Beefy, bulldog-visaged actor Robert Strauss was the son of a theatrical costume designer. Strauss tried his hand at a number of odd jobs before he, too, answered the call of the theater. His best-known Broadway role was the dimwitted, Betty Grable-loving Animal in Stalag 17, a role that he recreated for the 1953 film version, and was Oscar nominated for his efforts. Though he'd been seen onscreen as early as 1942, Strauss' film career didn't really take off until he garnered positive notices for Animal. He spent most of the 1950s at Paramount, working with everyone from William Holden to Jerry Lewis. In 1971, after several distinguished years in the business, Robert Strauss found himself the object of showbiz-column scrutiny when he agreed to co-star in the Danish "soft core" sex farce Dagmar's Hot Pants.