Birth Name : Timothy Francis Robbins
Height : 6' 5" (1.96 m)
Born in West Covina, California, but raised in New York City, Tim Robbins is the son of former The Highwaymen singer Gil Robbins and actress Mary Robbins. Robbins studied drama at UCLA, where he graduated with honors in 1981. That same year, he formed the Actors' Gang theater group, an experimental ensemble that expressed radical political observations through the European avant-garde form of theater. He started film work in TV movies in 1983, but hit the big time in 1988 with his portrayal of dim-witted fastball pitcher "Nuke" Laloosh in Bull Durham (1988). Tall with baby-faced looks, he has the ability to play naive and obtuse (Cadillac Man (1990) and The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)) or slick and shrewd (The Player (1992) and Bob Roberts (1992)).
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.young tim robbinstim robbins and susan sarandontim robbins anchormantim robbins war of the worldstim robbins bull durham
The son of a folk-singing father and an actress mother, Robbins was born Oct. 16, 1958, and raised in New York City's Greenwich Village. He hit the stage at age 12, when he began performing with the Theater for the New City, an avant-garde company that performed on city streets. He was also active in the drama department at Stuyvesant High School, and after a few years at the State University of New York in Plattsburgh, went on to graduate with honors from UCLA Film School in 1981. Shortly afterwards, Robbins co-founded The Actors' Gang and began co-writing (with Adam Simon) original pieces for the theater group. Meanwhile, he began his professional screen career, co-starring opposite Helen Hunt in the TV movie "Quarterback Princess" (CBS, 1983), and following with his feature debut in "No Small Affair" (1984). Audiences began to notice the tall, dimpled player when he delivered a memorable turn as the show tune-singing driver in Rob Reiner's "The Sure Thing" (1985) alongside fellow Actor's Gang member John Cusack, as well as his supporting role of fighter pilot Merlin on the periphery of the blockbuster, "Top Gun" (1986).
His first leading role in the notorious flop of all flops, "Howard the Duck" (1986), might not have boded well for Robbins' future, but the actor soldiered on to star with Jodie Foster and John Turturro in the unheralded, early-1960s civil rights drama, "Five Corners" (1987), scripted by esteemed scribe John Patrick Shanley. Robbins reunited with buddy Cusack as a reluctant video director in the cult comedy classic, "Tapeheads" (1988), before his career breakout with Ron Shelton's "Bull Durham" (1988). Longtime baseball fan Robbins won over critics and audiences alike as the goofy, garter-wearing minor league ball player, 'Nuke' LaLoosh, an innocent who is being coached towards the major leagues by veteran ball player, Kevin Costner, while simultaneously lured in by baseball groupie, Susan Sarandon. The low-budget film with low expectations knocked it out of the park to become one of the most loved sports films of all time, and jettisoned Robbins into the Hollywood spotlight (while simultaneously allowing him to show off his pitching prowess with a fastball clocked at 85 miles per hour).
When the cameras stopped rolling, Robbins and Sarandon maintained their romantic coupling, and over the next 20 years were one of the most stable and admired couples in the film world, known for their social activism and outspoken liberal politics. They also became, along with Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, one of the two most famous and successful unmarried couples in Hollywood. If Robbins' high profile film success in "Durham" had created the misconception of him as a sort of male bimbo, he quickly dispelled that image - not only as the co-writer and performer in the off-Broadway satire of Christian fundamentalism, "Carnage," but in "Miss Firecracker" (1989) and Terry Jones' comedy "Eric the Viking" (1989). After stealing the show from the manic Robin Williams in "Cadillac Man" (1990), Robbins made a dramatic breakthrough with his role as a tormented Vietnam veteran in Adrian Lyne's "Jacob's Ladder" (1990), and then played the first in his "trilogy of assh*les" in Spike Lee's "Jungle Fever" (1991). With his baby face and easy manner, Robbins could make even a killer seem sympathetic, which he managed to do in Robert Altman's "The Player" (1992). Starring as insecure studio executive Griffin Mill, Robbins' deceptively wicked performance earned Best Actor awards at both Cannes and the Golden Globes.
The 1992 "mockumentary" "Bob Roberts" marked Robbins' feature directorial and screenwriting debut - a smart and biting effort in which he earned a Golden Globe nomination for starring as a right wing, folk-singing, profoundly crooked politician who spins a respectable, down-home image. Reuniting with Altman for "Short Cuts" (1993), a resetting of Raymond Carver short stories, Robbins provided much of the film's humor with his portrayal of an egocentric, wildly manipulative, and hilariously inappropriate Los Angeles cop. His third film with Altman, however, the fashion industry send-up "Ready to Wear (Prêt-a-Porter)" (1994), earned the director some of the most scathing reviews of his career. But other renowned directors were waiting in the wings to recruit Robbins, and in 1994, he scored again when he harnessed his ability for hapless charm to portray an idealistic bumpkin who unwittingly becomes a corporate stooge in The Coen brothers' "The Hudsucker Proxy" (1994). While his early career was characterized by mainly independent film, Robbins crossed over into mainstream Hollywood in the mid-1990s with mixed results. He paired as the romantic lead opposite Meg Ryan in "IQ" (1994), but fared better in Frank Darabont's "The Shawshank Redemption" (1994), where he gave an exquisitely modulated performance as a mild-mannered, unjustly imprisoned banker, befriended by a seasoned lifer (Morgan Freeman). His efforts significantly elevated the well-crafted but somewhat predictable jailhouse drama adapted from a novella by Stephen King.
Robbins' own production company rolled out another prison-set offering the following year, the death penalty saga "Dead Man Walking" (1995). The sophomore director cast Sarandon in the lead as a nun and spiritual counselor to a death row murderer (Sean Penn) in this even-handed examination of capital punishment. For his efforts, he garnered a Best Director Academy Award nomination, while his partner Sarandon took home an Oscar and Penn an Oscar nomination. Robbins subsequently adapted a stage play of the film, offering exclusive performance rights to educational institutions committed to exploring the death penalty in their curriculum, resulting in productions of the play being staged around the world. Following a puzzling decision to star opposite Martin Lawrence in the broad crime comedy, "Nothing to Lose" (1997), Robbins took an 18-month hiatus to concentrate on fatherhood and returned to the screen in 1999 in "Arlington Road," Mark Pellington's thriller echoing the Oklahoma City bombing and raising hard questions about domestic terrorism. For his third directorial effort, "Cradle Will Rock" (1999), Robbins used the 1936 leftist play "The Cradle Will Rock" as a starting point, and in his "play-within-movie," explored the tumultuous political and social issues of the time; from the labor movement to the intellectual trend towards socialist ideals. A rare Hollywood-backed venture, the ambitious picture was a testament to Robbins' creative vision, earning the filmmaker a Palm D'Or nomination at the Cannes Film Festival and a National Board of Review Award for Special Achievement in Filmmaking.
After the artistic (though not commercial) triumph of "Cradle," Robbins eased into a succession of character roles in mid-level Hollywood movies, playing an astronaut in Brian De Palma's "Mission to Mars" (2000), and a broadly drawn hippie in "High Fidelity" (2000), which pitted him against record storeowner and longtime friend John Cusack for the affections of lawyer Iben Hjejle. The outspoken liberal actor campaigned on behalf of Ralph Nader that year before going on to dig his teeth into the role of a Bill Gates-esque software manufacturer in the thriller "Antitrust" (2001), and a scientist who discovers a feral man in the off-kilter Michel Gondry/Charlie Kaufman collaboration, "Human Nature" (2002). After a four-year absence, he reassumed the reigns at the Actors' Gang, returning as artistic director in 2001 and spearheading an ambitious schedule that included productions of "Mephisto," "The Guys," and a revival of "Alagazam," which he co-wrote with Adam Simon. When he returned to the big screen it was in a mainstream project - Jonathan Demme's "The Truth About Charlie" (2002). In this remake of the 1963 film "Charade," Robbins supported in the calculating role of the duplicitous Mr. Bartholomew, in which he freely and gleefully borrowed from Walter Matthau's original characterization.
Robbins followed up with one of the most compelling and lauded performances of his career in Clint Eastwood's "Mystic River" (2003). Rounding out a heavy-hitting cast of thespians including Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon and Laura Linney, Robbins earned Oscar and Golden Globe awards for Best Supporting Actor for playing a man forced to confront demons from his childhood when he is implicated in a local murder. A career highlight for Robbins and one of the most critically acclaimed films of the year, the actor followed up with a lighthearted cameo in the Will Ferrell comedy "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy" (2004), where he sent up his liberal image by appearing as a public TV anchor. He returned to blockbuster drama territory in 2005, giving a compelling performance as a shell-shocked survivalist who provides shelter to a desperate dad (Tom Cruise) and his daughter (Dakota Fanning) during an alien invasion in Steven Spielberg's remake of "War of the Worlds" (2005). Over the subsequent few years, Robbins focused his attention on smaller, international film projects, starring as a burn victim who forms an unusual relationship with his caregiver (Sarah Polley) in "The Secret Life of Words" (2005), and delving into the dangerous politics of apartheid-era South Africa in "Catch a Fire" (2006), directed by Philip Noyce.
Robbins was more visible on the presidential campaign trail of John Edwards than for his starring role in "The Lucky Ones" (2008), about a road trip taken by three military service members. He remained low profile until news of his shocking split from Sarandon surfaced in December 2009, though the couple's statement revealed they had been apart since the summer. After 20 years together, two children, and a shared passion for politics and human rights around the world, their unexpected breakup in the summer raised more than its share of eyebrows. Meanwhile, Robbins returned to the fore on the small screen in "Cinema Verite" (HBO, 2011), playing the patriarch of the Loud family, which was depicted in the famed documentary series "An American Family" (PBS, 1973). That summer, he was the disapproving father of arch-villain Dr. Hector Hammond (Peter Sarsgaard) in the blockbuster comic book adaptation of "The Green Lantern" (2011), starring Ryan Reynolds as the titular superhero.
* Also Credited As:
Timothy Francis Robbins
Timothy Francis Robbins on October 16, 1958 in West Covina, California, USA
* Job Titles:
Actor, Director, Screenwriter, Songwriter, Factory worker
* Brother: David Robbins. Wrote music for Bob Roberts (1992)
* Father: Gil Robbins. Ran the Gaslight, a nightclub and cafe; was a member of the folk band, The Highwaymen; directed by son in Bob Roberts (1992), Dead Man Walking (1995) and Cradle Will Rock (1999); died April 5, 2011 from prostate cancer
* Mother: Mary Robbins. Directed by son in Dead Man Walking (1995) and Cradle Will Rock (1999); died April 17, 2011 at age 78, just 12 days after his father
* Sister: Adele Robbins. Directed by brother in Dead Man Walking (1995)
* Sister: Gabrielle Robbins. Older
* Son: Jack Henry Robbins. Born May 15, 1989; mother, Susan Sarandon
* Son: Miles Guthrie Robbins. Born May 4, 1992; mother, Susan Sarandon
* Step-Daughter: Eva Amurri. Born c. 1985; daughter of Susan Sarandon and Franco Amurri; directed by Robbins in her film debut, Dead Man Walking (1995)
* Companion: Susan Sarandon. Met on the set of Bull Durham (1988); also appeared in the Robbins-directed Bob Roberts (1992) and won an Oscar under his direction for Dead Men Walking (1995); split in summer 2009
* Stuyvesant High School, New York , New York, 1976
* University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles , California, Theater
* State University of New York, Plattsburgh, Plattsburgh , New York
* 1960 Family moved to Greenwich Village in NYC
* 1967 First acting experience at age nine, playing St Peter in a Catholic school play
* 1970 Joined the Theater for the New City by age 12
* 1981 Co-founded with a group of fellow UCLA students The Actors Gang in Los Angeles (served as artistic director until 1997)
* 1983 Made TV-movie debut in CBS Quarterback Princess
* 1984 Made Film debut in No Small Affair
* 1985 Played Joseph Cotton in the CBS TV-movie Malice in Wonderland
* 1985 Wrote and filmed an early version of Bob Roberts for Saturday Night Live (NBC)
* 1986 First feature lead in the disastrous Howard the Duck ; produced by George Lucas
* 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
* 1989 Co-wrote and directed The Actors Gang production of Carnage
* 1989 First time headlining a feature as the eponymous Erik the Viking
* 1990 Played a crazed, simple-minded husband who takes everyone hostage in a car dealership in the comedy Cadillac Man
* 1990 Starred as the troubled Vietnam veteran of the underrated Jacob s Ladder ; directed by Adrian Lyne
* 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
* 1993 Formed Chaos Productions
* 1993 Second collaboration with Altman, playing an unethical cop in the ensemble, Short Cuts
* 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 Final film collaboration with Altman Prêt-à-Porter (Ready to Wear)
* 1994 Starred alongside Morgan Freeman in the critically acclaimed The Shawshank Redemption ; based on Stephen King s short story
* 1995 Earned an Academy Award nomination as Best Director for Dead Man Walking ; starred Sarandon who won the Oscar for Best Actress
* 1997 Played a hotshot advertising executive who goes on a rampage in Steve Oedekerk s Nothing to Lose
* 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
* 2000 Acted in Brian De Palma s Mission to Mars
* 2001 Portrayed a billionaire software manufacturer in the thriller Antitrust
* 2001 Resumed position as artistic director of the Actors Gang Theater; directed new production of Mephisto
* 2001 Teamed with Patricia Arquette as a scientist who discovers a feral man in the Charlie Kaufman scripted Human Nature
* 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
* 2003 Starred in director Clint Eastwood s psychological thriller Mystic River, as a man traumatized from having been molested as a child
* 2005 Starred with Tom Cruise in Steven Spielberg s War of the Worlds, based on H.G. Wells novel
* 2006 Co-starred in the political thriller Catch a Fire, directed by Phillip Noyce
* 2008 Co-starred as an Iraq War veteran in Neil Burger s The Lucky Ones with Michael Pena and Rachel McAdams
* 2008 Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
* 2011 Played the father of the movie s villain in Green Lantern