Tim Robbins

Tim Robbins


West Covina, California, USA

Birth Name

Timothy Francis Robbins


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Tim Robbins is an Oscar-winning American actor and film director. Robbins was born October 16, 1958 in West Covina, California to singer Gil Robbins (of The Highwaymen) and actress, Mary. Robbins grew up in New York City's Greenwich Village. As a teenager, he worked with the Theater for…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2004, Tim won an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role playing Dave Boyle on Mystic River.

    • Police were called to a polling station in New York when Tim tried to vote in the 2008 US election. After discovering his name was not on the voting register, Tim refused to fill out a provisional ballot, which then led to an altercation. The police advised him to go to the Board of Elections' office to confirm he was registered, where a judge then issued a court order allowing him to cast his vote.

    • In 2004, Tim toured with Pearl Jam in the "Vote for Change" tour, while performing in a 'punk band' Gob Roberts.

    • In July 2008, Tim took part in the Hal Willner's Rogue's Gallery festival in Dublin, which is a celebration of all things pirate and sea songs.

    • In June 2008, Tim was awarded the Prize of Hope at the Mad River Festival. The awards was established by The Denmark Institute for Popular Theatre, to reward the popularity and accessibility of live theatre.

    • In 2008, Tim directed a version of Orwell's 1984 for The Actor's Gang at REDCAT.

    • In 1995 and 2004, Tim was nominated for SAG Awards in the category of "Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role". In 1995 he was nominated for his role in The Shawshank Redemption. In 2004, Tim won the SAG Award for his role in Mystic River.

      In 2004, Tim was nominated for a SAG Award for "Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture". The movie he was nominated for was Mystic River.

    • Tim was born in West Covina, California but grew up in New York City.

    • Tim's mother is actress Mary Robbins, and his father is musician Gil Robbins.

    • Tim was a member of the Theater for New York City at the age of twelve.

    • Tim was kicked off his high school hockey team for fighting.

    • Tim graduated from Stuyvesant High School.

    • Tim is the founder of The Actors' Gang theatre group.

    • Tim graduated from UCLA 1981 with a degree in drama.

    • Tim has been in a relationship with actress Susan Sarandon since 1988.

    • Tim gave actor Jack Black his first role in the Robbins directed Bob Roberts.

    • Tim called for a Hollywood boycott of actress Elizabeth Hurley in 2000, after she crossed a picket line to make a commercial for Proctor & Gamble.

    • Tim won the academy award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in 2004. He won for Mystic River.

    • Tim was considered for the role of "Victor Von Doom" in The Fantastic Four.

    • Tim is a fan of the New York Mets and the New York Rangers.

    • Tim's favorite film of his own is Bull Durham.

    • Tim is good friends with actor John Cusack.

    • Tim was in attendance at actor Chris Penn's funeral.

    • Tim narrated the trailer for WMD: Weapons of Mass Deception.

    • Tim is 6' 4 1/2" (1.94 m).

    • As of 2007 Tim is the tallest actor ever to win an Academy Award.

    • Tim has appeared in the following plays:
      -The Guys
      -Slick Slack Griff Graff
      -Carnage: A Comedy

  • Quotes

    • [on his continued involvement in a music career]
      Tim: We're going to record a couple of songs, and see how it goes. I'm still feeling my way with being a singer, but then I still feel that way about acting. Every performance is subject to the same challenge to communicate effectively. If you're just doing it for vanity, it's just noise.

    • Tim Robbins: I'm six foot four and a half and I have a temper.

    • [On if he's looking to direct more films]
      Tim Robbins: I don't want to do it right now. I don't feel like directing for a while because I want to act. What would happen would be every time I would direct, I'd kind of take myself off the market from acting for two years. And then I'd come back and [be] looking for a job and wonder where it was. I'd have a window of time to do an acting job so my choice was very limited.

    • [When asked if he works once or twice a year because his family is of primary importance]
      Tim Robbins: Yes, family is very important. It's also [that] I got into a stage where I don't want to do bad movies. I don't want to work for the sake of working. It's very difficult to know what is a good movie, what's going to be a bad movie, but I try to use my antennae. You find yourself sometimes away from home, working on a movie, and miserable because you're not in love with what you're doing.

    • [Is getting home early important to him?]
      Tim Robbins: I think it really is important. I'm trying to inspire that next time I direct. It's one thing for an actor because we do, I personally do one or two movies a year. Most actors up at the higher levels don't worry about if you're working long hours because you're going to be home six months straight or something like that. But it's the crews that work day in and day out. You finish with your movie and they go on for another one. That's a hard existence. That's stuff we fought for years to abolish as far as labor laws go, to get an 8-hour day, to get a situation where it's a decent way to live, where you can see your family, and you don't get home exhausted. These crews work 16, 17-hour days and that's not even the issue. Sometimes they don't even get paid overtime and they go from film to film doing this - and they sometimes do six-day weeks.