Edward G. Robinson Overview:

Legendary actor, Edward G. Robinson, was born Emmanuel Goldenberg on Dec 12, 1893 in Bucharest, Romania. Robinson appeared in over 110 film and TV roles. His best known films include Little Caesar, Key Largo, Double Indemnity, The Ten Commandments, Kid Galahad, Larceny, Inc., Scarlet Street, The Whole Town's Talking, A Slight Case of Murder, Brother Orchid, A Hole in the Head and The Cincinnati Kid. Robinson died at the age of 79 on Jan 26, 1973 in Hollywood, CA and was laid to rest in Beth El Cemetery in Ridgewood, Queens County, NY.

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Wide-mouthed, toad-faced and totally magnetic, Edward G. Robinson made his name in gangster films, spatting out dialog like bullets from a machine-gun. Robinson also brought great power to quieter roles. His career was somewhat harmed by the Communist witch-hunts. He received a Special Academy Award in 1972. In later life, he was acknowledged as an art expert and avid collector.

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HONORS and AWARDS:

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He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures. Edward G. Robinson's handprints and footprints were 'set in stone' at Grauman's Chinese Theater during imprint ceremony #66 on Jul 24, 1942. In addition, Robinson was immortalized on a US postal stamp in 2000. Robinson was never nominated for an Academy Award. However he won one Honorary Award in 1972 who achieved greatness as a player, a patron of the arts and a dedicated citizen...in sum, a Renaissance man. From his friends in the industry he loves. The Academy's Board of Governors voted to confer this award on January 6, 1973. Mr. Robinson passed away on January 26th, and the award was accepted on his behalf by his wife .

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Edward G. Robinson Quotes:

John Triton aka 'The Mental Wizard': This gift, which I never asked for and don't understand, has brought me only unhappiness!


Caesar Enrico Bandello: Sam is through. Now you're through too.


Mario Manetta: You know your trouble? I'll tell you... You're not satisfied to be just getting along like everybody else. You want to be a millionaire. You want to live on Easy Street. Easy Street! I'll tell you who lives on Easy Street -- nobody! You want to make a million over night. Well it doesn't happen that way. I worked hard all my life -- 14 hours a day -- and made a good living. I never took a vacation in my whole life -- and I'm proud of it!


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The inspiration for the voice of Chief Clancy Wiggum (Hank Azaria) on "The Simpsons" (1989).

Incredibly, never even nominated for an Academy Award. He was awarded a special "Lifetime Achievement" Oscar two months after his death. His wife, who accepted for him, commented on how thrilled he was to learn he would be given the award.

Was originally slated to play Dr. Zaius in Planet of the Apes (1968) but dropped out due to heart problems.

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