Born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Rob had the good fortune of growing up the youngest in a family with three sisters and supportive parents. All of his sisters were involved in the theatre and their influence in this regard, among many others, certainly rubbed off. He has had a rich career transforming into a varied assortment of dynamic and sometimes off beat characters. Though Rob works primarily as an actor, he is also a director of television (First Wave) and theatre (Genet's The Maids, Fugard's Statement After An Arrest Under The Immorality Act, among others). He has taught courses at Colorado College (on Chekhov and on Dadaism) and at UCLA overseas program in Florence, Italy (on masks).
Rob attended Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Rob's studies focused on non-western theatre, cultural anthropology and development studies. He also acted in over 40 plays. While at Brown, he took off for a year to research theatre and dance performance in India. For two of those months he assisted Professor John Emigh with field research of various forms of masked performances in eastern India. Upon graduation, he went on to earn a Masters Degree at New York University's Graduate Program in Acting.
Fresh out of graduate school, Rob had the pleasure of performing Shakespeare at the Public Theatre alongside Christopher Walken and Keith David (Coriolanus) and Raul Julia (MacBeth). While still in NYC, Rob also played Teddy in When You Coming Back Red Ryder? (West Beth Theatre) and performed in and co-wrote and directed Henry & Anais (about Henry Miller and Anais Nin).
In 1990 Rob moved from NYC to Los Angeles where he primarily worked in film and television. Some film highlights include: Todd Haynes' now banned Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story; What's Love Got To Do With It? (as record producer Phil Spector); City Hall (dir. by Harold Becker); Goodbye Lover (dir. by Roland Joffe); Wes Craven's New Nightmare; And The Band Played On (with Laura Innes) and the TNT movie Broken Trust (co-starring w/Tom Selleck & Elizabeth McGovern).
Until December 2000, Rob co-starred as ‘Crazy Eddie' for three seasons in Francis Ford Coppola's First Wave (created by college friend Chris Brancato who, along with Larry Sugar, were Executive Producers). Crazy Eddie is a whacked out, paranoid, reclusive, hacker extraordinaire; a genius of sorts who does not easily adapt to the outside world. Eddie teams up with Cade Foster (played by Sebastian Spence) in order to save the world by exposing the aliens who have assimilated into our world (the First Wave) and stopping the massive invasion and subjugation by millions more (the Second Wave) which would lead to Armageddon (the Third Wave). No small task. First Wave continues to air in the US on the SciFi Channel as well as in 50 other countries around the world. Rob also directed a couple of the episodes of First Wave. Rob had an incredible time acting in and directing First Wave, especially having had the opportunity to work with his fellow actors Mr. Spence, Roger Cross and Traci Elizabeth Lords.
Rob was recently nominated for a Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series by the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. He was nominated for his performance in the First Wave episode "Asylum".
Some of Rob's TV highlights include guest starring roles in NYPD Blue, X-Files, Murphy Brown, Star Trek: Voyager (3 episodes), Profiler, Quantum Leap and Dark Angel (2 episodes). He also was a series regular in The Amazing Live Sea Monkeys (with Howie Mandel).
This summer Rob completed work on Journey Into Fear, a film installation project directed by renowned film and video artist Stan Douglas and co-written by Douglas and novelist Michael Turner. The piece, which recently premiered in Istanbul, will be mounted in museums and galleries in London, New York City, Hamburg and Sao Paolo in the coming year. In early October, Rob was a guest star in the first episode of the Steven Spielberg/Dreamworks 20 hour mini-series Taken (directed by Tobe Hooper).
He lives with his wife Megan, their two-year-old son and their two dogs.