Craig Robinson (actor)
|Birth name||Craig Phillip Robinson|
|Born||October 25, 1971|
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Medium||Film, stand-up, television, singer|
Craig Phillip Robinson (born October 25, 1971) is an American actor, comedian, musician, and singer. He is best known for his roles as Darryl Philbin on The Office (2005–2013), LeVar "Freight Train" Brown on The Cleveland Show (2009–2013), and Doug "the Pontiac Bandit" Judy on Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013–2021). He is also known for his frequent collaborations with Seth Rogen, including Pineapple Express (2008), Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008), This Is the End (2013), and Sausage Party (2016). Robinson has appeared in numerous other television shows and films, including Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) and Dolemite Is My Name (2019). He was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male for his performance in the film Morris from America.
Robinson was born in Chicago, Illinois, to a music teacher mother and an attorney father. He was raised on the South Side of Chicago, and was brought up Methodist. He attended Whitney M. Young Magnet High School. He received his undergraduate degree from Illinois State University in 1994, and his Master of Education from Saint Xavier University. He was a music teacher at Horace Mann Elementary School in Chicago, and Benjamin Franklin Elementary School and East Chicago Central High School in East Chicago, Indiana.
Acting and comedy
Robinson began doing stand-up and taking classes in improv and acting at The Second City in Chicago while still in college. He was on Def Comedy Jam season 7, episode 2. After doing open-mic sessions in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and elsewhere and winning regional comedy competitions, he began to get spots on late night TV shows like Jimmy Kimmel Live. 2004 saw him cast in bit parts, including episodes of Friends, The Bernie Mac Show, LAX and Arrested Development. Those led to small film roles in Knocked Up, Pineapple Express and Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.
Beginning in 2005, he portrayed Darryl Philbin on the American version of The Office, appearing first in "The Alliance", the fourth episode of the first season. Robinson was promoted to a starring role in the fourth season and continued until the show ended in 2013.
He has appeared on other television shows, including Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Lucky, Halfway Home, and Reno 911!. He appeared in the music video for the Red Hot Chili Peppers song "Hump de Bump". He voiced Cookie in Shrek Forever After (2010) and played Reg Mackworthy on the HBO hit series Eastbound & Down (2009–2012).
Robinson is a frequent collaborator with Seth Rogen, starring alongside Rogen in the films Knocked Up (2007), Pineapple Express (2008), Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008), This Is the End (2013) and Sausage Party (2016).
Robinson performed at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in 2008.
On top of Shrek Forever After and Sausage Party, Robinson has also provided his voice for the films Escape from Planet Earth (2013), Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (2013), Henchmen (2018), and Dolittle (2020).
He also appeared in the Korean film D-War (Korean: 디워), released in North America as Dragon Wars: D-War in 2007.
Around 2014, Robinson portrayed a farmer in commercials for the mobile game Hay Day.
Making a departure from his comedy background, Robinson portrayed saxophonist Maceo Parker in the James Brown biopic Get On Up (2014). In December 2015, he appeared in several Wal-Mart commercials promoting their credit card while singing and playing the piano at the store. He received rave reviews for the A24 drama Morris from America (2016), earning a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male. He also played the role of Ray Hayworth in the second season of the drama series Mr. Robot.
In 2019 Robinson became the spokesman for the Philadelphia-area meat producer Dietz & Watson, appearing in several commercials for the company's line of deli meats. The first of these commercials aired in January 2019, featuring Robinson and his brother Chris promoting the snack Dietz Nuts with Robinson playing up the double entendre in the name of the product.
Robinson later became the host of The Masked Dancer which has the same format as The Masked Singer. In 2021, Robinson was featured as a spokesperson for Pizza Hut advertising the return of their Detroit Styled Pizza and Original Stuffed Crust Pizza. Robinson also voiced a singing bust in Muppets Haunted Mansion.
For a number of years, Robinson and comedian Jerry Minor had a comedy act where they performed as musical duo L. Witherspoon & Chucky, with Minor as smooth singing L. Witherspoon and Robinson as Chucky, the keyboard player and back-up singer. They performed the act on HBO's Sketch Pad, several stand-up shows on Comedy Central, Real Time with Bill Maher, and Jimmy Kimmel Live!
He occasionally performs with his band, The Nasty Delicious, alongside his brother Chris Rob. They were featured as his band in an episode of The Office, and on the season finale of the seventh season of Last Comic Standing. He has also performed in character in multiple episodes of The Office, and was featured on the Hot Tub Time Machine soundtrack, singing "Jessie's Girl" and "Let's Get It Started". He was in the film Miss March, playing the role of the hit rapper Phil, also known as Horsedick.MPEG. Robinson produced two songs from that same film.
He has performed with his band in the 2018 stand-up comedy special Seth Rogen's Hilarity for Charity.
In June 2008, Robinson was arrested in Culver City, California for possession of MDMA and methamphetamine. He was charged with two felonies but the charges were dismissed after he completed a diversion program. In October 2013, Robinson was arrested by the Royal Bahamas Police Force and fined $1,000 by a Bahamas court for possession of a half gram of marijuana and 18 MDMA pills.
|2001||AppleJax and YoYo||YoYo||Short film|
|2005||Year of the Scapegoat||Pappy Labourgeneaux||Short film|
|2007||Daddy's Little Girls||Byron|
|2007||Knocked Up||Club Doorman|
|2007||Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story||Bobby Shad|
|2008||Zack and Miri Make a Porno||Delaney|
|2008||Prop 8: The Musical||Preacher||Short film|
|2008||The Frequency of Claire||Q-pid|
|2009||Fanboys||Skywalker Ranch guard|
|2009||Memphis Calling||Memphis||Short film|
|2009||Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian||Tuskegee Airman||Cameo|
|2009||The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard||DJ Request|
|2009||Post Grad||Funeral Director|
|2010||Father of Invention||Jerry|
|2010||Shrek Forever After||Cookie||Voice|
|2010||Hot Tub Time Machine||Nick Webber-Agnew|
|2013||Escape from Planet Earth||Doc||Voice|
|2013||Peeples||Wade Walker||Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor – Comedy|
|2013||This Is the End||Himself||MTV Movie Award for Best Musical Moment (shared with Jay Baruchel, Seth Rogen and The Backstreet Boys)|
|2013||Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters||George||Voice|
|2013||Rapture-Palooza||Anti-Christ||Also executive producer|
|2014||Get On Up||Maceo Parker|
|2015||Hot Tub Time Machine 2||Nick Webber|
|2016||Morris from America||Curtis Gentry||Sundance Film Festival Dramatic Special Jury Award for Individual Performance|
Nominated — Gotham Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
|2016||Sausage Party||Mr. Grits||Voice|
|2017||Table 19||Jerry Kepp|
|2017||Tragedy Girls||Albert "Big Al" Hill||Also producer|
|2018||An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn||Beverly Luff Linn|
|2019||Dolemite Is My Name||Ben Taylor|
|2019||Jay and Silent Bob Reboot||Judge Jerry N. Executioner|
|2020||Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made||Mr. Jenkins|
|2021||Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon||Officer Harold|
|2022||The Bad Guys||Mr. Shark||Voice; Post-production|
|TBA||The Ark and the Aardvark||Clyde||Voice; Post-production|
|2002||Play'd: A Hip Hop Story||Cole||Television film|
|2003||Lucky||Mutha Rhodes||13 episodes|
|2004||The Bernie Mac Show||Wayne||Episode "Hair Jordan"|
|2004||Friends||Clerk||Episode: "The One with Princess Consuela"|
|2005||Arrested Development||Studio Guard #1||Episode: "Switch Hitter"|
|2005||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Attendant #1||Episode: "The End"|
|2005–13||The Office||Darryl Philbin||120 episodes|
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2011–2013)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2009–2013)
|2007||Halfway Home||Mr. Brown||Episode: "Halfway Working"|
|2009–13||The Cleveland Show||LeVar "Freight Train" Brown||Voice|
|2009||James Gunn's PG Porn||Havana Bob||Episode: "Helpful Bus"|
|2009||Reno 911!||Levon French||Episode: "Deputy Dance"|
|2009, 2012||Eastbound & Down||Reggie Mackworthy||4 episodes|
|2011||Love Bites||Bowman||2 episodes|
|2013||Kroll Show||Various Characters||Episode: "The Greatest Hits of It"|
|2014||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Himself||Episode: "Craig Robinson Wears a Bordeaux Button Down & Dark Jeans"|
|2014–21||Brooklyn Nine-Nine||Doug Judy (The Pontiac Bandit)||9 episodes|
|2015||Key & Peele||Wisdom Caldwell / Himself||Episode: "Super Bowl Special"|
|2015||Mr. Robinson||Craig Robinson||6 episodes; also producer|
|2016–19||American Dad!||Security Officer / Dirk Turlington / Himself||Voice|
|2016||Mr. Robot||Ray||7 episodes|
|2017||Caraoke Showdown||Himself (host)||10 episodes|
|2017–18||Ghosted||Leroy Wright||16 episodes; also executive producer|
|2018||Dream Corp, LLC||Mr. Metzler||Episode: "Guys and Dads"|
|2020||Medical Police||Edgar Tooby||Episode: "The Lasagna as a Whole"|
|2020||What We Do in the Shadows||Claude||2 episodes|
|2020||Home Movie: The Princess Bride||Fezzik||Episode: "Chapter Eight: Ultimate Suffering"|
|2020||Ryan's Mystery Playdate||Himself||Episode: "Ryan's Jurassic Playdate"|
|2020||The Masked Singer||Guest panelist||Episode: "The Semi Finals - The Super Six"|
|2020–21||The Masked Dancer||Himself (host)||Main role|
|2020–present||Your Attention Please||Himself (host)||7 episodes|
|2021||Nickelodeon's Unfiltered||Himself||Episode: "This DJ is Bananas!"|
|2021||Last Week Tonight with John Oliver||Himself||Episode: "Hair"|
|2021||Muppets Haunted Mansion||Singing Bust||TV special|
|2021||Santa Inc.||Junior (voice)||8 episodes|
- "5 questions for Craig Robinson". Chicago Tribune. 11 March 2009.
- "Craig Robinson on The Office | Interview". Timeoutchicago.com. 2011-04-26. Retrieved 2015-01-29.
- "Apocalypse and The Office: Craig Robinson ends the world. Twice". Dailynews.com. Archived from the original on 2013-06-19. Retrieved 2015-01-29.
- "Illinois State Alumni Magazine" (PDF). Illinois State University. p. 29.
- "Office star Craig Robinson got Hollywood start at ISU". May 10, 2013.
- "The Alliance" – via www.imdb.com.
- "Walmart Credit Card TV Commercial, 'Satchel' Featuring Craig Robinson". iSpot.tv.
- "Morris From America (2016)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved August 12, 2017.
- "Demi Moore, Craig Robinson Board Michael Bay-Produced Pandemic Thriller 'Songbird'". The Hollywood Reporter. 24 June 2020. Retrieved 2020-06-30.
- ‘Muppets Haunted Mansion’ Adds Cameos to Play The Singing Busts September 11, 2021
- "L. Witherspoon & Chucky on Real Time". YouTube.com. 2007-05-24. Archived from the original on 2021-12-22. Retrieved 2015-01-29.
- "'Office' actor Craig Robinson faces drug charges". USA Today. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
- "'Office' actor Craig Robinson fined in minor drug bust". USA Today. Associated Press. October 13, 2013. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
- Nick Jr. (24 June 2020). "Catch @mrcraigrobinson in a new episode of @ryansmysteryplaydate Friday at 12:30p/11:30c". Instagram. Archived from the original on 2021-12-26.
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