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Sig Rumann

Highest Rated:   100% Love Crazy (1941)
Lowest Rated:   33% A Royal Scandal (1945)
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Born in Germany, actor Sig Rumann studied electro-technology in college before returning to his native Hamburg to study acting. He worked his way up from bits to full leads in such theatrical centers as Stettin and Kiel before serving in World War I. Rumann came to New York in 1924 to appear in German-language plays. He was discovered simultaneously by comedian George Jessel, playwright George S. Kaufman, and critic Alexander Woollcott. He began chalking up an impressive list of stage roles, notably Baron Preysig in the 1930 Broadway production of Grand Hotel (in the role played by Wallace Beery in the 1932 film version). Rumann launched his film career at the advent of talkies, hitting his stride in the mid 1930s. During his years in Hollywood, he whittled down his stage name from Siegfried Rumann to plain Sig Ruman. The personification of Prussian pomposity, Rumann was a memorable foil for the Marx Brothers in A Night at the Opera (1935), A Day at the Races (1937), and A Night in Casablanca (1946). He also was a favorite of director Ernst Lubitsch, appearing in Ninotchka (1939) as a bombastic Soviet emissary and in To Be or Not to Be (1942) as the unforgettable "Concentration Camp Ehrardt." With the coming of World War II, Ruman found himself much in demand as thick-headed, sometimes sadistic Nazis. Oddly, in The Hitler Gang (1944), Rumann was cast in a comparatively sympathetic role, as the ailing and senile Von Hindenburg. After the war, Rumann was "adopted" by Lubitsch admirer Billy Wilder, who cast the actor in such roles as the deceptively good-natured Sgt. Schultz in Stalag 17 (1953) and a marinet doctor in The Fortune Cookie (1966); Wilder also used Rumann's voice to dub over the guttural intonations of German actor Hubert von Meyerinck in One, Two, Three (1961). In delicate health during his last two decades, Rumann occasionally accepted unbilled roles, such as the kindly pawnbroker in O. Henry's Full House (1952). During one of his heartier periods, he had a recurring part on the 1952 TV sitcom Life with Luigi. Rumann's last film appearance was as a shoe-pounding Russian UN delegate in Jerry Lewis' Way... Way Out (1967).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Way...Way Out
  • Actor
1966
95% The Fortune Cookie
  • Prof. Winterhalter
1966
No Score Yet The Last Of The Secret Agents?
  • Prof. Werner Von Koenig
1966
No Score Yet 36 Hours
  • German Guard
1965
44% Robin and the Seven Hoods
  • Hammacher
1964
44% The Errand Boy
  • Baron Elston Carteblanche
1961
No Score Yet The Wings of Eagles
  • Party Manager
1957
No Score Yet Many Rivers to Cross
  • Spectacle Man
1955
No Score Yet Living It Up
  • Dr. Egelhofer
1954
77% White Christmas
  • Landlord
1954
No Score Yet 3 Ring Circus (Jerrico, the Wonder Clown)
  • Schlitz
1954
88% The Glenn Miller Story
  • Mr. Krantz
1953
83% Houdini
  • Schultz
1953
No Score Yet Ma and Pa Kettle on Vacation
  • Cyrus Kraft
1953
97% Stalag 17
  • Schulz
1953
No Score Yet O. Henry's Full House
  • Menkie
1952
No Score Yet The World in His Arms
  • Gen. Ivan Vorashilov
1952
No Score Yet On the Riviera
  • Gapeaux
1951
67% Border Incident
  • Hugo Wolfgang Ulrich
1949
No Score Yet If You Knew Susie
  • Count Alexis
1948
63% The Emperor Waltz
  • Dr. Zwieback
1948
No Score Yet Mother Wore Tights
  • Papa
1947
No Score Yet Night and Day
  • Willowsky
1946
57% A Night in Casablanca
  • Count Pfefferman alias Heinrich Stubel
1946
No Score Yet The Dolly Sisters
  • Tsimmis
1945
33% A Royal Scandal
  • Gen. Ronsky
1945
No Score Yet Summer Storm
  • Kuzma
1944
No Score Yet It Happened Tomorrow
  • Mr. Beckstein
1944
No Score Yet The Hitler Gang
  • Gen. von Hindenburg
1944
55% House of Frankenstein
  • Burgomaster Russman
1944
80% The Song of Bernadette
  • Louis Bouriette
1943
No Score Yet Tarzan Triumphs
  • Sergeant
1943
No Score Yet They Came to Blow Up America
  • Dr. Herman Baumer
1943
No Score Yet Remember Pearl Harbor
  • Van Hoorten
1942
98% To Be or Not to Be
  • Col. Ehrhardt
1942
63% Desperate Journey
  • Preuss
1942
No Score Yet We Were Dancing
  • Baron Prax
1942
No Score Yet Crossroads
  • Dr. Alex Benoit
1942
100% Love Crazy
  • Dr. Wuthering
1941
No Score Yet The Wagons Roll At Night
  • Hoffman the Great
1941
60% That Uncertain Feeling
  • Mr. Kofka
1941
No Score Yet So Ends Our Night
  • Ammers
1941
No Score Yet Comrade X
  • Emil von Hofer
1940
No Score Yet Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet
  • Dr. Wolfert
1940
No Score Yet Bitter Sweet
  • Herr Schlick
1940
97% Ninotchka
  • Michael Ironoff
1939
100% Only Angels Have Wings
  • Dutchman
1939
No Score Yet Confessions of a Nazi Spy
  • Krogman
1939
No Score Yet Never Say Die
  • Poppa Ingleborg
1939
No Score Yet Honolulu
  • Psychiatrist
1939
No Score Yet The Saint in New York
  • Hutch Rellin
1938
No Score Yet Suez
  • Sgt. Fellerin
1938
No Score Yet The Great Waltz
  • Wertheimer
1938
No Score Yet Thank You, Mr. Moto
  • Col. Tchernov
1937
100% Nothing Sacred
  • Dr. Emile Egglehoffer
1937
100% Heidi
  • Police Captain
1937
No Score Yet Thin Ice
  • Prime Minister
1937
No Score Yet Think Fast, Mr. Moto
  • Nicholas Marloff
1937
100% A Day at the Races
  • Dr. Steinberg
1937
No Score Yet This Is My Affair
  • Gus
1937
No Score Yet Seventh Heaven
  • Durand
1937
No Score Yet On The Avenue
  • Herr Hanfstangel
1937
No Score Yet Maytime
  • Fanchon
1937
No Score Yet Lancer Spy
  • Lt. Col. Gotffried Hollen
1937
No Score Yet The Bold Caballero
  • Commandante Sebastian Golle
1936
No Score Yet The Princess Comes Across
  • Steindorf
1936
97% A Night at the Opera
  • Herman Gottlieb
1935
No Score Yet Under Pressure
  • Doctor
1935
No Score Yet The Wedding Night
  • Jan Nowak
1935
No Score Yet Servants' Entrance
  • Hans Hansen
1934
No Score Yet The World Moves On
  • Baron von Gerhardt
1934
No Score Yet Marie Galante
  • Brogard
1934

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