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Robert Strauss
Robert Strauss
Role Charlie Leach
Biographical Information
Birthdate November 8, 1913
Birthplace Bronx, New York, United States
Death Date February 20, 1975 (age 61)
Death Place New York, New York, United States

Robert Strauss played private detective Charlie Leach in three season two episodes (1966).


The son of a theatrical costume designer, Robert 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 "Twentieth Century." He worked on the stage for several years before breaking into movies in 1952. He typically played gruff characters - sometimes comic, sometimes menacing - and essayed quite a few gangster roles as well.

He won an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Animal in Stalag 17 (1953), a role he had originated on Broadway. He also appeared in Sailor Beware (1952), Jumping Jacks (1952), The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1954), The Seven Year Itch (1955), The Man with the Golden Arm (1955), Attack (1956), Li'l Abner (1959) (as Romeo Scragg), The George Raft Story (1961), Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962), The Thrill of It All (1963), The Family Jewels (1965), Harlow (1965), Frankie and Johnny (1966), and Fort Utah (1967), to name a few, in addition to many television shows in the 1960s and 1970s.

He continued to appear on stage and also in many television programs and commercials into the 1970s. He died of complications from a stroke, leaving a widow and three children from his first marriage.

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