Edward G. Robinson

Lowest Rated: 20% MacKenna's Gold (1969)
Birthday: Dec 12, 1893
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania
Born Emmanuel Goldenberg, Edward G. Robinson was a stocky, forceful, zesty star of Hollywood films who was best known for his gangsters roles in the '30s. A "little giant" of the screen with a pug-dog face, drawling nasal voice, and a snarling expression, he was considered the quintessential tough-guy actor. Having emigrated with his family to the U.S. when he was ten, Robinson planned to be a rabbi or a lawyer, but decided on an acting career while a student at City College, where he was elected to the Elizabethan Society. He attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts on a scholarship, and, in 1913, began appearing in summer stock after changing his name to "Edward G." (for Goldenberg). Robinson debuted on Broadway in 1915, and, over the next 15 years, became a noted stage character actor, even co-writing one of his plays, The Kibitzer (1929). He appeared in one silent film, The Bright Shawl (1923), but not until the sound era did he begin working regularly in films, making his talkie debut in The Hole in the Wall (1929) with Claudette Colbert. It was a later sound film, 1930's Little Caesar, that brought him to the attention of American audiences; portraying gangster boss Rico Bandello, he established a prototype for a number of gangster roles he played in the ensuing years. After being typecast as a gangster he gradually expanded the scope of his roles, and, in the '40s, gave memorable "good guy" performances as in a number of psychological dramas; he played federal agents, scientists, Biblical characters, business men, bank clerks, among other characters. The actor experienced a number of personal problems during the '50s. He was falsely linked to communist organizations and called before the House Un-American Activities Committee (eventually being cleared of all suspicion). Having owned one of the world's largest private art collections, he was forced to sell it in 1956 as part of a divorce settlement with his wife of 29 years, actress Gladys Lloyd. Robinson continued his career, however, which now included television work, and he remained a busy actor until shortly before his death from cancer in 1973. His final film was Soylent Green (1973), a science fiction shocker with Charlton Heston. Two months after his death, Robinson was awarded an honorary Oscar "for his outstanding contribution to motion pictures," having been notified of the honor before he died. He was also the author of a posthumously published autobiography, All My Yesterdays (1973).

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Tcm Presents Double Indemnity Encore Actor 2015
No Score Yet Tcm Presents Double Indemnity Actor 2015
No Score Yet Tintorera - Tiger Shark Actor 1978
73% Soylent Green Sol Roth 1973
No Score Yet Song of Norway Krogstad 1970
20% MacKenna's Gold Old Adams 1969
No Score Yet Operation Heartbeat Actor 1969
No Score Yet The Biggest Bundle of Them All Professor Samuels 1968
No Score Yet Never a Dull Moment Leo Joseph Smooth 1968
No Score Yet Grand Slam Prof. James Anders 1968
85% The Cincinnati Kid Lancey Howard 1965
No Score Yet Sammy Going South (A Boy Ten Feet Tall) Cocky Wainwright 1965
No Score Yet The Outrage Con Man 1964
67% Cheyenne Autumn Carl Schurz 1964
No Score Yet Good Neighbor Sam Simon Nurdlinger 1964
44% Robin and the Seven Hoods Big Jim 1964
No Score Yet My Geisha Sam 1962
100% Two Weeks in Another Town Maurice Kruger 1962
No Score Yet Pepe Himself 1960
No Score Yet Seven Thieves Theo Wilkins/Dr. Vital 1960
71% A Hole in the Head Mario Manetta 1959
97% Some Like It Hot Actor 1959
97% The Ten Commandments Dathan 1956
No Score Yet Nightmare Rene Bressard 1956
No Score Yet Illegal Victor Scott 1955
No Score Yet Black Tuesday Vincent Canelli 1955
No Score Yet A Bullet for Joey Inspector Leduc 1955
No Score Yet Tight Spot Lloyd Hallett 1955
No Score Yet The Violent Men Lee Wilkison 1955
No Score Yet Hell on Frisco Bay Victor Amato 1955
No Score Yet Big Leaguer John B. 'Hans' Lobert 1953
No Score Yet The Glass Web Henry Hayes 1953
No Score Yet Actors and Sin Maurice Tillayou 1952
No Score Yet It's a Great Feeling Himself 1949
80% House of Strangers Gino Monetti 1949
No Score Yet Night Has a Thousand Eyes John Triton 1948
No Score Yet All My Sons Joe Keller 1948
100% The Search Mr. Crookes 1948
97% Key Largo Johnny Rocco 1948
80% The Red House Pete Morgan 1947
96% The Stranger Mr. Wilson 1946
No Score Yet Journey Together Dean McWilliams 1946
100% Scarlet Street Christopher Cross 1945
No Score Yet Our Vines Have Tender Grapes Martinus Jacobson 1945
91% The Woman in the Window Prof. Richard Wanley 1944
97% Double Indemnity Barton 1944
No Score Yet Mr. Winkle Goes to War Wilbert George Winkle 1944
No Score Yet Tampico Capt. Bart Manson 1944
No Score Yet Flesh And Fantasy Marshall Tyler 1943
No Score Yet Destroyer Steve Boleslavski 1943
No Score Yet Moscow Strikes Back Actor 1942
No Score Yet Tales of Manhattan Larry Browne 1942
No Score Yet Larceny, Inc. "Pressure" Maxwell 1942
No Score Yet Unholy Partners Bruce Corey 1941
No Score Yet Manpower Hank 'Gimpy' McHenry 1941
No Score Yet The Sea Wolf Wolf Larsen 1941
No Score Yet Brother Orchid Little John T. `Johnny' Sarto 1940
No Score Yet Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet Dr. Paul Ehrlich 1940
No Score Yet Confessions of a Nazi Spy Edward "Ed" Renard 1939
No Score Yet The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse Dr. Clitterhouse 1938
No Score Yet A Slight Case of Murder Remy Marco 1938
No Score Yet I Am the Law John Lindsay 1938
No Score Yet The Last Gangster Joe Krozak 1937
No Score Yet Kid Galahad Nick Donati 1937
No Score Yet Thunder in the City Dan Armstrong 1937
No Score Yet Bullets or Ballots Johnny Blake 1936
92% Barbary Coast Luis Chamalis 1935
100% The Whole Town's Talking Arthur Ferguson Jones 1935
No Score Yet The Man with Two Faces Damon Wells 1934
No Score Yet Dark Hazard Jim Turner 1934
No Score Yet I Loved a Woman John Mansfield Hayden 1933
No Score Yet The Little Giant James Francis "Bugs" Aheam 1933
No Score Yet Tiger Shark Actor 1932
No Score Yet Two Seconds John Allen 1932
No Score Yet The Hatchet Man Actor 1932
No Score Yet Silver Dollar Yates Martin 1932
91% Five Star Final Joseph Randall 1931
No Score Yet Smart Money Nick 'The Barber' Venizelos 1931
No Score Yet The Stolen Jools Actor 1931
91% Little Caesar Rico Bandello 1931
No Score Yet Bright Shawl Domingo Escobar 1923


No Score Yet Night Gallery
  • 1971
93% Batman
  • 1967