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1893 - 1973
The actor Edward G. Robinson was born as Emmanuel Goldenberg in Bucharest.
His family went to the USA in 1902 where he grew up in the notorious Lower East Side. During the college he took acting lessons and gave up his earlier plans to become a rabbi or a lawyer.
In 1913 he appeared at stock theaters for the first time and chose the stage name Edward G. Robinson. Two years later followed the step to Broadway where he not only appeared as an actor but also was active as an author (The Kibitzer in collaboration with the later famous screen writer Jo Swerling).
He made his film debut in 1916 with a small role in "Arms and the Woman" (16), some years later followed the movies "The Bright Shawl" (23) and "The Hole in the Wall" (29).
He had his breakthrough in the 30's finally. After the movies "A Lady
to Love" (30) and "The Widow from Chicago" (30) followed "Little Caesar"
(31) under the direction of Mervyn LeRoy and this movie catapulted Robinson
into the guild of the big stars. Robinson shot some of his most successful
productions at the beginning of the 30's under the direction of Mervyn
In the next years followed other movies of this genre but Edward G.
Robinson also played other character roles in front of the camera.
The 40's marked also a very successful decade and Edward G. Robinson, who impersonated character roles more and more, was convincing with an impressive performance in movies like "Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet" (40), "A Dispatch from Reuter's" (40), "The Sea Wolf" (41), "Tales of Manhattan" (42), "Double Indemnity" (44), "The Woman in the Window" (44), "Scarlet Street" (45), "The Stranger" (46), "Key Largo" (48) and "House of Strangers" (49) - for this movie he was awarded as the best actor in Cannes.
Afterwards followed the probably most difficult time in Edward G. Robinson's life. On the one hand his long lasting marriage went to pieces and because of the divorce he was forced to sell his art collections which gots to him seriously as a passionate collector. Arguments with his son, conflicts with the law and the communist-hunt of the McCarthy era of the 50's with hampered work conditions on the other hand accumulated for several times in the wish to depart this life.
Still he endured this difficult phase and he was able to continue his
career in movies, on TV and at the theater. For his role in the Broadway
play "Middle of the Night" (56) he was nominated for the Tony Award.
At the end of his career he got again rewarding offers and he again was able to show his acting abilities. To these movies belong "Seven Thieves" (60), "The Prize" (63), "Cheyenne Autumn" (64), "The Cincinnati Kid" (65) with Steve McQueen and "Mackenna's Gold" (69).
Edward G. Robinson was able to be busy as an actor till his death. He
gave his farewell from the film business as well as his own life with him
impressive impersonation in the production "Soylent Green" (73) at Charlton
Heston's side. Only two weeks after finishing the movie Edward G. Robinson
In contrast to his roles the cultivated Edward G. Robinson had spoken
seven languages (among others also German) and especially at the end of
his career he also took part in some foreign movies.
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