Date of birth: December 12, 1893
Date of death: January 26, 1973 (aged 79)
Full name: Emanuel Goldenberg
Born place: Bucharest, Romania
Height: 5’7” (170 cm)
Hair color: Brown
Eye color: Blue
Edward G. Robinson is the man that began and set the standard for sophistication in gangsters on screen. This veteran of the art, known for playing tough guy/mobster roles, was a stage and screen actor who rose to prominence at the period of Hollywood Golden Age. In his half a century career, he starred in over a centenary of films and 40 Broadway productions.
A passion for performing for people’s entertainment earned him an AADA scholarship where he changed his name to what he is now known as. He served the US Navy during WW1 he began acting professionally when he was 19 and 2 years later on Broadway. His movie debut was in 1916’s Arms and the Man.
Edward G. Robinson was symbolic with mobster roles as seen in his most famous films, Key Largo in 1948 and Little Caesar in 1931. His signature appearance and scowling look has served as inspiration for many cartoons over the years. Other films he is remembered for include Double Indemnity in 1944 and his last movie, Soylent Green in 1973.
For most part of his career, Edward was known for his sophistication as he was always impeccably “dolled up” except for a few exceptions where his role required he dressed differently. Examples of such include playing a raggedly dressed riveter in Two Seconds in 1932, playing a Chinese man in The Hatchet Man in 1932 and playing an ageing farmer in The Red House in 1947.
During his advanced years however, he began to put on a little weight and also began balding. He died of a cancer in his bladder and upon his death, was buried in a crypt in his family mausoleum.