William Strauss

Highest Rated: 100% Broadway Bill (1934)
Lowest Rated: 69% The King of Kings (1927)
Birthday: Not Available
Birthplace: Not Available
One of Hollywood's favorite portrayers of ethnic stereotypes in the 1920s, former stage comedian William Strauss starred in the title role of Solomon in Society (1922), a wildly improbable tale of an East Side tailor falling in love with a laundress turned movie star. Strauss had a good year in 1926 when he not only created Skinner's Dress Suit (1926) but also played George Jessel's immigrant father in Private Izzy Murphy, which dealt with the serious problem of anti-Semitism with disarming humor. Although Strauss was only Jessel's senior by 13 years (if we are to believe the singer's official birth year), he played his father once again in the part-talkie Lucky Boy (1929). This was the film in which Jessel sang "My Mother's Eye" to Rosa Rosanova but Strauss remained silent throughout. No longer a character star after the advent of talkies, Strauss continued to play scores of supporting roles through the 1930s, often cast in stereotypical roles such as tailors, pawnbrokers, and rent collectors.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Golden Boy Mr. Carp 1939
No Score Yet There's Always a Woman Rent Collector 1938
No Score Yet The Texas Rangers Juror 1936
No Score Yet One Hour Late Man Who Is Robbed 1934
100% Broadway Bill Pawnbroker 1934
No Score Yet Hard to Handle Antique dealer 1933
No Score Yet Love in High Gear Ziegmann 1932
100% The Public Enemy Pawnbroker 1931
No Score Yet So This Is Love? "Maison" Katz 1928
69% The King of Kings Actor 1927
No Score Yet Shamrock and the Rose Actor 1927
No Score Yet Skinner's Dress Suit Tailor 1926


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