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Edward G Robinson

Best know for his “bad guy” roles such as gangster Johnny Rocco in Key Largo (1948) and his good guy role in Double Indemnity (1944).



Arms and the Woman 



The Bright Shawl



The Hole in the Wall 



Night Ride 

A Lady to Love 

Outside the Law 

East Is West 

The Widow from Chicago



Little Caesar 

The Stolen Jools

Smart Money 

Five Star Final



The Hatchet Man 

Two Seconds 

Tiger Shark 

Silver Dollar 



The Little Giant 

I Loved a Woman 



Dark Hazard

The Man with Two Faces



The Whole Town’s Talking 

Barbary Coast 



Bullets or Ballots 



Thunder in the City 

Kid Galahad 

The Last Gangster 



A Slight Case of Murder 

The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse

I Am the Law 



Confessions of a Nazi Spy




Dr. Ehrlich’s Magic Bullet 

Brother Orchid 

A Dispatch from Reuter’s 



The Sea Wolf


Unholy Partners 



Larceny, Inc. 

Tales of Manhattan







Double Indemnity 

Mr. Winkle Goes to War 

The Woman in the Window 



Our Vines Have Tender Grapes

Journey Together 

Scarlet Street 



The Stranger 



The Red House



All My Sons 

Key Largo 

Night Has a Thousand Eyes



House of Strangers 



Operation X 



Actors and Sin



Vice Squad 

Big Leaguer 

The Glass Web 



Black Tuesday 



The Violent Men 

Tight Spot 

A Bullet for Joey 


Hell on Frisco Bay 




The Ten Commandments 



A Hole in the Head 



Seven Thieves 



My Geisha 

Two Weeks in Another Town



Sammy Going South 

The Prize 



Robin and the 7 Hoods

Good Neighbor Sam 

Cheyenne Autumn

The Outrage



The Cincinnati Kid

The Blonde from Peking 

Grand Slam 

Operation St. Peter’s 



The Biggest Bundle of Them All 

Never a Dull Moment 

It’s Your Move 



Mackenna’s Gold 



Song of Norway 



Neither by Day Nor by Night



Soylent Green 


Edward G Robinson was never nominated for an Academy Award, but in 1973 he was awarded an honorary Oscar in recognition that he had “achieved greatness as a player, a patron of the arts and a dedicated citizen … in sum, a Renaissance man”. He had been notified of the honor, but died two months before the award ceremony, so the award was accepted by his widow, Jane Robinson.

I didn’t play at collecting. No cigar anywhere was safe from me. ~ Edward G. Robinson

Edward G Robinson was born as Emanuel Goldenberg to a Yiddish-speaking Romanian Jewish family in Bucharest, the son of Sarah (née Guttman) and Morris Goldenberg, a builder.

After one of his brothers was attacked by an antisemitic mob, the family decided to emigrate to the United States. Robinson arrived in New York City on February 14, 1903. He grew up on the Lower East Side, had his Bar Mitzvah at First Roumanian-American Congregation, and attended Townsend Harris High School and then the City College of New York, planning to become a criminal attorney. An interest in acting and performing in front of people led to him winning an American Academy of Dramatic Arts scholarship, after which he changed his name to Edward G. Robinson (the G. standing for his original surname).

He served in the US Navy during World War I, but was never sent overseas.

He began his acting career in the Yiddish Theater District in 1913 and made his Broadway debut in 1915. In 1923 made his named debut as E. G. Robinson in the silent film, The Bright Shawl. He played a snarling gangster in the 1927 Broadway police/crime drama The Racket, which led to his being cast in similar film roles. One of many actors who saw his career flourish in the new sound film era rather than falter, he made only three films prior to 1930, but left his stage career that year and made 14 films between 1930–1932.

Robinson went on to make a total of 101 films in his 50-year career. An acclaimed performance as the gangster Caesar Enrico “Rico” Bandello in Little Caesar (1931) led to being further typecast as a “tough guy” for much of his early career, in works such as Five Star Final (1931), Smart Money (1931; his only movie with James Cagney and Boris Karloff), Tiger Shark (1932), Kid Galahad (1937) with Bette Davis and Humphrey Bogart, and, in a send-up of his gangster roles, A Slight Case of Murder.

In 1939, at the time World War II broke out in Europe, he played an FBI agent in Confessions of a Nazi Spy, the first American film which showed Nazism as a threat to the United States. He volunteered for military service in June 1942 but was disqualified due to his age at 48, although he became an active and vocal critic of fascism and Nazism during that period.

The following year he played Paul Ehrlich in Dr. Ehrlich’s Magic Bullet (1940) and Paul Julius Reuter in A Dispatch from Reuter’s (1940), both biographies of prominent Jewish public figures. Meanwhile, throughout the 1940s Robinson also demonstrated his knack for both film noir and comedic roles, including Raoul Walsh’s Manpower (1941) with Marlene Dietrich and George Raft; Larceny, Inc. (1942) with Jane Wyman and Broderick Crawford; Billy Wilder’s Double Indemnity (1944) with Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck; opposite Joan Bennett and Dan Duryea in Fritz Lang’s The Woman in the Window (1944) and Scarlet Street (1945); and Orson Welles’ The Stranger (1946) with Welles and Loretta Young. Robinson appeared for director John Huston as gangster Johnny Rocco in Key Largo (1948), the last of five films he made with Humphrey Bogart and the only one in which Bogart did not play a supporting role.

His career rehabilitation received a boost in 1954, when noted anti-communist director Cecil B. DeMille cast him as the traitorous Dathan in The Ten Commandments. The film was released in 1956, as was his psychological thriller Nightmare. After a subsequent short absence from the screen, Robinson’s film career—augmented by an increasing number of television roles—restarted for good in 1958/59, when he was second-billed after Frank Sinatra in the 1959 release A Hole in the Head. The last scene Robinson filmed was a euthanasia sequence, with friend and co-star Charlton Heston, in the science fiction cult film Soylent Green (1973); he died only twelve days later.

Robinson married his first wife, stage actress Gladys Lloyd, born Gladys Lloyd Cassell, in 1927; she was the former wife of Ralph L. Vestervelt and the daughter of Clement C. Cassell, an architect, sculptor and artist. The couple had one son, Edward G. Robinson, Jr. (a.k.a. Manny Robinson, 1933–1974), as well as a daughter from Gladys Robinson’s first marriage. In 1956 he was divorced from his wife. In 1958 he married Jane Bodenheimer, a dress designer professionally known as Jane Arden. Thereafter he also maintained a home in Palm Springs, California.

In noticeable contrast to many of his onscreen characters, Robinson was a sensitive, softly-spoken and cultured man, who spoke seven languages. Remaining a liberal Democrat despite his difficulties with HUAC, he attended the 1960 Democratic Convention in Los Angeles, California. He was a passionate art collector, eventually building up a significant private collection. In 1956, however, he was forced to sell his collection to pay for his divorce settlement with Gladys Robinson; his finances had also suffered due to underemployment in the early 1950s.

Robinson died at Mount Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles of bladder cancer on January 26, 1973. Services were held at Temple Israel in Los Angeles where Charlton Heston delivered the eulogy. Over 1,500 friends of Robinson attended, with another crowd of 500 people outside. His body was then flown to New York where it was entombed in a crypt in the family mausoleum at Beth-El Cemetery in Brooklyn.

In October 2000, Robinson’s image was imprinted on a U.S. postage stamp, its sixth in its Legends of Hollywood series.

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