Robert Wuhl

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Robert Wuhl
Robert Wuhl 1998.jpg
Wuhl in 1998
Born (1951-10-09) October 9, 1951 (age 68)
EducationUnion High School
Alma materUniversity of Houston
OccupationActor, comedian, writer
Years active1980–present
Barbara Koldys Capelli (m. 1983)

Robert Wuhl (born October 9, 1951) is an American actor, comedian and writer.[1] He is best known as the creator and star of the television comedy series Arliss (1996–2002)[2][3] and for his portrayal of newspaper reporter Alexander Knox in Tim Burton's Batman (1989) and Crisis on Infinite Earths (2019).

Early life[edit]

Wuhl was born in Union, New Jersey to a Jewish family.[4][5] His father worked as a produce distributor.[6] 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.


Wuhl's 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, followed by a small role in the film Flashdance (1983). Wuhl then had larger roles in movies including Good Morning, Vietnam (1987) with Robin Williams,[7]Bull Durham (1988) with Kevin Costner,[2][3] Tim Burton's 1989 Batman (as reporter Alexander Knox) with Michael Keaton,[2][4] Blaze (1989) with Paul Newman,[4] Missing Pieces (1991) with Eric Idle, Mistress (1992) with Robert De Niro, Blue Chips (1994) with Nick Nolte, and Cobb (1994) with Tommy Lee Jones.[8][9] 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.

Wuhl once appeared on The Dating Game and The $10,000 Pyramid.

Wuhl appeared with Keith Carradine in the 1985 music video to Madonna's 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 and 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.[10] 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,[11] for Westwood One (now Dial Global) from January through December 2011. Wuhl occasionally fills in for Boomer Esiason on the Boomer and Carton show.

He played a judge on the TNT series Franklin & Bash.

He played Herb Tucker in a revival of the Neil Simon's 1979 play I Ought to Be in Pictures.[1]

In 2015, Wuhl portrayed himself on American Dad!, in the episode "Manhattan Magical Murder Mystery Tour". He then returned in 2017 to play himself again in the episode "The Talented Mr. Dingleberry". In 2019, he returned in the episode "One-Woman Swole" portraying himself as a judge in a bodybuilding contest.



  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. ^ Samberg, Joel (1998). The Jewish Book of Lists. Carol Publishing Group. p. 99. Retrieved 23 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Robert Wuhl Biography (1951–)".
  7. ^ Hinson, Hal (15 January 1988). "'Good Morning, Vietnam'". The Washington Post. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ Barra, Allen (9 October 2001). "Clemens: The Greatest of All Time". The Village Voice. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  10. ^ Nocera, Joe (12 March 2012). "The Case for Agents". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 March 2015.
  11. ^ 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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