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Edward G. Robinson, the Gentleman Gangster

Woodcut of actor Edward G. Robinson

Edward G. Robinson’s 1930 portrayal of gangster Caesar Enrico Bandello in the film Little Caesar created the prototype for the modern movie gangster. Though he lacked physical stature and leading man good looks, Robinson acted with an authority and passion that dominated the screen. His portrayal of Rico was so ruthless and realistic that many actual gangsters adopted his mannerisms of chomping down on a cigar and…

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Loren Kantor

Loren Kantor

Loren is a writer and woodcut artist based in Los Angeles. He teaches printmaking and creative writing to kids and adults.