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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[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.

Sgt. Schulz: [amused] You Americans are so *crazy*! That's why I like you!

Nicolas Marloff: *Now* think fast, Mr. Moto!

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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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