|Date of Birth
||9 October 1951
|Place of Birth
||Union Township, New Jersey, USA
Whether performing as an actor, writer, producer or director, Robert Wuhl refers to himself to as one thing - a storyteller. The creator, executive producer, star, periodic writer and director of HBO's longest-running series, "Arli$$," Robert is the consummate artisan.
The compelling impact of "Arli$$" will long be admired and remembered. While described as a satire of the world of professional sports, the show adeptly crosses the fine line between comedy and dramatic social commentary, truly reflecting Robert's enormous creativity as a writer and director. His sensitivity to the feelings of others and to the issues of our times enabled him to freely tackle many serious contemporary topics including domestic abuse, steroid abuse, alcoholism, ageism, racism, and gay/lesbian issues. Indeed, through "Arli$$," Robert opened our eyes and caused us to think.
After cramming four years into seven to graduate from the University of Houston, and returned to the East Coast and began performing stand-up comedy in New York Clubs, where he preformed at The Improv. His next break came when his routines were so well received that Rodney Dangerfield hired Robert to write for him.
In 1979, Robert headed to Hollywood where he won the role of 'Newbomb Turk' in the cult classic comedy The Hollywood Knights, and also became a writer for the critically acclaimed television comedy, "Police Squad." His other big screen acting credits include Bull Durham, Batman, Good Morning Viet Nam, Mistress, Blaze, and Cobb. In 1996 he directed, wrote, and starred in the independent feature, Open Season, a biting satire of the TV ratings system.
The recipient of two CableAce Best Actor nods in both the drama category for "Tales from the Crypt" and in comedy for "Arli$$," Robert has been honored with two Emmy Awards in both 1991 and 1992 for writing the Academy Awards telecasts hosted by Billy Crystal. Always true to his roots in stand-up comedy, he enjoys the connection with a live audience and continues to delight audiences with live performances. Additionally, he starred in his own HBO Comedy Hour titled, "Robert Wuhl's World Tour," and is a frequent performer on Comic Relief.
In all his work, whether on stage, screen, or behind the camera, Robert is humbled by his influences, Preston Sturges, Woody Allen, and most notably, Jack Benny, thought by many as the ultimate storyteller. In fact, the Jack Benny classic, To Be or Not To Be, is still Robert's favorite movie of all time. Also like Jack Benny, Robert has lent himself to a myriad of charitable causes including the Alzheimer's Association of Los Angeles, the National Breast Cancer Coalition, St. Jude's Hospital, Save the Music, Children Uniting Nations, Heal the Bay and Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.