Edward G. Robinson Vintage 1960s Signed Photograph Autographed For Sale
EDWARD G. ROBINSON VINTAGE 1960s SIGNED PHOTOGRAPH AUTOGRAPHED
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DESCRIPTION: Actor EDWARD G. ROBINSON vintage 1960s authentic original signed photograph. This dramatic image is autographed with a black ink ballpoint pen.
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- SIZE: approx. 8" X 10"
- TONE: B&W
- FINISH: glossy
- CONDITION: Very good with three punch holes on the right border edge. (Please note that I am extremely condition conscious so I always point out the slightest anomalies)
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EDWARD G. ROBINSON BIO
(born Emanuel Goldenberg; December 12,
1893– January 26, 1973) was a Romanian-born American actor. Although he played a wide range of characters, he
is best remembered for his roles as a gangster, most notably in his star-making
film Little Caesar.
Born as Emanuel Goldenberg to a
Yiddish-speaking Romanian-Jewish family in Bucharest,
he emigrated with his family to New
York City in 1903.
He had his Bar Mitzvah at First Romanian-American congregation, and attended Townsend Harris High School
and then the City College of New York.
An interest in acting led to him winning an American Academy
of Dramatic Arts scholarship, after which he changed his name to Edward G. Robinson (the G.
signifying his original last name).
Due to age, he could not qualify for military service during WWII.
He began his acting career in 1913 and made
his Broadway debut in 1915. He made
his film debut in a minor and uncredited role in 1916; in 1923 he made his
named debut as E. G. Robinson in The Bright Shawl. 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 in 1930-1932.
An acclaimed performance as the gangster
Caesar Enrico "Rico" Bandello in Little Caesar (1931) led to
him being typecast as a "tough guy" for much of his early career in
works such as Five Star Final (1931), Smart Money (1931; his only
movie with James Cagney), Tiger Shark (1932), Kid Galahad (1937)
with Bette Davis and Humphrey Bogart, and A Slight Case of Murder. In the 1940s, he expanded into psychological
dramas including Double Indemnity (1944), The Woman in the Window
(1945) and Scarlet Street (1945); but he continued to portray gangsters
such as Johnny Rocco in John Huston's Key Largo
(1948), the last of five films he made with Humphrey Bogart.
After a hiatus (see blacklisting, below),
Robinson returned to the screen in Cecil B.
DeMille's 1956 Biblical epic, The Ten Commandments, in which he played
Dathan. Afterward, Robinson's most
notable roles were in A Hole in the Head (1959) opposite Frank Sinatra
and The Cincinnati Kid (1965), which showcased Robinson alongside Steve
McQueen. Director Peter Bogdanovich
was considered as a possible director for The Godfather in 1972, but
turned it down, later remarking that he would have cast Robinson in the role
ultimately played by Marlon Brando.
Robinson indeed tried to talk his way into
the part (which was how he had won the role of Little Caesar 40 years
earlier), but Francis Ford Coppola decided on Brando instead, over the initial
objections of the studio. Robinson
was popular in the 1930s and 1940s and was able to avoid many flops during a
50-year career that included 101 films.
His last scene was a euthanasia sequence in the science fiction cult film Soylent
Green (1973) in which he dies in a euthanasia clinic while watching nature
films on a wrap-around screen.
Robinson married his first wife, stage
actress Gladys Lloyd, in 1927; born Gladys Lloyd Cassell, she was the former
wife of Ralph L. Vestervelt and the
daughter of Clement C. Cassell, an
architect, sculptor, and artist. The
couple had one son, Edward Goldenberg Robinson, Jr.
Manny Robinson, 1933–1974), as well as a daughter from Gladys Robinson's first
marriage. He could speak seven
languages and his chief pastime was collecting records of the world's leading
On three occasions in 1950 and 1952, he was
called to testify in front of the House Un-American Activities Committee and
was threatened with blacklisting.
Robinson took steps to clear his name, such as having a representative go
through his check stubs to ensure that none had been issued to subversive
organizations. He also gave names of
Communist sympathizers and his own name was cleared, but thereafter he received
smaller and less frequent roles, although anti-communist director Cecil B. DeMille cast him in The Ten Commandments in
1956. Robinson built up a
significant art collection, especially of abstract modern art. In 1956, he sold it to Greek shipping tycoon
Stavros Niarchos to raise cash for his divorce settlement with Gladys Robinson;
his finances had suffered due to underemployment in the early 1950s.
Robinson died from cancer in 1973, and is buried in a crypt in the family
mausoleum at Beth-El Cemetery in Ridgewood,
character bearing his likeness, an earlier version of the gangster
character Rocky, was featured in the Bugs Bunny cartoon Racketeer
Rabbit (in that cartoon, Robinson was paired with a Peter Lorre
caricature). His likeness also
appeared in The CooCooNut Grove, Thugs with Dirty Mugs and Hush
My Mouse. Another character
based on Robinson's gangster image was The Frog from the cartoon series Courageous
Cat and Minute Mouse.
Robinson's final film, Soylent Green, he plays a depressed and
disillusioned man who undergoes voluntary euthanasia to escape from the
apocalyptic future world in which he lives; his death scene features him
speaking with co-star Charlton Heston whose character weeps silently as he
sees Robinson's videos of a pre-destruction Earth.
The tears were real; Heston was at that time the only one who knew of
Robinson's terminal cancer.
voice of Simpsons character police chief Clancy Wiggum is similar
to Robinson's. This was not
intentional originally, but occurred over the first five seasons as Hank
Azaria developed his voice for the character.
Several episodes have pointed out the similarities, such as
"Treehouse of Horror XIX" (in which Wiggum and Robinson's ghost
accuse the other of ripping him off).
was never nominated for an Academy Award, but in 1973 he was awarded an
honorary Oscar in recognition that he had "achieved greatness as a
player, a patron of the arts, and a dedicated citizen ... in sum, a Renaissance man". He died two months before the award ceremony.
Arms and the Woman (1916)
The Bright Shawl (1923)
The Hole in the Wall (1929)
Jubilee Dinner (1930) (short
Night Ride (1930)
A Lady to Love (1930)
Outside the Law (1930)
East Is West (1930)
The Widow from Chicago (1930)
How I Play Golf by Bobby Jones No. 10: Trouble Shots (1931) (short subject)
Little Caesar (1931)
The Slippery Pearls (1931) (short subject)
Smart Money (1931)
Five Star Final (1931)
The Hatchet Man (1932)
Two Seconds (1932)
Tiger Shark (1932)
Silver Dollar (1932)
The Little Giant (1933)
I Loved a Woman (1933)
Dark Hazard (1934)
The Man with Two Faces (1934)
Town's Talking (1935)
Barbary Coast (1935)
Bullets or Ballots (1936)
Thunder in the City (1937)
Kid Galahad (1937)
The Last Gangster (1937)
A Slight Case of Murder (1938)
The Amazing Dr.
I Am the Law (1938)
Verdensberomtheder i Kobenhavn (1939) (documentary)
A Day at Santa Anita (1939) (short subject)
Confessions of a Nazi Spy (1939)
Ehrlich's Magic Bullet (1940)
Brother Orchid (1940)
A Dispatch from Reuter's (1940)
The Sea Wolf (1941)
Polo with the Stars (1941) (short subject)
Unholy Partners (1941)
Larceny, Inc. (1942)
Tales of Manhattan (1942)
Moscow Strikes Back (1942) (documentary) (narrator)
Magic Bullets (1943) (short subject) (narrator)
Flesh and Fantasy (1943)
Winkle Goes to War (1944)
Double Indemnity (1944)
The Woman in the Window (1945)
Our Vines Have Tender Grapes (1945)
Scarlet Street (1945)
American Creed (1946) (short subject)
Journey Together (1946)
The Stranger (1946)
The Red House (1947)
All My Sons (1948)
Key Largo (1948)
Night Has a Thousand Eyes (1948)
House of Strangers (1949)
It's a Great Feeling (1949) (cameo)
Operation X (1950)
Actors and Sin (1952)
Vice Squad (1953)
Big Leaguer (1953)
The Glass Web (1953)
What's My Line? (as October 11, 1953 mystery guest)
Black Tuesday (1954)
Hell on Frisco Bay (1955)
The Violent Men (1955)
Tight Spot (1955)
A Bullet for Joey (1955)
The Ten Commandments (1956)
The Heart of Show Business (1957) (short subject) (narrator)
A Hole in the Head (1959)
Seven Thieves (1960)
My Geisha (1962)
Two Weeks in Another Town (1962)
A Boy Ten Feet Tall (1963) A.K.A. (Sammy Going South)
The Prize (1963)
Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964) (cameo)
Good Neighbor Sam (1964)
The Outrage (1964)
All About People (1967) (short subject) (narrator)
Grand Slam (1967)
The Blonde from Peking (1967)
The Biggest Bundle of Them All (1968)
Never a Dull Moment (1968)
It's Your Move (1969)
Mackenna's Gold (1969)
Song of Norway (1970)
The Old Man Who Cried Wolf (1970)
Mooch Goes to Hollywood (1971) (cameo)
Neither by Day Nor by Night (1972)
Soylent Green (1973)
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