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Also Known As: Simon Smith, Timothy Simon Smith Died:
Born: May 14, 1961 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: actor, director, bartender

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With a resume that boasted an assortment of villains and ne'er-do-wells, actor Tim Roth often had to avoid being typecast in order to play roles that demonstrated his extraordinary talents. Equally at home in both comedy and drama, Roth made an immediate impression as an unrepentant skinhead - complete with swastika tattoo on his forehead - in his first onscreen performance, "Made in Britain" (1982). He quickly became in demand after playing an assassin-in-training in "The Hit" (1984), then made a name for himself in the United States as a troubled Vincent Van Gogh in Robert Altman's "Vincent & Theo" (1990). But it was his work with Quentin Tarantino in "Reservoir Dogs" (1992) and "Pulp Fiction" (1994) that cemented his status as one of the top stars of the independent world. Following an Oscar-nominated turn in "Rob Roy" (1995), Roth settled into playing varying degrees of malcontents before cracking big budget Hollywood with a major role in "Planet of the Apes" (2001) and stealing the show from everyone else. After disappearing into several foreign-made films, Roth re-emerged to play the arch-villain in "The Incredible Hulk" (2008), once again solidifying - and perhaps perpetuating - his image as...

With a resume that boasted an assortment of villains and ne'er-do-wells, actor Tim Roth often had to avoid being typecast in order to play roles that demonstrated his extraordinary talents. Equally at home in both comedy and drama, Roth made an immediate impression as an unrepentant skinhead - complete with swastika tattoo on his forehead - in his first onscreen performance, "Made in Britain" (1982). He quickly became in demand after playing an assassin-in-training in "The Hit" (1984), then made a name for himself in the United States as a troubled Vincent Van Gogh in Robert Altman's "Vincent & Theo" (1990). But it was his work with Quentin Tarantino in "Reservoir Dogs" (1992) and "Pulp Fiction" (1994) that cemented his status as one of the top stars of the independent world. Following an Oscar-nominated turn in "Rob Roy" (1995), Roth settled into playing varying degrees of malcontents before cracking big budget Hollywood with a major role in "Planet of the Apes" (2001) and stealing the show from everyone else. After disappearing into several foreign-made films, Roth re-emerged to play the arch-villain in "The Incredible Hulk" (2008), once again solidifying - and perhaps perpetuating - his image as Hollywood's go-to bad guy.

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DIRECTOR:

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  War Zone, The (1999) Director

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 October Gale (2015)
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 Grace of Monaco (2015)
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 Mr. Right (2015)
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 Chronic (2015)
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 United Passions (2015)
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 Fuller Life, A (2014)
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1977:
Made acting debut in a school production of "Dracula" at age 16
1980:
Attended art school to learn sculpting before switching to acting
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Worked on stage with the Glasgow Citizen's Theatre, the Royal Court, and the Oval House
1982:
Screen acting debut, playing a white power skinhead in Alan Clarke's TV-movie "Made in Britain"
1982:
Appeared in Mike Leigh's "Meantime"; first screen collaboration with Gary Oldman
1984:
Made feature acting debut as an apprentice hitman in Stephen Frears' "The Hit"
1985:
U.S. TV debut, "Agatha Christie's 'Murder With Mirrors'" (CBS)
1989:
Cast in featured role in the eccentric comedy "The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover"
1990:
Played the artist Vincent Van Gogh in Robert Altman's "Vincent & Theo"
1990:
Cast opposite Gary Oldman in the film version of Tom Stoppard's play "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead"
1991:
Moved to Los Angeles, CA
1992:
Delivered breakthrough performance as the villainous Mr. Orange in "Reservoir Dogs"; first collaboration with Quentin Tarantino
1993:
Portrayed noted American serial killer Charles Starkweather in the bleak ABC miniseries "Murder in the Heartland"
1994:
Played Marlow in the TNT adaptation of "Heart of Darkness"
1994:
Acted the part of a Russian-Jewish hitman in "Little Odessa"
1994:
Cast as diner robber Pumpkin in Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction"; role specifically written for him
1995:
First mainstream Hollywood film lead, as the villainous Archibald Cunningham in "Rob Roy"; received Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor
1995:
Provided the link for the various stories as Ted the bellhop in anthology film "Four Rooms"; only actor to appear in each of the four segments helmed by Allison Anders, Tarantino, Alexandre Rockwell, and Robert Rodriguez
1996:
Co-starred with Drew Barrymore in Woody Allen's musical comedy "Everyone Says I Love You"
1997:
Teamed with rapper Tupac Shakur in the gritty crime drama "Gridlock'd"
1997:
Essayed real-life mobster Dutch Schultz in "Hoodlum"
1998:
Played a music prodigy who spent his entire life on board a luxury liner in "The Legend of 1900"
1999:
Made critically acclaimed debut as a director with "The War Zone"
2000:
Appeared with John Travolta and Lisa Kudrow in Nora Ephron's "Lucky Numbers"
2001:
Cast as the villainous ape General Thade in Tim Burton's adaptation of "Planet of the Apes"
2004:
Cast in John Sayles¿ political satire "Silver City"
2005:
Cast opposite Jennifer Connelly in the thriller "Dark Water"
2006:
Co-starred in Wim Wenders' neo-Western "Don't Come Knocking" with Sam Shepard
2007:
Starred in "Youth Without Youth," Francis Ford Coppola's first directed film in ten years
2007:
Co-starred with Naomi Watts and Michael Pitt in U.S. remake of crime thriller "Funny Games"
2008:
Cast as the villainous Emil Blonsky opposite Edward Norton in "The Incredible Hulk"
2009:
Cast as psychologist Cal Lightman on the Fox series "Lie to Me"
2012:
Acted opposite Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon in financial thriller "Arbitrage"
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Education

Dick Sheppard Comprehensive: -
Camberwell School of Art: -

Notes

"Directing takes a good three years. I didn't want to be away that long. I was worried they wouldn't want me back." --Tim Roth on why it took so long for him to make his directorial debut, quoted in The New York Times, November 28, 1999,

On his refusal to audition for any director (including Steven Spielberg in 1993), Roth told Empire (October 1999): "It's not an egotistical thing, I'm just crap at it. I figured I'd lose 50 per cent of the work BY reading, or I'd lose 50 per cent of the work--happily--by not reading. Y'know, go and get a tape out of Blockbuster and see if I can speak. I mean, I'll meet with anybody, I don't mind that. But the process of auditioning, I really find too stressful ...

I refuse to read for anybody. Spielberg always videos his meetings, and he turned hi camera to the wall for me. I mean, he didn't give me a job but it was interesting to meet him. He said, 'Could you do a German accent?', and I said, 'Well, I don't know. Which part of Germany are you talking about?' Then he said, 'Do you like dinosaurs?' I was like, 'Whaaa? Yeah. Which ones?' He was lovely, y'know, but obviously I wasn't for him."

"Tim Roth is aptly named, for there is inside him a kind of ever-simmering wrath, a voodoo anger that he has learned to channel through the prism of performance leaving a trail of irradiated punk characters in his wake." --Neil Norman writing in London's Evening Standard, August 25, 1999.

"In my opinion, Tim could do anything," --producer Lawrence Bender quoted in Vanity Fair, September 1995.

"I have a hard time between jobs because I'm always convinced I'll never work again. I think it may be an English thing, this fear of unemployment, because that's mostly how one's time is spent over there." --Roth to New York Newsday, April 12, 1995.

"I don't have to sell the film or carry it on my back. I come in and tear up the scenery and I leave. That's much more fun for me. I don't look like a romantic lead. I don't have the face. Luckily, I get the other parts, which is more interesting to me." --Tim Roth to Daily News, April 11, 1995.

Theresa Sturley: Which of your films do you like the most?

Tim Roth: The first one, "Made in Britain". That's where I lost my virginity. I'd always harbored the notion of doing film acting, more so than stage acting. I had the lead role, first time out. I'd never been in front of a camera before and I loved it. But it wasn't like I was working with an asshole. I was working with one of the best British directors [the late Alan Clarke].

--From Interview, February 1997.

"It's only because of him [Alan Clarke] that I'm sitting here. His example took me through the entire film ['The War Zone']. Alan was wonderful with actors--you felt clutched, held close, protected. He had this absolute love for his performers and that's the atmosphere I was trying to create on set ... " --From Sight and Sound, August 1999.

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companion:
Lori Baker. No longer together; mother of Jack Roth.
wife:
Nikki Butler. Fashion designer. Married on January 25, 1993; mother of Timothy Hunter Roth and Cormac Roth.

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father:
Ernie Roth. Journalist, freelance writer. Divorced from Roth's mother; family's name was originally Smith, father changed it to Roth after WWII; was a member of the British Communist Party.
mother:
Anne Roth. Landscape painter, school teacher. Divorced from Roth's father.
son:
Jack Roth. Born in 1984.
son:
Timothy Hunter Roth. Born on May 4, 1995; mother, Nicki Butler.
son:
Michael Cormac Roth. Born c. 1996.
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