Sig Ruman

Biography

Sig Ruman (born Siegfried Albon Rumann) (11 October 1884 – 14 February 1967) was a German-American actor known for his comic portrayals of pompous villains. Born in Hamburg, he studied electrical engineering before serving with the Imperial German army during the First World War. Subsequent to his migration to the United States in 1924, his acting career blossomed. Befriending playwright George S. Kaufman and theater critic Alexander Woollcott, he enjoyed success in many Broadway productions. After the advent of talkies, Ruman 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 Ernst Lubitsch, a fellow German émigré. In 1941, he played the role of Professor Herman Von Reiter in Shining Victory, an adaptation of an A. J. Cronin play. According to Leonard Maltin in the DVD commentary for A Night at the Opera, Ruman had modified his screen name to make it a little less German-sounding, to lessen potential anti-German prejudice against him. Despite poor health during the 1950s and 1960s, Ruman continued to find work, making many guest appearances on television, including an appearance on The Addams Family. In 1953, he played what is perhaps his most famous role — that of "Schultz", the two-faced POW camp guard in Stalag 17. He died of a heart attack on February 14, 1967 in Julian, California.

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Think Fast, Mr. Moto

Nicolas Marloff (as Sig Rumann)

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The Saint in New York

Hutch Rellin (as Sig Rumann)

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Spy Chasers

King Rako of Truania

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The Bold Caballero

Commandante Sebastian Golle (as Sig Rumann)

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The World Moves On

Baron von Gerhardt (as Siegfried Rumann)

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Berlin Correspondent

Dr. Dietrich

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Tarzan Triumphs

Sergeant

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The Wagons Roll at Night

Hoffman the Great (as Sig Rumann)

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China Girl

Jarubi

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Marie Galante

Brogard (as Sigfried Rumann)

Starring In
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On Your Marx, Get Set, Go!

Dr. Leopold X. Steinberg (archive footage)

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Remarks on Marx

Herbert Gottlieb (archive footage)

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Camarada X

Emil Von Hofer (as Sig Rumann)

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The Fortune Cookie

Professor Winterhalter

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Way... Way Out

Russian Delegate

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Doom of Dracula

The Burgomaster (archive footage)

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36 Hours

German Guard

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Robin and the Seven Hoods

Hammacher (uncredited)

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The Errand Boy

Baron Elston Carteblanche

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One, Two, Three

Count von Droste Schattenburg (voice) (uncredited)

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The Scarface Mob

Beer Brewer (archive footage) (uncredited)

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The Wings of Eagles

Manager

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Spy Chasers

King Rako of Truania

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Many Rivers to Cross

Spectacle Man

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White Christmas

Landlord (uncredited)

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The Glenn Miller Story

W. Kranz (pawnshop owner)

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Living It Up

Dr. Emile Egelhofer

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Houdini

Schultz

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Stalag 17

Sgt. Johann Sebastian Schulz

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Ma and Pa Kettle on Vacation

Cyrus Kraft

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O Henry's Full House

Menkie (segment "The Gift of the Magi") (uncredited)

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The World in his Arms

General Ivan Vorashilov

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On the Riviera

Gapeaux

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Border Incident

Hugo Wolfgang Ulrich

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Give My Regards to Broadway

Arthur Dinkel

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Kaiserwalzer

Dr. Zwieback

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If You Knew Susie

Count Alexis

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Es begann in Schneiders Opernhaus

Papa

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A Night in Casablanca

Pfferman

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Night and Day

Wilowski

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A Royal Scandal

Gen. Ronsky

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The Dolly Sisters

Ignatz Tsimmis

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House of Frankenstein

Hussman

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It Happened Tomorrow

Mr. Beckstein

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Summer Storm

Kuzma (as Sig Rumann)

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The Song of Bernadette

Louis Bouriette

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Government Girl

Ambassador

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Tarzan Triumphs

Sergeant

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Sweet Rosie O'Grady

Joe Flugelman

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China Girl

Jarubi

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Enemy Agents Meet Ellery Queen

Heinrich - Spy Leader

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To Be or Not to Be

Colonel Ehrhardt

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Berlin Correspondent

Dr. Dietrich

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Desperate Journey

Preuss

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Crossroads

Dr. Alex Dubroc

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The Wagons Roll at Night

Hoffman the Great (as Sig Rumann)

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That Uncertain Feeling

Kafka (comme Sig Rumann)

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So Ends Our Night

Ammers (as Sig Rumann)

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Breakdowns of 1941

Self (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Love Crazy

Doctor Wuthering (as Sig Rumann)

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Bitter Sweet

Herr Schlick (as Sig Rumann)

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Dr Ehrlichs Magic Bullet

Dr. Hans Wolfert (as Sig Rumann)

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Remember?

Dr. Schmidt (as Sig Rumann)

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Ninotchka

Iranoff (as Sig Rumann)

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Only Angels Have Wings

Dutchy (as Sig Rumann)

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Never Say Die

Poppa Ingleborg (as Sig Rumann)

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Confession of a Nazi Spy

Krogman (as Sig Rumann)

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Honolulu

Psychiatrist (as Sig Rumann)

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Paradise for Three

Mr. Bold (as Sig Rumann)

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The Saint in New York

Hutch Rellin (as Sig Rumann)

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Suez

Sergeant Pellerin (as Sig Rumann)

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Nothing Sacred

Dr. Emil Eggelhoffer (as Sig Rumann)

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Heidi

Police Captain (as Sig Rumann)

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A Day at the Races

Dr. Steinberg (as Sig Rumann)

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This Is My Affair

Gus (as Sig Rumann)

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On The Avenue

Herr Hanfstangel (as Sig Rumann)

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Thank You, Mr. Moto

Colonel Tchernov (as Sig Rumann)

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Think Fast, Mr. Moto

Nicolas Marloff (as Sig Rumann)

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Maytime

Fanchon (as Sig Rumann)

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Seventh Heaven

Durand (as Sig Rumann)

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The Bold Caballero

Commandante Sebastian Golle (as Sig Rumann)

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The Princess Comes Across

Inspector Steindorf (as Sig Rumann)

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A Night at the Opera

Herbert Gottlieb (as Siegfried Rumann)

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The Wedding Night

Mr. Jan Novak (as Siegfried Rumann)

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Marie Galante

Brogard (as Sigfried Rumann)

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The World Moves On

Baron von Gerhardt (as Siegfried Rumann)

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The Guilty Generation

Mr. Bold (as Sig Rumann)

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