Knepper at the premiere for Earth in April 2009
|Born||Robert Lyle Knepper
July 8, 1959
Fremont, Ohio, U.S.
|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.
Knepper was born in Fremont, Ohio, the son of Pat Deck and Donald Knepper. 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.
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. 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. 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.
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 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.
|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"|
|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|
|Everyone Says I Love You||Greg|
|1998||You Are Here|
|Phantoms||Agent Wilson||Plays Federal Agent|
|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|
|Point Pleasant||Demon Dance Host||TV episode: "Last Dance"|
|2005–2009||Prison Break||Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell||TV series|
|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||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|
|Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters||Kronos||Voice|
|The Blacklist||The Courier||TV episode: "The Courier"|
|Mob City||Sid Rothman||6 episodes|
|2014||Hawaii Five-0||||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 Music – Northwestern (1977)
- The Ruling Class – Northwestern (1979)
- The Merchant of Venice – Northwestern (1979/80)
- Ties – Chicago (Victory Gardens) (1981)
- Class Enemy – Evanston (Next) (1981)
- Lakeboat – Chicago (Goodman) (1982)
- The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby – Chicago (1982)
- Dark of the Moon - Sarasota (1983)
- Life Signals – Sarasota (1983)
- Sherlock Holmes – Sarasota(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 Was – Louisville (1984)
- The Very Last Lover of the River Cane – Louisville (Theatre of Louisville) (1985)
- Available Light – Louisville (Theatre of Louisville) (1985)
- Groves of Academe – Cluj (Romania) (1985)
- A Midsummer Night's Dream – New York (New York Shakespeare Festival) (1987)
- Romeo and Juliet - New York (1988)
- The Legend of Oedipus – Williamstown (Williamstown Theatre Festival) (1988)
- Les Liaisons Dangereuses – Williamstown (Williamstown Theatre Festival) (1988)
- Nebraska – La Jolla (1989)
- Ice Cream With Hot Fudge – New York (1990)
- Bobby, Can You Hear Me? – Waterford (1990)
- Buster Comes Through – Waterford (1990)
- Lake No Bottom – New York (1990)
- Dinosaur Dreams – Waterford (1991)
- Home Grown – Waterford (1991)
- Orestes – Los Angeles (1992)
- Salomé – New York (1992)
- Pal Joey – Boston (1992)
- Sweet Bird of Youth – London (UK) (1994)
- Pride's Crossing – San Diego (1997)
- The Summer Moon – Seattle (1998)
- "Maumee native helps bring ordeal of trapped Pennsylvania miners to TV." Toledo Blade. November 22, 2002. Retrieved June 14, 2006.
- Stanley, Alessandra (August 29, 2005). "Jailhouse Heroes Are Hard to Find". The New York Times. Retrieved January 17, 2009.
- November 27, 2006: The Killing Box". TV Guide. November 28, 2006. Retrieved on March 2, 2007.
- "Exciting Upcoming Event! Pre-Release Screening of New...". Eventbrite. August 9, 2010. Retrieved 2011-10-15.
- "Robert Knepper Cast in the CW's Cult Pilot". Retrieved May 5, 2012.
- "Robert Knepper Talks CULT, Playing a Cult Leader, Frank Darabont's LOST ANGELS, and R.I.P.D.". Collider.com. March 15, 2013. Retrieved 2013-03-15.
- Earth's Final Hours at IMDb
- "'Prison Break' Big Bad Robert Knepper Goes Good Guy on 'Hawaii Five-0'". TV.yahoo.com. November 26, 2013.
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