Craig Robinson (actor)
Robinson on February 3, 2009
|Born||Craig Phillip Robinson
October 25, 1971
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, comedian, singer|
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.
Robinson was born in Chicago, Illinois, to a music teacher mother and a corporate attorney father. He was raised on the South Side of Chicago, and was brought up Methodist. 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.
Acting and comedy
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.
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! 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.
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. At the time, he was already on probation stemming from a drunk driving incident in 2006, and he pleaded guilty to one count of possession of a controlled substance. He agreed to take drug education classes. On October 9, 2013 Robinson was convicted in the Bahamas magistrate court on two counts of drug possession after pleading guilty. He was found with a half of a gram of marijuana, and 18 ecstasy pills, according to prosecutors the drugs were found in his luggage at the Lynden Pindling International Airport. The maximum sentence for the charges carries a 4 year prison sentence term. Robinson told the magistrate that he didn't know that marijuana was illegal in the Bahamas. The magistrate imposed a $1,000 fine, or 6 months imprisonment. Robinson chose to pay the fine.
|2001||AppleJax and YoYo||YoYo||Short film|
|2002||Play'd: A Hip Hop Story||Cole|
|2005||Year of the Scapegoat||Pappy Labourgeneaux|
|Daddy's Little Girls||Byron|
|Knocked Up||Club doorman|
|Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story||Bobby Shad|
|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)|
|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|
|Tyler Perry Presents Peeples||Wade|
|This Is the End||Himself|
|Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters||George|
|TBA||Hot Tub Time Machine 2||Filming|
|2003||Real Time with Bill Maher||Chucky||1 episode|
|2003||Lucky||Mutha Rhodes||13 episodes|
|2004||The Bernie Mac Show||Wayne||1 episode|
|2005||Arrested Development||Studio guard||1 episode|
|2005||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Attendant #1||1 episode|
|2005–2013||The Office||Darryl Philbin|
|2007||Halfway Home||Mr. Brown||1 episode|
|2009||The Cleveland Show||LeVar "Freight Train" Brown||Voice
|2009||James Gunn's PG Porn||Havana Bob||1 episode|
|2009||Reno 911!||Levon French||1 episode|
|2009–2012||Eastbound & Down||Reggie Macworthy
|2010||The Marriage Ref||Himself||1 episode|
|2010||Vh1 Hip Hop Honors||Himself||Host|
|2010||Last Comic Standing||Himself||Host
- "Illinois State Alumni Magazine". Illinois State University. Retrieved Winter 2009/2010 p.29.
- L. Witherspoon & Chucky on Real Time
- MTV News article: "'Pineapple Express' And 'Office' Star Craig Robinson Pleads Guilty To Ecstasy Possession: Report"
- "'Office' actor Craig Robinson faces felony drug charges in Los Angeles". Daily News (New York). 15 August 2008. Retrieved 15 May 2012.
- Access Hollywood article: "Craig Robinson Pleads Guilty To Drug Possession, Charges Dropped"
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