Sig Ruman

Actor
German character actor Sig Ruman brought his imposing size and strong accent to numerous roles in American films from the '30s into the '60s, often playing arrogant officials and threatening Nazis. Born Siegfried Albon ... Read more »
Born: 10/11/1884 in Hamburg, DE

Filmography

Actor (73)

The Fortune Cookie 1966 (Movie)

Prof Winterhalter (Actor)

The Last of the Secret Agents 1965 (Movie)

Professor Von Koenig (Actor)

The Errand Boy 1961 (Movie)

Baron Elston Cartebalnche (Actor)

The Wings of Eagles 1957 (Movie)

Manager (Actor)

Many Rivers to Cross 1955 (Movie)

Spectacle Man (Actor)

Living It Up 1954 (Movie)

Dr Egelhofer (Actor)

The Glenn Miller Story 1954 (Movie)

Mr Krantz (Actor)

Three Ring Circus 1954 (Movie)

Schlitz (Actor)

Ma and Pa Kettle on Vacation 1953 (Movie)

Cyrus Kraft (Actor)

Stalag 17 1953 (Movie)

Schultz (Actor)

Houdini 1952 (Movie)

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The World in His Arms 1952 (Movie)

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The Emperor Waltz 1948 (Movie)

Dr. Zwieback (Actor)

It Happened Tomorrow 1944 (Movie)

Mr. Beckstein (Actor)

The Song of Bernadette 1942 (Movie)

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Desperate Journey 1941 (Movie)

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To Be or Not to Be 1941 (Movie)

Col. Ehrhardt (Actor)

So Ends Our Night 1940 (Movie)

Ammers (Actor)

That Uncertain Feeling 1940 (Movie)

Kafka (Actor)

The Wagons Roll at Night 1940 (Movie)

Hoffman the Great (Actor)

Comrade X 1939 (Movie)

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Only Angels Have Wings 1939 (Movie)

Dutchman (Actor)

Girls on Probation 1938 (Movie)

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Never Say Die 1938 (Movie)

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Ninotchka 1938 (Movie)

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Heidi 1937 (Movie)

Police Captain (Actor)

Suez 1937 (Movie)

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The Great Waltz 1937 (Movie)

Wertheimer (Actor)

A Day at the Races 1936 (Movie)

Dr. Steinberg (Actor)

Maytime 1936 (Movie)

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Nothing Sacred 1936 (Movie)

Dr Egglehoffer (Actor)

Thin Ice 1936 (Movie)

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A Night at the Opera 1934 (Movie)

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The Farmer Takes a Wife 1934 (Movie)

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A Night in Casablanca (Movie)

Count Pfefferman alias Heinrich Stubel (Actor)

Berlin Correspondent (Movie)

Dr. Dietrich (Actor)

Border Incident (Movie)

Hugo Wolfgang Ulrich (Actor)

Confessions of a Nazi Spy (Movie)

Krogman (Actor)

Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet (Movie)

Dr. Hans Wolfert (Actor)

East of Java (Movie)

Muller (Actor)

Enemy Agents Meet Ellery Queen (Movie)

Heinrich (Actor)

Father Is a Bachelor (Movie)

Jericho Schlosser (Actor)

Four Sons (Movie)

Newmann (Actor)

Give My Regards to Broadway (Movie)

August Dinkel (Actor)

Government Girl (Movie)

His Excellency (Actor)

Honolulu (Movie)

Psychiatrist (Actor)

House of Frankenstein (Movie)

Burgomaster Hussman (Actor)

I Was an Adventuress (Movie)

Herr Protz (Actor)

If You Knew Susie (Movie)

Count Alexis (Actor)

Love Crazy (Movie)

Dr. Wuthering (Actor)

Love under Fire (Movie)

Gen. Montero (Actor)

Man Who Lost Himself (Movie)

Dr. Simms (Actor)

Marie Galante (Movie)

Brogard (Actor)

Mother Wore Tights (Movie)

Papa (Actor)

On the Avenue (Movie)

Herr Hanfstangel (Actor)

On the Riviera (Movie)

Gepesux (Actor)

Remember (Movie)

Dr. Schmidt (Actor)

Remember Pearl Harbor (Movie)

Van Hoorten (Actor)

Summer Storm (Movie)

Kuzma (Actor)

Tarzan Triumphs (Movie)

Sergeant (Actor)

Thank You, Mr. Moto (Movie)

Col. Tchernov (Actor)

The Bold Caballero (Movie)

Commandante (Actor)

The Dolly Sisters (Movie)

Tsimmis (Actor)

The Princess Comes Across (Movie)

Steindorf (Actor)

The Saint in New York (Movie)

Butch Bellin (Actor)

The Wedding Night (Movie)

Jan Nowak (Actor)

The World Moves On (Movie)

Baron von Gerhardt (Actor)

They Came to Blow up America (Movie)

Dr. Herman Baumer (Actor)

Think Fast, Mr. Moto (Movie)

Nicholas Marloff (Actor)

This is My Affair (Movie)

Gus, the Boatman (Actor)

Under Pressure (Movie)

Doctor (Actor)

We Were Dancing (Movie)

Baron Prax (Actor)

World Premiere (Movie)

Franz von Bushmaster (Actor)

Biography

German character actor Sig Ruman brought his imposing size and strong accent to numerous roles in American films from the '30s into the '60s, often playing arrogant officials and threatening Nazis. Born Siegfried Albon Rumann, he studied electrical engineering and served in the German army during World War I before immigrating to the United States in 1924. A friend of renowned playwright George S. Kaufman, he became a regular on Broadway by the end of the decade and began appearing in films. Cast for his Germanic presence, he earned regular spots in Marx Brothers pictures including "A Night at the Opera" and "A Day at the Races" and the famed comedies of legendary director Ernst Lubtisch such as "Ninotchka" and "To Be or Not to Be". With the advent of World War II, he saw many Nazi roles come his way, including perhaps his most memorable performance as a POW guard in Billy Wilder's acclaimed drama "Stalag 17", while simultaneously shortening his name to appear slightly less German to critical American wartime audiences. Though his health failed in his later years, he persisted through the '50s and into the 1960s as a frequent guest star in television series including such hits as "Maverick" and "The Addams Family".

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