Sitemap. He went to MGM for Unholy Partners (1942) and made a comedy Larceny, Inc. (1942). He was the son of actor Edward G. Robinson and his wife Gladys Lloyd. She was 75 years old. Robinson has been the inspiration for a number of animated television characters, usually caricatures of his most distinctive 'snarling gangster' guise. [19], Robinson married his first wife, stage actress Gladys Lloyd, born Gladys Lloyd Cassell, in 1927; she was the former wife of Ralph L. Vestervelt and the daughter of Clement C. Cassell, an architect, sculptor and artist. Home Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection Edward G. Robinson Jr. and wife . One of many actors who saw his career flourish in the new sound film era rather than falter, he made only three films prior to 1930, but left his stage career that year and made 14 films between 1930 and 1932. Edward G. Robinson Jr., the son of the late screen actor, died yesterday. During the 1950s, he was called to testify at the House Un-American Activities Committee during the Red Scare, but was cleared of any deliberate Communist involvement when he claimed he was "duped" by several people whom he named (including screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, according to the official Congressional record, "Communist infiltration of Hollywood motion-picture industry").[3][4]. Be on the lookout for your Britannica newsletter to get trusted stories delivered right to your inbox. Edward G. Robinson and second wife Jane Find this Pin and more on Edward G. Robinson by StellaStarlight. Warners tried him in a biopic, Silver Dollar (1932), where Robinson played Horace Tabor, a comedy, The Little Giant (1933) and a romance, I Loved a Woman (1933). Their 29‐year mar riage ended in divorce in 1956. He did war films: Destroyer (1943) at Columbia, and Tampico (1944) at Fox. Robinson appeared for director John Huston as gangster Johnny Rocco in Key Largo (1948), the last of five films he made with Humphrey Bogart and the only one in which Bogart did not play a supporting role. "Life for me began when I was 10 years old. Looking for something to watch? Robinson was established as a film actor. In 1958 he married Jane Bodenheimer, a dress designer professionally known as Jane Arden. Alamy and its logo are trademarks of Alamy Ltd. and are registered in certain countries. [18] He also portrayed hardboiled detective Sam Spade for a Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of The Maltese Falcon. After a few undistinguished dramas, he starred as the trigger-happy gangster Enrico Bandello in Little Caesar (1931). Manny Robinson, 1933–1974), as well as a daughter from Gladys Robinson's first marriage. [22] He was a passionate art collector, eventually building up a significant private collection. [10] An interest in acting and performing in front of people led to him winning an American Academy of Dramatic Arts scholarship,[10] after which he changed his name to Edward G. Robinson (the G. standing for his original surname). By clicking OK, you're confirming your use is editorial. Eyes in The Dick Tracy Show was based on Robinson, with Mel Blanc and Jerry Hausner sharing voicing duties. The Wacky Races animated series character 'Clyde' from the Ant Hill Mob was based on Robinson's Little Caesar persona. Edward G. Robinson, original name Emanuel Goldenberg, (born December 12, 1893, Bucharest, Romania—died January 26, 1973, Hollywood, California, U.S.), American stage and film actor who skillfully played a wide range of character types but was best known for his portrayals of gangsters and criminals. Sorry this image isn’t available for license in your territory, please contact us for more information. Copyright © 06/10/2020 Alamy Ltd. All rights reserved. Edward G. Robinson, Actor: Double Indemnity. At the time World War II broke out in Europe, he played an FBI agent in Confessions of a Nazi Spy (1939), the first American film which showed Nazism as a threat to the United States. "[8]:106 Robinson was also active with the Hollywood Democratic Committee, serving on its executive board in 1944, during which time he became an "enthusiastic" campaigner for Roosevelt's reelection that year. [17] Both were biographies of prominent Jewish public figures. [7] "At Ellis Island I was born again," he wrote.