October 9, 1951 |
Union, New Jersey, US
|Education||Union High School|
|Alma mater||University of Houston|
|Occupation||Actor, comedian, writer|
|Spouse(s)||Barbara Koldys Capelli
Robert Wuhl (born October 9, 1951) is an American actor, comedian and writer. He is perhaps best known as the creator and star of the television comedy series Arliss (1996–2002) and Tim Burton's 1989 Batman.
Wuhl was born in Union, New Jersey, to a Jewish family. His father worked as a produce distributor. After attending Union High School, Wuhl headed to the University of Houston, where he was active in the drama department and the Epsilon-Omicron Chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. Wuhl was awarded a Distinguished Alumni Award from his alma mater in April 2012.
His first role in movies was a starring role in the 1980 comedy The Hollywood Knights along with other fledgling actors Tony Danza, Michelle Pfeiffer and Fran Drescher. He wrote two of the six episodes for the TV series Police Squad! in 1982, and did an audio commentary for its release on DVD in 2006. He also had a small role in the 1983 film Flashdance. This led to larger roles, including Bull Durham with Kevin Costner (as an assistant coach), Cobb with Tommy Lee Jones, Mistress with Robert De Niro and Good Morning, Vietnam with Robin Williams. His biggest box office success was Tim Burton's 1989 Batman (as reporter Alexander Knox). The film was a top-grossing film that relaunched the Batman film franchise, and Wuhl costarred with Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson and Kim Bassinger. (Wuhl joked on his HBO comedy special that he deliberately required multiple takes of the scene where Kim Bassinger kissed him.)
From 1996 to 2002 he wrote and starred in the HBO series Arli$$ as the title character, an agent for high-profile athletes. Numerous celebrity and athletes guest-starred, and Wuhl appeared in-character as "Arliss" on an episode of WCW Monday Night Nitro. From 2000 to 2001, he was a frequent panelist on the ESPN game show 2 Minute Drill, often quizzing the contestants on sports-related movies. Wuhl was a player in the Game Show Network's Poker Royale series, a competition between pros and comedians. In 2006, he starred on HBO in a one-man-show, Assume the Position with Mr. Wuhl, where he taught a Harvard history class to show how history is created and propagated in a similar fashion to pop culture. A second chapter entitled Assume the Position 201 with Mr. Wuhl aired on HBO in July 2007. Wuhl is currently developing a stage adaptation of "Assume the Position" at Ars Nova in New York City.
He also hosted a sports, sports business and entertainment daily talk radio show for Westwood One (now Dial Global) from January through December 2011. Wuhl occasionally fills in for Boomer Esaison on the Boomer & Carton show
He plays a judge on the TNT series Franklin & Bash.
- Robert Wuhl at the Internet Movie Database
- Assume the Position with Mr. Wuhl website
- The Robert Wuhl Show a website for Robert Wuhl's daily sports & entertainment show