Robin Lord Taylor

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Robin Lord Taylor
Taylor at the 2014 NY PaleyFest for Gotham
Born (1978-06-04) June 4, 1978 (age 45)[1]
Other names
  • Robin Taylor
  • Robin L. Taylor
Occupation(s)Actor, director[2]
Years active2005–present
Known for
Richard DiBella
(m. 2011)

Robin Lord Taylor (born June 4, 1978)[1] is an American film and television actor and director, known for his role as Oswald Cobblepot in the Fox TV series Gotham, as well as Accepted (2006), Another Earth (2011), Would You Rather (2012), John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019) and You (2019).

Early life[edit]

Taylor was born in Shueyville, Iowa, to Robert Harmon Taylor[3] and Mary Susan (née Stamy) Taylor. He attended Solon High School and Northwestern University, earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Theatre in 2000. While at Northwestern, his roommate was actor Billy Eichner.[4]


Taylor has appeared in several television series, such as The Walking Dead, Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Good Wife and Person of Interest. He had a recurring role as "Darrell, the Late Show page with the fake British accent" on Late Show with David Letterman. He played Abernathy Darwin Dunlap in Accepted. He appeared in such independent films as Would You Rather, Cold Comes the Night, and Another Earth, the last of which won the Alfred P. Sloan Prize at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.[5]

Taylor was featured in Spike Lee's segment "Jesus Children of America" of the 2005 anthology film on the theme of childhood and exploitation All the Invisible Children (Venice Film Festival), The House is Burning (produced by Wim Wenders (Cannes Film Festival), Pitch (Cannes Film Festival), Kevin Connolly's Gardener of Eden (Tribeca Film Festival) and Assassination of a High School President (Sundance Film Festival).[5]

Taylor co-created and co-starred in Creation Nation: A Live Talk Show with Billy Eichner, which they performed at the 2008 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, as well as at the HBO Aspen Comedy Festival and throughout New York City and Los Angeles. He has also appeared onstage in Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom, The Shooting Stage,[6] Henry IV and No. 11 Blue and White, as well as numerous productions in Stephen Sondheim's Young Playwrights Festival at the Cherry Lane Theater.[7]

In February 2019, it was announced that Taylor had been cast in the recurring role of Will Bettelheim on the second season of the Netflix thriller series You.[8][9]


Taylor was cast as Oswald Cobblepot in February 2014.[10][11] His performance as Cobblepot has been described by Esquire as a "standout performance of the first episode [...], disarming and multilayered",[12] by The Wall Street Journal as "a passionate performance ... [that] steals the show",[13] and as "spectacularly cast as the Penguin".[14]

Personal life[edit]

Since 2000, Taylor has lived in Manhattan, New York, where Gotham was filmed.[15]

In a November 2014 Glamour interview, Taylor was asked, "I notice you are wearing a wedding ring on your ring finger. Are you married?" To which he responded, "I am married! I like to keep it private, but I've been married for over three years, and we've been together for 10½ years. No kids. No kids yet!"[16]

In March 2015, Slate noted Taylor in an article discussing "Several actors who are openly gay or who have been cast in multiple straight or bisexual roles and the typecasting of gay roles". Taylor, himself, added: "I feel like the landscape has totally changed. Regardless of sexual preference, it's more that as a character actor, the less I reveal about myself, the better. My favorite actors are the ones I know least about."[17] In April 2015, Taylor openly identified as gay on episode 672 of The Nerdist Podcast with Chris Hardwick.[18][19] In honor of National Coming Out Day in October 2019, Taylor revealed on Instagram that he had been out as gay for 22 years and encouraged followers to donate to the non-profit Rainbow Railroad.[20]



Year Title Role Notes
2005 Jesus Children of America Mike
  • Short film
  • credited as Robin Taylor
2006 Pitch Pete
  • Short film
  • credited as Robin Taylor
The House is Burning Phil credited as Robin Taylor
Accepted Abernathy Darwin Dunlap
2008 Assassination of a High School President Alex Schneider credited as Robin Taylor
August Guy Employee
2009 Last Day of Summer Jason credited as Robin Taylor
2010 Step Up 3D Punk Kid
2011 Return Vonnie credited as Robin Taylor
Another Earth Jeff Williams
The Melancholy Fantastic Dukken credited as Robin Taylor
2012 Would You Rather Julian
2013 Cold Comes the Night Quincy
2016 Full Dress Noah
2019 John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum Administrator
2019 The Long Home Lipscomb
2019 The Mandela Effect Matt
2020 Lost & Found Randy Short film
2021 Skeletons Christopher Short film


Year Title Role Notes
2005 Law & Order Jared Weston
  • Episode: "Sects" (S 15:Ep 19)
  • credited as Robin L. Taylor
2008 Life on Mars Jimmy Episode: "My Maharishi Is Bigger Than Your Maharishi" (S 1:Ep 3)
Law & Order Dale
  • Episode: "Personae Non Grata" (S 18:Ep 17)
  • credited as Robin L. Taylor
2010 Law & Order Cedric Stuber Episode: "Innocence" (S 20:Ep 16)
2012 Person of Interest Ajax Episode: "Blue Code" (S 1:Ep 15)
The Good Wife Brock Dalyndro Episode: "Battle of the Proxies" (S 4:Ep 10)
2013 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Dylan Fuller Episode: "Traumatic Wound" (S 14:Ep 21)
The Walking Dead Sam * Episode: "Indifference" (S 4:Ep 4)
2014 Taxi Brooklyn Sami Episode: "Precious Cargo" (S 1:Ep 4)
2014–2019 Gotham Oswald Cobblepot / The Penguin Main role
2019 You Will Bettelheim Recurring role (season 2)[8]
2021 Kevin Can F**k Himself Nick Recurring role
2022 Law & Order: Organized Crime Sebastian McClane Recurring role

Video game[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2016 Dishonored 2 The Outsider
2017 Dishonored: Death of the Outsider


  1. ^ a b Aged 36 as of interview dated February 16, 2015,; accessed February 17, 2015.
  2. ^ "Robin Lord Taylor". Facebook. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  3. ^ "Robert Taylor". Cedar Memorial. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
  4. ^ Wagner, Curt (October 5, 2014). "Robin Lord Taylor walks the walk as Penguin in 'Gotham'". RedEye. Retrieved January 12, 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Robin Lord Taylor Bio". Retrieved December 28, 2014.
  6. ^ "Rising Stars: Hunter Gilmore, Noah Peters, and Robin Lord Taylor shine in The Shooting Stage". Retrieved September 30, 2014.
  7. ^ Portantiere, Michael (2005-03-07). "Rising Stars". TheaterMania. Retrieved 2016-05-21.
  8. ^ a b Cordero, Rosy (February 15, 2019). "'You': 'Gotham's Robin Lord Taylor To Recur In Series' Second Season On Netflix". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  9. ^ Lambe, Stacy (December 6, 2019). "Robin Lord Taylor on Leaving 'Gotham' Behind for 'Mandela Effect' and 'You' Season 2 (Exclusive)". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 6, 2019.
  10. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (February 11, 2014). "Fox's Batman Prequel 'Gotham' Casts Penguin, Alfred". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 13, 2015.
  11. ^ AJ Marechal (February 11, 2014). "Fox's 'Gotham' Casts Classic 'Batman' Characters the Penguin, Alfred Pennyworth". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved November 13, 2015.
  12. ^ "Talking to the new Penguin: Gotham's Robin Lord Taylor on how to inhabit the vile villain". 23 September 2014. Retrieved September 29, 2014.
  13. ^ "Meet Robin Lord Taylor, the 'Gotham' Penguin". September 22, 2014. Retrieved September 29, 2014.
  14. ^ "Gotham Takes Chance on Origins Story". 26 September 2014. Retrieved September 29, 2014.
  15. ^ "Robin Lord Taylor profile". Hooplanow. Retrieved September 30, 2014.
  16. ^ "What It's Like to Spend the Afternoon With Robin Lord Taylor A.K.A. Gotham's Penguin". Glamour. 3 November 2014. Retrieved February 22, 2015.
  17. ^ Thomas, June (9 March 2015). "The "Straight Coach" in The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt isn't so far-fetched". Slate. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
  18. ^ "Episode from April 39, 2015".
  19. ^ Preston, Dominic (October 20, 2013). "Robin Lord Taylor: Growing up gay overweight and prepared me to play The Penguin". Pink News. Retrieved October 23, 2016.
  20. ^ Robin Lord Taylor [@robinlordtaylor] (2019-10-11). "Happy #NationalComingOutDay! Please go to @rainbowrailroad and donate! 🏳️‍🌈❤️" – via Instagram.

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