1893–1973, American movie actor, b. Bucharest, Romania, as Emmanuel Goldberg. He made his stage debut in New York City in 1915. A short, tough-looking man, Robinson played both vicious gangsters and amiable men, the latter frequently led astray by unfaithful women. His most famous role was as the snarling mobster in Little Caesar (1931). He played criminals in such movies as Five Star Final (1931), Kid Galahad (1937), and Key Largo (1948), and more sympathetic parts in Double Indemnity (1944), The Stranger (1946), Tight Spot (1955), and Soylent Green (1973).
See his autobiography (1974).
Robinson, Edward G. (b. Emmanuel Goldenberg)
(1893–1973) movie actor; born in Bucharest, Romania. Coming to the U.S.A. at age 10, he took up acting at City College of New York; he made his stage debut in 1913 and his Hollywood debut in 1923. Short, squat, with an inimitable mouth and imitable voice, he became a star in Little Caesar (1931) and for some years seemed typecast as a criminal. But he moved on to play a wide variety of roles and although his career was set back when he was attacked in the early 1950s by the House Un-American Activities Committee, he recovered and was voted a Special Academy Award in 1972. He was also known as a collector of 19th- and 20th-century art, although he had to sell it in 1956 to satisfy a divorce settlement.