Robert Knepper

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Robert Knepper
Knepper at the premiere for Earth in April 2009
Born Robert Lyle Knepper
(1959-07-08) July 8, 1959 (age 55)
Fremont, Ohio, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1986–present
Spouse(s) Tory Herald (2005–09)
Nadine Kary (2013–present)
Children Benjamin Peter Knepper (born 2002)

Robert Lyle Knepper (born July 8, 1959) is an American actor best known for his role as Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell in the FOX drama series Prison Break from 2005 to 2009. He has also appeared in films such as Good Night, and Good Luck, Hitman and Transporter 3. Knepper joined the cast of Heroes for its fourth and final season as Samuel Sullivan from 2009 to 2010, and he played Sid Rothman in the neo-noir television series Mob City in 2013. He will star as Antonius in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and Part 2.

Early life[edit]

Knepper was born in Fremont, Ohio, the son of Pat Deck and Donald Knepper.[1] He was interested in acting from an early age, due to his mother's involvement at a community theater. He was raised in Maumee, Ohio, near Toledo, by his mother and father, who were veterinarians. Knepper spent many years of his youth working in community theater and high school productions. After graduating from Maumee High School in 1977, he attended Northwestern University to study drama. During this time, Knepper also obtained professional roles in plays in Chicago. Nearing the completion of his degree, Knepper quit Northwestern and went to New York City, where he continued to work in theater.[2]


Although Knepper never intended to work in film and television projects, he began his television and film career in 1986 with The Paper Chase and That's Life!. Knepper went on to have larger roles in such films as Wild Thing, Young Guns II, When the Bough Breaks and Everyone Says I Love You. He also made appearances on well known television series such as The Twilight Zone, Star Trek: The Next Generation, ER and Law & Order. Through this time Knepper still continued to do theatre work.

In 2005, after a recurring role on the HBO series Carnivàle, Knepper was cast in his most well known role, as Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell in Prison Break. The series received positive reviews upon release and T-Bag is often considered to be one of the greatest television villains of all time.[3][4] During his time on Prison Break, Knepper also starred in a number of films; Good Night, and Good Luck, Hitman, Transporter 3 and The Day the Earth Stood Still.

After Prison Break ended in 2009, Knepper was cast as villain Samuel Sullivan in the fourth and final season of Heroes.[5] After this Knepper went on to have a recurring role in Stargate Universe in 2010 and guest-starred on season six of Criminal Minds as Rhett Walden, a serial killer. The same year he played the titular character in the film adaptation of Burning Daylight.[6]

In 2011, he reprised his role of T-Bag in one episode of the A&E series Breakout Kings. The next year he played Frank Sinatra in the film My Way, biopic of Claude François, a French pop singer who wrote the song "Comme d'habitude", the original version of Sinatra's song "My Way".

Knepper was cast in the 2013 television series Cult as Roger Reeves, an actor playing Billy Grimm on a show called Cult[7] The show was cancelled after only one season. The same year, he also starred in the films R.I.P.D., Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters and guest starred on the television series The Blacklist, playing the titular character in the episode "The Courier". At the end of 2013 the TNT series Mob City premiered, in which Knepper played gangster Sid Rothman.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Knepper has a son, Benjamin Peter Knepper, born circa 2002.[9] The mother is casting director Tory Herald, whom he married in 2005. They divorced in 2009.[10] Knepper married Nadine Kary in 2013.


Year Film Role Notes
1986 That's Life! Steve Larwin
1987 Tour of Duty Racist Soldier TV episode: "Burn, Baby, Burn"
Star Trek: The Next Generation Wyatt Miller TV episode: "Haven"
Wild Thing Wild Thing
The Twilight Zone Alonzo TV episode: "Joy Ride"
1988 D.O.A. Nicholas Lang
1989 Renegades Marino
1990 E.A.R.T.H. Force Dr. Peter Roland
Young Guns II Deputy Carlyle
1991 Session Man Torrey Cole
1992 Gas Food Lodging Dank
Red Shoe Diaries Nick Willard TV episode: "You Have the Right to Remain Silent"
1993 Doorways Thane Unaired TV pilot
When the Bough Breaks Lt. Jimmy Creedmore
1996 Dead of Night Christian
Law & Order Daniel "Igor" Smith
Jaded Freddy
Everyone Says I Love You Greg
1998 You Are Here
Phantoms Agent Wilson Plays Federal Agent
The Stringer John
ER Keith Reynolds TV episode: "My Brother's Keeper"
Star Trek: Voyager Gaul TV episode: "Dragon's Teeth"
1999 Absence of the Good Glenn Dwyer
Kidnapped in Paradise Renard Plays the leader of modern day pirates
2000 Harsh Realm Mad priest TV episode: "Camera Obscura"
Seven Days Major Gene Hastings TV episode: "Space Station Down"
La Femme Nikita Henry Collins TV episode: "Toys in the Basement"
2001 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Dr. Peter Kelmer TV episode: "The Good Doctor"
Thieves Special Agent Shue TV series
Jackie, Ethel, Joan: The Women of Camelot Robert F. Kennedy
The West Wing Morgan Ross TV episode: "Ellie"
2002–2003 Presidio Med Sean TV series (recurring role)
2004 Species III Dr. Abbot
CSI: Miami Freddy Coleman TV episode: "Addiction"
2003–2005 Carnivàle Tommy Dolan TV series (recurring role)
2005 Good Night, and Good Luck Don Surine
Hostage Will Bechler
Point Pleasant Demon Dance Host TV episode: "Last Dance"
2005–2009 Prison Break Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell TV series
2007 Hitman Yuri Marklov
2008 Transporter 3 Johnson
The Day the Earth Stood Still Colonel
2009–2010 Heroes Samuel Sullivan TV series
2010 Burning Daylight Elam 'Burning Daylight' Harnish
Stargate Universe Simeon TV series
Chase Jack Druggan TV episode: "The Comeback Kid"
Criminal Minds Rhett Walden TV episode: "Reflection of Desire"
Shameless US Rod TV series: 2 episodes
2011 Breakout Kings Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell TV episode: "The Bag Man"
Earth's Final Hours John Streich[11] TV movie
My Way (Cloclo) Frank Sinatra Movie
2012 Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden Lieutenant Commander Movie
2013 Cult Roger Reeves/Billy Grimm 13 Episodes[7]
R.I.P.D. Stanley Nawlicki
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Kronos Voice
The Blacklist The Courier TV episode: "The Courier"[12]
Mob City Sid Rothman 6 episodes
2014 Hawaii Five-0 [13] TV episode: "Hana Lokomaika'i"
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Antonius Post-production
Arrow William Tockman / Clock King TV Series
2015 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 Antonius Post-production



  • A Little Night MusicNorthwestern (1977)
  • The Ruling ClassNorthwestern (1979)
  • The Merchant of VeniceNorthwestern (1979/80)
  • Ties – Chicago (Victory Gardens) (1981)
  • Class EnemyEvanston (Next) (1981)
  • Lakeboat – Chicago (Goodman) (1982)
  • The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby – Chicago (1982)
  • Dark of the Moon - Sarasota (1983)
  • Life SignalsSarasota (1983)
  • Sherlock HolmesSarasota(1983)
  • The Philanthropist – New York (Stage 73) (1983)
  • Savage Amusement – New York (1984)
  • Romance – New York (Young Playwrights Festival) – (Joseph Papp Public Theater/Martinson Hall) (1984)
  • The Person I Once WasLouisville (1984)
  • The Very Last Lover of the River CaneLouisville (Theatre of Louisville) (1985)
  • Available LightLouisville (Theatre of Louisville) (1985)
  • Groves of AcademeCluj (Romania) (1985)
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream – New York (New York Shakespeare Festival) (1987)
  • Romeo and Juliet - New York (1988)
  • The Legend of OedipusWilliamstown (Williamstown Theatre Festival) (1988)
  • Les Liaisons DangereusesWilliamstown (Williamstown Theatre Festival) (1988)
  • NebraskaLa Jolla (1989)
  • Ice Cream With Hot Fudge – New York (1990)
  • Bobby, Can You Hear Me?Waterford (1990)
  • Buster Comes ThroughWaterford (1990)
  • Lake No Bottom – New York (1990)
  • Dinosaur DreamsWaterford (1991)
  • Home GrownWaterford (1991)
  • Orestes – Los Angeles (1992)
  • Salomé – New York (1992)
  • Pal JoeyBoston (1992)
  • Sweet Bird of YouthLondon (UK) (1994)
  • Pride's CrossingSan Diego (1997)
  • The Summer MoonSeattle (1998)


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