Sig Ruman (1884–1967)

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Wonderfully talented German-born actor, capable of tremendous comedic and dramatic performances, usually as some type of pompous bureaucrat or similarly arrogant individual. Ruman was born on October 11, 1884, in Hamburg, Germany, and actually studied electrotechnology in college before making the switch to acting. He served with the Imperial ... See full bio »

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To Be or Not to Be Colonel Ehrhardt
Stalag 17 Sgt. Johann Sebastian Schulz
A Night at the Opera Herman Gottlieb
Ninotchka Iranoff


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 1966 Way... Way Out
Russian Delegate
 1966 The Fortune Cookie
Professor Winterhalter
 1966 The Last of the Secret Agents?
Professor Werner von Koenig
 1965 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series)
Conductor Schultz
- The Adriatic Express Affair (1965) ... Conductor Schultz
 1965 Hank (TV Series)
Prof. Max Wagner
- They're Playing Our Song (1965) ... Prof. Max Wagner
 1965 The Addams Family (TV Series)
Eric Von Bissell
- My Fair Cousin Itt (1965) ... Eric Von Bissell
 1965 Petticoat Junction (TV Series)
Professor Lieberschmit
- Why Girls Leave Home (1965) ... Professor Lieberschmit
 1964 Daniel Boone (TV Series)
Van Coot
- The Sisters O'Hannrahan (1964) ... Van Coot
 1964 36 Hours
German Guard
 1964 Robin and the 7 Hoods
Hammacher (uncredited)
 1963 Munroe (TV Movie)
Professor Hendrick Von Schmidt
 1963 The Story of Dr. Lister (Short)
Lecture Attendee
 1962 The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (TV Series)
- The Ugliest American (1962) ... Himelmayer
 1958-1962 Maverick (TV Series)
Klaus Jonckbloet / August Bockenheimer / Professor Kronkhite / ...
- The Money Machine (1962) ... Klaus Jonckbloet
- Diamond Flush (1961) ... August Bockenheimer
- Maverick Springs (1959) ... Professor Kronkhite
- The Strange Journey of Jenny Hill (1959) ... Professor Vegelius
- Diamond in the Rough (1958) ... Capt. Steeger
 1962 Pete and Gladys (TV Series)
Otto Bergner / Otto
- The Chocolate Cake Caper (1962) ... Otto Bergner
- Follow That Skeleton (1962) ... Otto
 1961 One, Two, Three
Count von Droste Schattenburg (voice, uncredited)
 1961 The Errand Boy
Baron Elston Carteblanche
 1961 The Tab Hunter Show (TV Series)
- Dream Boy (1961) ... Hodac
 1960 Johnny Staccato (TV Series)
Otto Humboldt
- An Angry Young Man (1960) ... Otto Humboldt
 1960 One Step Beyond (TV Series)
Franz Schuldorf
- The Lovers (1960) ... Franz Schuldorf
 1960 The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (TV Series)
Tug Captain
- Around the World with Nellie Bly (1960) ... Tug Captain
 1959 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Dr. Haegendorff
- Miracle at the Opera (1959) ... Dr. Haegendorff
 1959 Lawman (TV Series)
Hans Steinmayer
- The Young Toughs (1959) ... Hans Steinmayer
- The Chef (1959) ... Hans Steinmayer
 1959 The Untouchables (TV Series)
Steve Slovic
- Pilot (1959) ... Steve Slovic (uncredited)
 1957 The Wings of Eagles
 1957 Private Secretary (TV Series)
Gregor Tiomkin
- That's No Lady, That's an Agent (1957) ... Gregor Tiomkin
 1955 Spy Chasers
King Rako of Truania
 1955 The Halls of Ivy (TV Series)
Dr. Spatzen
- Dr. Spatzen (1955) ... Dr. Spatzen
 1955 Where's Raymond? (TV Series)
Otto Kleinschmidt
- The Efficiency Expert (1955) ... Otto Kleinschmidt
 1955 Many Rivers to Cross
Spectacle Man
 1954-1955 Willy (TV Series)
Muller the Butcher
- Puppy Love (1955)
- Willy and Muller vs. Muller (1954) ... Muller the Butcher
 1955 Carolina Cannonball
 1954 3 Ring Circus
Colonel Fritz Schlitz
 1954 I Married Joan (TV Series)
Professpr Frederich Gottschalk
- Manhole Cover (1954) ... Professpr Frederich Gottschalk
 1954 White Christmas
Landlord (uncredited)
 1954 Living It Up
Dr. Emile Egelhofer
 1954 The Glenn Miller Story
 1953 Houdini
 1953 Die Jungfrau auf dem Dach
Michael O'Neill (unconfirmed)
 1953 Stalag 17
Sgt. Johann Sebastian Schulz
 1952 Life with Luigi (TV Series)
- The Phone Booth (1952) ... Schultz
- Citizenship (1952) ... Schultz
 1952 Ma and Pa Kettle on Vacation
Cyrus Kraft
 1952 O. Henry's Full House
Menkie (segment "The Gift of the Magi") (uncredited)
 1952 The World in His Arms
General Ivan Vorashilov
 1951 On the Riviera
 1950 Father Is a Bachelor
Jericho Schlosser
 1949 Border Incident
Hugo Wolfgang Ulrich
 1948 Give My Regards to Broadway
Arthur Dinkel
 1948 The Emperor Waltz
Dr. Zwieback
 1948 If You Knew Susie
Count Alexis
 1947 Mother Wore Tights
 1946 Faithful in My Fashion
Professor Boris Riminoffsky
 1946 Night and Day
 1946 A Night in Casablanca
Heinrich Stubel / Max Pfferman
 1945 She Went to the Races
Dr. Gurke
 1945 The Dolly Sisters
Ignatz Tsimmis
 1945 Men in Her Diary
Mme. Irene
 1945 A Royal Scandal
Gen. Ronsky
 1944 House of Frankenstein
 1944 Summer Storm
Kuzma (as Sig Rumann)
 1944 The Hitler Gang
General von Hindenburg
 1944 It Happened Tomorrow
Mr. Beckstein
 1943 The Song of Bernadette
Louis Bouriette
 1943 Government Girl
 1943 Sweet Rosie O'Grady
Joe Flugelman
 1943 They Came to Blow Up America
Dr. Herman Holger
 1943 Tarzan Triumphs
German Sergeant (as Sig Rumann)
 1942 China Girl
 1942 Desperate Journey
 1942 Berlin Correspondent
Dr. Dietrich
 1942 Enemy Agents Meet Ellery Queen
Heinrich - Spy Leader
 1942 Crossroads
Dr. Alex Dubroc
 1942 Remember Pearl Harbor
Dirk Van Hoorten
 1942 To Be or Not to Be
Colonel Ehrhardt
 1941 This Woman Is Mine
John Jacob Astor
 1941 World Premiere
Franz von Bushmaster (as Sig Rumann)
 1941 Shining Victory
Professor Herman Von Reiter
 1941 Love Crazy
Dr. Wuthering (as Sig Rumann)
 1941 The Wagons Roll at Night
Hoffman the Great (as Sig Rumann)
 1941 That Uncertain Feeling
Kafka (as Sig Rumann)
 1941 The Man Who Lost Himself
Dr. Simms (as Sig Rumann)
 1941 So Ends Our Night
Ammers (as Sig Rumann)
 1940 Victory
Mr. Schomberg
 1940 Comrade X
Emil Von Hofer (as Sig Rumann)
 1940 Bitter Sweet
Herr Schlick (as Sig Rumann)
 1940 Four Sons
Newmann (as Sig Rumann)
 1940 I Was an Adventuress
Herr Protz (as Sig Rumann)
 1940 Outside the Three-Mile Limit
Van Cleve
 1940 Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet
Dr. Hans Wolfert (as Sig Rumann)
 1939 Remember?
Dr. Schmidt (as Sig Rumann)
 1939 Ninotchka
Iranoff (as Sig Rumann)
 1939 Only Angels Have Wings
Dutchy (as Sig Rumann)
 1939 Confessions of a Nazi Spy
Dr. Julius Gustav Krogman (as Sig Rumann)
 1939 Never Say Die
Poppa Ingleborg (as Sig Rumann)
 1939 Honolulu
Psychiatrist (as Sig Rumann)
 1938 The Great Waltz
Wertheimer (as Sig Rumann)
 1938 Girls on Probation
Roger Heath (as Sig Rumann)
 1938 Suez
Sergeant Pellerin (as Sig Rumann)
 1938 I'll Give a Million
Anatole Primerose
 1938 The Saint in New York
Hutch Rellin (as Sig Rumann)
 1938 Paradise for Three
Mr. Bold (as Sig Rumann)
 1937 Thank You, Mr. Moto
Colonel Tchernov (as Sig Rumann)
 1937 Nothing Sacred
Dr. Emil Eggelhoffer (as Sig Rumann)
 1937 Heidi
Police Captain (as Sig Rumann)
 1937 Lancer Spy
Lt. Col. Gottfried Hollen
 1937 Love Under Fire
General Montero
 1937 Think Fast, Mr. Moto
Nicolas Marloff (as Sig Rumann)
 1937 A Day at the Races
Dr. Steinberg (as Sig Rumann)
 1937 This Is My Affair
Gus (as Sig Rumann)
 1937 The Great Hospital Mystery
Dr. Taggert (as Sig Rumann)
 1937 Midnight Taxi
John B. Rudd
 1937 Thin Ice
Prime Minister Ulricht (as Sig Rumann)
 1937 Maytime
Fanchon (as Sig Rumann)
 1937 Seventh Heaven
Durand (as Sig Rumann)
 1937 On the Avenue
Herr Hanfstangel (as Sig Rumann)
 1936 The Bold Caballero
Commandante Sebastian Golle (as Sig Rumann)
 1936 The Princess Comes Across
Steindorf (as Sig Rumann)
 1935 East of Java
Hans Muller (as Siegfried Rumann)
 1935 A Night at the Opera
Herman Gottlieb (as Siegfried Rumann)
 1935 The Farmer Takes a Wife
Blacksmith (as Siegfried Rumann)
 1935 Spring Tonic
Matt Conklin
 1935 The Wedding Night
Mr. Jan Novak (as Siegfried Rumann)
 1935 Under Pressure
 1934 Marie Galante
Brogard (as Sigfried Rumann)
 1934 Servants' Entrance
Hans Hansen (as Siegfried Rumann)
 1934 The World Moves On
Baron von Gerhardt (as Siegfried Rumann)
 1929 Die K√∂nigsloge
Bailiff (as Siegfried Rumann)
 1929 Lucky Boy
Bridge Player (uncredited)
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Stage: Appeared (credited as S. Albon Rumann) in "The War Song" on Broadway. Written by Sam Spewack, Bella Spewack and George Jessel. Directed by Albert Lewis (also co-producer). National Theatre: 24 Sep 1928-Dec 1928 (closing date unknown/80 performances). Cast: Ted Athey, Harry Bass, T.F. Benson, Shirley Booth (as "Emily Rosen"), ... See more »

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Alternate Names:

the Movie Director | Siegfried Rumann | Sigfried Rumann | Sig Rumann


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Appeared in four films that have been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant: A Night at the Opera (1935), Only Angels Have Wings (1939), Ninotchka (1939) and To Be or Not to Be (1942). See more »


Thick German accent, although sometimes played other nationalities (Russia/Dutch) See more »


Sigfried Rumann

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