Sig Ruman Overview:

Character actor, Sig Ruman, was born Siegfried Albon Rumann on Oct 11, 1884 in Hamburg, Germany. Ruman died at the age of 82 on Feb 14, 1967 in Julian, CA .


Truculent, crop-haired, German-born actor often seen as eccentric professors, idiot saboteurs, and moronic megalomaniacs. He never lost the thick continental accent that was part of his splutteringly excitable personality and helped him make a brilliant and explosive foil for comedians with wild senses of humor, notably The Marx Brothers, Jack Benny, and Jerry Lewis. His pop eyes and manic smile were never seen to better advantage than as "Concentration Camp" Erhardt in To Be or Not to Be. Surname sometimes spelled Rumann. Died from a heart attack.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Film Character Actors: an Illustrated Directory).



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Sig Ruman Quotes:

Professor Winterhalter: All these newfangled machines. Fake! It proves nothing. In the old days, we used to do these things better. The man says he's paralyzed, we simply throw him in the snake pit. If he climbs out, then we know he's lying.
Specialist #1: [shocked] And if he doesn't climb out?
Professor Winterhalter: Then we have lost the patient, but we have found an honest man.

Police Captain: You broke out of the Rittenstrasse jail. You took a sled that did not belong to you. You stole that child!
Heidi: He didn't steal me!
Adolph Kramer, The Grandfather: I tell you, she's mine!
Police Captain: Silence!
Police Lieutenant: Herr Captain, we have found the woman.
Police Captain: Good, bring her in. Is this your child?
Fräulein Rottenmeier: Yes, yes, Herr Captain.
Heidi: No, I'm not!
Police Captain: And is this the man who struck you in the street and took her away from you?
Fräulein Rottenmeier: Yes.
Adolph Kramer, The Grandfather: She's lying! I don't know who she is or what she's doing, but Heidi is mine!
Police Captain: That's enough! You will be held for trial!
Adolph Kramer, The Grandfather: You stupid fools! Can't you see what you're doing?
Police Captain: Lock him up!

[the Commandante lashes his whip at Don Diego]
Don Diego Vega: Mercy! What have I done?
Commandante Sebastian Golle: Nothing. That's just to keep my hand in incase I have to lash the life out of some fool who would betray me.

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Appears in gym clothes as a portly physical trainer, Herr Hanfstangel, and even gets to sing part of Irving Berlin's "Let's Go Slumming" in the grand finale of the 20th Century Fox musical "On The Avenue.".

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