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Timothy Francis "Tim" Robbins (born October 16, 1958) is an Americanmarker actor, screenwriter, director, producer, activist and musician. He is the longtime partner of actress Susan Sarandon. He is perhaps best known for his roles as Nuke in Bull Durham, Andy Dufresne in The Shawshank Redemption, and as Dave Boyle in Mystic River, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Early life

Robbins was born in West Covina, Californiamarker, and raised in New York City, the son of Mary (née Bledsoe), an actress, and Gilbert Robbins, a musician, publishing executive, nightclub owner, and folk singer. Robbins has two sisters, Adele and Gabrielle, and a brother, David. Robbins was raised a Roman Catholic. He moved to Greenwich Villagemarker with his family at a young age while his father pursued a career as a member of the folk music group The Highwaymen. Robbins started doing theater at age twelve and joined the drama club at Stuyvesant High Schoolmarker. He spent two years at SUNY Plattsburghmarker and then returned to Californiamarker to study at the UCLA Film School.


Robbins's acting career began at Theater for the New Citymarker, where he spent his teenage years in their Annual Summer Street Theater and also played the title role in a musical adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's The Little Prince. After graduation from college in 1981, Robbins founded the Actors' Gang, an experimental theater group, in Los Angelesmarker with actor friends from his college softball team (including John Cusack). He also took small parts in films, such as the role of frat animal "Mother" in Fraternity Vacation (1985) and "Lt. Sam 'Merlin' Wells" in the iconic fighter pilot film Top Gun (1986). He played in The Love Boat, as a young version of one of the characters in retrospection about Second World War. His breakthrough role was as pitcher Ebby Calvin "Nuke" LaLoosh in the 1988 baseball movie Bull Durham.

He received critical acclaim and won the Best Actor Award at Cannesmarker for his starring role as an amoral movie executive in Robert Altman's 1992 film The Player. He made his directorial and screenwriting debut with 1992's Bob Roberts, a mockumentary about a right-wing senatorial candidate. Robbins then starred alongside Morgan Freeman in the critically acclaimed The Shawshank Redemption (1994), which was based on Stephen King's short story.
Robbins has written, produced, and directed several films with strong social content, such as the critically acclaimed capital punishment saga Dead Man Walking (1995), starring Sarandon and Sean Penn. The film earned him a Oscar nomination for Best Director. His next directorial effort was 1999's Depression-era musical Cradle Will Rock. Robbins has also appeared in mainstream Hollywoodmarker thrillers, such as 1999's Arlington Road (as a terrorist) and 2001's Antitrust (as a malicious computer tycoon), and in comical films such as The Hudsucker Proxy, Nothing to Lose, and High Fidelity. Robbins has also acted in and directed several Actors' Gang theater productions.

Robbins won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar and the SAG Award for his work in Mystic River (2003), as a man traumatized from having been molested as a child. In 2005, he won the 39th annual Man of the Year Pudding Pot Award given by the Hasty Pudding Theatricals of Harvardmarker. His most recent acting roles include a temporarily blind man who is nursed to health by a psychologically wounded young woman in The Secret Life of Words and an Apartheid torturer in Catch a Fire.

In early 2006, Robbins directed an adaptation of George Orwell's novel 1984, written by Michael Gene Sullivan of the Tony Award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe. The show opened at Actors' Gang, at their new location at The Ivy Substation in Culver Citymarker, Californiamarker. In addition to venues around the United States, it has played in Athens, Greecemarker, the Melbourne International Festival in Australia and the Hong Kong Arts Festival. Robbins is considering adapting the play into a film version.

Robbins appeared in 2008's The Lucky Ones, with co-star Rachel McAdams. Shooting took place in Illinois, including scenes filmed at Mojo's Music in Edwardsville, Illinoismarker.

Robbins has just finished writing and directing a new pilot for Showtime called Possible Side Effects, about a family that runs a pharmaceutical company. It will premiere later this year.

Personal life

Robbins lives in New York Citymarker. Since 1988, Robbins has been in a relationship with actress Susan Sarandon whom he met on the set of Bull Durham. They have two sons: Jack Henry (born May 15, 1989) and Miles Guthrie (born May 4, 1992). Robbins, like Sarandon, is a lapsed Catholic, and they both share liberal political views. At the height of 6' 5" (196 cm), Robbins is one of the tallest actors in Hollywood.

Robbins, cousin of Natural Law Party guru Timothy Robbins , supported Ralph Nader's 2000 Presidential campaign and appeared on stage in character as Bob Roberts during the "Nader Rocks the Garden" rally at Madison Square Gardenmarker. Robbins is a prominent spokesperson for anti-globalisation, a frequent critic of former U.S. President George W. Bush, and a vocal opponent of the war in Iraq. In December 2007, he endorsed and campaigned for Senator John Edwards in the U.S. presidential election, 2008.

In 2003, a 15th anniversary celebration of Bull Durham at the National Baseball Hall of Famemarker was cancelled by Hall of Fame president Dale Petroskey. Petroskey, who was on the White House staff during the Reagan administration, told Robbins that his stance helped to "undermine the US position, which could put our troops in even more danger". Durham co-star Kevin Costner, a self-described Libertarian, defended Robbins and Sarandon, saying "I think Tim and Susan's courage is the type of courage that makes our democracy work. Pulling back this invite is against the whole principle about what we fight for and profess to be about". Robbins later said that Kevin Costner, Clint Eastwood, and Jack Valenti were the only major Hollywood figures that stood up for his free speech rights in this case and noted that all three men are either Republicans or very conservative Democrats, adding that he felt there could be common ground between individuals with different political beliefs.

Robbins is an avid baseball and hockey fan. He supports the New York Mets and the New York Rangers and frequently attends games. In 1995, Robbins did a series of promos for MSG Network advertising upcoming Rangers games, and has also narrated a documentary on the 1969 Mets for SNY. Robbins is also a passionate ice hockey player who participates regularly in the New York adult recreational hockey community.


Year Film Role Notes
1984 Toy Soldiers Boe
1985 Fraternity Vacation Larry "Mother" Tucker
The Sure Thing Gary Cooper
1986 Howard the Duck Phil Blumburtt
Top Gun Lt. Sam 'Merlin' Wells
1988 Tapeheads Josh Tager
Bull Durham Ebby Calvin 'Nuke' LaLoosh
Five Corners Harry
1989 Erik the Viking Erik
Miss Firecracker Delmount
Twister Jeff
1990 Jacob's Ladder Jacob Singer
Cadillac Man Larry
1991 Jungle Fever Jerry
1992 Bob Roberts Bob Roberts also as writer, director
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
The Player Griffin Mill Best Actor Award
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actor

1993 Short Cuts Gene Shepard Golden Globe Special Award for Ensemble Cast
1994 I.Q. Ed Walters
Prêt-à-Porter Joe Flynne National Board of Review Award for Best Cast
The Shawshank Redemption Andy Dufresne Nominated — Chlotrudis Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
The Hudsucker Proxy Norville Barnes
1995 Dead Man Walking as writer/director only
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Director
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay

1997 Nothing to Lose Nick Beam
1999 Austin Powers The Spy Who Shagged Me The President
Cradle Will Rock as writer/director only
National Board of Review Special Achievement in Filmmaking Award
Nominated — Palme d'Or (1999 Cannes Film Festival)

Arlington Road Oliver Lang
2000 Mission to Mars Woodrow 'Woody' Blake
High Fidelity Ian 'Ray' Raymond
2001 Antitrust Gary Winston
2002 Human Nature Dr. Nathan Bronfman
The Truth About Charlie Lewis Bartholomew
2003 Mystic River Dave Boyle Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cast
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated — Washington D.C.

Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor

Code 46 William Geld
2004 Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy Public News Anchor (Cameo - uncredited)
2005 The Secret Life of Words Josef
Zathura Dad
War of the Worlds Harlan Ogilvy
2006 Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny The Stranger
Catch a Fire Nic Vos
2007 Noise David Owen
2008 The Lucky Ones Fred Cheaver
City of Ember Loris Harrow


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