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Edward G. Robinson



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).

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Tcm Presents Double Indemnity Encore
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Tcm Presents Double Indemnity
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Pulp Cinema
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Hollywood Legends - Frank Sinatra & Edward G. Robinson
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Tintorera - Tiger Shark
  • Actor
1978
71% Soylent Green
  • Sol Roth
1973
No Score Yet Song of Norway
  • Krogstad
1970
No Score Yet 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
70% 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 The Prize
  • Dr. Max Stratman
1963
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
67% A Hole in the Head
  • Mario Manetta
1959
96% Some Like It Hot
  • Actor
1959
94% 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
95% The Woman in the Window
  • Prof. Richard Wanley
1944
96% 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
100% 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
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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Batman
1966-1968
  • Himself

Quotes from Edward G. Robinson's Characters