Tim Robbins

Tim Robbins

  • Highest Rated: 100% VHYes (2019)
  • 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-

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Dark Waters Actor 2019
100% VHYes Sir Roger Handley III 2019
No Score Yet 45 Seconds of Laughter Director 2019
90% Marjorie Prime Jon $0.2M 2017
73% 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 Freedom Executive Producer 2011
No Score Yet Cinema Verite Bill Loud 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 Producer Director Screenwriter 1999
63% Arlington Road Oliver Lang 1999
52% 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 1992
98% The Player Griffin Mill 1992
81% Jungle Fever Jerry 1991
72% Jacob's Ladder Jacob Singer 1990
55% Cadillac Man Larry 1990
47% Erik the Viking Erik 1989
No Score Yet Twister Jeff 1989
75% 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

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

24% Here and Now
2018
Greg Boatwright Greg Bishop
  • 2018
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
2013-2018
Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Conan
2010
Guest
  • 2015
56% The Brink
2015
Director Walter Larson Producer
  • 2015
74% The Spoils Before Dying
2014
Jonas Morehouse
  • 2015
  • 2014
81% The Spoils of Babylon
2014-2015
Jonas Morehouse
  • 2014
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
Guest
  • 2013
94% Portlandia
2011-2018
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
Appearing
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
Guest Panelist
  • 2013
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2005
  • 2003
No Score Yet Arts & the Mind
2012
Appearing
  • 2012
No Score Yet Flipped Off
2012
Executive Producer Producer
  • 2012
96% 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
87% Jack & Bobby
2004-2005
Voice
  • 2005
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
Voice Reader
  • 2003
No Score Yet MADtv
1995-2009
Performer
  • 2000
85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice
  • 1999
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host Guest
  • 1992
97% Moonlighting
1985-1989
Brummer
  • 1985
No Score Yet St. Elsewhere
1982-1988
  • 1982
84% Castle Rock
2018
No Score Yet Treme
Director

QUOTES FROM Tim Robbins CHARACTERS

B
Hookers don't count?
Mambrú
Hookers don't count.
Andy Dufresne
It's funny. On the outside, I was an honest man. Straight as an arrow. I had to come to prison to be a crook.
Oliver Lang
He wishes someone had to pay.
Andy Dufresne
[in letter to Red] Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.
Andy Dufresne
Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.
Ellis Boy "Red" Redding
hope is a dangerous thing my friend,it can kill a man...
Ellis Boy "Red" Redding
Hope is a dangerous thing my friend,it can kill a man...
Ellis Boy "Red" Redding
Hope is a dangerous thing my friend, it can kill a man...
Andy Dufresne
hope is a good thing maybe even the best of things and good things never die.
Andy Dufresne
Hope is a good thing. Maybe even the best of things and good things never die.
Andy Dufresne
All right. But you should know that sudden serious brain injury causes the victim to bite down hard. In fact, I hear the bite reflex is so strong they have to pry the victims jaws open with a crowbar.
Bogs Diamond
Where do you get this shit?
Andy Dufresne
I read it. You know how to read, you ignorant fuck?
Andy Dufresne
Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.
Andy Dufresne
You know, the funny thing is, on the outside I was an honest man, straight as an arrow. I had to come to prison to be a crook.
Andy Dufresne
My God, Warden! How could you be so obtuse!
Warden Samuel Norton
What the F*** did you call me?!
Andy Dufresne
Remember Red! Hope is a good thing, may be best of things and no good thing ever dies.
Andy Dufresne
[in letter to Red] Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.
Ellis Boy "Red" Redding
King me.
Andy Dufresne
Ah chess.. now theres a game of kings, knights, strategy...
Ellis Boy "Red" Redding
And a total fucking mystery. I hate it!
Andy Dufresne
"Hope is a good thing, may be the best of the things. And good thing never dies."
Andy Dufresne
Hope is a good thing, may be the best of the things. And good thing never dies.
Andy Dufresne
[in letter to Red] Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.
Andy Dufresne
Dear Warden, You were right, Salvation lay within - Andy Dufresne
Andy Dufresne
Salvation lies within.
Andy Dufresne
I don't waste time on losers, Tommy.
Heywood
The Count of Monte Crisco...
Floyd
It's CRISTO ya dumb shit.
Heywood
By Alexandre Dumas...dumb ass.
Andy Dufresne
Dumas. Ya know what that's about?
Heywood
Huh uh...
Andy Dufresne
You'll like it, it's about a prison break.
Ellis Boy "Red" Redding
Well we oughta file that under educational too, oughtn't we??
Ellis Boy "Red" Redding
Well we oughta file that under educational too, oughtn't we?
Andy Dufresne
You know, the funny thing is, on the outside, I was an honest man, straight as an arrow. I had to come to prison to be a crook.
Phil Blumbertt
I want you to concentrate...and READ MY MIND!
Howard T. Duck
You're thinking...they know I'm a fake...they know I'm a yo yo! Tell me if I'm warm on any of these, Phil.
Andy Dufresne
You know what the Mexicans say about the Pacific? They say it has no memory. That's where I want to live the rest of my life. A warm place with no memory.
Norville Barnes
You know.....for kids.
Norville Barnes
You know...for kids.
Andy Dufresne
Remember, Red......Hope is a good thing......Maybe the best of things....And no good thing ever dies.
Andy Dufresne
"You know, the funny thing is, on the outside I was an honest man, straight as an arrow, I had to come to prison to be a crook."
Andy Dufresne
You know, the funny thing is, on the outside I was an honest man, straight as an arrow, I had to come to prison to be a crook.
Andy Dufresne
I remember thinking it would take a man 600 years to tunnel through the wall with it. Any did it in less than 20.
Andy Dufresne
I remember thinking it would take a man 600 years to tunnel through the wall with it. Andy did it in less than 20.
Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding
I remember thinking it would take a man 600 years to tunnel through the wall with it. Andy did it in less than 20.
Dave Boyle
Are things looking any better on that Sprite....Sean?
Ellis Boy "Red" Redding
What're you in for?
Andy Dufresne
Killed my wife and her lover.
Ellis Boy "Red" Redding
Why'd you do it?
Andy Dufresne
I didn't.
Ellis Boy "Red" Redding
(chuckles) You're gonna fit right in.
Ellis Boy "Red" Redding
[chuckles] You're gonna fit right in.
Andy Dufresne
there are places in the world that aren't made out of stone. there's something inside they cant touch
Andy Dufresne
Forget that... there are places in this world that aren't made out of stone.
Ellis Boy "Red" Redding
what are you talking about
Ellis Boy "Red" Redding
What are you talking about.
Andy Dufresne
hope
Andy Dufresne
Hope.
Bogs Diamond
Now I'm gonna open my fly, and you're gonna swallow what I give you to swallow. And after you swallow mine you're gonna swallow Rooster's cause you done broke his nose, and I think he oughta have something to show for it.
Andy Dufresne
Anything you put in my mouth you're gonna lose.
Bogs Diamond
Naw you don't understand. You do that and I'll put all eight inches of this steel in your ear.
Andy Dufresne
All right. But you should know that sudden serious brain injury causes the victim to bite down hard. In fact, I hear the bite reflex is so strong they have to pry the victim's jaws open with a crowbar.
Bogs Diamond
Where do you get this shit?
Andy Dufresne
I read it. You now how to read? You ignorant fuck.
Andy Dufresne
'He's a phantom, an apartition, second cousin to Harvey the Rabbit
Andy Dufresne
He's a phantom, an apartition, second cousin to Harvey the Rabbit.
Andy Dufresne
Anything you put in my mouth, you're gonna lose
Andy Dufresne
Anything you put in my mouth you're gonna lose.
Ellis Boy "Red" Redding
Get busy living, or get busy dying. Damn right.
Ellis Boy "Red" Redding
Get busy living, or get busy dying.
Andy Dufresne
Get busy living, or get busy dying.
Senator Hammond
Son,we're gonna get you out of here.
Senator Hammond
Son, we're gonna get you out of here.
Andy Dufresne
Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.
Andy Dufresne
Remember, Red, Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies
Andy Dufresne
Remember, Red, Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.
Andy Dufresne
get busy living or get busy dying (the moron who submitted quoted Red, who was quoting andy)
Andy Dufresne
Get busy living or get busy dying.
Andy Dufresne
Remember, Red, hope is a good thing. Maybe the best of things and no good thing ever dies. I will be hoping that this letter finds you and find you well.