Edward G. Robinson was born Emanuel Goldenberg in Bucharest, Romania, on 12 th December 1893. At the age of ten his family moved to New York, and the young boy’s ambition was to become either a Rabbi or a lawyer. However, whilst attending college, he developed a love of acting and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts awarded him a scholarship, which led to him working the stage using the name Edward G. Robinson by 1913.
Robinson went on to work on Broadway for a good fifteen years, and then debuted in a supporting role in the 1923 movie, ‘The Bright Shawl’. However, his movie career really took off when sound was introduced for movies, and he notched up an impressive number of starring roles during the 1930s and 1940s in movies such as ‘Flesh and Fantasy’, ‘Double Indemnity’ and ‘Key Largo’.Once accused of communist associations, Robinson divorced in the 1950s, and was forced to pay a substantial settlement to his wife, which entailed selling off his prized art collection. At was at this time that he also decided to return to Broadway. Robinson died from cancer on 26 th January 1973 in Hollywood, and was awarded a lifetime achievement award after his death in that same year.
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