Craig Robinson
Birth Date:
Birth Place:
Chicago, Illinois
6' 1½" (1.87 m)
Famous for:
His role in “The Office” (2005-2009)
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African-American actor and stand up comedian Craig Robinson recently picked up a Screen Actors Guild nomination for his work in the American version of “The Office” (2005-2009), where he played Darryl Philbin. First glowing at the 1998 Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, the burly character actor broke into the small screen with small roles in such TV series as “Lucky,” “The Bernie Mac Show,” “Arrested Development,” “Friends” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” before achieving national recognition on “The Office.” His success on the NBC hit series also opened doors to feature films. Making his debut on South Korea's top-grossing film of all time, “Dragon Wars” (2007), Robinson has since acted in popular movies like “Daddy's Little Girls” (2007), “Knocked Up” (2007), “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story” (2007), “Pineapple Express” (2008), “Zack and Miri Make a Porno” (2008) and “Miss March” (2009). He is set to appear in “The Post Grad Survival Guide” (2009), “Night at the Museum 2” (2009) and “Hot Tub Time Machine” (2010).

On the stand-up circuit, the winner of the 1998 Oakland Comedy Festival is a favorite at comedy clubs across the country. Describing his stand-up act, he stated, “It's musical. It depends upon if I have my band with me or not. Usually it's me at a keyboard cracking jokes, being flirtatious, and telling some stories. I like to keep it organic. My main goal is to connect with the crowd. I leave room for improv. Whatever happens, happens. When I bring my band with me, it turns into the Craig Robinson comedy dance party.”

On a more personal note, Robinson was arrested for possession of drugs in June 2008.


Childhood and Family:

Craig Phillip Robinson was born on October 25, 1971. He received an undergraduate degree from Illinois State University and his masters in education from St. Xavier University. He taught K-8 in the Chicago Public Schools before entering the entertainment industry. He later trained in acting and improvisation at Chicago's renowned Second City.

Zack and Miri Make a Porno


“I remember one time being in college and I watched a lot of David Letterman. It was like in a stage when I thought I was going to be a musician. Then comedy would just overtake. I was so silly and it would just overtake everything. People would come back and repeat things that I'd said.” Craig Robinson

Craig Robinson had his first taste of performing in college and in 1996, became the winner of the Genuine Draft Comedy Search. He, however, did not enjoy real success until two years later when he performed at the 1998 Montreal Just For Laughs Festival. He also won the 1998 Oakland Comedy Festival. His performance in the first gala put him on the radar of executives at Fox Broadcasting. He was soon offered a development deal and within a few years, had amassed a string of plum roles under his belt.

In 2001, Robinson made his screen acting debut in the short comedy film “AppleJax and YoYo,” which was directed by David Michie. He followed it up with a part in his first TV film, “Play'd: A Hip Hop Story” (2002), a drama starring Rashaan Nall, Tony Braxton and Faizon Love. A string of guest spots ensued, including a role in FOX's “The Bernie Mac Show” (2004) and “Arrested Development” (2005), NBC's “Friends” (2004) and “LAX” (2004). He was also seen in HBO's “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (2005) and appeared with John Corbett and Kevin Breznahan in the short-lived comedy series “Lucky” (2003).

Robinson experienced his first big break when he landed a regular role on the NBC popular series “The Office,” which was based on the hit British show of the same name. Making his debut as Darryl Philbin in April 2005, he stood out among a large and talented cast that included Steve Carell, B.J. Novak, John Krasinski, Angela Kinsey and Rainn Wilson, and jointly netted a 2009 Screen Actors Guild nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.

After the TV series success, Robinson made his big screen debut alongside Jason Behr, Amanda Brooks, Robert Forster and Aimee Garcia in the Korean movie “Dragon Wars” (2007), which was helmed and written by Hyung-rae Shim. He next played the supporting role of Byron in “Tyler Perry's 'Daddy's Little Girls'” (2007), opposite Gabrielle Union and Idris Elba, and was cast in Judd Apatow's “Knocked Up” (2007), alongside Seth Rogen, Katherine Heigl, Paul Rudd, Jonah Hill and Martin Starr, among others. He also had the supporting role of Bobby Shad on the Apatow Productions “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story” (2007), which was helmed by Jake Kasdan and co-written by Kasdan and Judd Apatow. He also appeared in an episode of “Halfway Home” and portrayed Mr. Robinson in the miniseries “Mr. Robinson's Driving School” (both also 2007).

The next year, Robinson costarred with Josh Braaten and Alexandra Holden in the comedy film “The Frequency of Claire,” appeared alongside Jay Baruchel, Kristen Bell and Seth Rogen in Kyle Newman's adventure film, “Fanboys,” and teamed up with filmmaker Adam Shankman for the 4-minute length comedy “Prop 8: The Musical.” He, however, is probably best remembered for his performances in the David Gordon Green-directed hit comedy “Pineapple Express,” starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, and Kevin Smith's “Zack and Miri Make a Porno,” alongside Elizabeth Banks and (again) Rogen.

Recently, Robinson appeared in two episodes of HBO's “Eastbound & Down” and an episode of the sketch comedy “James Gunn's 'PG Porn.’” He also played a rapper on “Miss March” (2009), a comedy directed, written and starring Zach Cregger and Trevor Moore. He has completed filming “The Post Grad Survival Guide,” which is due to be released in August 2009. Among his costars in the film are Alexis Bledel, Zach Gilford, Bobby Coleman, Carol Burnett, Jane Lynch and Michael Keaton. Talking about his experience working with Zach Cregger and Trevor Moore, he said, “They're fun to watch. Like, when they would disagree, it was very respectful. They would always try to split the difference. It was very much like if your friends were like, 'Hey, let's shoot a movie.' It was very laid-back, frat boy style.”

Robinson will play Tuskegee Airman 2 in the sequel “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian” (2009), with Adam Sandler, and costar with John Cusack in the upcoming comedy “Hot Tub Time Machine” (2010), for director Steve Pink and scriptwriter Josh Heald.


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