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(Commander Woody Blake) is one of the film industry's most versatile actors, writers and directors.
Most recently Robbins wrote, produced and directed Touchstone Pictures' "Cradle Will Rock," which opened to critical praise including an award for Special Achievement in Filmmaking from the National Board of Review.
As a filmmaker, Robbins directed, produced and wrote the screenplay to the highly-acclaimed film, "Dead Man Walking." Adapted from the book by Sister Helen Prejean, Robbins received an Academy Award nomination for Best Director along with four awards at the Berlin Film Festival, the Christopher Award and two Humanitas Awards. The film also earned a nomination for Best Actor for Sean Penn, as well as the Academy
Award for Best Actress for Susan Sarandon. This followed his directing and screenwriting debut for the award winning political satire, "Bob Roberts." Robbins, who also starred in the film and co-wrote the songs, was lauded for his work on the "mockumentary" about a dubious right-wing candidate's race for the Senate. "Bob Roberts" was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and won three awards including Best Film at the
Boston Film Festival. Robbins also executive produced "The Typewriter, the Rifle and the Movie Camera," a documentary about filmmaker Sam Fuller, which won the 1996
CableACE Award for Best Documentary.
As an actor, 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. His starring performance in "Bob Roberts" also earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor.
Other recent acting performances include Mark Pellington's "Arlington Road" with Jeff Bridges and Joan Cusack, "Nothing To Lose" with Martin Lawrence, and Frank Darabont's
Oscar -nominated "The Shawshank Redemption" with Morgan Freeman. Among Robbins' other notable performances are Robert Altman's "Short Cuts" and "Pret-A-Porter" opposite Julia Roberts, Tony Bill's "Five Corners" with Jodie Foster and John Turturro, the Coen Brothers' "The Hudsucker Proxy" opposite Jennifer Jason Leigh, Adrian Lyne's "Jacob's Ladder" and Ron Shelton's "Bull Durham" with Susan Sarandon and Kevin Costner.
Robbins will next begin working on MGM's "AntiTrust."
In 1981, Robbins co-founded the Actors Gang, the highly-acclaimed and respected Los Angeles theater ensemble dedicated to the production of vivid, original and provocative theater. The Actors Gang has received numerous Drama-Logue, LA Weekly and Ovation Awards, and in 1988, received 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 Setzuan." As producer, Robbins is responsible for production with the Actors Gang and still serves as Founding Artistic Director with the group.
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