Robin Lord Taylor

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Robin Lord Taylor
Robin Lord Taylor at NY PaleyFest 2014 for Gotham.jpg
Taylor at the 2014 NY PaleyFest for Gotham
Born Robin Lord Taylor
(1978-06-04) June 4, 1978 (age 40)[1]
Shueyville, Iowa, U.S.
Residence Manhattan, New York
Other names
  • Robin Taylor
  • Robin L. Taylor
Occupation Actor, director[2]
Years active 2005–present
Known for
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)[3]
Spouse(s) Richard Dibella

Robin Lord Taylor (born June 4, 1978)[1] is an American film and television actor and director, known for Accepted (2006), Another Earth (2011) and Would You Rather (2012). He stars in the television drama series Gotham as Oswald Cobblepot.

Early life[edit]

Taylor was born in Shueyville, Iowa to Robert Harmon Taylor[4] 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.[5]

Career[edit]

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.[3]

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).[3]

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[disambiguation needed] and No. 11 Blue and White, as well as numerous productions in Stephen Sondheim's Young Playwrights Festival at the Cherry Lane Theater.[7]

Gotham[edit]

Taylor was cast as Oswald Cobblepot in February 2014.[8][9] His performance as Cobblepot has been described by Esquire as a "standout performance of the first episode [...] disarming and multilayered",[10] by The Wall Street Journal as "a passionate performance ... [who] "steals the show",[11] and as "spectacularly cast as the Penguin".[12]

Personal life[edit]

Taylor was raised Presbyterian.[13] Since 2000, he has lived in Manhattan, New York, where Gotham is filmed.[14]

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!"[15]

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." [16] In April 2015, Taylor openly identified as gay on episode 672 of the Nerdist podcast with Chris Hardwick.[17][18]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

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
2017 The Long Home Filming

Television[edit]

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
2014 Taxi Brooklyn Sami Episode: "Precious Cargo" (S 1:Ep4)
2014–present Gotham Oswald Cobblepot Series regular

Video game[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Aged 36 as of interview dated February 16, 2015, usatoday.com; accessed February 17, 2015.
  2. ^ "Robin Lord Taylor". Facebook. Retrieved December 28, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Robin Lord Taylor Bio". IMDb.com. Retrieved December 28, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Robert Taylor". Cedar Memorial. Retrieved May 22, 2016. 
  5. ^ Wagner, Curt (October 5, 2014). "Robin Lord Taylor walks the walk as Penguin in 'Gotham'". RedEye. Retrieved January 12, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Rising Stars: Hunter Gilmore, Noah Peters, and Robin Lord Taylor shine in The Shooting Stage". theatermania.com. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  7. ^ Portantiere, Michael (2005-03-07). "Rising Stars". TheaterMania. Retrieved 2016-05-21. 
  8. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (February 11, 2014). "Fox's Batman Prequel 'Gotham' Casts Penguin, Alfred". The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 13, 2015. 
  9. ^ AJ Marechal (February 11, 2014). "Fox's 'Gotham' Casts Classic 'Batman' Characters the Penguin, Alfred Pennyworth". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved November 13, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Talking to the new Penguin: Gotham's Robin Lord Taylor on how to inhabit he vile villain". esquire.com. Retrieved September 29, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Meet Robin Lord Taylor, the 'Gotham' Penguin". blogs.wsj.com. September 22, 2014. Retrieved September 29, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Gotham Takes Chance on Origins Story". stuff.co.nz. Retrieved September 29, 2014. 
  13. ^ Profile, earwolf.com; accessed May 15, 2015.
  14. ^ "Robin Lord Taylor profile". Hooplanow. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  15. ^ "What It's Like to Spend the Afternoon With Robin Lord Taylor A.K.A. Gotham's Penguin". Glamour. Retrieved February 22, 2015. 
  16. ^ "The "Straight Coach" in The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt isn't so far-fetched". Slate. Retrieved March 9, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Episode from April 39, 2015". 
  18. ^ 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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Preceded by
Danny DeVito
Penguin actor
2014–present
Incumbent