Ruman, Sig

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Name
Ruman, Sig Gender: M
Siegfried Carl Alban Rumann
born on 11 October 1884 at 03:15 (= 03:15 AM )
Place Hamburg, Germany, 53n33, 9e59
Timezone LMT m9e59 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 18°11' s_mo.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 11°42 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 15°29'



Sig Ruman (at right, in the original Broadway production of Grand Hotel, 1931)

Biography

German-American actor known for his portrayals of pompous and often stereotypically Teutonic officials or villains in more than 100 films.

He studied electrical engineering before serving with the Imperial German Army during World War I. After his emigration to the United States in 1924, his acting career blossomed. Befriending playwright George S. Kaufman and theater critic Alexander Woollcott, he enjoyed success in many Broadway productions.

Ruman made his film debut in Lucky Boy (1929). He became a favorite of the Marx Brothers, appearing in A Night at the Opera, A Day at the Races, and A Night in Casablanca. His German accent and large stature kept him busy during World War II, playing sinister Nazi characters in a series of wartime thrillers.

During this period, he also appeared in several films by director Ernst Lubitsch, a fellow German émigré, including Ninotchka (1939) and To Be or Not to Be (1942). He played the role of Professor Herman Von Reiter in Shining Victory (1941), an adaptation of an A. J. Cronin play. Ruman continued his trend of playing over-the-top German characters later in his career for Lubitsch's protege Billy Wilder, appearing in Wilder's films The Emperor Waltz (1948), Stalag 17 (1953), and The Fortune Cookie (1966).

Despite declining health during the 1950s and 1960s, Ruman continued to find work, making many guest appearances on television. He died of a heart attack on 14 February 1967, outside his home in Julian, California. He was 82 and was survived by his wife.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Events

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth record from Hamburg Archives.

Categories

  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 82)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress (Stage and film)