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Tim Robbins

Lowest Rated:   15% Howard the Duck (1986)
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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 Bu

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
72% A Perfect Day
  • B
2016
73% Welcome to Me
  • Daryl
2015
65% Life Of Crime
  • Frank Dawson
$0.3M 2014
80% Gore Vidal: The United States Of Amnesia
  • Actor
$0.2M 2014
63% For No Good Reason
  • Actor
$67.6k 2014
50% Thanks For Sharing
  • Mike
$0.8M 2013
36% Back to 1942
  • Father Thomas Morgan
$0.3M 2012
71% 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 Freedom
  • Executive Producer
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 VIPs
  • Actor
2010
38% The Lucky Ones
  • Cheaver
$0.2M 2008
53% City of Ember
  • Loris Harrow
$7.8M 2008
No Score Yet One Giant Leap 2: What About Me?
  • Actor
2008
57% Noise
  • David Owen
2007
50% Then She Found Me
  • Himself
$3.8M 2007
69% The Secret Life of Words
  • Josef
2006
54% Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny
  • The Stranger
$8.2M 2006
76% 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
74% 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
87% Mystic River
  • Dave Boyle
$88.8M 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
33% 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
59% 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
$11.0M 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
65% Cradle Will Rock
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Producer
1999
62% Arlington Road
  • Oliver Lang
1999
51% Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
  • The President
1999
29% Nothing to Lose
  • Nick Beam
1997
No Score Yet The Typewriter, The Rifle and the Movie Camera
  • Producer
  • Narrator
1996
95% Dead Man Walking
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Producer
1995
No Score Yet The Gospel According to Jesus
  • Actor
1995
46% I.Q.
  • Ed Walters
1994
26% Ready to Wear (Prêt-à-Porter)
  • Joe Flynn
1994
91% The Shawshank Redemption
  • Andy Dufresne
1994
57% The Hudsucker Proxy
  • Norville Barnes
1994
95% Short Cuts
  • Gene Shepard
1993
100% Bob Roberts
  • Screenwriter
  • Bob Roberts
  • Director
1992
98% The Player
  • Griffin Mill
1992
81% Jungle Fever
  • Jerry
1991
69% Jacob's Ladder
  • Jacob Singer
1990
55% Cadillac Man
  • Larry
1990
47% Erik the Viking
  • Erik
1989
No Score Yet Twister
  • Jeff
1989
70% Miss Firecracker
  • Delmount Williams
1989
60% Tapeheads
  • Josh
1988
97% Bull Durham
  • Ebby Calvin 'Nuke' LaLoosh
1988
75% 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
87% The Sure Thing
  • Gary Cooper
1985
No Score Yet Toy Soldiers
  • Boe
1984
67% No Small Affair
  • Nelson
1984
No Score Yet Quarterback Princess
  • Marvin
1983

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
2013
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
  • 2015
53% The Brink
2015
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Walter Larson
  • 2015
74% The Spoils Before Dying
2014
  • Jonas Morehouse
  • 2015
  • 2014
81% The Spoils of Babylon
2014-2015
  • Jonas Morehouse
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
  • 2013
97% Portlandia
2011
  • Actor
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2005
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
  • Panelist
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2005
  • 2003
No Score Yet Arts & the Mind
2012
  • Appearing
  • 2012
No Score Yet Flipped Off
2012
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • 2012
98% Treme
2010-2013
  • Director
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
  • Narrator
  • 2012
  • 2004
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
  • 2008
  • 2004
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
  • Guest
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Voice
  • Reader
  • 2003
No Score Yet MADtv
1995-2009
  • Performer
  • 2000
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 1999
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
  • Host
  • 1992
No Score Yet Treme
  • Director

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