ROBERT WUHL is respected for his critically praised work in notable films such as; Bull Durham, Good Morning Vietnam, Blaze, Mistress and Cobb. The company he's included in is first rate and includes; Jack Nicholson, Paul Newman, Kevin Costner and Tommy Lee Jones to name but a few. The directors he's worked with form an equally notable list: Tim Burton, Richard Donner, Barry Levinson and Ron Shelton. Last year WUHL directed, wrote and starred in his own independent feature, Open Season. He is currently busy 24 hours a day starring in and producing ARLI$$, the critically acclaimed series on HBO coming back for its third season on June 7th, a special premiere night.
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"ARLI$$ which has been receiving excellent reviews, is an off-beat satire about the sports world seen through the eyes of a sports agent. ROBERT has married his incredible knowledge of sports with his absurdist wit, skewering the delicious absurdities of the business side of the 90's entertainment-oriented sports world. In the vein of The Larry Sanders Show, it intertwines the fictitious cast of the show with real-life sports notables including Shaquille O'Neal, James Worthy, Scottie Pippen and many more.
In demand for his skills on both sides of the camera, ROBERT has been on a roll, or has created the roll. In 1992, when he led an all-star cast in the black comedy hit Mistress. At he time he didn't know the he would relate so well to the character until he worked to get OPEN SEASON made. ROBERT played Marvin Landisman, a writer/director who fights to retain his original vision while being bombarded with bizarre ideas from investors.
As an actor, ROBERT has been hailed as one of the best comic actors in movies by Peter Rainer of the Los Angeles Times, and a most appealing and sympathetic lead by the Film Journal. Now, as a filmmaker he has been compared to Capra, Sturges, Chayefsy and Woody Allen. Not Bad!
ROBERT has been twice honored with Emmy Awards in '91 and '92 for his contributions to writing the Academy Awards telecasts hosted by Billy Crystal . He also wrote for Billy when he hosted the Grammy's (1987-89). As a comedian, he has starred in the HBO Comedy Hour titled Robert Wuhl's World Tour. Pushing the envelope on stand-up comedy, the revue-style show made use of animation and special effects to underscore the stories ROBERT told on stage and included a rousing musical finale with him at the key-boards of a kick-ass rock and roll band. He has performed stand-up in numerous and prestigious venues across the country and has been involved with Comic Relief from the beginning. Also on HBO, a guest-starring role in the very first episode of Tales From The Crypt, directed by Richard Donner led to a Cable Ace nomination for ROBERT as Best Actor in a Dramatic Series.
ROBERT first came to public notice in Hollywood Knights and is still stopped on the street with shouts of recognition as Newbomb Turk. A broader audience discovered him in Bull Durham as the fast-talking assistant coach of the minor league baseball team. He provided one of the biggest laughs of the movie with his memorable on the mound scene by ad-libbing his lines (Candlesticks always make a nice gift...) He came by his love for the silver screen naturally. As a kid growing up in Union, New Jersey he went to the movies often and idolized the talents behind the camera in addition to those in front. "My heroes were people like Billy Wilder, Stanley Kramer, Neil Simon and Woody Allen," he recalls. "I always wanted to produce and direct - I never thought of performing." Now he does it all.
After high school where he was know as the class clown, he headed west for college at the University of Houston, where he was equally active in the Drama and Athletic departments (soon-to-be-famous artist Julian Schnabel was his roommate). When his campus days drew to a close ("I loved college. I crammed four years into seven.") , he went back east. He began performing at the Improv in New York where his stand-up routine drew a strong following and attracted the attention of Rodney Dangerfield, for whom ROBERT then worked as a joke writer.
In 1979 Robert came to Los Angeles where his unique brand of humor was equally well received. It was at this time he was offered the lead role of Newbomb in Hollywood Nights (now a cult movie classic). Soon after, he sold a series idea to ABC, pursued screenwriting and served as a story editor on the critically-acclaimed television series Police Squad! starring Leslie Nielsen.
Despite his rich and varied background, ROBERT refuses to see himself as a Hollywood hyphenate and shuns the notion of developing a philosophy about his craft. "Let's just say work is Good," he says with his typical understatement." I want to be a craftsman, to work consistently to produce a body of work which will be respected by my peers and, hopefully, even the public." He does allow himself a few other pleasures during his rare free time: an occasional round of golf and Rotisserie Baseball. But the question is... what is free time anymore?
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