Immigrant Of The Day: Edward G. Robinson of Romania
Edward G. Robinson (Romania)
Robinson's family immigrated to New York City in 1903. A star in scores of movies, he is best for his portrayal of gangster Rico Bandello, the crime lord in Little Caesar. After the success of Little Caesar, Robinson joined James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart in Warner Brothers' crop of gangster movies in the 1930s and 1940s.
Despite his work on behalf of the United States -- he was a multi-lingual radio presenter of Allied news in Europe, Robisnon, like many actors of his generation, was investigated as a communist by Senator Joe McCarthy in the early 1950s. Although Robinson was exonerated, it hurt his career.
Robinson's appearance in the 1956 epic The Ten Commandments marked the beginning of his role as a revered screen legend and character actor. His later movies include The Cincinnati Kid (1965), Mackenna's Gold (1969) and Soylent Green (1973). Robinson never won an Oscar, but two months after he died he was given a special award for his life's work.
Robinson's last movie scene was a euthanasia sequence in the science fiction cult film Soylent Green (1973) in which he dies in a euthanasia clinic while watching nature films on a wall-sized screen. Robinson was never nominated for an Academy Award, but in 1973 he was awarded an honorary Oscar in recognition that he had "achieved greatness as a player, a patron of the arts, and a dedicated citizen ... in sum, a Renaissance man".
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Kevin R. Johnson is currently Dean, Professor of Law and Chicana/o Studies, and the Mabie-Apallas Public Interest Law Chair holder at the University of California at Davis. He is also one of the editors of ImmigrationProf Blog.
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