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Biography #2 (for Code 46)

Tim Robbins made his acting debut in 1972 at the Theatre for the New City in New York City. After graduating from UCLA, Tim made his professional debut on television's St. Elsewhere in the same year he co-founded The Actor's Gang, an ensemble in its 22nd year for which Robbins serves as artistic director.

Last year, in the critically acclaimed Mystic River, directed by Clint Eastwood, Robbins was honored with an Academy Award as well as a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Broadcast Film Critics Society Award, and numerous citations by critics' groups for Best Supporting Actor. He is soon to start production on the family adventure film Zathura directed by Jon Favreau.

In 1992, Robbins received critical acclaim for his portrayal of the amoral studio chief in Robert Altman's The Player, a performance that earned him the Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy. That same year, his starring performance in Bob Roberts also earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor.

Other notable acting performances include The Shawshank Redemption (for which Robbins received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Best Actor), Robert Altman's Short Cuts (giving Robbins his second Golden Globe), Tony Bill's Five Corners, the Coen Brothers' The Hudsucker Proxy, Adrian Lyne's Jacob's Ladder, Ron Shelton's Bull Durham, and Michel Gondry's Human Nature.

As a filmmaker, Robbins wrote, directed, and produced Cradle Will Rock, which debuted to a standing ovation at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival. The film, which chronicles the real-life drama behind the Orson Welles production of Mark Blitzstein's 1930's musical, won the National Board of Review Award for Special Achievement in Filmmaking and won Best Film and Best Director at the Barcelona Film Festival.

Robbins also wrote, directed, and produced the highly acclaimed Dead Man Walking, adapted from the book by Sister Helen Prejean. Robbins received the Best Screenplay Award from the Austin Film Festival for his script and an Academy Award nomination for Best Director along with four awards at the Berlin Film Festival, the Humanitas award and the Christopher Award. The film also earned a nomination for Best Actor for Sean Penn as well as the Academy Award for Best Actress for Susan Sarandon.

Robbins made his directing and screenwriting debut with the award-winning political satire Bob Roberts, a mockumentary about a dubious right-wing candidate's race for the Senate. Robbins also starred in and co-wrote the songs for the film, which was nominated for a Golden Globe award and received the Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor Award at the Boston Film Festival, as well as Best Film at The Tokyo International Festival.

Robbins also executive-produced The Typewriter, The Rifle and the Movie Camera, a documentary about filmmaker Sam Fuller which won the 1996 Cable ACE Award for Best Documentary.

In 2002, Robbins performed in The Guys, a play about a fire captain who lost eight of his men on September 11th. Robbins performed with Swoosie Kurtz at the Flea Theatre in New York and at Lincoln Center with Susan Sarandon. The play was then performed at the Actor's Gang Theatre in Los Angeles with Helen Hunt and at the Edinburgh Festival and the Abbey Theatre in Dublin with Susan Sarandon.

Robbins co-founded the Actors' Gang in 1982, a highly acclaimed and respected Los Angeles theatre ensemble dedicated to the production of wild, original and provocative theatre. The Actors' Gang has received over 100 Awards, including Dramalogue, L.A Weekly and Ovation Awards, and the prestigious Margaret Hartford Award for continued excellence. Robbins himself was honored with the LA Weekly Award for his direction of the Gang's debut production, a midnight performance of Ubu Roi, and earned a nomination for Best Director from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle for the group's production of Brecht's The Good Woman of Szechuan.

This year, in a two-month run, The Gang performed Embedded at the New York Public Theater, a play written and directed by Robbins about embedded journalists in the Iraq war. Most recently The Gang has produced Mephisto, The Seagull, The Guys, The Exonerated, Alagazam, and Orlando, and has developed educational outreach programs in the arts with local schools.

Robbins lives in New York City with his proudest accomplishments and finest production to date.

Bio courtesy United Artists for "Code 46" (09-Jan-2005)


Biography #3 (for Mystic River)

Tim Robbins has a long list of notable film credits as an actor, his career likewise highlighted by writing, producing and directorial accomplishments. Key acting roles occurred in films such as The Truth About Charlie, Human Nature, The Player, Bull Durham, Bob Roberts, Jacob's Ladder, High Fidelity, The Hudsucker Proxy, Short Cuts, and the remarkable The Shawshank Redemption.

Robbins also appeared in the films Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Mission to Mars, Top Gun, Nothing to Lose, Arlington Road, Jungle Fever, Cadillac Man, The Sure Thing and Five Corners. He will soon be seen in Michael Winterbottom's Code 46.

Robbins has won numerous awards for his acting including Best Actor Award at the Cannes International Film Festival and the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor for The Player. He was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor for Bob Roberts and by The Screen Actors Guild for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor for The Shawshank Redemption.

As a director, Robbins has distinguished himself with Cradle Will Rock, which he also wrote and produced, winning the Best Film and Best Director at the Barcelona Film Festival and the National Board of Review Award for Special Achievement in Filmmaking. Dead Man Walking, which he also wrote and produced, won multiple awards including the Humanitas Award and four Awards at the Berlin Film Festival, as well as an Oscar nomination for Best Director. His first film, Bob Roberts, won the Bronze Award for Best Film at the Tokyo International Film Festival and Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor Award at the Boston Film Festival. In addition, Roberts served as executive producer for the films The Specter of Hope and The Typewriter, the Rifle and the Movie Camera, a documentary about filmmaker Sam Fuller, which won the Cable ACE Award for Best Documentary.

Robbins also serves as Artistic Director for the Actor's Gang, a group formed in 1982 that has over 75 productions and more than 100 awards to their credit. As a playwright he has written seven plays produced in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and at the Edinburgh Festival. He has recently directed Mephisto at the Actor's Gang, and is currently directing a play he has written called Embedded, which will open in October at the Actor's Gang Theater in Los Angeles.

Robbins lives in New York City, a proud father of 3 mischievous children.

Bio courtesy Warner Bros. for "Mystic River" (01-Jan-2003)


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