Tim Robbins is an American actor and director, born on October 16, 1958, in West Covina, California. Noted for his versatility and liberal political stances, Robbins grew up in New York City’s Greenwich Village and discovered his love for acting in his teenage years. He briefly attended the State University of New York at Plattsburgh before transferring to UCLA to study drama, graduating in 1982. Robbins co-founded The Actors’ Gang, an experimental theater troupe, in 1981 and took up minor TV roles to fund it. His early film career was a mix of hits and misses, including a debut in “Toy Soldiers” (1984) and appearances in “Top Gun” (1986) and “Howard the Duck” (1986).
Robbins gained widespread recognition for his role as Nuke LaLoosh in “Bull Durham” (1988), sparking a long-term relationship with co-star Susan Sarandon. His acting prowess earned him accolades, including a best actor award at Cannes and a Golden Globe for “The Player” (1992). He also received attention for writing, directing, and starring in “Bob Roberts” (1992). In 1994, he starred in the critically acclaimed “The Shawshank Redemption.” He received an Academy Award nomination for best director for “Dead Man Walking” (1995).
Over the years, Robbins continued to work in a diverse range of films, earning a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for best supporting actor for his role in “Mystic River” (2003). His filmography includes “Mission to Mars” (2000), “High Fidelity” (2000), “War of the Worlds” (2005), “Green Lantern” (2011), and “Dark Waters” (2019). On TV, he starred in HBO’s “The Brink” (2015) and “Here and Now” (2018), showcasing his wide-ranging talent in both drama and comedy.