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      Robert Strauss

      Robert Strauss

      Highest Rated: 100% Attack! (1956)

      Lowest Rated: 50% The Redhead From Wyoming (1952)

      Birthday: Nov 8, 1913

      Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

      Robert Strauss is an animal. Or rather, the "Animal" of Billy Wilder's subversive 1953 World War II POW yarn, "Stalag 17." Distinguished by his deep baritone croak, Strauss originated that role on Broadway several years before reprising it in Wilder's famous adaptation. Though he performed odd jobs throughout much of his young life, it was in the theater that Strauss finally found a home. The son of a costume designer, he took to the stage as a classical actor, performing the works of Shakespeare during the '30s. Strauss enjoyed only middling success until the following decade, however, when film roles began to materialize for him. He made his Hollywood debut in the 1942 Bill of Rights docudrama "Native Land," but true stardom would not be his until "Stalag." The role gained Strauss widespread recognition, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He went on to become one of the most recognizable faces of the '50s, popping up in TV and film roles alike. He appeared again under the direction of Wilder in his 1955 Marilyn Monroe comedy, "The Seven Year Itch," this time as Mr. Kruhulik, a gawking janitor. The character actor had the opportunity to work with other legendary performers as well, and played the shady Schwiefka opposite Frank Sinatra in "The Man with the Golden Arm" the same year. Strauss showed up on countless TV staples in the '60s, including the classic sitcom "Bewitched" as a crooked P.I.

      Highest rated movies

      Attack! poster
      Attack!
      Stalag 17 poster
      Stalag 17
      The Man With the Golden Arm poster
      The Man With the Golden Arm
      The Family Jewels poster
      The Family Jewels
      4D Man poster
      4D Man
      The Bridges at Toko-Ri poster
      The Bridges at Toko-Ri
      The Redhead From Wyoming poster
      The Redhead From Wyoming

      Photos

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 55% The Noah Noah (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet 57% The Green Hornet Bud Crocker (Character) - 1974
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dagmar & Co. John Blackstone (Character) - 1971
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fort Utah Ben Stokes (Character) - 1967
      No Score Yet 49% Frankie and Johnny Blackie (Character) - 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Movie Star, American Style, or, LSD, I Hate You! Joe Horner (Character) - 1966
      80% 72% The Family Jewels Pool Hall Owner (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet 72% That Funny Feeling Bartender (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Harlow Hamk (Character) - 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Stage to Thunder Rock Bob Acres (Character) - 1964
      No Score Yet 53% The Wheeler Dealers Feinberg (Character) - 1963
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dondi Sammy Boy (Character) - 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The George Raft Story Frenchie (Character) - 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Last Time I Saw Archie MSgt. Stanley Erlenheim (Character) - 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Twenty Plus Two Jimmy Honsinger (Character) - 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet September Storm Ernie Williams (Character) - 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wake Me When It's Over Sgt. Sam Weiscoff (Character) - 1960
      80% 38% 4D Man Roy Parker (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Inside the Mafia Sam Galey (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet 63% Li'l Abner Romeo Scragg (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet 67% I, Mobster Black Frankie Udino (Character) - 1958
      100% 78% Attack! Pfc. Bernstein (Character) - 1956
      81% 83% The Man With the Golden Arm Schwiefka (Character) - 1955
      80% 60% The Bridges at Toko-Ri Beer Barrel (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet 0% The Atomic Kid Stan Cooper (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet 50% Money From Home Seldom Seen Kid (Character) - 1953
      91% 93% Stalag 17 Stanislas "Animal" Kasava (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet 20% Here Come the Girls Jack the Slasher (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Act of Love Sgt. Johnny Blackwood (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet 54% Jumping Jacks Sgt. McClusky (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet 68% Sailor Beware CPO Lardoski (Character) - 1952
      50% 72% The Redhead From Wyoming "Knuckles" Hogan (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet 80% The Sleeping City Police Lt. Barney Miller (Character) - 1950

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 100% The Beverly Hillbillies Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
      No Score Yet 50% Get Smart Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet 100% The Green Hornet Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet 20% Bewitched Charlie Leach (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Green Acres Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
      100% No Score Yet The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Hour Unknown (Character) 1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason Pete Kamboly (Guest Star) 1959 1965
      83% 88% The Munsters Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
      No Score Yet 100% The Dick Van Dyke Show Boxer Morrison (Guest Star) 1964
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Unknown (Guest Star) 1959 1963
      No Score Yet 100% Rawhide Unknown (Guest Star) 1963
      No Score Yet 100% Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1962
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dante Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bat Masterson Howard C. Smith (Guest Star) 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Startime Unknown (Character) 1960
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Alcoa Hour Lt. Marchesse (Character) 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Letter to Loretta Unknown (Guest Star) 1953