Robert Strauss received his only Oscar nomination for portraying Stanislas 'Animal' Kasava in Stalag 17.
Strauss though does have a few more scenes without Lembeck where he is pretty good. He is a lively presence in the film which I enjoy all by himself. Also with his wild Animal behavior I actually do not think he goes over the top which could be incredibly easy. His outrageous behavior is as well handled as someone could, some of what he does works better than others at times, but again I never feel he really messes up in the film. In fact he shows a bit more range too. Such as just when he is in the more serious scenes in the film, he actually makes it so his joking presence does not interfere with the more realistic scenes and really works as part of the mean. Also one other scene that works well is when he reads a letter from home to a shell shocked soldier. Strauss actually has a nice subtle scene here that adds well to his performance. Strauss is never amazing and his performance is not as funny as it could be. Still it is a performance that could have been really bad but I think turns out to be a nice presence in the film.