ROBINSON, EDWARD G. (Emanuel Goldenberg, 1893–1973), U.S. actor. Born in Bucharest, Romania, Robinson was taken to the U.S. in 1903. He made his first New York appearance in 1913 and came to prominence in the 1920s with the Theatre Guild, appearing on Broadway in such plays as Samson and Delilah (1921), Peer Gynt (1923), The Adding Machine (1923), Androcles and the Lion (1925), The Firebrand (1925), The Brothers Karamazov (1927), and Kibitzer, which he co-wrote with Jo Sterling (1929). In his first starring film role, Robinson played a gangster in The Racket (1927), a portrayal that led to his being cast in the title role of Little Caesar (1931). His performance as a gang leader became a screen classic. He went on to play many such parts and was widely imitated. His film career continued through five decades. Among his more than 100 films are: Kid Galahad (1937), Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet (1940), The Sea Wolf (1941), Double Indemnity (1944), Our Vines Have Tender Grapes (1945), All My Sons (1948), Key Largo (1948), House of Strangers (1949), The Ten Commandments (1956), A Hole in the Head (1959), The Prize (1963), The Cincinnati Kid (1965), and Soylent Green (1973). Robinson returned to the stage on occasion, notably in Darkness at Noon (1951) and in Paddy Chayefsky's Middle of the Night (1956), for which he was nominated for a Tony Award. In 1973 he was awarded, posthumously, an Honorary Academy Award, which is given for exceptional distinction in the making of motion pictures or for outstanding service to the Academy. He was very active on behalf of various Jewish and Israeli causes. Robinson's autobiography, All My Yesterdays, was published in 1975. -BIBLIOGRAPHY: E.G. Robinson, Jr., My Father My Son (1958). ADD. BIBLIOGRAPHY: R. Beck, The Edward G. Robinson Encyclopedia (2001); A. Gansberg, Little Caesar: A Biography of Edward G. Robinson (1983); F. Hirsch, Edward G. Robinson (1975); J. Robinson, Edward G. Robinson's World of Art (1975); J Parish and A. Marill, The Cinema of Edward G. Robinson (1972). (Frank Emblen and Stewart Kampel / Ruth Beloff (2nd ed.)

Encyclopedia Judaica. 1971.

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