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Robert Lyle Knepper (born July 8, 1959) is an Americanmarker actor. He is perhaps best known for starring as Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell in the Fox network's drama series, Prison Break for which he was nominated for a Satellite Award. In 2007, he appeared in the film Hitman, as Yuri, chief of the Russian secret service. He has joined the cast of Heroes for Season 4.

Early life

Born in Fremont, Ohiomarker, Knepper was interested in acting from an early age due to his mother's involvement at a community theater. He was raised in Maumee, Ohiomarker, near Toledomarker, by his mother and father, who was a veterinarian. Knepper spent many years of his youth working in the community theater and high school productions. After graduating from Maumee High School in 1977, he attended Northwestern Universitymarker to study drama. During this time, Knepper also obtained professional roles in plays in Chicagomarker. Nearing the completion of his degree, Knepper quit Northwestern and went to New York Citymarker, where he continued to work in theater. Although Knepper never intended to work in film and television projects, he began his television and film career in 1986 with The Paper Chase and That's Life!.


Making his feature film debut in Blake Edwards' That's Life, Knepper's additional feature film credits include Woody Allen's Everyone Says I Love You, D.O.A., Renegades, Young Guns II, Gas Food Lodging, Hostage, Transporter 3, The Day the Earth Stood Still and Good Night, and Good Luck.

Knepper has made numerous television guest appearances on series such as Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, La Femme Nikita, New York Undercover, Tour of Duty, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Voyager, ER, L.A. Law, Profiler, South Beach, Murder, She Wrote, CSI: Miami and The West Wing and had a recurring role as radio journalist Tommy Dolan on Carnivale. He portrayed a main character on Prison Break until the series ended, where he plays "Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell", his biggest role yet.

On June 3, 2009, following the success and final episode of Prison Break, it was announced that Knepper would be joining the cast of NBC's Heroes, playing the season 4 villain "Samuel". In July 2009, he was upped from a recurring character to a series regular.

He is rumored to be considered for the role of the Kurgan in the Highlander remake.


Year Film Role Notes
1986 That's Life! Steve Larwin
1987 Tour of Duty Racist Soldier TV episode: "Burn, Baby, Burn"
Star Trek: The Next Generation Wyatt Miller TV episode: "Haven"
Wild Thing Wild Thing
1988 D.O.A. Nicholas Lang
1989 Renegades Marino
1990 Young Guns II Deputy Carlyle
1991 Session Man
1992 Red Shoe Diaries Nick Willard TV episode: "You Have the Right to Remain Silent"
1998 You Are Here
The Stringer John
ER Keith Reynolds TV episode: "My Brother's Keeper"
1999 Star Trek: Voyager Gaul TV episode: "Dragons Teeth"
Kidnapped in Paradise Renard Plays the leader of modern day pirates
2000 Harsh Realm Mad priest TV episode: "Camera Obscura"
Seven Days Major Gene Hastings TV episode: "Space Station Down"
La Femme Nikita Henry Collins TV episode: "Toys in the Basement"
2001 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Dr. Peter Kelmer TV episode: "The Good Doctor"
Thieves Special Agent Shue TV series
2002 - 2003 Presidio Med Sean TV series (recurring role)
2004 Species III Dr. Abbot
CSI: Miami Freddy Coleman TV episode: "Addiction"
2005-2009 Prison Break Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell TV series
2005 Good Night, and Good Luck Don Surine
Hostage Will Bechler
Carnivàle Tommy Dolan TV series (recurring role)
2007 Hitman Yuri Marklov
2008 Transporter 3 Johnson
The Day the Earth Stood Still Colonel
2009- Heroes Samuel Sullivan TV Series


  1. "Maumee native helps bring ordeal of trapped Pennsylvania miners to TV." Toledo Blade. November 22, 2002. Retrieved June 14, 2006.

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