Oct. 16th, 1958
West Covina, California, USA
Guest TV Roles
Jim Hope (Voiced)
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 (I). 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 TV movies in 1983, but hit the big time in 1988 with his portrayal of dim-witted fastball pitcher "Nuke" Laloosh in Bull Durham (1988). Tall with baby-faced looks, he has the ability to play naive and obtuse (Cadillac Man (1990) and The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)) or slick and shrewd (The Player (1992) and Bob Roberts (1992)).
- (August 2001) LA Weekly cover story detailed his struggle taking creative control of The Actors' Gang, the theater company he founded in 1981. Many long-time members of the group left the company during the controversy.
- Graduated with honors from UCLA with a degree in drama (1981)
- Was considered for the role of Charles Van Doren in _Quiz Show (1994)_ (qv), when 'Steven Soderbergh' (qv) was offered the opportunity to direct it.
- Serves as the artistic director and member of the board of directors of the Actors' Gang theater company.
- During an interview with 'Charlie Rose (II)' (qv) regarding the 10-year anniversary of _The Shawshank Redemption (1994)_ (qv), he said he regarded that film, _Bull Durham (1988)_ (qv), _Dead Man Walking (1995)_ (qv), and _Mystic River (2003)_ (qv) as the highlights of his career so far.
- At 6' 5", he is the tallest actor ever to have won an Oscar. The tallest actor ever nominated was 'James Cromwell (I)' (qv) at 6' 7".
- Was considered for the role of Dr. Doom in _Fantastic Four (2005)_ (qv) and Eddie Darko in _Donnie Darko (2001)_ (qv).
- Called for Hollywood boycott of 'Elizabeth Hurley (I)' (qv) and Proctor & Gamble products in 2000 after she crossed a picket line to make a commercial for a P&G product. At a pro-union rally in New York he said, "We're bringing her [Hurley] to trial after this is over. She won't get away with it!" Apparently she did "get away with it" whatever "it" was, since nothing came to pass in the intervening seven years.