Timothy Francis Robbins was born in West Covina, California, on October 16, 1958. His three siblings and he were all raised in New York City. Father Gilbert Lee Robbins (also known as “Gilbert Lee” or “Gilbert Lee”) and mother Mary Cecelia Bledsoe (née Bledsoe) were both musicians
Robbins began acting at the age of twelve. At Stuyvesant High School, he participated in theatre. As a teenager, he participated in Theater for the New City’s Summer Street Theater.
In 1982, he played Andrew Reinhardt, a domestic terrorist, on “St. Elsewhere,” one of his earliest television roles.
Robbins received the award for Best Actor at Cannes for his performance as a film executive in Robert Altman’s “The Player” (1992). In 1994, he co-starred alongside Morgan Freeman as banker Andy Dufresne in “The Shawshank Redemption” (1994).
He also directed the musical “Cradle Will Rock,” set during the Great Depression (1999). He wrote, directed, and produced the film “Cradle Will Rock.”