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Siegfried Carl Alban Rumann (October 11, 1884 – February 14, 1967) billed as Sig Ruman, was a German-American actor known for his portrayals of pompous and often stereotypically Teutonic officials or villains in more than 100 films.

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, a fellow German émigré, including Ninotchka (1939) and To Be or Not to Be (1942). He played the role of Professor Herman Von Reiter in Shining Victory (1941), an adaptation of an A. J. Cronin play. Ruman continued his trend of playing over-the-top German characters later in his career for Lubitsch's protege Billy Wilder, appearing in Wilder's films The Emperor Waltz (1948), Stalag 17 (1953), and The Fortune Cookie (1966).

According to Leonard Maltin in the DVD commentary for A Night at the Opera, Ruman had modified his screen name from Siegfried Rumann to Sig Ruman in an attempt to make it a little less German-sounding, to lessen potential anti-German prejudice against him.

Despite declining health during the 1950s and 1960s, Ruman continued to find work, making many guest appearances on television.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Sig Ruman, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Siegfried Carl Alban Rumann (October 11, 1884 – February 14, 1967) billed as Sig Ruman, was a German-American actor known for his portrayals of pompous and often stereotypically Teutonic officials or villains in more than 100 films.

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, a fellow German émigré, including Ninotchka (1939) and To Be or Not to Be (1942). He played the role of Professor Herman Von Reiter in Shining Victory (1941), an adaptation of an A. J. Cronin play. Ruman continued his trend of playing over-the-top German characters later in his career for Lubitsch's protege Billy Wilder, appearing in Wilder's films The Emperor Waltz (1948), Stalag 17 (1953), and The Fortune Cookie (1966).

According to Leonard Maltin in the DVD commentary for A Night at the Opera, Ruman had modified his screen name from Siegfried Rumann to Sig Ruman in an attempt to make it a little less German-sounding, to lessen potential anti-German prejudice against him.

Despite declining health during the 1950s and 1960s, Ruman continued to find work, making many guest appearances on television.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Sig Ruman, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 107

Birthday 1884-10-11

Day of Death 1967-02-14

Place of Birth Hamburg, Germany

Official Site -

Also Known As

  • Sig Rumann
  • Siegfried Rumann
  • Sigfried Rumann

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1966 Way... Way Out as Russian Delegate
1966 The Fortune Cookie as Professor Winterhalter
1965 Hank (1 episode)
1964 36 Hours as German Guard
1964 Daniel Boone (1 episode)
1964 The Addams Family (1 episode)
1963 Petticoat Junction (1 episode)
1961 One, Two, Three as Count von Droste Schattenburg (voice) (uncredited)
1961 The Errand Boy as Baron Elston Carteblanche
1960 Pete and Gladys (2 episodes)
1959 The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (1 episode)
1959 Johnny Staccato (1 episode)
1959 One Step Beyond (1 episode)
1958 Lawman (2 episodes)
1957 Maverick (5 episodes)
1957 The Wings of Eagles as Manager
1956 The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (1 episode)
1955 Spy Chasers as King Rako of Truania
1955 Many Rivers to Cross as Spectacle Man
1955 Carolina Cannonball as Stefan
1954 3 Ring Circus as Colonel Fritz Schlitz, Lion Tamer
1954 White Christmas as Landlord (uncredited)
1954 Living It Up as Dr. Emile Egelhofer
1954 The Glenn Miller Story as W. Kranz
1953 Houdini as Schultz
1953 Stalag 17 as Sgt. Johann Sebastian Schulz
1953 Ma and Pa Kettle on Vacation as Cyrus Kraft
1953 General Electric Theater (1 episode)
1953 Private Secretary (1 episode)
1952 The World in His Arms as General Ivan Vorashilov
1952 O. Henry's Full House as The Gift of the Magi: Menkie
1951 On the Riviera as Gapeaux
1950 Father Is a Bachelor as Jericho Schlosser
1949 Border Incident as Hugo Wolfgang Ulrich
1948 Give My Regards to Broadway as Arthur Dinkel
1948 The Emperor Waltz as Dr. Zwieback
1948 If You Knew Susie as Count Alexis
1947 Mother Wore Tights as Papa
1946 Faithful in My Fashion as Professor Boris Riminoffsky
1946 A Night in Casablanca as Count Pfefferman / Heinrich Stubel
1945 The Dolly Sisters as Ignatz Tsimmis
1945 She Went to the Races as Dr. Gurke
1945 Men in Her Diary as Mme. Irene
1945 A Royal Scandal as Gen. Ronsky
1944 House of Frankenstein as Burgomeister Hussman
1944 Summer Storm as Kuzma
1944 It Happened Tomorrow as Mr. Beckstein
1943 The Song of Bernadette as Louis Bouriette
1943 Government Girl as Ambassador
1943 Sweet Rosie O'Grady as Joe Flugelman
1943 They Came to Blow Up America as Dr. Herman Holger
1943 Tarzan Triumphs as Sergeant
1942 China Girl as Jarubi
1942 Berlin Correspondent as Dr. Dietrich
1942 Enemy Agents Meet Ellery Queen as Heinrich, Spy Leader
1942 Crossroads as Dr. Alex Dubroc
1942 To Be or Not to Be as SS-Gruppenführer Ehrhardt
1942 Remember Pearl Harbor as Dirk Van Hoorten
1941 Breakdowns of 1941 as Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
1941 This Woman Is Mine as John Jacob Astor
1941 Shining Victory as Professor Herman Von Reiter
1941 Love Crazy as Dr. Wuthering
1941 The Wagons Roll at Night as Hoffman the Great
1941 That Uncertain Feeling as Monsieur Kafka
1941 The Man Who Lost Himself as Dr. Simms (as Sig Rumann)
1941 So Ends Our Night as Ammers
1940 Victory as Mr. Schomberg
1940 Comrade X as Emil Von Hofer
1940 Bitter Sweet as Herr Schlick
1940 Four Sons as Newmann
1940 I Was an Adventuress as Herr Protz
1940 Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet as Dr. Hans Wolfert
1939 Remember? as Dr. Schmidt
1939 Ninotchka as Comrade Iranoff
1939 Only Angels Have Wings as Dutchy
1939 Confessions of a Nazi Spy as Krogman
1939 Never Say Die as Poppa Ingleborg
1939 Honolulu as Psychiatrist
1938 Suez as Sergeant Pellerin
1938 Girls on Probation as Roger Heath (as Sig Rumann)
1938 I'll Give a Million as Anatole Primerose
1938 Paradise for Three as Mr. Bold
1938 The Saint in New York as Hutch Rellin
1937 Thank You, Mr. Moto as Colonel Tchernov
1937 Nothing Sacred as Dr. Emil Eggelhoffer (as Sig Rumann)
1937 Heidi as Police Captain
1937 Lancer Spy as Lt. Col. Gottfried Hollen
1937 Thin Ice as Prime Minister
1937 Love Under Fire as General Montero
1937 Think Fast, Mr. Moto as Nicolas Marloff
1937 A Day at the Races as Dr. Leopold X. Steinberg
1937 This Is My Affair as Gus
1937 The Great Hospital Mystery as Dr. Taggert
1937 Midnight Taxi as John B. Rudd
1937 Maytime as Fanchon (as Sig Rumann)
1937 Seventh Heaven as Durand (as Sig Rumann)
1937 On The Avenue as Herr Hanfstangel (as Sig Rumann)
1936 The Bold Caballero as Commandante Sebastian Golle
1936 The Princess Comes Across as Steindorf
1935 East of Java as Hans Muller
1935 A Night at the Opera as Gottlieb
1935 The Farmer Takes a Wife as Blacksmith (as Siegfried Rumann)
1935 The Wedding Night as Mr. Jan Novak
1935 Under Pressure as Doctor
1934 Marie Galante as Brogard
1934 The World Moves On as Baron von Gerhardt (as Siegfried Rumann)
1929 Die Königsloge as Bailiff

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