Robert Wuhl

Active - 1980 - 2013  |   Born - Oct 9, 1951 in Newark, New Jersey, United States  |   Genres - Comedy

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Although he has a laid back Huck Finn demeanor, actor/writer/director Robert Wuhl is one of the hardest-working denizens of Tinseltown. He began as a comedy writer, functioning as story editor on the cult TV series Police Squad and winning Emmys for his work (in collaboration with Billy Crystal) on the annual Academy Awards telecast. A film actor since 1980's Hollywood Knights, Wuhl is best remembered for his portrayal of the feckless reporter Alexander Knox in Batman: The Movie (1988), and for his starring stint in Mistress (1992). One of the more noteworthy aspects of Robert Wuhl's career is his ongoing association with baseball -- he played the bullpen-chattering minor league coach in Bull Durham (1988), and the beleaguered biographer of contentious ballplayer Ty Cobb in Cobb (1993); and, taking a brief breather from film work, Wuhl wrote the chapter on Roger Maris in author/editor Danny Peary's 1989 compendium Cult Baseball Players.

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  • Roomed with artist-filmmaker Julian Schnabel his freshman year at the University of Houston.
  • Had a job as a beer vendor at Houston's Astrodome while in college.
  • Was a contestant on The $10,000 Pyramid in 1973.
  • In the mid-1970s, he worked as a joke writer for Rodney Dangerfield.
  • Wrote two of the six episodes of the 1982 sitcom Police Squad!
  • Appears in the 1985 music video for Madonna's "Material Girl."
  • Was awarded a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Houston in 2012.