Robert Wuhl (born October 9, 1951) is an American actor, comedian and writer.
He is best known as the creator and star of the television comedy series ''Arliss
and for his portrayal of newspaper reporter Alexander Knox in Tim Burton
'' (1989) and Larry in ''Bull Durham
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.
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
'' (1988) with Kevin Costner
's 1989 ''Batman
'' (as reporter Alexander Knox) with Michael Keaton
'' (1989) with Paul Newman
'' (1991) with Eric Idle
'' (1992) with Robert De Niro
, ''Blue Chips
'' (1994) with Nick Nolte
, and ''Cobb
'' (1994) with Tommy Lee Jones
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
'' as the title character, an agent for high-profile athletes.
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 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 Esiason
on the ''Boomer and Carton
He played a judge on the TNT series ''Franklin & Bash
He played Herb Tucker in a revival of Neil Simon
's 1979 play ''I Ought to Be in Pictures
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.
*''Assume the Position with Mr. Wuhl''
at HBO''The Robert Wuhl Show''
a website for Robert Wuhl's daily sports & entertainment show
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