Tim Roth

Actor, Director, Bartender
With a resume that boasted an assortment of villains and ne'er-do-wells, actor Tim Roth often had to avoid being typecast in order to play roles that demonstrated his extraordinary talents. Equally at home in both ... Read more »
Born: 05/13/1961 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (85)

600 Miles 2015 (Movie)

Hank Harris (Actor)

The Childhood of a Leader 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Hateful Eight 2015 (Movie)

Oswaldo Mobray AKA "The Little Man" (Actor)

United Passions 2015 (Movie)

Sepp Blatter (Actor)

A Fuller Life 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

Chronic 2014 (Movie)

David (Actor)

Finding Vivian Maier 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

Grace of Monaco 2014 (Movie)

Prince Rainier III (Actor)

Kingdom Come 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Klondike 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. Right 2014 (Movie)

Hopper (Actor)

Robot Chicken 2014 (Tv Show)

Voice

Selma 2014 (Movie)

Gov. George Wallace (Actor)

Six Bullets From Now 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Jesuit 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Keys to the Street 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Broken 2013 (Movie)

Archie (Actor)

Mobius 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

October Gale 2013 (Movie)

Tom (Actor)

The Liability 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Arbitrage 2012 (Movie)

Det. Michael Bryer (Actor)

The 16th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

Lie to Me 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Pete Smalls Is Dead 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

These Amazing Shadows 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Funny Games 2008 (Movie)

George (Actor)

The Incredible Hulk 2008 (Movie)

Emil Blonsky/Abomination (Actor)

Even Money 2007 (Movie)

Victor (Actor)

Manufacturing Dissent 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Decameron: Angels & Virgins 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

Tsunami, The Aftermath 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Youth Without Youth 2007 (Movie)

Dominic Matei (Actor)

Don't Come Knocking 2006 (Movie)

Sutter (Actor)

Virgin Territory 2006 (Movie)

Gerbino (Actor)

Beautiful Country 2005 (Movie)

Captain Oh (Actor)

Dark Water 2005 (Movie)

Jeff Platzer (Actor)

Diva 51 2005 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Nouvelle-France 2005 (Movie)

William Pitt (Actor)

Silver City 2004 (Movie)

Mitch Paine (Actor)

To Kill a King 2003 (Movie)

Oliver Cromwell (Actor)

Invincible 2002 (Movie)

Hanussen (Actor)

Whatever We Do 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

Bread and Roses 2001 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Planet of the Apes 2001 (Movie)

Thade (Actor)

The Musketeer 2001 (Movie)

Febre (Actor)

Emmett's Mark 2000 (Movie)

John Harrett/Frank Dwyer (Actor)

Lucky Numbers 2000 (Movie)

Gig (Actor)

Vatel 2000 (Movie)

Marquis de Lauzun (Actor)

The Legend of 1900 1999 (Movie)

Danny Boodman T D (Actor)

Deceiver 1998 (Movie)

Wayland (Actor)

No Way Home 1998 (Movie)

Joey (Actor)

Animals 1997 (Movie)

Henry (Actor)

Discovered at Sundance 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Gridlock'd 1997 (Movie)

Stretch (Actor)

Hoodlum 1997 (Movie)

Dutch Schultz (Actor)

Captives 1996 (Movie)

Philip Chaney (Actor)

Everyone Says I Love You 1996 (Movie)

Charles Ferry (Actor)

The Second Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Four Rooms 1995 (Movie)

Ted the Bellhop (Actor)

Little Odessa 1995 (Movie)

Joshua Shapira (Actor)

Rob Roy 1995 (Movie)

Cunningham (Actor)

Pulp Fiction 1994 (Movie)

Pumpkin (Actor)

Bodies, Rest and Motion 1993 (Movie)

Nick (Actor)

The Common Pursuit 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Jumpin at the Boneyard 1992 (Movie)

Manny (Actor)

Reservoir Dogs 1992 (Movie)

Mr Orange/Freddy (Actor)

Backsliding 1991 (Movie)

Tom Whitton (Actor)

Easel Kill 'Ya 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead 1991 (Movie)

Guildenstern (Actor)

The Perfect Husband 1991 (Movie)

Milan (Actor)

Farendj 1990 (Movie)

Anton (Actor)

The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover 1990 (Movie)

Mitchell (Actor)

Vincent & Theo 1990 (Movie)

Vincent Van Gogh (Actor)

To Kill a Priest 1989 (Movie)

Feliks (Actor)

A World Apart 1988 (Movie)

Harold (Actor)

Agatha Christie's "Murder With Mirrors" 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Return to Waterloo 1985 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Hit 1983 (Movie)

Myron (Actor)

Meantime 1982 (Movie)

Colin (Actor)

Heart of Darkness (TV Show)

Actor

Made in Britain (Movie)

Trevor (Actor)

Murder in the Heartland (TV Show)

Actor

Skellig (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (1)

The War Zone 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (1)

The War Zone 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

With a resume that boasted an assortment of villains and ne'er-do-wells, actor Tim Roth often had to avoid being typecast in order to play roles that demonstrated his extraordinary talents. Equally at home in both comedy and drama, Roth made an immediate impression as an unrepentant skinhead - complete with swastika tattoo on his forehead - in his first onscreen performance, "Made in Britain" (1982). He quickly became in demand after playing an assassin-in-training in "The Hit" (1984), then made a name for himself in the United States as a troubled Vincent Van Gogh in Robert Altman's "Vincent & Theo" (1990). But it was his work with Quentin Tarantino in "Reservoir Dogs" (1992) and "Pulp Fiction" (1994) that cemented his status as one of the top stars of the independent world. Following an Oscar-nominated turn in "Rob Roy" (1995), Roth settled into playing varying degrees of malcontents before cracking big budget Hollywood with a major role in "Planet of the Apes" (2001) and stealing the show from everyone else. After disappearing into several foreign-made films, Roth re-emerged to play the arch-villain in "The Incredible Hulk" (2008), once again solidifying - and perhaps perpetuating - his image as Hollywood's go-to bad guy.

Relationships

Lori Baker

Companion
Mother of Jack Roth No longer together

Nikki Butler

Wife
Married Jan. 25, 1993

Jack Roth Actor

Son
Born 1984; mother, Lori Baker

Ernie Roth

Father
Family name was originally Smith, but changed it to Roth after WWII; was a member of the British Communist Party Divorced from Tim's mother

Anne Roth

Mother
Divorced from Tim's father

Michael Roth

Son
Born 1996; mother, Nikki Butler

Timothy Roth

Son
Born May 4, 1995; mother, Nikki Butler

EDUCATION

Dick Sheppard Comprehensive

Camberwell School of Art

Left school after 18 months to pursue acting

Milestones

2012

Acted opposite Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon in financial thriller "Arbitrage"

2009

Cast as psychologist Cal Lightman on the Fox series "Lie to Me"

2008

Cast as the villainous Emil Blonsky opposite Edward Norton in "The Incredible Hulk"

2007

Starred in "Youth Without Youth," Francis Ford Coppola's first directed film in ten years

2007

Co-starred with Naomi Watts and Michael Pitt in U.S. remake of crime thriller "Funny Games"

2006

Co-starred in Wim Wenders' neo-Western "Don't Come Knocking" with Sam Shepard

2005

Cast opposite Jennifer Connelly in the thriller "Dark Water"

2004

Cast in John Sayles’ political satire "Silver City"

2001

Cast as the villainous ape General Thade in Tim Burton's adaptation of "Planet of the Apes"

2000

Appeared with John Travolta and Lisa Kudrow in Nora Ephron's "Lucky Numbers"

1999

Made critically acclaimed debut as a director with "The War Zone"

1998

Played a music prodigy who spent his entire life on board a luxury liner in "The Legend of 1900"

1997

Teamed with rapper Tupac Shakur in the gritty crime drama "Gridlock'd"

1997

Essayed real-life mobster Dutch Schultz in "Hoodlum"

1996

Co-starred with Drew Barrymore in Woody Allen's musical comedy "Everyone Says I Love You"

1995

Provided the link for the various stories as Ted the bellhop in anthology film "Four Rooms"; only actor to appear in each of the four segments helmed by Allison Anders, Tarantino, Alexandre Rockwell, and Robert Rodriguez

1995

First mainstream Hollywood film lead, as the villainous Archibald Cunningham in "Rob Roy"; received Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor

1994

Cast as diner robber Pumpkin in Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction"; role specifically written for him

1994

Played Marlow in the TNT adaptation of "Heart of Darkness"

1994

Acted the part of a Russian-Jewish hitman in "Little Odessa"

1993

Portrayed noted American serial killer Charles Starkweather in the bleak ABC miniseries "Murder in the Heartland"

1992

Delivered breakthrough performance as the villainous Mr. Orange in "Reservoir Dogs"; first collaboration with Quentin Tarantino

1991

Moved to Los Angeles, CA

1990

Cast opposite Gary Oldman in the film version of Tom Stoppard's play "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead"

1990

Played the artist Vincent Van Gogh in Robert Altman's "Vincent & Theo"

1989

Cast in featured role in the eccentric comedy "The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover"

1985

U.S. TV debut, "Agatha Christie's 'Murder With Mirrors'" (CBS)

1984

Made feature acting debut as an apprentice hitman in Stephen Frears' "The Hit"

1982

Appeared in Mike Leigh's "Meantime"; first screen collaboration with Gary Oldman

1982

Screen acting debut, playing a white power skinhead in Alan Clarke's TV-movie "Made in Britain"

1980

Attended art school to learn sculpting before switching to acting

1977

Made acting debut in a school production of "Dracula" at age 16

Worked on stage with the Glasgow Citizen's Theatre, the Royal Court, and the Oval House

Bonus Trivia

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"I don't have to sell the film or carry it on my back. I come in and tear up the scenery and I leave. That's much more fun for me. I don't look like a romantic lead. I don't have the face. Luckily, I get the other parts, which is more interesting to me." – Roth to the Daily News, April 11, 1995

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"I have a hard time between jobs because I'm always convinced I'll never work again. I think it may be an English thing, this fear of unemployment, because that's mostly how one's time is spent over there." – Roth to New York Newsday, April 12, 1995

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"In my opinion, Tim could do anything." – producer Lawrence Bender quoted in Vanity Fair magazine, September 1995

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Tim Roth on being asked which of his films he liked the most: "The first one, 'Made in Britain.' That's where I lost my virginity. I'd always harbored the notion of doing film acting, more so than stage acting. I had the lead role, first time out. I'd never been in front of a camera before and I loved it. But it wasn't like I was working with an assh*le. I was working with one of the best British directors [the late Alan Clarke]." – from Interview magazine, February 1997

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"It's only because of him [Alan Clarke] that I'm sitting here. His example took me through the entire film ['The War Zone']. Alan was wonderful with actors – you felt clutched, held close, protected. He had this absolute love for his performers and that's the atmosphere I was trying to create on set." – Roth quoted in Sight and Sound magazine, August 1999

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"Tim Roth is aptly named, for there is inside him a kind of ever-simmering wrath, a voodoo anger that he has learned to channel through the prism of performance leaving a trail of irradiated punk characters in his wake." – Neil Norman writing in London's Evening Standard, Aug. 25, 1999

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On his refusal to audition for any director (including Steven Spielberg in 1993), Roth told Empire in October 1999: "It's not an egotistical thing, I'm just crap at it. I figured I'd lose 50 per cent of the work by reading, or I'd lose 50 per cent of the work – happily – by not reading. Y'know, go and get a tape out of Blockbuster and see if I can speak. I mean, I'll meet with anybody, I don't mind that. But the process of auditioning, I really find too stressful."

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"Directing takes a good three years. I didn't want to be away that long. I was worried they wouldn't want me back." – Roth on why it took so long for him to make his directorial debut, quoted in The New York Times, Nov. 28, 1999

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