The son of music educators Ernst Dahlke grew up in Koszalin, went in Stargard to school and attended high school in Dortmund, where he earned a high school in 1922. He studied at the Mining Academy and at the Technische Hochschule Berlin -Charlottenburg. He also attended lectures in German philology and dramatics and tried his hand as a painter and wood sculptor.
From 1926 Dahlke graduated from an acting training at the Max Reinhardt drama school in Berlin. Followed since 1928 theatrical engagements at various stages in Berlin and Munich. Among his many roles included the title role in Carl Zuckmayers The Devil's General, the role of Professor Higgins in Shaw's Pygmalion and Axel von Ambessers The Abysmal the Lord Gerstenberg the title role. From 1934 to 1944 he was part of the ensemble of the Deutsches Theater in Berlin.
From 1934 Dahlke played in various film roles most vital characters with simple-hearted. He was also seen in many dramas films, such as Gustav Ruprecht at Ucicky Heinrich von Kleist adaptation The Broken Jug and in the Erich Kästner film adaptations of The Flying Classroom and Three men in the snow. After the war he worked in various Dahlke 1946-1953 at the State Theatre in Munich, then he has performed at various theaters. His wife elf Gerhart- Dahlke, he married his second wife in 1955, worked as an actress and a sculptor.
A wide audience Dahlke was also known by numerous television roles such as that of the Rhine skipper James Wilde on the MS Franziska in the eponymous series (1978). In 1961, he spoke under the direction of Heinz -Günter strain in the six-part radio drama series Maigret and ... by Bayerischer Rundfunk in the title role. As a voice actor Dahlke lent his voice to artists like Charles Laughton ( Under the Black Flag, The Paradine Case ) and Vincent Price ( Keys of the Kingdom ).
Dahlke's grave site is located at the cemetery in Grundlsee ( Austria ).
- Heiteres constellation. Blüchert Verlag, Stuttgart, 1955.