Oscar Actors: Robbins, Tim–Best Supporting Actor, Mystic River (2003)

Born: October 16, 1958.

Tim Robbins’ multiple talents as an actor, writer, producer, musician, and director (and political activist) have prompted Robert Altman to compare him to the young Orson Welles. The comparison is not warranted at this phase of Robbins career, but it signals an alert acting and directing talent.

In 1992, Robbins made an impressive debut with Bob Roberts, a political satire about a right-wing Pennsylvania businessman-cum-folk-singer-politician. The timing–just weeks before the 1992 Presidential Elections–could not have been better.

His most popular role is that of Andy Dufresne in the prison drama, The Shawshank Redemption (1994), opposite Morgan Freeman, which has become a cult movie.

Robbins other famous roles include Nuke LaLoosh in the sports comedy Bull Durham;

Jacob Singer in Jacob’s Ladder;

Griffin Mill in The Player;

For his part as Dave Boyle in Clint Eastwood’s 2003 critically acclaimed drama, Mystic River, he won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar at his first acting nomination, at the age of 44.

Of the movies he has directed, two stand out: Bob Roberts in 1992 and Dead Man Walking in 1995.

In 2015, he played Secretary of State Walter Larson in the HBO comedy The Brink.

In 2018 he portrayed Greg Boatwright in Alan Ball’s drama series, Here and Now.