BORN 18 Jul 1858, Hamburg - DIED 31 Oct 1938, Hamburg|
BIRTH NAME Steegmüller, Gustav Reinhold Julius
GRAVE LOCATION Hamburg: Ohlsdorfer Friedhof, Fühlsbüttler Strasse 756 (Gedächtnisfriedhof)
Robert Nhil was the son of a merchant. He grew up in Gotha. In 1880 he studied architecture in München, but after his monthly allowance from his father didn't materialize he was persuaded by Adolf Christen to try his hand on acting. He debuted in Eßlingen am Neckar in "In Goethes lustigen Tagen". After engagements in Meiningen, Heidelberg, Chemnitz, Kiel, Oldenburg and Dresden, he returned to Hamburg in 1888.
There he was engaged at the Thalia Theater and he stayed there until 1892. Between 1892 and 1895 he worked for the Deutschen Volkstheater in Wien. In 1895 he was back at the Thalia Theatre. Guest appearances took him to both London (1897) and Paris (1899). In 1900 he moved to the Deutschen Schauspielhaus, also in Hamburg. There he played many character parts and he worked there until his retirement in 1935.
He was a honourary member of the Deutsches Schauspielhaus and the Thalia Theatre, both in Hamburg. Among his pupils was Elisabeth Flickenschildt. A street was named after him in Hamburg.
was teacher to Flickenschildt, Elisabeth
was pupil to Ziegler, Klara