At 8:24am on February 18, 2009, Rick Hughes said…
Happy Birthday yesterday! (I was going to write 2 days ago but wanted to wait until your actual day..then it was too late last night. Dang it). Happy 39th!
At 8:16am on January 8, 2009, Diana Vytell said…
Thanks about the pic. Would love to come and chat. I will be up North until January 29th. Crazy, huh?
At 10:38am on November 28, 2008, Michelle Giglio said…
Sounds like fun and would love to! When do you plan on doing this?
We will be off to jolly olde England to see family and friends on Sat20th or Sun21st Dec and won't be back until Jan10th or 11th, so if it is before then I can do the show. No I do not really have any recordings of singing Christmas songs- I was really thinking about making a Christmas CD for next year. Yes, I did see you comments about Voices of Light, Thank You! It was really wonderful joining forces with everyone. Isn't Richard Storm a gem? And Joe is wonderful to work with, I will be singing with the Southwest Fl Symphony in Jan- will be singing Poulenc's Gloria. Jan 24-25 at Barbara B. Mann in Ft. Meyers. By the way, who does your web site? Are you able to update it yourself or is it someone else who does?
At 10:07am on November 28, 2008, Michelle Giglio said…
Hello Cliff, How are you? I trust you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
I saw a photo of your dog, he is adorable! Will you be in Jolly olde England for the holidays?
At 11:37am on November 20, 2008, Rick Hughes said…
I know, I was just sharing the happiness with you. Thanks!
At 11:10am on November 20, 2008, Justin Irwin said…
Oh Cliff, I would love to post some wonderful, interesting things, but the truth is I'm kinda out of the loop, and trying to stay informed myself! LoL

I imagine you'll be at the Arts Council Anniversary luncheon. If you are, I'll see you there, I'm part of the entertainment.
At 10:40pm on November 19, 2008, Rick Hughes said…
500 members!
At 11:33am on October 29, 2008, Beverly Fleming said…
Hi Cliff, It was great seeing you at the Opera. I've been having problems with my e-mail not sending out my messages. Hopefully, I'll get it fixed today. Maybe this way it will go out to you.
At 12:34am on October 28, 2008, Bharati Ishaya said…
Go to bed!
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