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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).

Filmography

 1916     

Arms and the Woman 

 

1923      

The Bright Shawl

 

1929      

The Hole in the Wall 

 

1930      

Night Ride 

A Lady to Love 

Outside the Law 

East Is West 

The Widow from Chicago

 

1931      

Little Caesar 

The Stolen Jools

Smart Money 

Five Star Final

 

1932      

The Hatchet Man 

Two Seconds 

Tiger Shark 

Silver Dollar 

 

1933      

The Little Giant 

I Loved a Woman 

 

1934      

Dark Hazard

The Man with Two Faces

 

1935      

The Whole Town’s Talking 

Barbary Coast 

 

1936      

Bullets or Ballots 

 

1937      

Thunder in the City 

Kid Galahad 

The Last Gangster 

 

1938      

A Slight Case of Murder 

The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse

I Am the Law 

 

1939      

Confessions of a Nazi Spy

Blackmail

 

1940      

Dr. Ehrlich’s Magic Bullet 

Brother Orchid 

A Dispatch from Reuter’s 

 

1941      

The Sea Wolf

Manpower 

Unholy Partners 

 

1942      

Larceny, Inc. 

Tales of Manhattan

 

1943      

Destroyer

 

1944

Tampico 

Double Indemnity 

Mr. Winkle Goes to War 

The Woman in the Window 

 

1945      

Our Vines Have Tender Grapes

Journey Together 

Scarlet Street 

 

1946      

The Stranger 

 

1947      

The Red House

 

1948      

All My Sons 

Key Largo 

Night Has a Thousand Eyes

 

1949      

House of Strangers 

 

1950      

Operation X 

 

1952      

Actors and Sin

 

1953      

Vice Squad 

Big Leaguer 

The Glass Web 

 

1954      

Black Tuesday 

 

1955      

The Violent Men 

Tight Spot 

A Bullet for Joey 

Illegal

Hell on Frisco Bay 

 

1956      

Nightmare 

The Ten Commandments 

 

1959      

A Hole in the Head 

 

1960      

Seven Thieves 

 

1962      

My Geisha 

Two Weeks in Another Town

 

1963      

Sammy Going South 

The Prize 

 

1964      

Robin and the 7 Hoods

Good Neighbor Sam 

Cheyenne Autumn

The Outrage

 

1965

The Cincinnati Kid

The Blonde from Peking 

Grand Slam 

Operation St. Peter’s 

 

1968      

The Biggest Bundle of Them All 

Never a Dull Moment 

It’s Your Move 

 

1969      

Mackenna’s Gold 

 

1970      

Song of Norway 

 

1972      

Neither by Day Nor by Night

 

1973      

Soylent Green 

Awards

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