Robert Strauss

Actor, Busboy, Waiter
Robert Strauss is an animal. Or rather, the "Animal" of Billy Wilder's subversive 1953 World War II POW yarn, "Stalag 17". Distinguished by his deep baritone croak, Strauss originated that role on Broadway several years ... Read more »
Born: 11/08/1913 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (34)

Native Land 1998 (Movie)

Frank Mason, grocer (Actor)

So You Want to Buy a President? 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Noah 1975 (Movie)

Noah (Actor)

Dagmar's Hot Pants 1970 (Movie)

Businessman (Actor)

Fort Utah 1966 (Movie)

(Actor)

Frankie and Johnnie 1966 (Movie)

Blackie (Actor)

Mona McCluskey 1965 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

Harlow 1965 (Movie)

Hank (Actor)

That Funny Feeling 1964 (Movie)

Bartender (Actor)

The Family Jewels 1964 (Movie)

Pool Hall Owner (Actor)

Girls! Girls! Girls! 1962 (Movie)

Sam (Actor)

The Thrill of It All 1962 (Movie)

Truck Driver (Actor)

The Wheeler Dealers 1962 (Movie)

Fineberg (Actor)

The George Raft Story 1961 (Movie)

Frenchie (Actor)

The Last Time I Saw Archie 1961 (Movie)

Major Sergeant Stanley Erlenheim (Actor)

Wake Me When It's Over 1960 (Movie)

Sam Weiscoff (Actor)

I Mobster 1958 (Movie)

Black Frankie (Actor)

Inside the Mafia 1958 (Movie)

Sam Galey (Actor)

Li'l Abner 1958 (Movie)

Romeo Scragg (Actor)

Attack! 1956 (Movie)

PFC Bernstein (Actor)

The Bob Hope Show (01/09/55) 1954 - 1955 (TV Show)

Actor

The Man With the Golden Arm 1955 (Movie)

Schwiefka (Actor)

The Seven Year Itch 1955 (Movie)

Kruhulik (Actor)

The Atomic Kid 1954 (Movie)

Stan Cooper (Actor)

The Bridges at Toko-Ri 1954 (Movie)

Beer Barrel (Actor)

Act of Love 1953 (Movie)

Blackwood (Actor)

Money From Home 1953 (Movie)

Seldom Seen Kid (Actor)

Stalag 17 1953 (Movie)

Stosh (Actor)

Here Come the Girls 1952 (Movie)

(Actor)

Jumping Jacks (Movie)

Sgt. McCluskey (Actor)

Sailor Beware (Movie)

Lardoski (Actor)

The Redhead from Wyoming (Movie)

"Knuckles" Hogan (Actor)

The Sleeping City (Movie)

Lt. Marty Miller (Actor)
Producer (4)

French Exit 1998 (Movie)

(Co-Executive Producer)

The Whole Wide World 1996 (Movie)

(Co-Executive Producer)

Fire in the Sky 1993 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Cafe Society (TV Show)

Co-Executive Producer
Writer (1)

Retroactive (TV Show)

Screenplay
Director (1)

Fortune Tell 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Robert Strauss is an animal. Or rather, the "Animal" of Billy Wilder's subversive 1953 World War II POW yarn, "Stalag 17". Distinguished by his deep baritone croak, Strauss originated that role on Broadway several years before reprising it in Wilder's famous adaptation. Though he performed odd jobs throughout much of his young life, it was in the theater that Strauss finally found a home. The son of a costume designer, he took to the stage as a classical actor, performing the works of Shakespeare during the '30s. Strauss enjoyed only middling success until the following decade, however, when film roles began to materialize for him. He made his Hollywood debut in the 1942 Bill of Rights docudrama "Native Land", but true stardom would not be his until "Stalag". The role gained Strauss widespread recognition, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He went on to become one of the most recognizable faces of the '50s, popping up in TV and film roles alike. He appeared again under the direction of Wilder in his 1955 Marilyn Monroe comedy, "The Seven Year Itch", this time as Mr. Kruhulik, a gawking janitor. The character actor had the opportunity to work with other legendary performers as well, and played the shady Schwiefka opposite Frank Sinatra in "The Man with the Golden Arm" the same year. Strauss showed up on countless TV staples in the '60s, including the classic sitcom "Bewitched" as a crooked P.I.

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