edwardrobinson.jpgBorn on this day in Bucharest, Romania in 1893, Edward G. Robinson began his life overseas but became an American idol soon enough. At the age of 10 he moved to the United States and by 22 was speaking fluent English and having his debut on Broadway.  Throughout his career he made over 90 films, including 14 from 1930 to 1932 alone. He was accused of treason and brought before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1952. The affair hurt his career, but he soon bounced back, taking roles in The Ten Commandments, A Hole in the Head and The Cincinnati Kid. Robinson died of cancer in 1973, two months shy of receiving his honorary Oscar.

Filmstar Factoid: The name given to the famous actor at birth was Emanuel Goldenberg but when studying at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, it was suggested he change it. The initials E.G. were a nod to his original name, but it is said he never remembered the reason for taking Robinson as his last name.