Tim Roth, 2008
|Born||Timothy Simon Roth
14 May 1961
Dulwich, London, England, UK
|Occupation||Actor, film director|
|Spouse(s)||Niki Butler (1993–present)|
Timothy Simon "Tim" Roth (born 14 May 1961) is an English actor and film director. He made his film debut in Made in Britain in 1982 and has since appeared in a number of Quentin Tarantino films, including Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Four Rooms. Some other notable films include Planet of the Apes, The Incredible Hulk and Rob Roy for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor and won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. He also starred as Cal Lightman in the TV series Lie to Me.
Tim Roth was born in Dulwich, London, the son of Ann, a painter and teacher, and Ernie, a Fleet Street journalist, painter, and (until the 1970s) a member of the British Communist Party. His father was born with the surname Smith in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, New York, to a British immigrant family of Irish ancestry; he changed his surname to Roth in the 1940s, "partly through solidarity with the victims of the Holocaust, partly because the English were far from welcome in some of the countries to which his job took him". Roth attended the Strand School in Tulse Hill. As a young man, he wanted to be a sculptor and studied at London's Camberwell College of Art.
Roth made his acting debut at the age of 21 playing a white power skinhead in a 1983 TV film titled Made in Britain. He played an East End character in King of the Ghetto, a controversial drama based on a novel by Farukh Dhondy set in Brick Lane and broadcast by the BBC in 1986. In contrast to his Made in Britain role, Roth played a mentally disabled young man in the 1983 Mike Leigh film, Meantime. In 1985, he appeared in the television film Murder with Mirrors opposite Bette Davis, John Mills and Helen Hayes. He played an apprentice hitman in Stephen Frears' The Hit with Terence Stamp and John Hurt, earning an Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Newcomer. He appeared in several other films towards the end of the decade and in 1989 he had a supporting role as the buffoonish lackey Mitchell in Peter Greenaway's The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover. In 1990, he began to enjoy international attention with starring roles as Vincent van Gogh in Robert Altman's Vincent & Theo and as Guildenstern in Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead. Roth and other young British actors of the time such as Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Daniel Day-Lewis, Bruce Payne and Paul McGann, were dubbed the 'Brit Pack', a nickname based on the Brat Pack of the US.
Roth was cast as Mr. Orange in Quentin Tarantino's 1992 ensemble film Reservoir Dogs. This paved the way for more work in Hollywood. In 1994, Tarantino cast him as a robber in Pulp Fiction. They also collaborated in the 1995 film Four Rooms, where he played the role of Ted the Bellhop. His role as Archibald Cunningham opposite Liam Neeson in Rob Roy earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, a Golden Globe nomination and won him a BAFTA for the same performance.
In 1996 he starred with Drew Barrymore in Woody Allen's musical comedy Everyone Says I Love You. He also starred as Danny Boodman T.D. Lemon 1900 (or just "1900") in The Legend of 1900 and in the same year he co-starred with Tupac Shakur in the film Gridlock'd. He made his debut as a director in 1999 with The War Zone, a film version of Alexander Stuart's novel. In 2001, he portrayed General Thade in Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes. Roth was the original choice for the role of Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film series, but he turned it down for the Planet of the Apes role.  He was considered for the part of Hannibal Lecter in the 2001 film Hannibal before Anthony Hopkins returned to reclaim the role. He appeared in Francis Ford Coppola's Youth Without Youth and Michael Haneke's Funny Games, then starred opposite Edward Norton in The Incredible Hulk as Emil Blonsky.
From 2009 to 2011, he starred in a series on Fox called Lie To Me. He played Dr. Cal Lightman, an expert on body language who assists local and federal law organisations in the investigations of crimes. His character was based on Dr. Paul Ekman, a notable psychologist and expert on body language and facial expressions.
In 2010, Roth appeared on the cover to Manic Street Preachers' 2010 studio album, Postcards from a Young Man. In 2012, he was announced as the President of the Jury for the Un Certain Regard section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Roth is to star as FIFA president Sepp Blatter in a film about football's governing body, which is due for release in 2014 to coincide with FIFA's 110th anniversary and the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Tim Roth has a son, Jack, born to Lori Baker in 1984, who is also an actor. Roth married Nikki Butler in 1993, and they have two sons, Timothy Hunter (b. 1995) and Michael Cormac (b. 1996). Roth is a supporter of the Green Party of England and Wales.
- Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1916–2005.
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- Tim Roth Biography (1961–), Film Reference
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- The Brit Pack. Brucepayne.de. Retrieved on 14 January 2011.
- What Would ‘Potter’ Have Been Like With Tim Roth As Snape? » MTV Movies Blog. Moviesblog.mtv.com (7 December 2007). Retrieved on 14 January 2011.
- Lie to Me, USFCA
- "Tim Roth to lead Cannes Un Certain Regard jury". BBC News. 12 April 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-13.
- "Tim Roth to play Fifa president Sepp Blatter on film" . BBC. Retrieved 4 December 2013
- Andrew Smith (28 March 1997). "Look back in anger". The Guardian. UK. Retrieved 27 February 2011.
- IMDB on Jack Roth
- Craig McLean (3 April 2008). "Tim Roth: touching evil in Michael Haneke's Funny Games". The Telegraph (London). Retrieved 27 February 2011.
- WINNERS' LIST: People's Choice Awards 2011
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- The Officially Unofficial Tim Roth Web Page
- Tim Roth at the Internet Movie Database
- Tim Roth at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
- Allmovie entry for Tim Roth
- Audio Interview w/ Rafferty/Mills Connection Podcast (2009)