Timothy Francis Robbins (born 16 October 1958) is an Academy Award winning American actor, screenwriter, director, producer, activist and musician. He is the longtime partner of actress Susan Sarandon. He is perhaps best known for his roles as Nuke in Bull Durham, Andy Dufresne in The Shawshank Redemption, and as Dave in Mystic River, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Robbins's acting career began at Theater for the New City, where he spent his teenage years in their Annual Summer Street Theater and also played the title role in a musical adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince. After graduation from college in 1981, Robbins founded the Actors' Gang, an experimental theater group, in Los Angeles with actor friends from his college softball team (including John Cusack). He also took small parts in films, such as the role of frat animal "Mother" in Fraternity Vacation (1985) and "Lt. Sam 'Merlin' Wells" in the iconic fighter pilot film Top Gun (1986). He played in The Love Boat, as a young version of one of the characters in retrospection about Second World War. His breakthrough role was as pitcher Ebby Calvin "Nuke" LaLoosh in the 1988 baseball movie Bull Durham.
He made his directorial and screenwriting debut with 1992's Bob Roberts, a mockumentary about a right-wing senatorial candidate. Robbins then starred alongside Morgan Freeman in the critically acclaimed The Shawshank Redemption (1994), which was based on Stephen King's short story.
Robbins has written, produced, and directed several films with strong social content, such as the critically acclaimed capital punishment saga Dead Man Walking (1995), starring Sarandon and Sean Penn. The film earned him a Oscar nomination for Best Director. His next directorial effort was 1999's Depression-era musical Cradle Will Rock. Robbins has also appeared in mainstream Hollywood thrillers, such as 1999's Arlington Road (as a terrorist) and 2001's Antitrust (as a malicious computer tycoon), and in comical films such as The Hudsucker Proxy, Nothing to Lose, and High Fidelity. Robbins has also acted in and directed several Actors' Gang theater productions.
His most recent acting roles include a temporarily blind man who is nursed to health by a psychologically wounded young woman in The Secret Life of Words and an Apartheid torturer in Catch a Fire.
In early 2006, Robbins directed an adaptation of George Orwell's novel 1984, written by Michael Gene Sullivan of the Tony Award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe. The show opened at Actors' Gang, at their new location at The Ivy Substation in Culver City, California. In addition to venues around the United States, it has played in Athens, Greece, the Melbourne International Festival in Australia and the Hong Kong Arts Festival. Robbins is considering adapting the play into a film version.
Robbins appeared in 2008's The Lucky Ones, with co-star Rachel McAdams. Shooting took place in Illinois, including scenes filmed at Mojo's Music in Edwardsville, Illinois.
Robbins received critical acclaim and won the Best Actor Award at Cannes for his starring role as an amoral movie executive in Robert Altman's 1992 film The Player.
Robbins won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar and the SAG Award for his work in Mystic River (2003), as a man traumatized from having been molested as a child. In 2005, he won the 39th annual Man of the Year Pudding Pot Award given by the Hasty Pudding Theatricals of Harvard.
|1985||Fraternity Vacation, The Sure Thing|
|1986||Howard the Duck, Top Gun|
|1988||Tapeheads, Bull Durham|
|1989||Erik the Viking, Miss Firecracker, Twister|
|1990||Jacob's Ladder, Cadillac Man|
|1992||Bob Roberts, The Player|
|1994||I.Q., Prêt-à-Porter (Ready to Wear), The Shawshank Redemption, The Hudsucker Proxy|
|1995||Dead Man Walking|
|1997||Nothing to Lose|
|1999||Austin Powers The Spy Who Shagged Me, Cradle Will Rock, Arlington Road|
|2000||Mission to Mars, High Fidelity|
|2002||Human Nature, The Truth About Charlie|
|2003||Mystic River, Code 46|
|2004||The Secret Life of Words, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (cameo)|
|2005||Zathura, War of the Worlds|
|2006||Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny, Catch a Fire|
|2008||The Lucky Ones, City of Ember|
Has played in the Heroes of Hockey game at the National Hockey League's All-Star Game.
Ranked #60 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. (October 1997)
Has two sons with partner Susan Sarandon: Miles Robbins and Jack Henry Robbins. He and Sarandon have been together since 1988.
By age 12, he was already a member of the Theater for the New City, an avant-garde acting troupe.
Was kicked off his high school hockey team for fighting.
A long-time Green Party member (along with partner, Susan Sarandon), he was repeatedly criticized by other Hollywood stars for voting for Ralph Nader in the controversial 2000 election. He wrote a small essay about why he made the choice in the August 6, 2001, edition of "The Nation," a monthly progressive magazine. (August 2001)
After the September 11 attacks, he tried to fly out of New York City to be with Susan Sarandon and their children in Hollywood. Upon finding out that all flights were grounded, he and a friend drove from New York City to Los Angeles in a 56-hour trip that began on the morning of September 12, 2001.
Attended anti-war rally in London on 15th February 2003.
At 6' 5", he is the tallest actor ever to have won an Oscar. The tallest actor ever nominated was James Cromwell at 6' 7".
During an interview with Charlie Rose regarding the 10-year anniversary of The Shawshank Redemption (1994), he said he regarded that film, Bull Durham (1988), Dead Man Walking (1995), and Mystic River (2003) as the highlights of his career so far.
Apparently "discovered" Jack Black, having given him his first film role in Bob Roberts (1992). The two remain good friends today and he has appeared in 3 films with him.
Revealed on "The Colbert Report" (2005) that of all the movies he's made, Bull Durham (1988) is his favorite.