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Robert Strauss (I) (1913–1975)


Burly American character actor with a deep gravelly voice who was equally adept at comedy and drama. The son of a theatrical costume designer, Strauss worked as a salesman and also as a singing waiter and busboy before finding success in the stage version of "Detective Story" on Broadway. He appeared with José Ferrer in the Broadway revival of "... See full bio »

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 1975 The Noah
Noah
 1971 Dagmar's Hot Pants, Inc.
John Blackstone
 1966-1967 The Jackie Gleason Show (TV Series)
Harry - Big Sam's Henchman / Sydney - Bookie
- The Honeymooners: Two Faces of Ralph Kramden (1967) ... Harry - Big Sam's Henchman
- The Honeymooners: Run, Santa, Run (1966) ... Sydney - Bookie
 1967 The Virginian (TV Series)
Ben Roper
- The Deadly Past (1967) ... Ben Roper
 1967 Fort Utah
Ben Stokes
 1967 The Monkees (TV Series)
Captain
- Alias Micky Dolenz (1967) ... Captain
 1967 Mr. Terrific (TV Series)
Carl
- Stanley the Safecracker (1967) ... Carl
 1967 The Beverly Hillbillies (TV Series)
Society Sandy
- Elly Comes Out (1967) ... Society Sandy
 1967 Rango (TV Series)
- The Town Tamer (1967)
 1966 Get Smart (TV Series)
Franco
- The Whole Tooth and... (1966) ... Franco
 1966 Run Buddy Run (TV Series)
Ernie
- The Bank Holdup (1966) ... Ernie
 1966 Run for Your Life (TV Series)
Giorgio
- The Day Time Stopped (1966) ... Giorgio
 1966 Green Acres (TV Series)
Chief Thundercloud
- The Rains Came (1966) ... Chief Thundercloud
 1965-1966 Mona McCluskey (TV Series)
Sgt. Stan Gruzewsky
- Mike's Birthday Present (1966) ... Sgt. Stan Gruzewsky
- Will He or Won't He? (1966) ... Sgt. Stan Gruzewsky
- Snow Valley Snow Job (1966) ... Sgt. Stan Gruzewsky
- How to Turn Off a Laser Beam (1966) ... Sgt. Stan Gruzewsky
- Operation: Chicken Soup (1966) ... Sgt. Stan Gruzewsky
 1966 My Mother the Car (TV Series)
Bullets Morgan
- Desperate Minutes (1966) ... Bullets Morgan
 1966 Frankie and Johnny
Blackie
 1966 Honey West (TV Series)
King
- Pop Goes the Easel (1966) ... King
 1966 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series)
Simon Baldanado
- The Dippy Blonde Affair (1966) ... Simon Baldanado
 1965 That Funny Feeling
Bartender
 1965 The Family Jewels
Pool Hall Owner
 1965/II Harlow
Hamk
 1965 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (TV Series)
Ted Beale
- The Trap (1965) ... Ted Beale
 1959-1965 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Pete Kamboly / Danny Barker
- The Case of the Thermal Thief (1965) ... Pete Kamboly
- The Case of the Dangerous Dowager (1959) ... Danny Barker
 1964 The Munsters (TV Series)
The Night Club Manager
- Grandpa Leaves Home (1964) ... The Night Club Manager
 1963-1964 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Brother Thomas / Erwin
- Parties to the Crime (1964) ... Brother Thomas
- Four Kings (1963) ... Erwin
 1964 The Dick Van Dyke Show (TV Series)
Boxer Morrison
- The Alan Brady Show Goes to Jail (1964) ... Boxer Morrison
 1964 Stage to Thunder Rock
Bob Acres
 1959-1963 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Floyd Sharp / Count Roberto del Falcone
- The Cassie Vance Story (1963) ... Floyd Sharp
- The Elizabeth McQueeny Story (1959) ... Count Roberto del Falcone
 1963 The Wheeler Dealers
Feinberg, Taxi Driver
 1963 The Thrill of It All
Chief Truck Driver
 1963 Rawhide (TV Series)
Sam Lewellyn
- Incident of the Black Ace (1963) ... Sam Lewellyn
 1963 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Burglar / Silent Spot / Policeman / ...
- Come to Me, My Melon-Headed Baby (1963) ... Burglar / Silent Spot
- My Friend the Enemy (1963) ... Policeman
 1963 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Mike Martin
- Jail Ward (1963) ... Mike Martin
 1962 Bonanza (TV Series)
Blake
- Gallagher's Sons (1962) ... Blake
 1962 Girls! Girls! Girls!
Sam (owner, Pirate's Den)
 1962 Going My Way (TV Series)
Curt
- A Man for Mary (1962) ... Curt
 1962 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
Danny Cannon
- No Strings Attached (1962) ... Danny Cannon
 1962 Alcoa Premiere (TV Series)
Johnny
- The Very Custom Special (1962) ... Johnny
 1962 Straightaway (TV Series)
Peppard
- Last Chance (1962) ... Peppard
 1961 The George Raft Story
Frenchie
 1961 The Roaring 20's (TV Series)
Crespo
- The Duke on the Bum (1961) ... Crespo
 1961 The DuPont Show of the Week (TV Series)
Cab Driver
- Happy with the Blues (1961) ... Cab Driver
 1961 Twenty Plus Two
Jimmy Honsinger
 1961 The Last Time I Saw Archie
MSgt. Stanley Erlenheim
 1960-1961 The Aquanauts (TV Series)
Goodtime Charlie / Ben Penfield
- The Guilty Adventure (1961) ... Goodtime Charlie
- Underwater Demolition (1960) ... Ben Penfield
 1961 Dondi
Sammy Boy
 1960-1961 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Grover Healy / Hank Wahr
- Open House (1961) ... Grover Healy
- Hot Footage (1960) ... Hank Wahr
 1961 Stagecoach West (TV Series)
Vernon Mibbs
- The Brass Lily (1961) ... Vernon Mibbs
 1961 The Barbara Stanwyck Show (TV Series)
Herbie Harner
- Size 10 (1961) ... Herbie Harner
 1961 Dante (TV Series)
Eddie Wayne
- Wine, Women and Willie (1961) ... Eddie Wayne
 1960 Bat Masterson (TV Series)
Howard C. Smith
- A Time to Die (1960) ... Howard C. Smith
 1960 Guestward Ho! (TV Series)
Construction Foreman
- You Can't Go Home Again (1960) ... Construction Foreman
 1960 September Storm
Ernie Williams
 1960 So Help Me, Aphrodite (TV Movie)
Frank
 1960 Startime (TV Series)
Frank
 1960 Wake Me When It's Over
Sgt. Sam Weiscoff
 1960 The Ann Sothern Show (TV Series)
Cousin Shelly
- The Freeloader (1960) ... Cousin Shelly
 1960 The Lawless Years (TV Series)
Nicholas Prantera
- The Prantera Story (1960) ... Nicholas Prantera
 1959 Li'l Abner
Romeo Scragg
 1959 4D Man
Roy Parker
 1959 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (TV Series)
Fishhead
- A Diamond for Carla (1959) ... Fishhead
 1959 Inside the Mafia
Sam Galey
 1959 Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV Series)
Brace Logan
- Rope Law (1959) ... Brace Logan
 1959 Bold Venture (TV Series)
 1958 I Mobster
Black Frankie Udino
 1958 Frontier Gun
Yubo
 1958 The Bob Hope Show (TV Series)
Guest
- Episode dated 15 October 1958 (1958) ... Guest
 1956 The Phil Silvers Show (TV Series)
Big Ed McMillan
- Bilko Goes to College (1956) ... Big Ed McMillan
 1956 Attack
Pfc. Bernstein
 1956 The Alcoa Hour (TV Series)
Lieutenant Marchesse
- No License to Kill (II) (1956) ... Lieutenant Marchesse
 1956 State Trooper (TV Series)
Steve Lane
- The Bride Wore Bullets ... Steve Lane
 1955 The Man with the Golden Arm
Schwiefka
 1955 Damon Runyon Theater (TV Series)
Larsen / Lucky Farrar
- A Star Lights Up (1955) ... Larsen
- Pick the Winner (1955) ... Lucky Farrar
 1955 The Milton Berle Show (TV Series)
Cement Jackson
- State of Confusion (1955) ... Cement Jackson
 1955 Medic (TV Series)
Dr. Terrence Canfield
- General Practitioner (1955) ... Dr. Terrence Canfield
 1955 The Eddie Cantor Comedy Theater (TV Series)
- The Finer Point (1955)
 1955 The Whistler (TV Series)
 1955 The Adventures of Falcon (TV Series)
Steve Brady
- Reunion (1955) ... Steve Brady
 1954 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Sergeant Kruger / Rollo Spanier
- Charlie C Company (1954) ... Sergeant Kruger
- For the Love of Kitty (1954) ... Rollo Spanier
 1954 The Bridges at Toko-Ri
Beer Barrel
 1954 The Elgin Hour (TV Series)
Sid Roth
- Hearts and Hollywood (1954) ... Sid Roth
 1952-1954 The Colgate Comedy Hour (TV Series)
Eddie / Sketch Actor
- Let's Face It (1954) ... Eddie
- Episode #3.11 (1952) ... Sketch Actor
 1954 The Dennis Day Show (TV Series)
Barney
- Party Pooper (1954) ... Barney
 1954 Cavalcade of America (TV Series)
Baron Henry William Von Stiegel
- Man of Glass: The Story of a Glassmaker (1954) ... Baron Henry William Von Stiegel
 1953 Money from Home
Seldom Seen Kid
 1953 Act of Love
Sgt. Johnny Blackwood
 1953 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
John Fenner
- No Compromise (1953) ... John Fenner
 1953 The Loretta Young Show (TV Series)
Hap
- Love Story (1953) ... Hap
 1953 Here Come the Girls
Jack the Slasher
 1953 Stalag 17
Sgt. Stanislaus 'Animal' Kuzawa
 1951 Martin Kane (TV Series)
Stakes Hansen
- A Jockey Is Murdered (1951) ... Stakes Hansen
 1950 The Sleeping City
Police Lt. Barney Miller (uncredited)
 1949 Hold That Baby!
Two Tens for a Five (uncredited)
 1942 Native Land
Frank Mason, grocer
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Stage Play: Hamlet. Tragedy (revival). Written by William Shakespeare. Directed by Fritz Leiber. Shubert Theatre: 24 Mar 1930- unknown (unknown performances). Cast: Robert Allen (as "Marcellus, Officer"), Vera Allen (as "Player Queen"), Virginia Bronson (as "Gertrude, Queen of Denmark and mother to Hamlet"), John Burke (as "Horatio, friend... See more »

Height:

5' 11" (1.8 m)
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Three children were named Deena, David, and Deja. See more »

Star Sign:

Scorpio

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