Tim Robbins

Actor, Director, Screenwriter
Recognized by the Academy as both an actor and a director, Tim Robbins stood out in Hollywood not only for his 6'5" height, but also for his high-caliber, character-driven work and his career-long commitment to social ... Read more »
Born: 10/15/1958 in West Covina, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (99)

Welcome to Me 2015 (Movie)

Dr. Moffat (Actor)

A Perfect Day 2014 (Movie)

B (Actor)

James Gandolfini: Tribute To A Friend 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Life of Crime 2014 (Movie)

Frank Dawson (Actor)

The Spoils Of Babylon 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Real Time with Bill Maher 2002 - 2003, 2008, 2011 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Thanks For Sharing 2013 (Movie)

Mike (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2006, 2008, 2013 (Tv Show)

Guest

Back to 1942 2012 (Movie)

(Actor)

Portlandia 2002 - 2003, 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Portlandia: The Brunch Special 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Green Lantern 2011 (Movie)

Senator Hammond (Actor)

Revenge of the Electric Car 2011 (Movie)

(Narrator)

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

City of Ember 2008 (Movie)

Loris Harrow (Actor)

Noise 2008 (Movie)

David Owen (Actor)

The Lucky Ones 2008 (Movie)

Fred Cheever (Actor)

Then She Found Me 2008 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Manufacturing Dissent 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Catch a Fire 2006 (Movie)

Nic Vos (Actor)

Tenacious D In: The Pick of Destiny 2006 (Movie)

The Stranger (Actor)

The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Secret Life of Words 2006 (Movie)

Josef (Actor)

Golden Venture 2005 (Movie)

(Narrator)

The 10th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 77th Annual Academy Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

War of the Worlds 2005 (Movie)

Harlan Ogilvy (Actor)

Zathura 2005 (Movie)

Dad (Actor)

Anchorman 2004 (Movie)

Cameo (Actor)

Code 46 2004 (Movie)

William Geld (Actor)

Orwell Rolls in His Grave 2004 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 76th Annual Academy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Embedded/Live 2003 (Movie)

(Actor)

Mystic River 2003 (Movie)

Dave Boyle (Actor)

On the Record With Bob Costas 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Party's Over 2003 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Day My God Died 2003 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion 2003 (Movie)

Voice-over (Actor)

Human Nature 2002 (Movie)

Nathan Bronfman (Actor)

The Education of Gore Vidal 2002 (Movie)

Reader (Actor)

The Truth About Charlie 2002 (Movie)

Mr Bartholomew (Actor)

VH1 News Special: Islamabad Rock City 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Antitrust 2001 (Movie)

Gary Winston (Actor)

The 10th Annual IFP Gotham Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

High Fidelity 2000 (Movie)

Ian (Actor)

Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Mission to Mars 2000 (Movie)

Woody Blake (Actor)

Arlington Road 1999 (Movie)

Oliver Lang (Actor)

Austin Powers: the Spy Who Shagged Me 1999 (Movie)

The President (Actor)

Inside the Actors Studio 1999 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Simpsons 1999 (Tv Show)

Voice

Nothing to Lose 1997 (Movie)

Nick Beam (Actor)

Nusrat: A Voice from Heaven 1997 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 1996 MTV Video Music Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 24th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Gore Vidal's Gore Vidal 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 67th Annual Academy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Typewriter, the Rifle & the Movie Camera 1995 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

I.Q. 1994 (Movie)

Ed Walters (Actor)

Prêt-à-Porter 1994 (Movie)

Joe Flynn--Sportswriter (Actor)

The 51st Annual Golden Globe Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hudsucker Proxy 1994 (Movie)

Norville Barnes (Actor)

The Shawshank Redemption 1994 (Movie)

Andy Dufresne (Actor)

50th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Short Cuts 1993 (Movie)

Gene Shepard (Actor)

The 65th Annual Academy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Roberts 1992 (Movie)

Bob Roberts (Actor)

The Player 1992 (Movie)

Griffin Mill (Actor)

Jungle Fever 1991 (Movie)

Jerry (Actor)

Cadillac Man 1990 (Movie)

Larry (Actor)

Comic Relief IV 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Jacob's Ladder 1990 (Movie)

Jacob Singer (Actor)

Erik the Viking 1989 (Movie)

Erik the Viking (Actor)

Miss Firecracker 1989 (Movie)

Delmount Williams (Actor)

Twister 1989 (Movie)

(Actor)

Bull Durham 1988 (Movie)

Ebby Calvin "Nuke" LaLoosh (Actor)

Five Corners 1988 (Movie)

Harry (Actor)

Tapeheads 1988 (Movie)

Josh Tager (Actor)

Howard the Duck 1986 (Movie)

Phil Blumburtt (Actor)

Top Gun 1986 (Movie)

Merlin (Actor)

Fraternity Vacation 1985 (Movie)

Larry "Mother" Tucker (Actor)

Malice in Wonderland 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sure Thing 1985 (Movie)

Gary Cooper (Actor)

No Small Affair 1984 (Movie)

Nelson (Actor)

Cinema Verite (TV Show)

Actor

New York at the Movies (TV Show)

Actor

Quarterback Princess (TV Show)

Actor

The Brink (TV Show)

Actor

Trenchcoat in Paradise (TV Show)

Actor
Music (8)

Catch a Fire 2006 (Movie)

("Paradise Road") (Song Performer)

Cradle Will Rock 1999 (Movie)

("Cobbler in Despair") (Song)

Bob Roberts 1992 (Movie)

("What Did the Teacher Tell You" "My Land" "Wall Street Rap" "Prevailing Tides" "Drugs Stink" "Beautiful Girl" "The Voting Song" "Complain" "Times Are Changin' Back" "Retake America" "I Want to Live" "This World Turns" "We Are Marching") (Song Performer)

Bob Roberts 1992 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Bob Roberts 1992 (Movie)

harmonicas (Performer)

Bob Roberts 1992 (Movie)

vocals (Music)

Tapeheads 1988 (Movie)

("Now That You're Gone") (Song Performer)

Tapeheads 1988 (Movie)

("Repave Amerika") (Song)
Producer (7)

Elena 2014 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Big Fix 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Embedded/Live 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

Salgado: The Spectre of Hope 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Cradle Will Rock 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

Dead Man Walking 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Typewriter, the Rifle & the Movie Camera 1995 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Director (6)

Tremé 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Director

Embedded/Live 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Queens Supreme 2003 (Tv Show)

Director

Cradle Will Rock 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Dead Man Walking 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Bob Roberts 1992 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (4)

Embedded/Live 2003 (Movie)

(from stage play: "Embedded/Live") (Source Material)

Cradle Will Rock 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dead Man Walking 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Bob Roberts 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Recognized by the Academy as both an actor and a director, Tim Robbins stood out in Hollywood not only for his 6'5" height, but also for his high-caliber, character-driven work and his career-long commitment to social issues alongside his equally liberal partner, Susan Sarandon. The New York stage actor had his Hollywood breakout in the atypical role of a dim jock in the classic baseball flick, "Bull Durham" (1988), but five years later, he had established himself as a force to be reckoned with as the writer-director of the satire, "Bob Roberts" (1992), and the Golden Globe-winning star of Robert Altman's sinister industry send-up, "The Player" (1992). While directors like Clint Eastwood continued to tap Robbins the actor for films like "Arlington Road" (1999), "Human Nature" (2002) and "Mystic River" (2003), Robbins the filmmaker went on to helm the acclaimed death penalty drama, "Dead Man Walking" (1995), and the Depression-era musical, "Cradle Will Rock" (1999), where he skillfully offered viewers new perspectives on political and social issues; not through dogma, but through engaging, relatable characters and stories. Though his longtime partnership with Sarandon ended in 2009, Robbins nonetheless remained dedicated to both his causes and his craft.

Relationships

Eva Amurri Martino Actor

Child
Born Oct. 4, 1946 to Susan Sarandon and Franco Amurri; directed by Robbins in her film debut "Dead Man Walking" (1995)

Gil Robbins Actor

Father
Born April 3, 1931 Ran the Gaslight nightclub and cafe; was a member of folk band The Highwaymen; directed by son in "Bob Roberts" (1992), "Dead Man Walking" (1995) and "Cradle Will Rock" (1999) Died on April 5, 2011 from prostate cancer

Jack Robbins

Son
Born May 15, 1989; mother, Susan Sarandon

Mary Robbins Actor

Mother
Born Dec. 11, 1932 Directed by son in "Dead Man Walking" (1995) and "Cradle Will Rock" (1999) Died on April 17, 2011, just 12 days after Robbins' father Gil passed away

Miles Robbins

Son
Born May 4, 1992; mother, Susan Sarandon

Gabrielle Robbins

Sister

David Robbins Actor

Brother
Born Jan. 29, 1955 Composed music for his brother's films "Bob Roberts" (1992) and "Dead Man Walking" (1995)

Adele Robbins Actor

Sister
Acted in brother's films "Bob Roberts" (1992) and "Dead Man Walking" (1995)

Susan Sarandon Actor

Companion
Met on the set of "Bull Durham" (1988) Sarandon also appeared in the Robbins-directed "Bob Roberts" (1992) She won an Oscar under his direction in "Dead Man Walking" (1995) Split in summer 2009

EDUCATION

State University of New York, Plattsburgh

Plattsburgh , New York
Transferred to UCLA

Stuyvesant High School

New York , New York 1976

University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California
Graduated with honors from UCLA's film school

Studied with French actor Georges Bigot at Theatre du Soleil in Paris

Milestones

2011

Played the father of the movie's villain in "Green Lantern"

2008

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

2008

Co-starred as an Iraq War veteran in Neil Burger's "The Lucky Ones" with Michael Pena and Rachel McAdams

2006

Co-starred in the political thriller "Catch a Fire," directed by Phillip Noyce

2005

Starred with Tom Cruise in Steven Spielberg's "War of the Worlds," based on H.G. Wells' novel

2003

Starred in director Clint Eastwood's psychological thriller "Mystic River," as a man traumatized from having been molested as a child

2002

Acted opposite Helen Hunt in the Actors' Gang production of the 9/11 themed two-person play "The Guys"

2002

Directed the CBS TV pilot "Queens Supreme"

2001

Resumed position as artistic director of the Actors' Gang Theater; directed new production of "Mephisto"

2001

Portrayed a billionaire software manufacturer in the thriller "Antitrust"

2001

Teamed with Patricia Arquette as a scientist who discovers a feral man in the Charlie Kaufman scripted "Human Nature"

2000

Acted in Brian De Palma's "Mission to Mars"

1999

Contributed a cameo as the President in "Austin Powers II: The Spy Who Shagged Me"

1999

Directed second feature, "Cradle Will Rock"; again collaborated with Cusack and Sarandon

1999

Starred opposite Jeff Bridges in the thriller "Arlington Road"

1997

Played a hotshot advertising executive who goes on a rampage in Steve Oedekerk's "Nothing to Lose"

1995

Earned an Academy Award nomination as Best Director for "Dead Man Walking"; starred Sarandon who won the Oscar for Best Actress

1994

Final film collaboration with Altman "Prêt-à-Porter (Ready to Wear)"

1994

Cast as the wide-eyed patsy of the Coen brothers' extravagant "The Hudsucker Proxy"

1994

Changed production company name from Chaos to Havoc, Inc.

1994

Starred alongside Morgan Freeman in the critically acclaimed "The Shawshank Redemption"; based on Stephen King's short story

1993

Formed Chaos Productions

1993

Second collaboration with Altman, playing an unethical cop in the ensemble, "Short Cuts"

1992

Feature directorial debut, "Bob Roberts"; also starred as the titular character and penned the script

1992

First teaming with Altman, playing an amoral movie executive in "The Player"; featured an ensemble cast

1990

Starred as the troubled Vietnam veteran of the underrated "Jacob's Ladder"; directed by Adrian Lyne

1990

Played a crazed, simple-minded husband who takes everyone hostage in a car dealership in the comedy "Cadillac Man"

1989

Co-wrote and directed The Actors Gang production of "Carnage"

1989

First time headlining a feature as the eponymous "Erik the Viking"

1988

Acted opposite John Cusack in the energetic but pretentious "Tapeheads"

1988

Breakthrough role as 'Nuke' LaLoosh in Ron Shelton's baseball comedy "Bull Durham"; met future significant other Susan Sarandon

1986

First feature lead in the disastrous "Howard the Duck"; produced by George Lucas

1985

Wrote and filmed an early version of 'Bob Roberts' for "Saturday Night Live" (NBC)

1985

Played Joseph Cotton in the CBS TV-movie "Malice in Wonderland"

1984

Made Film debut in "No Small Affair"

1983

Made TV-movie debut in CBS' "Quarterback Princess"

1981

Co-founded with a group of fellow UCLA students The Actors' Gang in Los Angeles (served as artistic director until 1997)

1969

Joined the Theater for the New City by age 12

1967

First acting experience at age nine, playing St Peter in a Catholic school play

1960

Family moved to Greenwich Village in NYC

Bonus Trivia

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Robbins and Sarandon created a controversy at the 1993 Academy Awards by chiding the government on its treatment of HIV-positive Haitian immigrants.

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About the fallout from the 1993 Oscars: "What I found really interesting is that in all the times I've protested something in a Republican administration, I've never caught the hell that I've caught protesting against a Democratic administration. And I don't want to say it isn't a coincidence or anything, but I've been audited twice during the Clinton administration. You fill in the blanks." - Robbins quoted in Us Weekly, June 1997

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On getting movies made: "There is always a test of wills, always a point where you have to face down the devil and say, 'Do I want to make this movie, because no one is making it easy?'"It's never easy, no matter who you are. Even Martin Scorsese has trouble putting his films together. There is always someone who will find a way to humiliate you or make you work for less or question your motives or find some fault with your movie or say: 'There's no commerciality in this project.'"You have to realise that doing what you love to do involves a certain amount of challenge and a lot of obstacles that will be placed in your path. That's good in a way, I suppose, because it means you have to examine yourself and the project and see whether you really want to go through with it. I try to keep a sense of humour about it, I really do." - Robbins quoted in The London Times, Nov. 13, 1997

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"If an actor doesn't surprise me, I won't work with him again. They've got to show me something I could never think up myself. But what really amazed me was Tim's restraint as a director in 'Dead Man Walking.' A lot of guys are facile at showing off. But he hid. To do that, you have to have your ego in the right place. I can't do that. It was masterful." - director, Robert Altman quoted in Us Weekly, June 1997

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