Robert Knepper

Robert Knepper


7/8/1959, Fremont, Ohio, USA

Birth Name

Robert Lyle Knepper



Also Known As

Rob Knepper
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Robert Knepper was born in Fremont, Ohio to a veterinarian parent. Knepper grew up in Maumee, Ohio near Toledo. Knepper was inspired to love acting since he had seen his mother worked in the props department for the community theater. He participated in the community theater and high…more


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    • Robert: Whenever you start a new series you don't know if it will go beyond the first year, so my wife and I opted to keep him there. But he had a lousy year at preschool, and we talked to a therapist who said to figure out a daily routine, something I could do for him. So every day, whether I'm slitting some guy's throat or having someone hold my pocket, I draw him a cartoon, and he takes it to bed with him. On those days that I'm feeling 'Oh, my God, what did I just do today?' I get him on the phone and he says, 'Papa, I love you,' and I just forget about what I did.

    • Robert: I don't choose a part because it's a bad or good guy. Sometimes I turn down bad guy parts out of boredom from doing the same type of role, sometimes because I'll have a momentary fear of being typecast...then a juicy part like T-Bag in Prison Break comes along and I have to jump at it. I always try with him to be charming and primal, at the same time...these kind of characters tend to make choices in their lives that are more interesting to play and watch, than those of the typical good guys.

    • Robert: My favorite role is the one I haven't played yet. That'll keep me acting till the day I die. Most times I think roles pick me instead of the other way around.

    • Robert: Chicago is one of my favorite cities. I started out here years ago after finishing at Northwestern University. There is so much to do here, the people are great, I absolutely love everything about it except for the biting cold weather.

    • Robert: Every series I work on is my favorite. Right now, it's Prison Break. I feel beyond blessed.

    • Robert: (about his character T-Bag on Prison Break) I tried to play him smart, cunning and a true survivor; just the same way he had to survive when he was a little kid. That's someone you have to deal with and is not going to very easily go away. I've had several technical advisors on our show, who are actual prison guards, say, Oh yeah, I totally know the T-Bag in our prison. There is a T-Bag in every prison. Be ware of the T-Bag because these guys are very cunning. They will lure you in, be so sweet to you, they can get anything out of you and then before you know it, you're turning around going, Where's my wallet? I, honestly, just let that guy walk down that hall in the restricted area! He's that charming.

    • Robert: (about his character T-Bag on the show Prison Break) Once I got to Joliet Prison, the whole character came together. I felt like, I want to put on a plain white t-shirt, I want to become animalistic (I think he's a very primal, animalistic being. How my hair is, how I slither my tongue and how I play with a word all became sort of this animal that was a rooster, mixed with a lizard and mixed with a panther. That's all I really had to go on. That's basic 101 acting. A lot of us do it when we were in school. The rest sort of took care of itself!

    • Robert: (about his character T-Bag on the show Prison Break) People who watch the show have been very attune to understanding the life of T-Bag. That is, he's not a one-dimensional character. He's not just the bad guy. Let's not kid ourselves, though, he is a bad guy. He can be pure evil, but he's not crazy. He's had a lot of problems in his childhood, not the least of which is what Bellick brought up to everyone's attention in the episode when we rioted against the guards. He said in front of everybody, 'Your Daddy did his mongoloid sister and out came Teddy nine months later'. Not only is that horrific to bring up in front of other people, but it's horrific to live with your whole life knowing that your dad is such a screw up.

    • Robert: A lot of dads are screw-ups by maybe leaving home or abusive at home, but the wonderful thing about drama is that you can create these things.

    • Robert: (about his character T-Bag on Prison Break) I have said this in the press that I feel for T-Bag. I've gotten so many letters from fans that said, 'When I first started watching the show, I hated you. Now, I still hate you, but I feel for you some how'. That's exactly where the writers went with it and I went with it.

    • Robert: I'd like to be a doctor. My dad is a vet, but I don't want to do that because I think I'd be better at working as a physician.

    • Robert: (about his character T-Bag on the show Prison Break) T-Bag is not the sweetest guy to play and is the one of the most intense characters on television. I am relaxing and then I go back to work playing T-Bag, which is hard work. It takes up a lot of time, but I'll have time for other stuff while I'm working.

    • Robert: Right now, I didn't want to do something I didn't want to do. I turned down some things because I am having fun with my wife and my family.

    • Robert: I am helping to form the life of my beautiful, almost four year old boy, which is the biggest project of my life right now. I am on hiatus and totally enjoying it after spending almost a year away of super intense work.

    • Robert: (about his character T-Bag on Prison Break) There is nothing like driving home and thinking about calling your little boy because it helps you knock out those feelings of T-Bag and it's very therapeutic.

  • There is not any biography on Robert's page here so i'll put it here in the review if you want u can put it on his page, because i can't.

    Though his role as scurrilous inmate Theodore “T-Bag” Bagwell on “Prison Break” (Fox, 2005-) earned him the status of the latest villain TV audiences love to hate, actor Robert Knepper had already played a wide variety of roles in films and on television throughout his 25-year career.

    Born in Fremont, OH and raised in Maumee, Knepper’s interest in performing was spurred by his mother Pat, who worked in the prop department of the local community theater. He auditioned for numerous productions throughout high school before attending Northwestern University as a drama major in 1977. Knepper left the school in 1981, prior to graduation and traveled to New York to immerse himself further in acting. He returned to Chicago in the early ‘80s, making a name for himself in the city’s theater scene. Knepper’s on-camera debut came in 1986 on an episode of “The Paper Chase” (Showtime, 1983-86), where he was billed as Rob Knepper (he would use this abbreviated moniker throughout the ’80s and ‘90s).

    Among his more notable early roles were in the pilot episode of “L.A. Law” (NBC, 1986-94) as Georgia Buckner, a secretarial candidate who reveals that he/she is a transsexual (he would repeat the role several additional times throughout the show’s network run), and as the title character in 1987’s “Wild Thing,” an urban fantasy about a feral, Tarzan-esque crime fighter. Other intriguing turns came in Allison Anders’ “Gas Food Lodging” (1992) as the traveling mineralogist who becomes intimate with Ione Skye; as a rock singer in the drama “Where The Day Takes You” (1992); and episodic turns on “Star Trek: The Next Generation” (Paramount, 1987-1994), “China Beach” (ABC, 1988-1991), and “Law and Order” (NBC, 1990- ).

    Knepper began to attract more notice as the ‘90s drew to a close, appearing as the hero of a self-absorbed book being adapted into a movie by Griffin Dunne in the broad film industry comedy “Search and Destroy” (1995) and in a small role in Woody Allen’s imaginative “Everybody Says I Love You” (1996). These gigs preceded meatier roles in the indie feature “Under Heat” (1996) and the TV movie “Kidnapped in Paradise” (1999) as a heroin addicted father and a lustful smuggler, respectively. Knepper’s television roles also gained some heft during this period as well. He also played a muckraking movie producer in a 2001 episode of “The West Wing” (NBC, 1999-2006) and disturbed many “La Femme Nikita” (USA, 1997-2001) fans as a disturbed villain, one of many roles that put his saturnine features to good use. Knepper also made an impression as an eccentric spy boss on the short-lived action series “Thieves” (ABC, 2001), as Robert Kennedy (one of his favorite roles to date) in the mini-series “Jackie, Ethel, Joan: The Women of Camelot” (2001), and as the last of nine miners to be rescued from a flooded cavern in the 2002 TV-movie “The Pennsylvania Miners’ Story.”

    A recurring role as Dana Delaney’s husband on the short-lived CBS hospital drama “Presidio Med” (2002) preceded several impressive projects for Knepper: the ambitious HBO fantasy/drama “Carnivale” (2003-05), for which he played reporter Tommy Dolan, who doggedly pursued the story of the seemingly possessed Brother Justin; the suspense thriller “Hostage” (2005), in which he played a hostage negotiator; and George Clooney’s “Good Night, and Good Luck” (2005), which gave him a small but noticeable role as an investigator for Senator Joseph McCarthy.

    Knepper was looking for his next role when the audition for “Prison Break” came his way. As the swaggering, scheming sexual predator Bagwell, Knepper added a disturbingly unforgettable character to his varied and consistently solid body of work.moreless
  • Rob's "T-bag" is the best villain I've seen in a very long time!!!

    I think Rob's "T-bag" is one of the best villains both in TV/Movies ever. Looking at his film credits, I'm surprised that the 1987 film "Wild Thing" wasn't posted. He played the starring role in that. If it wasn't for Heath Ledger starring as the Joker in the upcoming film Batman: The Dark Knight, I would have casted Rob for the role instead. I hope to see Rob in more films in the near future.moreless