Sig Ruman Biography

Place of Birth: Hamburg, Germany Date of Death 14 February
Height: 6' (1.83 m)
Wiki Biography: Wonderfully talented German-born actor, capable of tremendous comedic and dramatic performances, usually as some type of pompous bureaucrat or similarly arrogant individual. Ruman was born on October 11, 1884, in Hamburg, Germany, and actually studied electrotechnology in college before making the switch to acting. He served with the Imperial German Forces in World War I before coming to the United States in 1924. He became friendly with playwright George S. Kaufman and critic Alexander Woollcott and was regularly appearing in high-quality stage productions on Broadway. With the advent of talkies, he was kept very busy in the cinema and became a favorite of the Marx Brothers, appearing as stiff-shirted NYC opera owner Herman Gottlieb in the comedy classic A Night at the Opera (1935). He played a know-it-all surgeon crossing swords with Groucho Marx over what exactly was wrong with hypochondriac Margaret Dumont in A Day at the Races (1937). and a dual role in A Night in Casablanca (1946). With his German accent, he was also a regular in several WWII espionage thrillers, including Confessions of a Nazi Spy (1939), They Came to Blow Up America (1943), and The Hitler Gang (1944), and gave a superb portrayal of the two-faced POW guard Schulz in the splendid Stalag 17 (1953). He was also popular with famed director Ernst Lubitsch, who cast Ruman in Ninotchka (1939), and To Be or Not to Be (1942). In all, he notched up over 100 feature film appearances as well as guest star spots on many TV shows. Ruman suffered ill health for the final two decades of his life and passed away on February 14, 1967, from a heart attack.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Houdini Schultz
Nothing Sacred 1997 - 1998 Comedy
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
A Night at the Opera Gottlieb 1935 0
The Farmer Takes a Wife 1935 0
The Wedding Night 1935 Drama, Romance
The Princess Comes Across 1936 Comedy, Mystery, Romance
A Day at the Races 1937
Nothing Sacred 1937 Comedy, Drama, Romance
The Saint in New York 1938 Crime, Drama, Mystery
Honolulu 1939 0
Confessions of a Nazi Spy 1939 0
Never Say Die 1939 Comedy
Only Angels Have Wings 1939 Drama, Adventure, Romance
Ninotchka 1940 Comedy, Romance
Comrade X 1940 Comedy, Drama
That Uncertain Feeling 1941 Comedy
The Wagons Roll at Night 1941 Drama
To Be or Not to Be Col. Ehrhardt 1942 Comedy, Drama
Desperate Journey 1942 Action, Adventure, Drama
The Song of Bernadette 1943
Tarzan Triumphs 1943 Action, Adventure
It Happened Tomorrow 1944 Comedy, Fantasy
House of Frankenstein Burgomeister Hussman 1944 Fantasy, Horror, Sci Fi
The Dolly Sisters 1946 Drama, Musical
A Night in Casablanca 1946 Comedy
Mother Wore Tights 1947
The Emperor Waltz 1948 Comedy, Musical, Romance
Border Incident 1949 Crime, Thriller
The World in His Arms 1952 Action, Adventure, History
Stalag 17 Sgt. Johann Sebastian Schulz 1953 Romance, 0
Houdini 1953 Drama
The Glenn Miller Story 1954 Drama, Music
3 Ring Circus 1955 Comedy
The Wings of Eagles 1957 Drama
The Errand Boy 1961 Comedy, Family
Thin Ice 2011