Name:
Robert Patrick
Birth Date:
November 5, 1958
Birth Place:
Marietta, Georgia, USA
Height:
5'11
Nationality:
American
Famous for:
His role on TV series The X Files (1993)
Profession:
actor
Education:
Bowling Green State University in Ohio (lasting one year, then dropped out)
BIOGRAPHY
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The X-Files

Background:

“You can’t think about how people will perceive you or your character. All you can do is focus on your work. The rest is up to the universe.” Robert Patrick

Hollywood actor Robert Patrick burned his way to public consciousness through the part of Special Agent John Doggett in the hit series “The X-Files” (2000-2002), in which he also took home a Saturn Award. Previously, the actor had already made a name for himself after playing T-1000, the evil cyborg, in the sci-fi action movie Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), a signature role that also brought him an MTV movie award nomination. Starting his journey on the screen with the little-seen Eye of the Eagle (1986), Patrick has appeared in numerous titles, including The Cool Surface (1994, starred as writer Jarvis Scott), the independent film Cop Land (1997), Ladder 49 (2004) and the biopic of the country music legend Johnny Cash, Walk the Line (2005, had the role of father Ray Cash). In more recent films, Patrick’s upcoming movies will include Clint Eastwood’s Flags of Our Fathers (2006, played Colonel Chandler Johnson), the sport drama We Are Marshall (2006) and the wide screen version of Katherine Paterson’s novel Bridge to Terabithia (2007).

Aside from his acting career, Patrick also owns a production company named 360 Entertainment, which he established in 1996. He also appeared in Meat Loaf’s music video, “Objects In The Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are.” As a motorcycle aficionado, the actor joins The Love Ride, an annual motorbike race that raises money for charities. Patrick is married and the father of two.


Linebacker

Childhood and Family:

In Marietta, Georgia, Robert H. Patrick Jr. (later known as Robert Patrick) was born on November 5, 1958, to Robert Patrick (banker) and Nadine Patrick. He is also the brother of Richard Patrick (lead singer of Filter and ex-guitarist of Nine Inch Nails, born on May 10, 1968), Lewis Patrick, Karen Patrick, and Cheri Patrick. The family relocated quite often and lived in such cities as Dayton, Cleveland, and Boston.

Robert had his first experience in acting starring in a school production of Peter Pan, in which he refused to wear green tights. The athletic boy, who also had a passion for sports, played American Legion baseball in high school and became a freshman linebacker for the football team of Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. However, he attended college for only a year (1979-1980) before finally dropping out.

5’ 11 inch tall Robert was married to his longtime girlfriend Barbara Patrick (born in 1961) in 1990. The happy couple has a son named Samuel and a daughter named Austin.


T-1000

Career:

Robert Patrick originally worked as a house painter and waiter in Cleveland. In 1984, a boat that he sailed on with a brother and friends in Lake Erie was overturned by a storm and he had to swim for 3 hours before being rescued. The near-to-death experience made him move to Los Angeles to pursue his interest in acting. Soon, he made his stage debut in the production of “Go” (1984) and followed it up two years later with a silver screen performance in Eye of the Eagle (1986), playing the supporting role of Johnny Ransom. He also had roles in the action movie Warlords of Hell (1987) and the comedy Hollywood Boulevard II (1989, as a cameraman), before taking a part as the villain O’Reilly in his first big budget film, Die Hard 2 (1990).

“I looked to animal and insect imagery to develop the lack of substance and wasted motion that my Terminator has. I tried to tap into the killer instinct inherent in animals, where they are locked onto a target and will walk through anything that gets between them and their intended target.” Robert Patrick

Not so long afterwards, Patrick enjoyed his first taste of success when director James Cameron cast him in the supporting role of T-1000, a shape-shifting cyborg sent from the future, in the sci-fi action Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). The character soon became his signature role, which also brought him an MTV Movie nomination for Best Villain. He then debuted on the small screen with a guest appearance in the horror series “Tales from the Crypt” (1992), which was continued by the voice-over work for Dr. Lieter Greenbox in the animated series “Swat Kats: The Radical Squadron” (1993). Patrick then landed the starring turn of writer Jarvis Scott in the thriller The Cool Surface (1994), costarred as Delbert Radley in the TV thriller Body Language (1995) and was seen in the disappointing Striptease (1996).

Still in 1996, the newcomer tried a hand at producing with the TV sci-fi Within the Rock, which was ensued by his second attempt in producing, Ravager (1997). As an actor, Patrick acquired his first regular spot in the animated series “The Real Adventures of Johnny Quest” (1996-1997, as the voice of Roger T. ‘Race’ Bannon). He also acted alongside Sylvester Stallone, Harvey Keitel and Robert De Niro in the acclaimed independent film Cop Land (1997), had a small part as Coach Joe Willis in Robert Rodriguez’s teen thriller The Faculty (1998) and costarred as Zach in the drama comedy A Texas Funeral (1999).

Aside from his recurring role of David Scatino in the popular series “The Sopranos” (2000), Patrick made his small screen breakthrough by accepting the part of Special Agent John Doggett, who tried to uncover hidden facts about alien creatures, in the international hit series “The X-Files” (2000-2002). Thanks to his impressive portrayal, the actor took home a Saturn for Best Actor on Television. Furthermore, the award-winning role brought him other lucrative movie deals, like Pavement (2002, starred as Alaska tracker Samuel Brown), Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (2003), the drama Ladder 49 (2004, played firemen Lenny Richter) and the biopic of country music legend Johnny Cash, Walk the Line (2005, had the role of father Ray Cash).

Patrick was recently cast as Colonel Tom Ryan in the military drama series “The Unit” (2006), for creators David Mamet and Sean Ryan. The in-demand actor is assigned to play roles in the upcoming films The Marine (2006, as Rome), the Clint Eastwood-helmed historical movie Flags of Our Fathers (2006, played Colonel Chandler Johnson), the sport drama We Are Marshall (2006) and the adaptation of Steve Brewer’s novel Lonely Street (2006, costarred as Mr. Aaron, opposite Jay Mohr). He will also take part in the animated movie Fly Me to the Moon (2007), Fred Wolf’s comedy Strange Wilderness (2007, as character Gus Hayden), and the family movie Bridge to Terabithia (2007), which was based on Katherine Paterson’s novel.


Award:

  • Saturn: Best Actor on Television, “The X-Files,” 2001
     
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