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TIM ROBBINS (Mr. Batholomew) made his acting debut in 1972 at the Theatre for the New City in New York City. After I graduating from UCLA, he made his professional debut on the first three episodes of St. Elsewhere. 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. 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 Award, 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. He is currently filming Clint Eastwood's Mystic River, co-starring with Sean Penn and Kevin Bacon.

This past summer Robbins performed in The Guys, a play about a fire captain who lost eight of his men on September11. The play was performed at the Actor's Gang Theatre in Los Angeles with Helen Hunt and then at the Edinburgh Festival and the Abbey Theatre in Dublin with Susan Sarandon.

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 at the Barcelona Film Festival.

Robbins also wrote, directed and produced 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 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 this 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 in 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 1982, Robbins co-founded the Actors' Gang, the highly acclaimed and respected Los Angeles theatre ensemble dedicated to the production of wild, original and provocative theatre. He is currently its Artistic Director as it celebrates its 21st anniversary. The Actors' Gang has received more than 100 Awards including Dramalogue, L.A Weekly and Ovation Awards, and the prestigious Margaret Hartfor


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