Robert Wuhl

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Robert Wuhl
Robert Wuhl.jpg
Wuhl at the Freddie Awards, 2012
Born (1951-10-09) 9 October 1951 (age 63)
Union, New Jersey, US
Nationality American
Education Union High School
Alma mater University of Houston
Occupation Actor, comedian, writer
Years active 1980–present
Spouse(s) Barbara Koldys Capelli

Robert Wuhl (born 9 October 1951) is an American actor, comedian and writer.[1] He is perhaps best known as the creator and star of the television comedy series Arliss (1996–2002).[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Wuhl was born in Union, New Jersey,[4] to a Jewish family. His father worked as a produce distributor.[5] After attending Union High School, Wuhl headed to the University of Houston,[2] 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.


After several years of comedy, Wuhl had roles in movies including Tim Burton's 1989 Batman (as reporter Alexander Knox) with Michael Keaton,[2][4] Bull Durham with Kevin Costner,[3][2] Cobb with Tommy Lee Jones,[6][7] Mistress with Robert De Niro and Good Morning, Vietnam with Robin Williams.[8] 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 small roles in the 1983 film Flashdance, and the 1989 film Blaze.[4]

Wuhl was in the beginning of the music video to Madonna's 1985 hit "Material Girl".

In 1992, he appeared in The Bodyguard as host of the Oscars. In reality he won two Emmy Awards for co-writing the Academy Awards in 1990 & 1991 with Billy Crystal.

From 1996 to 2002 he wrote and starred in the HBO series Arli$$ as the title character, an agent for high-profile athletes.[9] 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,[2] where he taught a 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,[10] 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.

He played Herb Tucker in a revival of the comedy-drama play I Ought to Be in Pictures.[1]

In 2015, Wuhl portrayed himself on American Dad!, in the episode "Manhattan Magical Murder Mystery Tour".


  1. ^ a b Brandes, Philip (24 October 2012). "Review: 'I Ought to Be in Pictures' steeped in sentimentality". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Sandomir, Richard (1 April 2006). "Robert Wuhl Is a Teacher on HBO's 'Assume the Position With Mr. Wuhl'". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Wuhl: Anything goes". Disney Interactive. 22 April 1999. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c Lloyd, Jack (11 August 1989). "Rising Star Robert Wuhl Is Having Fun". Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  5. ^ "Robert Wuhl Biography (1951–)". 
  6. ^ Turan, Kenneth (2 December 1994). "MOVIE REVIEWS : 'Cobb': What Becomes a Legend Least? : Shelton's Latest Film Shows Bad and Ugly of Baseball Star". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  7. ^ Barra, Allen (9 October 2001). "Clemens: The Greatest of All Time". The Village Voice. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  8. ^ Hinson, Hal (15 January 1988). "'Good Morning, Vietnam'". The Washington Post. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  9. ^ Nocera, Joe (12 March 2012). "The Case for Agents". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
  10. ^ Smith, Christopher (20 May 2011). "'Juan and John' opening crowd includes John Roseboro's widow". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 24 March 2015. 

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