Edward G. Robinson

Edward G. Robinson (born Emanuel Goldenberg; December 12, 1893January 26, 1973) was a Romanian-born American actor. A popular star on stage and screen during Hollywood’s Golden Age, he appeared in 40 Broadway plays and over 100 films during a 50-year career. He is best remembered for his tough-guy roles as a gangster, such as his star-making film Little Caesar, and Key Largo. During the 1930s and 1940s, he was an outspoken public critic of fascism and Nazism which was then growing in Europe. His activism included contributing over $250,000 to more than 850 organizations involved in war relief, along with cultural, educational and religious groups. During the 1950s, he was called to testify at the House Un-American Activities Committee during the Red Scare, but was cleared of any Communist involvement. Robinson’s character portrayals have covered a wide range, with such roles as an insurance investigator in the Double Indemnity, Dathan (adversary of Moses) in The Ten Commandments, and his final performance in the science-fiction story Soylent Green. Robinson received an Honorary Academy Award for his work in the film industry, which was posthumously awarded two months after the actor’s death in 1973. He is ranked #24 in the American Film Institute’s list of the 25 [[AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Stars|greatest male stars of Classic American cinema]].

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