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About Tim Roth (1961 – ____)
Timothy Simon "Tim" Roth was born in Dulwich, London, the son of Ann, a painter and teacher, and Ernie, a Fleet Street journalist, painter, and member of the British Communist Party until the 1970s.
His father was born with the surname "Smith" in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, New York, to a British immigrant family of Irish ancestry; he changed his surname to the often German/Jewish "Roth" in the 1940s, "partly through solidarity with the victims of the Holocaust, partly because the English were far from welcome in some of the countries to which his job took him".
Roth attended the Strand School in Tulse Hill. As a young man, he wanted to be a sculptor and studied at London's Camberwell College of Art.
Roth made his acting début at the age of 21, playing a white power skinhead named Trevor in a 1982 TV film titled Made in Britain. He played an East End character in King of the Ghetto, a controversial drama based on a novel by Farukh Dhondy set in Brick Lane and broadcast by the BBC in 1986. He played a shy young man in the 1984 Mike Leigh film Meantime.
In 1985, he appeared in the television film Murder with Mirrors. He played an apprentice hitman in Stephen Frears' The Hit, earning an Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Newcomer. In 1989 he had a supporting role as the buffoonish lackey Mitchell in Peter Greenaway's The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover. In 1990, he starred as Vincent van Gogh in Robert Altman's Vincent & Theo and Guildenstern in Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead.
Roth and other young British actors of the time, such as Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Daniel Day-Lewis, Bruce Payne, and Paul McGann, were dubbed the Brit Pack. Roth was cast as "Mr. Orange" in Quentin Tarantino's 1992 film Reservoir Dogs. In 1994, Tarantino cast him as a robber in Pulp Fiction.
They also collaborated in the 1995 film Four Rooms, where he played Ted. His role as Archibald Cunningham in Rob Roy earned him the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role as well as an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, a Golden Globe nomination.
In 1996, he starred in Woody Allen's musical comedy Everyone Says I Love You. He also starred as "Danny Boodman T.D. Lemon 1900" in The Legend of 1900, and in the same year, he co-starred in the film Gridlock'd. He made his directorial debut in 1999 with The War Zone, a film version of Alexander Stuart's novel. In 2001, he portrayed General Thade in Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes. Roth was the original choice for the role of Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film series, but he turned it down for Planet of the Apes.
He was considered for the part of Hannibal Lecter in the 2001 film Hannibal before Anthony Hopkins returned to reclaim the role. He appeared in Francis Ford Coppola's Youth Without Youth and Michael Haneke's Funny Games, then starred as Emil Blonsky / Abomination in The Incredible Hulk.
From 2009 to 2011, he starred in a series on Fox called Lie To Me. He played Dr. Cal Lightman, an expert on body language who assists local and federal law organizations in the investigations of crimes. His character was based on Dr. Paul Ekman, a notable psychologist and expert on body language and facial expressions. In 2010, Roth appeared on the cover of Manic Street Preachers' 2010 studio album, Postcards from a Young Man.
In 2012, he was announced as the President of the Jury for the Un Certain Regard section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. He starred as FIFA President Sepp Blatter in United Passions, a film about football's governing body, released in 2014, to coincide with FIFA's 110th anniversary, and the 2014 FIFA World Cup. In 2015, he starred in the film Chronic which received a limited release in 2016. He later received a Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead nomination.
Roth is a survivor of child sexual abuse committed by his paternal grandfather, who he has stated sexually abused him from childhood until his early teen years. He first revealed that he was a survivor of sexual abuse during press for his 1996 directorial debut, The War Zone (which dealt with the topics of incest and sexual violence within a family), but declined to name the perpetrator at that time. In December of 2016, he gave an interview to the British newspaper The Guardian in which he revealed that his abuser was his grandfather, who had also sexually abused Roth's own father when he was a child.
Roth has a son, Jack, born to Lori Baker in 1984. Jack is also an actor. Roth married Nikki Butler in 1993; they have two sons, Timothy Hunter (born 1995) and Michael Cormac (born 1996). Politically, Roth is a supporter of the Green Party of England and Wales.
Tim Roth's movie credits include...
|1985||Return to Waterloo||Boy Punk|
|1988||A World Apart||Harold|
|1988||To Kill a Priest||Feliks|
|1988||Twice Upon a Time|
|1989||The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover||Mitchel|
|1990||Vincent & Theo||Vincent van Gogh|
|1990||Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead||Guildenstern|
|1992||Reservoir Dogs||Freddy Newendyke ("Mr. Orange")|
|1992||Jumpin' at the Boneyard||Manny|
|1993||Bodies, Rest & Motion||Nick|
|1993||El Marido perfecto||Milan|
|1994||Little Odessa||Joshua Shapira|
|1994||Pulp Fiction||"Ringo" ("Pumpkin")|
|1995||Rob Roy||Archibald Cunningham|
|1996||No Way Home||Joey|
|1996||Everyone Says I Love You||Charles Ferry|
|1996||Mocking the Cosmos||Myrodemnon / Myron|
|1997||Gridlock'd||Alexander "Stretch" Rawland|
|1997||Deceiver||James Walter Wayland|
|1997||Animals with the Tollkeeper||Henry|
|1998||Legend of 1900||Danny Boodman TD Lemon 1900|
|1999||The War Zone|
|2000||The Million Dollar Hotel||Izzy Goldkiss|
|2000||Vatel||Marquis de Lauzun|
|2001||Planet of the Apes||Thade|
|2001||Invincible||Hersche Steinschneider / Erik Jan Hanussen|
|2002||Emmett's Mark||John Harrett / Frank Dwyer|
|2003||Whatever We Do||Joe|
|2003||To Kill a King||Oliver Cromwell|
|2004||The Beautiful Country||Captain Oh|
|2004||With It||"Chicken Louis" Farnatelli|
|2004||Silver City||Mitch Paine|
|2005||Don't Come Knocking||Sutter|
|2005||Dark Water||Jeff Platzer|
|2007||Youth Without Youth||Dominic|
|2008||The Incredible Hulk||Emil Blonsky/Abomination|
|2009||King Conqueror||King Pedro II of Aragon|
|2010||Pete Smalls Is Dead||Pete Smalls|
|2012||Arbitrage||Detective Michael Bryer|
|2014||Grace of Monaco||Prince Rainier of Monaco|
|2014||United Passions||Sepp Blatter|
|2015||A Fall from Grace||Detective Tabb|
|2015||600 Miles||Hank Harris|
|2015||Hardcore Henry||Henry's Father|
|2015||The Hateful Eight||Oswaldo Mobray|
|2016||The Brits Are Coming||Peter Fox|
Tim Roth's television credits include...
|1982||Made in Britain||Trevor|
|1983||Not Necessarily the News||Gay Man|
|1985||Murder with Mirrors||Edgar Lawson|
|1986||King of the Ghetto||Matthew Long|
|1991||Tales from the Crypt||Jack Craig|
|1993||Murder in the Heartland||Charles Starkweather|
|1993||Heart of Darkness||Marlow|
|2006||Tsunami: The Aftermath||Nick Fraser|
|2009–2011||Lie to Me||Dr. Cal Lightman|
|2010||Sea Wolf||Death Larsen|
|2014||Robot Chicken||The Doctor (voice)|
|2016||Rillington Place||John Christie|
Memorable Quotes by Tim Roth
“ I have a bad time between jobs because I'm always convinced I'll never work again. I think it may be an English thing, this fear of unemployment. ”
[on Reservoir Dogs (1992)] “ There's a lot of blood in that film. I think there's only nine pints in a body; we had about four gallons. ”
“ I'm not a method actor. I don't really have to go live in a hut in the tundra to play an accountant. People tell you that's what you should do because it's what De Niro does. It never worked for me. I've always been able to learn what I need to learn from the script. ”
“ There's stuff I'm really scared of doing that I think I *should* do. I *should* do some Shakespeare but it terrifies me. I want to... Harold Pinter adapted King Lear for me - into a film - and I want to try and make that at some point, but, you know, it's damned hard finding money for Shakespeare if you're not Kenneth Branagh, you know? ”
[On how his relationship with Quentin Tarantino came to be] “ Well, he came to me. He'd seen Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990) and Vincent & Theo (1990), which are films he really liked. My agent sent me the script, and wrote a little note saying I should look at the role of Pink or Blonde. And I read it and I said "No, I like that guy Orange, because he's a liar. I'll be an Englishman playing an American playing a cop who's playing a villain." And I liked that combination, because it seemed incredibly difficult to do. So then I met with Quentin and we got along very well, but they wanted me to read, and I wouldn't do it. I don't like auditioning in that way, because I'm not very good at it. But we all got drunk, and eventually I did. ”
“ There is less pressure on a character actor. It generally means that you will be acting for all of your life, which is my intention. It is not my intention to be a rich and famous person. That would be pretty boring. ”
Things You May Not Know About Tim Roth
He and Gary Oldman are very good friends from back in the days of when they worked in London theater.
He bears tattoos on his right arm for significant events in his life. He has 8 such tattoos, as of 2010.
His father was born in Brooklyn, New York City, to a British immigrant family of Irish ancestry. His mother was English. Tim's father changed the family name from the British/American sounding "Smith" to "Roth" after World War II, because he was a journalist who traveled in countries that disliked the British and Americans.
Was considered for the role of Severus Snape in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001), but dropped out to star in Tim Burton's remake of Planet of the Apes (1968). The role went to Alan Rickman.
He was considered as a replacement for Anthony Hopkins, when Hopkins was reluctant to return to play Hannibal Lector in Hannibal (2001). However, in the end, Hopkins accepted the role.
A former art student himself, Tim has played an artist in at least three roles: Vincent Van Gogh in Vincent & Theo (1990), Jack Craig in Tales from the Crypt (1989) (episode "Easel Kill Ya") and Joey, an ex-con with a gift for drawing in No Way Home (1996).