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Tim Roth

Highest Rated:   99% Selma (2015)
Lowest Rated:   0% United Passions (2015)
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Birthplace:   London, England, UK
With lean hangdog looks that make him a natural for the criminals and fringe dwellers he usually plays, Tim Roth has the uncanny and incredibly effective ability to make sleaze look sexy, or at least raggedly photogenic. Since his debut in the made-for-TV Made in Britain at the age of 18, Roth has joined fellow Briton Gary Oldman as one of the leading interpreters of society's underbelly. His ability has been particularly appreciated by director Quentin Tarantino, who helped to propel Roth to international recognition with prominent roles in Resevoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction in the early '90s. Since then, Roth has continued to portray a variety of gritty characters, occasionally making room for the odd sympathetic or lighthearted role.Born in London on May 14, 1961, to a journalist father and landscape painter mother, Roth initially wanted to become a sculptor. After an education at London's Camberwell School of Art, he decided to try his hand at acting, first appearing in a production of Jean Genet's The Screens. Roth's television debut in the 1981 film Made in Britain garnered critical raves for the actor, who portrayed a poverty-stricken juvenile delinquent with profanity-spewing gusto. The same year, he appeared with Gary Oldman in Mike Leigh's Meantime, a made-for-TV movie that was eventually released theatrically, but Roth's bona fide screen debut didn't come until 1984, when he played an apprentice hitman in Stephen Frears' The Hit. Co-starring Terence Stamp and John Hurt, the film did moderately well and earned Roth an Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Newcomer. Thanks to such positive notices, the young actor continued to find work throughout the rest of the decade, making appearances in a variety of films, including former Kinks frontman Ray Davies' 1985 musical Return to Waterloo. In 1990, Roth began to enjoy a limited amount of international attention, thanks to two starring roles, his acclaimed portrayal of Vincent Van Gogh in Robert Altman's Vincent and Theo and a title role in the critically lauded film adaptation of Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Starring opposite Gary Oldman, Roth made an impression on many a filmgoer, including Quentin Tarantino. Tarantino cast Roth as undercover policeman Mr. Orange in his 1992 ensemble piece Resevoir Dogs, a film that allowed the actor to prove he could do an American accent and bleed to death convincingly. The success of Resevoir Dogs paved the way for more Hollywood work for Roth. In a drastic departure from his previous work, he next starred in the 1993 comedy Bodies, Rest & Motion alongside Bridget Fonda, Phoebe Cates, and Eric Stoltz. The following year, Roth returned to more familiar territory, as a hit man in Little Odessa and as one of the robbers who catalyzes the action of Tarantino's Pulp Fiction. After the enormous success of the latter film, the actor appeared the same year in the psychologically terrifying TV adaptation of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness alongside John Malkovich, who played the unhinged Kurtz. After a disastrous third collaboration with Tarantino, the critically and commercially disemboweled Four Rooms (1995), Roth had significantly greater success portraying an ominously prissy English nobleman in Rob Roy, winning a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his work, along with a Golden Globe nomination and a British Academy Award. Staying true to his habit of jumping from genre to genre, Roth next appeared as a convict with a jones for Drew Barrymore in Woody Allen's musical comedy Everyone Says I Love You (1996) before playing a mobster in 1930s Harlem in Hoodlum (1997). Roth remained in a down and dirty milieu for his next film, Vondie Curtis-Hall's Gridlock'd, which featured the actor, as well as Thandie Newton and Tupac Shakur, as modern-day heroin addicts. Although the film received critical praise, it failed to make a significant impression at the box of

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet 1 Mile to You
  • Jarhead
2017
76% Chronic
  • David
  • Executive Producer
$0.1M 2016
42% Mr. Right
  • Hopper
$0.1M 2016
No Score Yet 21 Years: Quentin Tarantino
  • Actor
2016
75% The Hateful Eight
  • Oswaldo Mobray
$54.2M 2015
0% United Passions
  • Sepp Blatter
$0.1M 2015
19% October Gale
  • Tom
2015
99% Selma
  • George Wallace
2015
93% 600 Miles
  • Hank Harris
2015
95% Finding Vivian Maier
  • Actor
2014
11% Grace Of Monaco
  • Prince Ranier III
$0.7M 2014
88% A Fuller Life
  • Actor
2014
63% Broken
  • Archie
2013
63% The Liability
  • Executive Producer
  • Roy
2013
No Score Yet Möbius
  • Rostovsky
2013
87% Arbitrage
  • Det. Michael Bryer
$8.0M 2012
75% These Amazing Shadows
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Pete Smalls is Dead
  • Pete Smalls
2011
No Score Yet Skellig
  • Skellig
2009
No Score Yet Monty Python Almost the Truth Obligatory Making of Special
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet King Conqueror
  • Actor
2009
67% The Incredible Hulk
  • Emil Blonsky
$134.6M 2008
52% Funny Games
  • George
$1.1M 2008
No Score Yet Six Bullets from Now
  • Actor
2008
30% Youth Without Youth
  • Dominic
$0.2M 2007
No Score Yet Virgin Territory
  • Gerbino
2007
No Score Yet Tsunami, The Aftermath
  • Nick Fraser
2006
24% Even Money
  • Victor
2006
42% Don't Come Knocking
  • Sutter
$0.4M 2006
No Score Yet Killing Emmett Young
  • John Harrett
2005
46% Dark Water
  • Jeff Platzer
$25.5M 2005
77% The Beautiful Country
  • Captain Oh
$0.3M 2005
No Score Yet Nouvelle-France
  • Actor
2005
48% Silver City
  • Mitch Paine
$0.9M 2004
No Score Yet The Last Sign
  • Jeremy
2004
17% Battle of the Brave
  • William Pitt
2004
No Score Yet To Kill a King
  • Oliver Cromwell
2003
No Score Yet Whatever We Do
  • Actor
2003
54% Invincible
  • Hanussen
2002
11% The Musketeer
  • Febre
$26.6M 2001
45% Planet of the Apes
  • General Thade
$178.1M 2001
No Score Yet We Know Where You Live
  • Actor
2001
65% Bread and Roses
  • Himself (uncredited)
2001
31% Vatel
  • Marquis De Lauzun
2000
22% Lucky Numbers
  • Gig
$9.6M 2000
26% The Million Dollar Hotel
  • Izzy Goldkiss (uncredited)
2000
84% The War Zone
  • Director
1999
54% The Legend of 1900 (La leggenda del pianista sull'oceano)
  • 1900
1999
No Score Yet Ángeles y Demonios
  • Henry
1998
48% Deceiver
  • Wayland
$0.6M 1998
43% Hoodlum
  • Dutch Schultz
1997
No Score Yet No Way Home
  • Joey
1997
88% Gridlock'd
  • Stretch
1997
14% Four Rooms
  • Ted the bellhop
1996
79% Everyone Says I Love You
  • Charles
1996
25% Captives
  • Philip Chaney
1996
61% Little Odessa
  • Joshua Shapira
1995
72% Rob Roy
  • Cunningham
1995
94% Pulp Fiction
  • Pumpkin
1994
40% Heart of Darkness
  • Marlow
1994
No Score Yet Murder in the Heartland
  • Charles Starkweather
1993
52% Bodies, Rest & Motion
  • Nick
1993
No Score Yet The Perfect Husband
  • Milan
1992
90% Reservoir Dogs
  • Mr. Orange
1992
No Score Yet Jumpin' at the Boneyard
  • Manny
1992
64% Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • Guildenstern
1991
88% Vincent & Theo
  • Vincent van Gogh
1990
89% The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover
  • Mitchel
1989
80% To Kill a Priest
  • Feliks
1988
88% A World Apart
  • Harold
1988
No Score Yet Bloody Pom Poms (Cheerleader Camp)
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet Murder with Mirrors
  • Edgar Lawson
1985
85% The Hit
  • Myron
1984
80% Meantime
  • Colin
1983
No Score Yet Made in Britain
  • Trevor
1982
No Score Yet King of the Ghetto
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
  • 2015
80% Klondike
2014
  • The Count
  • 2014
No Score Yet Lie to Me
2009-2011
  • Cal Lightman Dr. Cal Lightman
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Nick Finchley

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