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Sig Ruman

Sig Ruman was a German-American actor known for his portrayals of pompous and often stereotypical Teutonic officials or villains. 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 including Ninotchka and To Be or Not to Be. Ruman continued playing over-the-top German characters later in his career for Billy Wilder in The Emperor Waltz, Stalag 17, and The Fortune Cookie.

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Oct 11, 1884 In Hamburg, Germany
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Die Königsloge 1929-11-29
Latest Project:
Movie Way... Way Out 1966-10-26
Known For
Poster of White Christmas
Poster of Stalag 17
Poster of House of Frankenstein
Poster of Thin Ice
Movie Way... Way Out Russian Delegate 1966-10-26
Movie Doom of Dracula The Burgomaster 1966-01-01
Movie The Fortune Cookie Professor Winterhalter 1966-10-19
Series Hank Unknown 1965-09-24
Movie Robin and the 7 Hoods Hammacher (uncredited) 1964-06-24
Series The Addams Family Unknown 1964-09-18
Series Daniel Boone Unknown 1964-09-24
Movie 36 Hours German Guard 1964-11-26
Series Petticoat Junction Unknown 1963-09-24
Series The Danny Kaye Show Self 1963-09-25
Movie The Errand Boy Baron Elston Carteblanche 1961-11-28
Movie One, Two, Three Count von Droste Schattenburg (voice) (uncredited) 1961-12-15
Series Pete and Gladys Unknown 1960-09-19
Series One Step Beyond Unknown 1959-01-20
Series Johnny Staccato Unknown 1959-09-10
Series The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis Unknown 1959-09-29
Series Lawman Unknown 1958-10-05
Movie The Wings of Eagles Manager 1957-01-31
Series Maverick Unknown 1957-09-22
Series The Dinah Shore Chevy Show Unknown 1956-10-05
Movie Carolina Cannonball Stefan 1955-01-28
Movie Many Rivers to Cross Spectacle Man 1955-02-04
Movie Spy Chasers King Rako of Truania 1955-07-31
Movie The Glenn Miller Story W. Kranz 1954-01-04
Movie Living It Up Dr. Emile Egelhofer 1954-07-15
Movie 3 Ring Circus Fritz Schlitz 1954-12-22
Movie White Christmas Landlord (uncredited) 1954-10-14
Series Private Secretary Unknown 1953-02-01
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie Ma and Pa Kettle on Vacation Cyrus Kraft 1953-04-01
Movie Stalag 17 Sgt. Johann Sebastian Schulz 1953-05-29
Movie Houdini Schultz 1953-07-02
Movie O. Henry's Full House Menkie (segment "The Gift of the Magi") (uncredited) 1952-08-07
Movie The World in His Arms General Ivan Vorashilov 1952-10-09
Movie On the Riviera Gapeaux 1951-04-20
Movie Father Is a Bachelor Jericho Schlosser 1950-02-22
Movie Border Incident Hugo Wolfgang Ulrich 1949-10-28
Movie If You Knew Susie Count Alexis 1948-02-07
Movie Give My Regards to Broadway Arthur Dinkel 1948-06-08
Movie The Emperor Waltz Dr. Zwieback 1948-06-07
Movie Mother Wore Tights Papa 1947-08-20
Movie A Night in Casablanca Count Pfefferman / Heinrich Stubel 1946-05-10
Movie Night and Day Wilowski 1946-07-02
Movie Faithful in My Fashion Professor Boris Riminoffsky 1946-08-21
Movie A Royal Scandal General Ronsky 1945-03-26
Movie Men in Her Diary Mme. Irene 1945-09-14
Movie The Dolly Sisters Ignatz Tsimmis 1945-11-14
Movie She Went to the Races Dr. Gurke 1945-11-04
Movie It Happened Tomorrow Mr. Beckstein 1944-03-31
Movie Summer Storm Kuzma 1944-07-14
Movie House of Frankenstein Burgomeister Hussman 1944-12-01
Movie Tarzan Triumphs Sergeant 1943-01-20
Movie They Came to Blow Up America Dr. Herman Holger 1943-05-07
Movie Government Girl Ambassador 1943-11-05
Movie Sweet Rosie O'Grady Joe Flugelman 1943-10-01
Movie The Song of Bernadette Louis Bouriette 1943-12-21
Movie To Be or Not to Be Col. Ehrhardt 1942-03-05
Movie Crossroads Dr. Alex Dubroc 1942-07-23
Movie Remember Pearl Harbor Dirk Van Hoorten 1942-01-02
Movie China Girl Jarubi 1942-12-09
Movie Berlin Correspondent Dr. Dietrich 1942-08-17
Movie Enemy Agents Meet Ellery Queen Heinrich, Spy Leader 1942-07-30
Movie That Uncertain Feeling Monsieur Kafka 1941-04-20
Movie The Man Who Lost Himself Dr. Simms (as Sig Rumann) 1941-03-21
Movie So Ends Our Night Ammers 1941-02-27
Movie The Wagons Roll at Night Hoffman the Great 1941-04-25
Movie Love Crazy Dr. Wuthering 1941-05-23
Movie Breakdowns of 1941 Himself (archive footage) (uncredited) 1941-11-14
Movie World Premiere Franz von Bushmaster 1941-08-21
Movie This Woman Is Mine John Jacob Astor 1941-08-22
Movie Shining Victory Professor Herman Von Reiter 1941-05-30
Movie I Was an Adventuress Herr Protz 1940-05-10
Movie Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet Dr. Hans Wolfert 1940-02-23
Movie Four Sons Newmann 1940-06-14
Movie Comrade X Emil Von Hofer 1940-12-13
Movie Bitter Sweet Herr Schlick 1940-11-08
Movie Victory Mr. Schomberg 1940-12-21
Movie Never Say Die Poppa Ingleborg 1939-03-08
Movie Honolulu Psychiatrist 1939-02-03
Movie Confessions of a Nazi Spy Krogman 1939-05-06
Movie Only Angels Have Wings Dutchy 1939-05-15
Movie Ninotchka Comrade Iranoff 1939-11-23
Movie Remember? Dr. Schmidt 1939-12-19
Movie I'll Give a Million Anatole Primerose 1938-07-27
Movie The Saint in New York Hutch Rellin 1938-05-25
Movie Paradise for Three Mr. Bold 1938-06-04
Movie Girls on Probation Roger Heath 1938-10-22
Movie Suez Sergeant Pellerin 1938-10-28
Movie The Great Hospital Mystery Dr. Taggert 1937-05-14
Movie This Is My Affair Gus 1937-05-28
Movie Midnight Taxi John B. Rudd 1937-04-04
Movie Seventh Heaven Durand (as Sig Rumann) 1937-03-25
Movie On the Avenue Herr Hanfstangel (as Sig Rumann) 1937-02-12
Movie A Day at the Races Dr. Leopold X. Steinberg 1937-06-11
Movie Maytime Fanchon (as Sig Rumann) 1937-03-26
Movie Thank You, Mr. Moto Colonel Tchernov 1937-12-24
Movie Think Fast, Mr. Moto Nicolas Marloff 1937-07-23
Movie Heidi Police Captain 1937-10-15
Movie Nothing Sacred Dr. Emil Eggelhoffer (as Sig Rumann) 1937-11-25
Movie Lancer Spy Lt. Col. Gottfried Hollen 1937-10-08
Movie Thin Ice Prime Minister 1937-09-03
Movie Love Under Fire General Montero 1937-08-20
Movie The Princess Comes Across Steindorf 1936-05-22
Movie The Bold Caballero Commandante Sebastian Golle 1936-12-01
Movie The Wedding Night Mr. Jan Novak 1935-03-08
Movie Under Pressure Doctor 1935-02-02
Movie Spring Tonic Matt Conklin 1935-06-27
Movie East of Java Hans Muller 1935-12-01
Movie The Farmer Takes a Wife Blacksmith (as Siegfried Rumann) 1935-08-02
Movie A Night at the Opera Gottlieb 1935-11-15
Movie The World Moves On Baron von Gerhardt (as Siegfried Rumann) 1934-06-27
Movie Marie Galante Brogard 1934-10-25
Movie Servants' Entrance Hans Hansen (as Siegfried Rumann) 1934-09-25
Movie Die Königsloge Bailiff 1929-11-29