Edward G. Robinson, born Emanuel Goldenberg on December 12, 1893, was a renowned Romanian-American actor prominent in Hollywood’s Golden Age. Over his 50-year career, he appeared in 30 Broadway plays and 100 films, earning recognition for tough-guy roles in classics like Little Caesar and Key Largo. Robinson won the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actor for House of Strangers.
In the 1930s and 1940s, Robinson publicly opposed fascism and Nazism, actively supporting war relief and various causes with significant financial contributions. Despite his anti-communist stance during the Red Scare in the 1950s, Robinson found himself on Hollywood’s graylist, working with minor film studios on Poverty Row.
His diverse roles included an insurance investigator in Double Indemnity, Dathan in The Ten Commandments, and his final performance in Soylent Green. Robinson received an Academy Honorary Award posthumously in 1973 and holds the 24th spot on the American Film Institute’s list of the greatest male stars of Classic American cinema. Despite widespread acclaim, he never received an Academy Award nomination.
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