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:

Mario Manetta: What's love anyway? Is it going to put a roof over his head? Is it going to fill up his belly?


Barton Keyes: Eh? There it is, Walter. It's beginning to come apart at the seams already. Murder's never perfect. Always comes apart sooner or later, and when two people are involved it's usually sooner. Now we know the Dietrichson dame is in it *and* a somebody else. Pretty soon, we'll know who that somebody else is. He'll show. He's got to show. Sometime, somewhere, they've got to meet. Their emotions are all kicked up. Whether it's love or hate doesn't matter; they can't keep away from each other. They may think it's twice as safe because there's two of them,
Barton Keyes: [chuckles]
Barton Keyes: but it isn't twice as safe. It's ten times twice as dangerous. They've committed a *murder*! And it's not like taking a trolley ride together where they can get off at different stops. They're stuck with each other and they got to ride all the way to the end of the line and it's a one-way trip and the last stop is the cemetery. She put in her claim... I'm gonna throw it right back at her.
[Walter hands Keyes a light]
Barton Keyes: Let her sue us if she dares. I'll be ready for her *and* that somebody else. They'll be digging their own graves.


Lady Fingers: How you holdin' up, Lancey?
Lancey Howard: Lady Fingers, that young man is a stud poker playing son of a...
Lady Fingers: He's gettin' to you, ain't he?
Lancey Howard: No, Lady, he hasn't gotten to me.


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

Died two weeks after he had finished filming Soylent Green (1973).

In 1949, he was investigated by the California Senate's Fact Finding Committee on Un-American Activities (colloquially known as the "Tenney Committee" after Committee Chairman Jack Tenney). The Tenney Committee investigated alleged communists in California. Jack Tenney denounced Robinson for being "frequently involved in Communist fronts and causes".

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