Movie Fact #803 – July 5th, 2015:

The 1973 science fiction film “Soylent Green”, loosely based on the 1966 science fiction novel “Make Room! Make Room!” by author Harry Harrison, was the 101st and last movie in which actor Edward G. Robinson appeared in, playing the character of Sol Roth. Sadly, Robinson died of cancer twelve days after the filming, on January 26, 1973. Robinson had previously worked with lead actor Charlton Heston, who played the lead character Detective Frank Thorn in “Soylent Green”, in 1956’s “The Ten Commandments” and the make-up tests for 1968’s “Planet of the Apes”.

In Heston’s book “The Actor’s Life: Journal 1956-1976”, Heston wrote about working with Robinson on “Soylent Green” quoting:

“He knew while we were shooting, though we did not, that he was terminally ill. He never missed an hour of work, nor was late to a call. He never was less than the consummate professional he had been all his life. I’m still haunted, though, by the knowledge that the very last scene he played in the picture, which he knew was the last day’s acting he would ever do, was his death scene. I know why I was so overwhelmingly moved playing it with him.”

When it’s your time, it’s your time, but as Robinson showed, death is only the bottom line. Until you reach the end, there is always a chance to take every minute you have left and be remembered. In acting, the films they make are a testament to their profession. However, in Robinson’s case, finishing “Soylent Green” so close to death was a testament to his human spirit and his determination.

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