Tim Robbins

Lowest Rated: 15% Howard the Duck (1986)
Birthday: Oct 16, 1958
Birthplace: West Covina, California, USA
Tim Robbins ranks among contemporary cinema's most acclaimed and provocative voices; a multifaceted talent, he has proved so adept at wearing the various hats of actor, writer, and director that no less a figure than the legendary filmmaker Robert Altman declared him the second coming of Orson Welles. Born October 16, 1958, in West Covina, CA, he was the son of folk singer Gil Robbins; raised in Greenwich Village, he made his performing debut alongside his father on a duet of the protest song "Ink Is Black, Page Is White." At the age of 12, Robbins joined the Theater for the New City, remaining a member for the next seven years; he also joined his high-school drama club, an experience which afforded him his first opportunities to direct for the stage. After briefly attending the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, he relocated to Los Angeles to study at UCLA; there he also joined the Male Death Cult, an intramural softball team comprised of his fellow drama students. After graduating, the teammates reunited to form the Actors' Gang, an avant-garde theater troupe noted for productions of works by the likes of Bertolt Brecht and Alfred Jarry. After guest starring on television series including Hill Street Blues and St. Elsewhere, in 1984 Robbins made his film debut with a bit part in the feature Toy Soldiers. His first starring role came in 1985's teen sex romp Fraternity Vacation. Small roles in hits including Top Gun and The Sure Thing followed before a breakout performance as a doltish fastballer in Ron Shelton's hit 1988 baseball comedy Bull Durham. An onscreen romance with co-star Susan Sarandon soon expanded into their offscreen lives as well, and the twosome became one of Hollywood's most prominent couples. A series of starring roles in films including 1989's misbegotten Erik the Viking and 1990s Jacob's Ladder followed, before Altman's 1992 showbiz satire The Player won Robbins Best Actor honors at the Cannes Film Festival. That same year, he wrote, directed, starred, and performed the music in Bob Roberts, a mock-documentary brutally parodying right-wing politics.Upon appearing in Altman's 1993 ensemble piece Short Cuts, Robbins enjoyed starring roles in four major 1994 releases: The Hudsucker Proxy, I.Q., Ready to Wear (Prêt-à-Porter), and the Oscar-nominated The Shawshank Redemption. However, his most acclaimed project to date was 1995's Dead Man Walking, a gut-wrenching examination of the death penalty, which earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Director; Sean Penn, portraying a death-row inmate, garnered a Best Actor nomination while Sarandon won Best Actress honors. After a three-year hiatus from acting, Robbins returned to the screen in 1997 with the comedy Nothing to Lose; he soon announced plans to mount a film adaptation of Cradle Will Rock, the Marc Blitzstein play first staged by Orson Welles six decades earlier. The film, which examined the relationship between art and politics in 1930s America, premiered at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival. That same year, audiences could view Robbins as a clean-cut suburban terrorist opposite Jeff Bridges in Arlington Road, as well as see the fruits of his directorial work in Cradle Will Rock. Robbins opened the year 2000 with a brief but nonetheless fun role as the maddeningly calm Ian in High Fidelity. The early 2000s presented a series of misfires for Robbins -- AntiTrust (2001), Mission to Mars (2000), and Human Nature (2001), writer Charlie Kaufman's eagerly awaited follow-up to Being John Malkovich, fared rather badly in theaters -- though his versatility and respect within the industry remained solid. The polarizing presidential elections of 2002 certainly thrust Robbins into the political spotlight, if not major big-screen successes. After multiple appearances on Politically Incorrect and various awards shows gave Robbins a platform for some of his views concerning the right-wing agenda, the legitimacy of the Bush administration, and the controversial pre-


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet 45 Seconds of Laughter Director 2019
90% Marjorie Prime Jon $0.2M 2017
72% A Perfect Day B 2016
74% Welcome to Me Daryl 2015
67% Life Of Crime Frank Dawson $0.3M 2014
83% Gore Vidal: The United States Of Amnesia Actor $0.2M 2014
62% For No Good Reason Actor $67.6K 2014
51% Thanks For Sharing Mike $0.8M 2013
36% Back to 1942 Father Thomas Morgan $0.3M 2012
69% Revenge of the Electric Car Narrator $0.2M 2011
100% Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone Actor 2011
26% Green Lantern Senator Hammond $116.7M 2011
No Score Yet Corrections Actor 2011
No Score Yet Luck, Trust & Ketchup: Robert Altman in Carver Country Actor 2011
No Score Yet Cinema Verite Bill Loud 2011
No Score Yet Freedom Executive Producer 2011
No Score Yet VIPs Actor 2010
37% The Lucky Ones Cheaver $0.2M 2008
53% City of Ember Loris Harrow $7.9M 2008
No Score Yet One Giant Leap 2: What About Me? Actor 2008
58% Noise David Owen 2007
50% Then She Found Me Himself $3.8M 2007
69% The Secret Life of Words Josef 2006
53% Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny The Stranger $8.2M 2006
75% Catch a Fire Nic Vos $4.3M 2006
75% Zathura Dad $28.1M 2005
No Score Yet Embedded Live Actor Director 2005
38% The Ballad of Greenwich Village Actor 2005
75% War of the Worlds Harlan Ogilvy $234.2M 2005
No Score Yet Hope Springs Eternal: A Look Back at 'The Shawshank Redemption' Actor 2004
50% Code 46 William 2004
79% Orwell Rolls in His Grave Actor 2003
88% Mystic River Dave Boyle $88.9M 2003
86% Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion Actor 2003
No Score Yet The Day My God Died Actor 2003
No Score Yet American Masters Reader 2003
34% The Truth About Charlie Mr. Bartholomew $5.3M 2002
49% Human Nature Nathan Bronfman $0.7M 2002
No Score Yet Fighting for Freedom: Revolution & Civil War Narrator 2002
56% The Party's Over Actor 2001
No Score Yet Shawshank: The Redeeming Feature Actor 2001
No Score Yet A Voice from Heaven Actor 2001
24% Antitrust Gary Winston $11M 2001
No Score Yet Bruce Springsteen: Complete Video Anthology 1978-2000 Director 2000
91% High Fidelity Ian 2000
25% Mission to Mars Woody Blake 2000
64% Cradle Will Rock Screenwriter Producer Director 1999
63% Arlington Road Oliver Lang 1999
51% Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me The President 1999
28% Nothing to Lose Nick Beam 1997
No Score Yet The Typewriter, The Rifle and the Movie Camera Producer Narrator 1996
95% Dead Man Walking Director Producer Screenwriter 1995
No Score Yet The Gospel According to Jesus Actor 1995
44% I.Q. Ed Walters 1994
24% Ready to Wear (Prêt-à-Porter) Joe Flynn 1994
90% The Shawshank Redemption Andy Dufresne 1994
56% The Hudsucker Proxy Norville Barnes 1994
95% Short Cuts Gene Shepard 1993
97% Bob Roberts Director Bob Roberts 1992
98% The Player Griffin Mill 1992
81% Jungle Fever Jerry 1991
71% Jacob's Ladder Jacob Singer 1990
55% Cadillac Man Larry 1990
47% Erik the Viking Erik 1989
No Score Yet Twister Jeff 1989
73% Miss Firecracker Delmount Williams 1989
60% Tapeheads Josh 1988
97% Bull Durham Ebby Calvin 'Nuke' LaLoosh 1988
78% Five Corners Harry 1987
15% Howard the Duck Phil Blumburtt 1986
55% Top Gun Merlin 1986
No Score Yet Malice in Wonderland Actor 1985
No Score Yet Vacación Fraternal Larry `Mother' Tucker 1985
85% The Sure Thing Gary Cooper 1985
No Score Yet Toy Soldiers Boe 1984
57% No Small Affair Nelson 1984
No Score Yet Quarterback Princess Marvin 1983


24% Here and Now
Greg Boatwright Greg Bishop
  • 2018
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Conan
  • 2015
56% The Brink
Producer Director Walter Larson
  • 2015
74% The Spoils Before Dying
Jonas Morehouse
  • 2015
  • 2014
81% The Spoils of Babylon
Jonas Morehouse
  • 2014
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
  • 2013
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
  • 2013
94% Portlandia
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
Guest Panelist
  • 2013
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2005
  • 2003
No Score Yet Arts & the Mind
  • 2012
No Score Yet Flipped Off
Producer Executive Producer
  • 2012
96% Treme
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Independent Lens
  • 2012
  • 2004
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
  • 2008
  • 2004
No Score Yet Colbert Report
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet Jack & Bobby
  • 2005
No Score Yet American Masters
Voice Reader
  • 2003
No Score Yet MADtv
  • 2000
85% The Simpsons
  • 1999
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
Host Guest
  • 1992
97% Moonlighting
  • 1985
No Score Yet St. Elsewhere
  • 1982
No Score Yet Treme