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Tim Robbins
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Robbins in 2007.
Born Timothy Francis Robbins
October 16, 1958 (age 54)
West Covina, California
Occupation Actor, director, producer, screenwriter, activist, musician
Years active 1976–present
Worked in Human Nature
Characters portrayed Dr. Nathan Bronfman
Other works The Shawshank Redemption
Mystic River
Bull Durham
War of the Worlds

Timothy Francis "Tim" Robbins (born October 16, 1958)[1] is an American actor, screenwriter, director, producer, activist and musician. He is the former longtime partner of actress Susan Sarandon. He is 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.

BiographyEdit

Born in West Covina, California, but raised in New York City, Tim Robbins is the son of former The Highwaymen singer Gil Robbins and actress Mary Robbins. Robbins studied drama at UCLA, where he graduated with honors in 1981. That same year, he formed the Actors' Gang theater group, an experimental ensemble that expressed radical political observations through the European avant-garde form of theater. He started film work in television movies in 1983, but hit the big time in 1988 with his portrayal of dimwitted fastball pitcher "Nuke" Laloosh in Bull Durham. Tall with baby-faced looks, he has the ability to play naive and obtuse (Cadillac Man and The Hudsucker Proxy) or slick and shrewd (The Player and Bob Roberts).[2]

Personal lifeEdit

In 1988, Robbins entered into a relationship with actress Susan Sarandon, whom he met on the set of Bull Durham. They have two sons: John "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. The end of Robbins' relationship with Sarandon was announced in late December 2009.

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 Garden. In December 2007, Robbins campaigned for Senator John Edwards in the 2008 U.S. presidential election.

In 2003, a 15th anniversary celebration of Bull Durham at the National Baseball Hall of Fame was canceled 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 U.S. 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 ice 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 narrated a documentary on the 1969 Mets for SNY. Robbins is a passionate ice hockey player who participates regularly in the New York adult recreational hockey community. As of 2011, he was the tallest Academy Award-winning actor at 6 feet 5 inches (1.96 m).

FilmographyEdit

Year Film Role Notes
1982 St. Elsewhere Andrew Reinhardt Three episodes
1984 No Small Affair Nelson
Toy Soldiers Boe
1985 Fraternity Vacation Larry "Mother" Tucker
The Sure Thing Gary Cooper
1986 Howard the Duck Phil Blumburtt Nominated — Razzie Award for Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor
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
Bronze Award for Best Actor at the Tokyo International Film Festival
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
The Player Griffin Mill Best Actor Award (Cannes Film Festival)
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
1993 Short Cuts Gene Shepard Golden Globe Special Award for Ensemble Cast
Volpi Cup for Best Ensemble Cast
1994 I.Q. Ed Walters
Prêt-à-Porter Joe Flynne Title in English: Ready to Wear
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
Golden Aphrodite Award at the Love is Folly International Film Festival
Humanitas Prize for Feature Film Category
Palm Springs International Film Festival Award for Best Director
Prize of the Ecumenical Jury
Prize of the Guild of German Art House Cinemas
Reader Jury of the "Berliner Morgenpost"
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Director
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Screenplay
Nominated — Golden Berlin Bear Award for Best Film[3]
1997 Nothing to Lose Nick Beam
1999 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me The President
Cradle Will Rock As writer/director only
Gran Angular Award for Best Director
Gran Angular Award for Best Film
stanbul International Film Festival Award for International Competition
National Board of Review Special Achievement in Filmmaking Award
Nominated — Palme d'Or (1999 Cannes Film Festival)[4]
Arlington Road Oliver Lang
2000 Mission to Mars Woodrow 'Woody' Blake
High Fidelity Ian 'Ray' Raymond
2001 Antitrust Gary Winston
The Party's Over Himself
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
Central Ohio Film Critics Association for Best Supporting Actor
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
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 ADIRCAE Award for Best Performance in a Leading Role
Nominated — Barcelona Film Award for Best Actor (Millor Actor)
Nominated — Cinema Writers Circle Award for Best Actor (Mejor Actor)
War of the Worlds Harlan Ogilvy
Zathura Dad
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
2011 Green Lantern Senator Hammond[5]
Cinema Verite Bill Loud[6] Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2012 Remembering 1942

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