Tim Robbins is an Academy Award-winning actor, just as well known for his political outspokenness as he is for his acting abilities.
He first received public attention as Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh in “Bull Durham” (1988) with Kevin Costner and Susan Sarandon. (Robbins and Sarandon became romantically involved and remained a couple for almost two decades, until their split in 2009.)
He went on to star in “Jacob’s Ladder” (1990), “The Player” (1992) and “The Shawshank Redemption.” In 1995, he stepped behind the camera to direct the critically acclaimed death penalty drama “Dead Man Walking,” which earned him an Oscar nod.
He received the Academy Award for best supporting actor for his role as abuse victim Dave Doyle in “Mystic River” (2003), directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Sean Penn.
Throughout his career, Robbins has also been known for his activism. Whether he’s using camera time at the 1993 Academy Awards to comment on the plight of HIV-positive Haitian refugees who were being detained by the U.S. government or publicly opposing the Iraq War, he’s been outspoken on many social and political issues. Oftentimes, he’s drawn criticism and caused a media backlash.
|1995||Best Director||Dead Man Walking||Nomination|
|2003||Best Supporting Actor||Mystic River||Win|