Craig Robinson (actor)

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Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson 2009.jpg
Robinson in February 2009
Birth name Craig Phillip Robinson
Born (1971-10-25) October 25, 1971 (age 44)
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, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, 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 in Chicago,IL[4]


Acting and comedy[edit]

Robinson at the WonderCon in March 2013

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![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 has been featured with fellow NBC actor/comedian 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]


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 Cameo
Knocked Up Club doorman Cameo
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 Cameo
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 Webber-Agnew Nominated—Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Adapted Song (shared with Bruce Springsteen)
2013 Escape from Planet Earth Doc Voice
Peeples Wade Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor – Comedy
This Is the End Himself MTV Movie Award for Best Musical Moment (shared with Jay Baruchel, Seth Rogen and The Backstreet Boys)
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters George Voice
Rapture-Palooza Anti-Christ
2014 Get On Up Maceo Parker
2015 Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Nick Webber
2016 Sausage Party Mr. Grits
Henchmen Stew (voice) Filming
Zeroville Burglar Completed
Morris from America Curtis Gentry Sundance Film Festival U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Individual Performance
2017 Table 19 TBA Filming
Gabriel Lim's DeanMen Means Day Cameron Post-production and filming
Year Title Role Notes
2002 Play'd: A Hip Hop Story Cole Movie
2003 Lucky Mutha Rhodes 13 episodes
2004 The Bernie Mac Show Wayne Episode "Hair Jordan"
LAX Wayne Episode: "Abduction"
Friends Clerk Episode: "The One with Princess Consuela"
2005 Arrested Development Studio Guard #1 Episode: "Switch Hitter"
Curb Your Enthusiasm Attendant #1 Episode: "The End"
2005–2013 The Office Darryl Philbin / President Jackson 119 episodes
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2011, 2012, 2013)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
2007 Halfway Home Mr. Brown Episode: "Halfway Working"
2009–2013 The Cleveland Show LeVar "Freight Train" Brown Voice
17 episodes
2009 James Gunn's PG Porn Havana Bob Episode: "Helpful Bus"
Reno 911! Levon French Episode: "Deputy Dance"
2009; 2012 Eastbound & Down Reggie Macworthy
Baseball player
4 episodes
2011 Love Bites Bowman 2 episodes
2013 Kroll Show Various Characters Episode: "The Greatest Hits of It"
2014 Comedy Bang! Bang! Himself Episode: "Craig Robinson Wears a Bordeaux Button Down & Dark Jeans"
2014–2016 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Doug Judy (The Pontiac Bandit) Episodes: "The Pontiac Bandit", "The Pontiac Bandit Returns" and "The Cruise"
2015 Key & Peele Himself Episode: "Super Bowl Special"
Mr. Robinson Craig Robinson Main Cast; 6 episodes
2016 Mr. Robot Ray 3 episodes


  1. ^ "5 questions for Craig Robinson". Chicago Tribune. 11 March 2009. 
  2. ^ "Craig Robinson on The Office | Interview". 2011-04-26. Retrieved 2015-01-29. 
  3. ^ "Apocalypse and The Office: Craig Robinson ends the world. Twice". Retrieved 2015-01-29. 
  4. ^ "Illinois State Alumni Magazine" (PDF). Illinois State University. p. 29. 
  5. ^ "L. Witherspoon & Chucky on Real Time". 2007-05-24. Retrieved 2015-01-29. 
  6. ^ MTV News article: "'Pineapple Express' And 'Office' Star Craig Robinson Pleads Guilty To Ecstasy Possession: Report"
  7. ^ "'Office' actor Craig Robinson faces felony drug charges in Los Angeles". Daily News (New York). 15 August 2008. Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  8. ^ Access Hollywood

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