Robert Wuhl

Actor, Comedian
This curly-haired, gap-toothed comedian and comedy writer found success in feature character roles, typically as pushy wiseacres and sleazy yet feckless nerds. Long an admirer of the cynical wit and loquacious patter of ... Read more »
Born: 10/08/1951 in Union, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (58)

Franklin & Bash 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Assume the Position With Mr. Wuhl 201 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Boston Legal 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Everybody Hates Chris 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Arli$$ 1996 - 2003, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Assume the Position with Mr. Wuhl 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Real Time with Bill Maher 1996 - 2003, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

World Poker Tour: Hollywood Home Game 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Crying Foul 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Narrator

On the Record With Bob Costas 1996 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Joe Piscopo: The E! True Hollywood Story 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 35th Annual Victor Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief VIII 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Mario Puzo's The Last Don II 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 19th Annual CableACE Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Good Burger 1997 (Movie)

Angry Customer (Actor)

Mario Puzo's The Last Don 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Sports on the Silver Screen 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 18th Annual CableACE Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1997 ESPY Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Relief VII 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Let's Make Sure Everybody Eats '95 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Open Season 1996 (Movie)

Stuart Sain (Actor)

Dr. Jekyll and MS. Hyde 1995 (Movie)

Man With Lighter (Actor)

The 1995 ESPY Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Blue Chips 1994 (Movie)

Marty (Actor)

Cobb 1994 (Movie)

Al Stump (Actor)

Women Aloud 1991 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

A Kiss Goodnight 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Alan King: Inside the Comedy Mind 1990 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Comics Only 1990 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Diamonds on the Silver Screen 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

London Underground 1990 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

USO Comedy Tour (02/27/93) 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Mistress 1992 (Movie)

Marvin Landisman (Actor)

The Bodyguard 1992 (Movie)

Oscar Host (Actor)

Missing Pieces 1991 (Movie)

Lou Wimpole (Actor)

Robert Wuhl's World Tour 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Sandman 1991 (Movie)

(Actor)

Comic Relief IV 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Time Warner Presents the Earth Day Special 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Wedding Band 1990 (Movie)

Waiter (Actor)

Batman 1989 (Movie)

Alexander Knox (Actor)

Blaze 1989 (Movie)

Red Snyder (Actor)

Dig That Cat... He's Real Gone! 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Ray's Male Heterosexual Dance Hall 1989 (Movie)

Benny Berbel (Actor)

Bull Durham 1988 (Movie)

Larry (Actor)

Sniff 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Good Morning, Vietnam 1987 (Movie)

Marty Lee Dreiwitz (Actor)

The Big Bang 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Rockhopper 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Flashdance 1983 (Movie)

Mawby's Regular (Actor)

The Hollywood Knights 1980 (Movie)

Newbomb Turk (Actor)

Percy and Thunder (TV Show)

Actor

The Real Deal (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (12)

Assume the Position With Mr. Wuhl 201 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Writer

Open Season 1996 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

20 Years of Comedy on HBO 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Writer

The 65th Annual Academy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Screenplay

The 64th Annual Academy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Writer

The 63rd Annual Academy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Screenplay

The 62nd Annual Academy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Other Writer

The 31st Annual Grammy Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Writer

The 30th Annual Grammy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Writer

The 29th Annual Grammy Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Writer

Police Squad! 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Writer

Legends of the West: Truth and Tall Tales 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Writer
Director (2)

Assume the Position With Mr. Wuhl 201 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Director

Open Season 1996 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (1)

Assume the Position With Mr. Wuhl 201 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

This curly-haired, gap-toothed comedian and comedy writer found success in feature character roles, typically as pushy wiseacres and sleazy yet feckless nerds. Long an admirer of the cynical wit and loquacious patter of Billy Wilder, Neil Simon and Woody Allen, Robert Wuhl (pronounced "wall") ambled his way through the University of Houston over the course of seven years alongside classmate Dennis Quaid before trying standup comedy in New York. He was part of the comedy group "Bob, Larry and the Frog" before branching out as a solo act at places like the Improv. Wuhl eventually won notice for his self-described "optimistic anarchistic" style, and wrote material for comic Rodney Dangerfield.

Wuhl moved to Los Angeles in 1979 and made his feature debut in the teen farce "Hollywood Knights" (1980). His improvised footage as a comic in "Flashdance" (1983) wound up on the editing room floor, and for years Wuhl could only find work as a writer, serving as story editor for the cop show spoof, "Police Squad!" (ABC, 1982). Standup work again garnered Wuhl attention, and in 1986 he wrote, directed and starred in "The Big Bang", a Cinemax special in which he lampooned TV's various "man on the run" series. A lengthy association with Billy Crystal, then in his award show host phase, began with "The 29th Annual Grammy Awards" (1987), the first of three consecutive Grammy telecasts--and later four consecutive Oscar telecasts--Wuhl would co-write with or for Crystal.

Appearances before the camera picked up for Wuhl at the same time. A breakthrough came as Robin Williams' noisy deejay colleague in "Good Morning Vietnam" (1987), and Wuhl consolidated his usefulness in brash, unattractive but amusing roles as the tobacco-chewing assistant coach in "Bull Durham" (1988). He brought some laughs to "Batman" (1989) as a curious reporter, spoofed Crystal as an Oscar host in "The Bodyguard" (1992), and played his first lead as a washed-up writer in the Hollywood-set "Mistress" (1992). He returned to the worlds of sports and journalism as Al Stump, a reporter and biographer faced with the nasty mystery of baseball's "Cobb" (1994). Wuhl passed time with appearances in a direct-to-video erotic thriller ("A Kiss Goodnight" 1994) and a forgettable horror comedy ("Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde" 1995) before making his debut as a would-be auteur.

Wuhl wrote, directed and starred in "Open Season" (shot in 1993; released theatrically in 1995), a little-seen comedy feature which attempted to join a satire of the TV industry with an old-fashioned screwball romance. A great movie buff, Wuhl attempted to emulate such heroes as Billy Wilder and Frank Capra in a story wherein--through a technological fluke--a public TV station appears to become a ratings champ. The barely released film failed to impress many reviewers. Redirecting his creative energies to the small screen, Wuhl resurfaced as executive producer, creator and star of "Arli$$" (HBO, 1996- ). He played sports agent Arliss Michaels in a series intended to satirize the professional sports world with the hilarity and insider's severity of the late-night talk show critique offered by "The Larry Sanders Show".

Relationships

Barbara Capelli-Koldys

Wife
met Wuhl in 1978 when he was performing standup at the Improv in New York and she was a manuscript reader for Simon & Schuster publishers who tended bar on the side moved with Wuhl to Los Angeles in 1979 married in 1983

EDUCATION

University of Houston

Houston , Texas 1976

Milestones

2006

Starred in a one-man-show, "Assume the Position with Mr. Wuhl" (HBO) where he taught a history class to show how history is created and propagated in a similar fashion to pop culture

2005

Player in the Game Show Network's "Poker Royale series"

1997

Cast in the CBS miniseries, Mario Puzo's "The Last Don"

1996

Created, starred in and produced the HBO comedy series "Arli$$"

1993

Wrote and directed his first feature film, "Open Season", in which he also starred; released theatrically in 1995

1993

Hosted "USO Comedy Tour", a TV special which aired on Comedy Central

1992

Played first leading role in a feature in "Mistress"

1990

First TV credit as executive producer, "Robert Wuhl's World Tour", an HBO comedy special which he also wrote and starred in

1990

Received a writing credit for the first of four consecutive Oscar telecasts, "The 62nd Annual Academy Awards Presentation", all hosted by Billy Crystal; Wuhl either credited as a "writer" or for "additional material"

1987

Co-wrote the first of three consecutive Grammy Awards specials, "The 29th Annual Grammy Awards"; this credit also marked an early collaboration with Billy Crystal and with fellow writer Buz Kohan

1987

Played breakthrough role in his third feature film, "Good Morning, Vietnam"

1987

Co-wrote "The Spa Who Loved Me", an episode of the ABC police comedy spoof series, "Sledge Hammer!"

1986

Wrote, directed and starred (as Arlo) in a half-hour comedy which aired on Cinemax, "The Big Bang"

1985

TV acting debut, "Rockhopper", a series pilot starring Parker Stevenson

1983

Appeared in a second feature film, "Flashdance", but his improvised scenes as a standup comedian wound up on the editing room floor

1982

Served as a writer and story editor for the short-lived ABC sitcom, "Police Squad!"

1981

Earliest TV credits include work as a writer on the ABC compilation documentary, "Legends of the West: Truth and Tall Tales"

1980

Made feature film debut, "The Hollywood Knights"

1979

Moved to Los Angeles

1978

Sold some comedy material to Rodney Dangerfield

1976

Began a career in standup comedy after graduating from college, relocated to New York City

Was part of a comedy act, Bob, Larry and the Frog, before branching out as a solo performer

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