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Also Known As: Timothy Francis Robbins Died:
Born: October 16, 1958 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: West Covina, California, USA Profession: actor, director, screenwriter, songwriter, factory worker

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Recognized by the Academy as both an actor and a director, Tim Robbins stood out in Hollywood not only for his 6'5" height, but also for his high-caliber, character-driven work and his career-long commitment to social issues alongside his equally liberal partner, Susan Sarandon. The New York stage actor had his Hollywood breakout in the atypical role of a dim jock in the classic baseball flick, "Bull Durham" (1988), but five years later, he had established himself as a force to be reckoned with as the writer-director of the satire, "Bob Roberts" (1992), and the Golden Globe-winning star of Robert Altman's sinister industry send-up, "The Player" (1992). While directors like Clint Eastwood continued to tap Robbins the actor for films like "Arlington Road" (1999), "Human Nature" (2002) and "Mystic River" (2003), Robbins the filmmaker went on to helm the acclaimed death penalty drama, "Dead Man Walking" (1995), and the Depression-era musical, "Cradle Will Rock" (1999), where he skillfully offered viewers new perspectives on political and social issues; not through dogma, but through engaging, relatable characters and stories. Though his longtime partnership with Sarandon ended in 2009, Robbins...

Recognized by the Academy as both an actor and a director, Tim Robbins stood out in Hollywood not only for his 6'5" height, but also for his high-caliber, character-driven work and his career-long commitment to social issues alongside his equally liberal partner, Susan Sarandon. The New York stage actor had his Hollywood breakout in the atypical role of a dim jock in the classic baseball flick, "Bull Durham" (1988), but five years later, he had established himself as a force to be reckoned with as the writer-director of the satire, "Bob Roberts" (1992), and the Golden Globe-winning star of Robert Altman's sinister industry send-up, "The Player" (1992). While directors like Clint Eastwood continued to tap Robbins the actor for films like "Arlington Road" (1999), "Human Nature" (2002) and "Mystic River" (2003), Robbins the filmmaker went on to helm the acclaimed death penalty drama, "Dead Man Walking" (1995), and the Depression-era musical, "Cradle Will Rock" (1999), where he skillfully offered viewers new perspectives on political and social issues; not through dogma, but through engaging, relatable characters and stories. Though his longtime partnership with Sarandon ended in 2009, Robbins nonetheless remained dedicated to both his causes and his craft.

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Filmographyclose complete filmography

DIRECTOR:

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  Cradle Will Rock (1999) Director
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  Dead Man Walking (1995) Director
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  Bob Roberts (1992) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Life of Crime (2013)
4.
 Back to 1942 (2012)
6.
 Cinema Verite (2011)
7.
 Green Lantern (2011)
8.
 Lucky Ones, The (2008)
9.
 City of Ember (2008)
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Milestones close milestones

1960:
Family moved to Greenwich Village in NYC
1967:
First acting experience at age nine, playing St Peter in a Catholic school play
1970:
Joined the Theater for the New City by age 12
1981:
Co-founded with a group of fellow UCLA students The Actors' Gang in Los Angeles (served as artistic director until 1997)
1983:
Made TV-movie debut in CBS' "Quarterback Princess"
1984:
Made Film debut in "No Small Affair"
1985:
Wrote and filmed an early version of 'Bob Roberts' for "Saturday Night Live" (NBC)
1985:
Played Joseph Cotton in the CBS TV-movie "Malice in Wonderland"
1986:
First feature lead in the disastrous "Howard the Duck"; produced by George Lucas
1988:
Breakthrough role as 'Nuke' LaLoosh in Ron Shelton's baseball comedy "Bull Durham"; met future significant other Susan Sarandon
1988:
Acted opposite John Cusack in the energetic but pretentious "Tapeheads"
1989:
First time headlining a feature as the eponymous "Erik the Viking"
1989:
Co-wrote and directed The Actors Gang production of "Carnage"
1990:
Played a crazed, simple-minded husband who takes everyone hostage in a car dealership in the comedy "Cadillac Man"
1990:
Starred as the troubled Vietnam veteran of the underrated "Jacob's Ladder"; directed by Adrian Lyne
1992:
First teaming with Altman, playing an amoral movie executive in "The Player"; featured an ensemble cast
1992:
Feature directorial debut, "Bob Roberts"; also starred as the titular character and penned the script
1993:
Formed Chaos Productions
1993:
Second collaboration with Altman, playing an unethical cop in the ensemble, "Short Cuts"
1994:
Final film collaboration with Altman "Prêt-à-Porter (Ready to Wear)"
1994:
Changed production company name from Chaos to Havoc, Inc.
1994:
Cast as the wide-eyed patsy of the Coen brothers' extravagant "The Hudsucker Proxy"
1994:
Starred alongside Morgan Freeman in the critically acclaimed "The Shawshank Redemption"; based on Stephen King's short story
1995:
Earned an Academy Award nomination as Best Director for "Dead Man Walking"; starred Sarandon who won the Oscar for Best Actress
1997:
Played a hotshot advertising executive who goes on a rampage in Steve Oedekerk's "Nothing to Lose"
1999:
Contributed a cameo as the President in "Austin Powers II: The Spy Who Shagged Me"
1999:
Starred opposite Jeff Bridges in the thriller "Arlington Road"
1999:
Directed second feature, "Cradle Will Rock"; again collaborated with Cusack and Sarandon
2000:
Acted in Brian De Palma's "Mission to Mars"
2001:
Portrayed a billionaire software manufacturer in the thriller "Antitrust"
2001:
Teamed with Patricia Arquette as a scientist who discovers a feral man in the Charlie Kaufman scripted "Human Nature"
2001:
Resumed position as artistic director of the Actors' Gang Theater; directed new production of "Mephisto"
2002:
Directed the CBS TV pilot "Queens Supreme"
2002:
Acted opposite Helen Hunt in the Actors' Gang production of the 9/11 themed two-person play "The Guys"
2003:
Starred in director Clint Eastwood's psychological thriller "Mystic River," as a man traumatized from having been molested as a child
2005:
Starred with Tom Cruise in Steven Spielberg's "War of the Worlds," based on H.G. Wells' novel
2006:
Co-starred in the political thriller "Catch a Fire," directed by Phillip Noyce
2008:
Co-starred as an Iraq War veteran in Neil Burger's "The Lucky Ones" with Michael Pena and Rachel McAdams
2008:
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
2011:
Played the father of the movie's villain in "Green Lantern"
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Education

State University of New York, Plattsburgh: Plattsburgh , New York -
University of California, Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California -
Stuyvesant High School: New York , New York - 1976

Notes

Robbins and Sarandon created a controversy at the 1993 Oscar ceremony by chiding the government on its treatment of HIV-positive Haitian immigrants.

About the fallout from the 1993 Oscars: "What I found really interesting is that in all the times I've protested something in a Republican administration, I've never caught the hell that I've caught protesting against a Democratic administration. And I don't want to say it isn't a coincidence or anything, but I've been audited twice during the Clinton administration. You fill in the blanks." --Tim Robbins quoted in US, June 1997

On getting movies made: "There is always a test of wills, always a point where you have to face down the devil and say, 'Do I want to make this movie, because no one is making it easy?'

"It's never easy, no matter who you are. Even Martin Scorsese has trouble putting his films together. There is always someone who will find a way to humiliate you or make you work for less or question your motives or find some fault with your movie or say: 'There's no commerciality in this project ...'

"You have to realise that doing what you love to do invovlves a certain amount of challenge and a lot of obstacles that will be placed in your path. That's good in a way, I suppose, because it means you have to examine yourself and the project and see whether you really want to go through with it. I try to keep a sense of humour about it, I really do." --Robbins to Martyn Palmer in the London Times, November 13, 1997.

"If an actor doesn't surprise me, I won't work with him again. They've got to show me something I could never think up myself. But what really amazed me was Tim's restraint as a director in 'Dead Man Walking'. A lot of guys are facile at showing off. But he hid. To do that, you have to have your ego in the right place. I can't do that. It was masterful." --Robert Altman quoted in Us, June 1997.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Susan Sarandon. Actor. Co-starred in "Bull Durham" (1988); also appeared in the Robbins-directed "Bob Roberts" (1992) and won an Oscar under his direction for "Dead Men Walking" (1995).

Family close complete family listing

father:
Gil Robbins. Folk singer, publishing executive. Ran the Gaslight, a nightclub and cafe; member of the folk group The Highwaymen, joining them one year after their 1961 Number 1 hit "Michael" (aka "Michael Row Your Boat Ashore"); acted in son's "Bob Roberts", "Dead Man Walking" and "Cradle Will Rock".
sister:
Adele Robbins. Actor. Appeared in "Dead Man Walking"; older.
sister:
Gabrielle Robbins. Cabaret artist. Older.
brother:
David Robbins. Composer. Wrote the music for the folk songs in "Bob Roberts"; older.
step-daughter:
Eva Marie Livia Amurri. Born c. 1985; father, director Franco Amurri; made screen debut in "Dead Man Walking".
son:
Jack Henry Robbins. Born in May 1989; mother, Susan Sarandon; godfather, Ron Shelton.
son:
Miles Guthrie Robbins. Born on May 4, 1992; mother, Susan Sarandon; godfathers are Gore Vidal and Robert Altman.
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