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Edward G. Robinson
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Emanuel Goldenberg

(1893-12-12)December 12, 1893
Died January 26, 1973(1973-01-26) (aged 79)
Cause of death Bladder cancer
Occupation Actor
Years active 1913–73
Home town Lower East Side, Manhattan, New York City
Gladys Lloyd (m. 1927–1956)

Jane Robinson (m. 1958–1973)
Awards Honorary Academy Award (1973)
Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award (1969)

Edward G. Robinson (born Emanuel Goldenberg; December 12, 1893 – January 26, 1973) was a Romanian-American actor. He was known for his roles as Rico in Little Caesar and as Rocco in Key Largo. Other well-known roles include Barton Keyes in the movie Double Indemnity, Dathan in The Ten Commandments, and his final role as Sol Roth in Soylent Green. He won an honorary Academy Award in 1973, two months after his death. He was listed in the 25 Greatest Male Actors of All Time.

Early life

Robinson was born on December 12, 1893 in Bucharest, Romania to a Jewish-Yiddish family. After his brother was attacked by the Mafia, Robinson and his family moved to New York City in February 1903.


He studied at Townsend Harris High School and at City College of New York. He then studied to become an actor at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. His career began in 1913, ten years after moving to the United States.

Personal life

Robinson was married to Gladys Lloyd from 1927 until they divorced in 1956. Then he was married to Jane Robinson from 1958 until his death in 1973. He had one son with Gladys and one step-daughter from his last marriage. Robinson was a Liberal Democrat.


Robinson died on January 26, 1973 in his home in Los Angeles, California from bladder cancer, aged 79. He was buried at Beth-El Cemetery in Queens, New York.

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