Robert Steiner (born October 19, 1950) is a Brunanter actor, director and producer. With a career spanning forty years, Steiner has participated in almost thirty films, mostly dramas and crime films. For his contribution to the Brunanter cinema, Steiner was awarded the Medal for Arts and Letters in 2004.
Steiner has collaborated with acclaimed directors like Cristove Vianna, Antoni Wisnowski, Paul Riesner and Diederick Kluijskens. He is the only one who has won twice the Barker Award for Best Actor (1976 - 20 Hours, 1983 - The Wolf) and Barker Award for Best Director (2011 - Karen Haig) at the Rosetown Film Festival. Steiner has also been praised for his performance in films like A Last Fraud (1978), The Uncorrupted (1986) and Tales behind the Bars (1990).
Robert Steiner was born in Donderstad, the second child of Anton Steiner and Katrijn Abelen. His father was an accountant in Isolabella, the well-known vlierdrank company. Steiner had a rather unruly behaviour as a student and he was expelled from his school in 1967. As a result, he got by on whatever employment he could find. Steiner spent time working as a waiter, a porter, a secretary and a sales clerk, until moving to Koningstad in 1970.
At the capital, Steiner was seen by a talent scout and played in various films. His role as Leo Evered in The Trigger (1974) was critically acclaimed and as a result, he was approached by Cristove Vianna. Steiner's performance in Vianna's masterpiece 20 Hours (1976) earned him the Barker Award for Best Actor in the Rosetown Film Festival. Later on, he starred in Vianna's Little Black Book (1977), which met with largely negative reviews. It is said that Vianna made a pass at Steiner and that's why he never played in any of his subsequent films.
In 1978 he earned a nomination for the Best Actor Barker Award for his role in A Last Fraud and established himself with the successful film The Crimson Blouse (1980), as a co-star of Maria Allard. Steiner portrayed Titus Fluiter and Tom Danen in the iconic The Wolf (1983), winning the Barker Award for Best Actor. He was once more nominated for this Award in 1986, after starring in The Uncorrupted. Then followed a string of box office failures in the late 1980s.
During the 90's, Steiner played in five quite succesful films, being nominated for the Barker Award for Best Actor for his role in Bloody Daisies (1990). He also experimented with different film genres, as he played in a comedy (Holy Treasure - 1992) and a thriller (Three Days and Nights - 1998). In 2001, Steiner made his directorial debut, but his film Hotal Room 36 received poor reviews. Ten years later, however, Karen Haig met with outstanding reviews, winning two awards at the Rosetown Film Festival.
|1971||Hello, Goodbye||Man in the park||Film debut|
|1972||The Broken Plate||Pieter|
|The Trigger||Leo Evered||The film was shown out of competition in the Rosetown Film Festival and is considered Steiner's first important film|
|1976||20 Hours||Man||Won - Barker Award for Best Actor|
|1977||Little Black Book||Bernard||Steiner's second and last film with Cristove Vianna|
|1978||A Last Fraud||Claud Darby||Nominated - Barker Award for Best Actor|
|1980||The Crimson Blouse||Sergeant|
|Fog in the Streets||Marc van Allen|
|1981||The Smiling Teacher||Willem|
|1983||The Wolf||Titus Fluiter/Tom Danen||Won - Barker Award for Best Actor|
|1985||Don't Forget the Sergeant||Sgt. Brummel||Also co-producer|
|1986||The Uncorrupted||Gerben van Eyck||Nominated - Barker Award for Best Actor|
|1988||Dirty Hands||Harry Creighton||Also co-producer|
|The Yellow Berbia||Andrew McCallion|
|Sonant Shot||Jurgen de Groot|
|1989||Flash of the Gun||Alan Virgo||Also producer|
|1990||Tales behind the Bars||Frank Dahlmans||Also co-producer|
Nominated - Barker Award for Best Actor
|1991||The Silver Ring||Pieter|
|1992||Holy Treasure||Ben Ceelen||Steiner's only comedy|
|1994||The Man with a Thousand Faces||Thomas Mullane|
|Nothing More||Mr. Abbley|
|1999||Three Days and Nights||Robin Laufenberg||Steiner's only psychological thriller|
|2002||The Girl with the Scar||Matthew Anderson||Also producer|
|2003||Queen of Clubs||Edgar|
|2008-present||Police Line||Police Chief Mark Steen||TV series|
|2014||57 A.I.||Voice only|
|2014||Hell's Gate||Admiral Cristian Parramont|
|2001||Hotel Room 36||Steiner had also a cameo role|
|2005||Her Black Hair|
|2011||Karen Haig||Won - Barker Award for Best Film|
Won - Barker Award for Best Director
Won - Barker Award for Best Supporting Performer (Michael Adamo Barzetti)