Timothy Francis Robbins (born October 16, 1958) is an Americanactor, screenwriter, director, producer, and musician. He is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Andy Dufresne in the popular prison drama film The Shawshank Redemption (1994).
His other roles include starring as Norville Barnes in The Hudsucker Proxy (1994), Nuke LaLoosh in Bull Durham (1988), Jacob Singer in Jacob's Ladder (1990), Griffin Mill in The Player (1992), and Dave Boyle in Mystic River (2003), for which he won an AcademyAward for Best Supporting Actor. He also directed the films Bob Roberts (1992) and Dead Man Walking (1995), both of which were well received. He received a nomination for the AcademyAward for Best Director for Dead Man Walking.
For television, he played Secretary of State Walter Larson in the HBO comedy The Brink (2015), and in Here and Now (2018) portrayed Greg Boatwright.
Robbins was born in West Covina, California, and raised in New York City. His parents were Mary Cecelia (née Bledsoe), a musician and Gilbert Lee Robbins, a singer, actor, and manager of The Gaslight Cafe. Robbins has two sisters, Adele and Gabrielle, and a brother, David. He was raised Catholic.He moved to Greenwich Village with his family at a young age, while his father pursued a career as a member of the folk music group, The Highwaymen.