Craig Robinson (actor)

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Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson 2009.jpg
Robinson on February 3, 2009
Birth name Craig Phillip Robinson
Born (1971-10-25) October 25, 1971 (age 42)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Medium Stand-up, film, television
Nationality American
Years active 2001–present

Craig Phillip Robinson (born October 25, 1971) is an American actor, stand-up comedian, and singer. He is best known for his role as Darryl Philbin on The Office, and his roles in the films Pineapple Express, Miss March, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Shrek Forever After, Hot Tub Time Machine, and This Is the End.

Early life[edit]

Robinson was born in Chicago, Illinois, to a music teacher mother and a corporate attorney father.[1][2] He was raised on the South Side of Chicago, and was brought up Methodist.[3] He attended Whitney M. Young Magnet High School. He received his undergraduate degree from Illinois State University in 1994, and his masters of education from Saint Xavier University. He was a music teacher at Horace Mann Elementary School.[4]

Career[edit]

Acting and comedy[edit]

Robinson began doing stand-up and taking classes in improv and acting at The Second City in Chicago. Beginning in 2005, he portrayed Darryl Philbin on the American version of The Office, and was promoted to a starring role in the fourth season. He has appeared on other television shows, including Arrested Development, Lucky, Friends, Halfway Home, and Reno 911!. He appeared in the music video for the Red Hot Chili Peppers song "Hump de Bump". He also hosted the seventh season of Last Comic Standing. He voiced Cookie in Shrek Forever After and played Reg Mackworthy on the HBO hit series Eastbound & Down.

Robinson at the WonderCon in March 2013

Music[edit]

For a number of years, Robinson and comedian Jerry Minor had a comedy act where they performed as musical duo L. Witherspoon & Chucky, with Minor as smooth singing L. Witherspoon and Robinson as Chucky, the keyboard player and back-up singer. They performed the act on HBO's Sketch Pad, several stand-up shows on Comedy Central, Real Time with Bill Maher, and Jimmy Kimmel Live![5] He occasionally performs with his band, The Nasty Delicious, alongside his brother Chris Rob. They were featured as his band in an episode of The Office, and on the season finale of the seventh season of Last Comic Standing. He has also performed in character in multiple episodes of The Office, and was featured on the Hot Tub Time Machine soundtrack, singing "Jessie's Girl" and "Let's Get It Started." He was also in the film Miss March, playing the role of the hit rapper Phil, also known as Horsedick.MPEG. Robinson produced two songs from that same film.

Personal life[edit]

Robinson is a fan of the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Bears, and has been featured with fellow NBC actor/comedian and Cubs fan Nick Offerman in a series of commercials for New Era Cap Company. He was arrested on June 29, 2008 in Culver City, on charges of possessing methamphetamine and MDMA, and being under the influence of cocaine during a routine traffic stop.[6][7][8]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2001 AppleJax and YoYo YoYo Short
2005 Year of the Scapegoat Pappy Labourgeneaux Short
2007 D-War Bruce
Daddy's Little Girls Byron
Knocked Up Club doorman
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Bobby Shad
2008 Pineapple Express Matheson
Zack and Miri Make a Porno Delaney
Prop 8: The Musical Preacher
The Frequency of Claire Q-pid
2009 Fanboys Skywalker Ranch guard
Miss March Phil (Horsedick.MPEG)
Memphis Calling Memphis
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Tuskegee airman
The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard DJ Request
Post Grad Funeral director
2010 Father of Invention Jerry
Shrek Forever After Cookie Voice
Hot Tub Time Machine Nick
2013 Escape from Planet Earth Doc Voice
Peeples Wade
This Is the End Himself
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters George
Rapture-Palooza Anti-Christ
TBA Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Filming
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2002 Play'd: A Hip Hop Story Cole Movie
2003 Real Time with Bill Maher Chucky 1 episode
Lucky Mutha Rhodes 13 episodes
2004 The Bernie Mac Show Wayne 1 episode
LAX Wayne 1 episode
Friends Clerk 1 episode
2005 Arrested Development Studio guard 1 episode
Curb Your Enthusiasm Attendant #1 1 episode
2005–2013 The Office Darryl Philbin 131 episodes
2007 Halfway Home Mr. Brown 1 episode
2009 The Cleveland Show LeVar "Freight Train" Brown Voice
7 episodes
James Gunn's PG Porn Havana Bob 1 episode
Reno 911! Levon French 1 episode
2009–2012 Eastbound & Down Reggie Macworthy
Baseball player
4 episodes
2010 The Marriage Ref Himself 1 episode
Vh1 Hip Hop Honors Himself Host
Last Comic Standing Himself Host
2 episodes
2013 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Doug Judy/Pontiac Bandit 1 episode
2014 Farm Charlie Voice
Series regular

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