Robin Lord Taylor
Robin Lord Taylor
Taylor at the 2014 NY PaleyFest for Gotham
Robin Lord Taylor
June 4, 1978
Shueyville, Iowa, U.S.
|Residence||Manhattan, New York|
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
Richard DiBella (m. 2011)
Robin Lord Taylor (born June 4, 1978) is an American film and television actor and director, known for Accepted (2006), Another Earth (2011), Would You Rather (2012) and John Wick 3: Parabellum (2019). He stars in the television drama series Gotham as Oswald Cobblepot, and starred in The Walking Dead as Sam. He has an upcoming role as Will in the Netflix thriller series You.
Taylor was born in Shueyville, Iowa to Robert Harmon Taylor 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.
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.
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 The Gardener of Eden (Tribeca Film Festival) and Assassination of a High School President (Sundance Film Festival).
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, 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.
Taylor was cast as Oswald Cobblepot in February 2014. His performance as Cobblepot has been described by Esquire as a "standout performance of the first episode [...], disarming and multilayered", by The Wall Street Journal as "a passionate performance ... [that] steals the show", and as "spectacularly cast as the Penguin".
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!"
In March 2015, Slate noted Taylor in an article discussing "Several actors who are openly gay or who have been cast in multiple gay 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."  In April 2015, Taylor openly identified as gay on episode 672 of the Nerdist podcast with Chris Hardwick.
|2005||Jesus Children of America||Mike|
|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|
|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|
|2017||The Long Home||Lipscomb||Filming|
|2019||John Wick 3||The Administrator|
|2005||Law & Order||Jared Weston|
|2008||Life on Mars||Jimmy||Episode: "My Maharishi Is Bigger Than Your Maharishi" (S 1:Ep 3)|
|Law & Order||Dale|
|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:Ep4)|
|2014–present||Gotham||Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin||Series regular|
|2019||You||Will||Recurring role (season 2)|
|2016||Dishonored 2||The Outsider||Replacing Billy Lush|
|2017||Dishonored: Death of the Outsider||The Outsider|
- Aged 36 as of interview dated February 16, 2015, usatoday.com; accessed February 17, 2015.
- "Robin Lord Taylor". Facebook. Retrieved December 28, 2014.
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- "Robert Taylor". Cedar Memorial. Retrieved May 22, 2016.
- Wagner, Curt (October 5, 2014). "Robin Lord Taylor walks the walk as Penguin in 'Gotham'". RedEye. Retrieved January 12, 2017.
- "Rising Stars: Hunter Gilmore, Noah Peters, and Robin Lord Taylor shine in The Shooting Stage". theatermania.com. Retrieved September 30, 2014.
- Portantiere, Michael (2005-03-07). "Rising Stars". TheaterMania. Retrieved 2016-05-21.
- 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.
- Goldberg, Lesley (February 11, 2014). "Fox's Batman Prequel 'Gotham' Casts Penguin, Alfred". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 13, 2015.
- AJ Marechal (February 11, 2014). "Fox's 'Gotham' Casts Classic 'Batman' Characters the Penguin, Alfred Pennyworth". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved November 13, 2015.
- "Talking to the new Penguin: Gotham's Robin Lord Taylor on how to inhabit the vile villain". esquire.com. Retrieved September 29, 2014.
- "Meet Robin Lord Taylor, the 'Gotham' Penguin". blogs.wsj.com. September 22, 2014. Retrieved September 29, 2014.
- "Gotham Takes Chance on Origins Story". stuff.co.nz. Retrieved September 29, 2014.
- Profile, earwolf.com; accessed May 15, 2015.
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- "What It's Like to Spend the Afternoon With Robin Lord Taylor A.K.A. Gotham's Penguin". Glamour. Retrieved February 22, 2015.
- "The "Straight Coach" in The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt isn't so far-fetched". Slate. Retrieved March 9, 2015.
- "Episode from April 39, 2015".
- Preston, Dominic (October 20, 2013). "Robin Lord Taylor: Growing up overweight and gay prepared me to play The Penguin". Pink News. Retrieved October 23, 2016.
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