Happy Birthday: Tobin Bell

tobinbellTobin Bell

Born: August 7, 1942 in Queens, New York City, New York, USA

I always thought I was going to play romantic leads. I honestly did. I still don’t think I’ve played the role I’m destined to play, one that shows a wholeness. I’ve appreciated all the roles I’ve played, but I mean a role that shows the fullness of my personality, not just that power guy. I was doing a scene at the Actor’s Studio in New York [in the early ’80s], 150 people sitting in the audience. It was about Thomas Jefferson-very sensible, very intelligent, very classical kind of scene. I finish the scene, the director says to me, “Tobin, how’s your career coming?” And I said, “Well, you know, I’ve been doing some plays, I’m doing one downtown.” And she said, “No, but I mean, are you making money?” and I said, “Well, I’m plugging away, and I have since the mid-’70s. It took Gene Hackman and Dustin Hoffman 15 years before they worked.” So she said, “You should go to Hollywood and play bad guys, that’s what you should do.” I was like, “What?”

Goodfellas
1990
dir. Scorsese
starring
Ray Liotta
Robert DeNiro
Joe Pesci
IN THE LINE OF FIREIn the Line of Fire
1993
dir. Wolfgang Petersen
Starring
Clint Eastwood
John Malkovich
SAWSaw
2004
dir. James Wan
Starring
Leigh Whannell
Cary Elwes
SAW IISaw II
2005
dir. Darren Lynn Bousman
Starring
Bell
Shawnee Smith
SAW IIISaw III
2006
dir. Darren Lynn Bousman
Starring
Bell
Shawnee Smith
SAW IVSaw IV
2007
dir. Darren Lynn Bousman
Starring
Costas Mandylor
Bell,
SAW VSaw V
2008
dir. David Hackl
Starring
Bell
Costas Mandylor
Saw VI
2009
dir. Kevin Greutert
Starring
Bell
Costas Mandylor
SAW 3DSAW 3D
dir. Kevin Greutert
Stars:
Tobin Bell
Costas Mandylor
THE QUICK AND THE DEAD
1995
dir. Sam Raimi
Stars:
Leonardo DiCaprio
Gene Hackman
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