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Tim Roth

Tim Roth, an Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee and BAFTA winner for his role opposite Liam Neeson and Jessica Lange in Rob Roy, got his start playing thugs and murderers. One of his first roles was as a skinhead in the BBC made-for-television movie Made in Britain. Since then, Roth has been drawn to diverse roles that have allowed him to exploit his formidable range as an actor. He has demonstrated the depth of his talent in films such as Robert Altman's Vincent and Theo (1990), where he delivered a tour-de-force performance as artist Vincent Van Gogh. That same year, he proved his comic mettle in Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. In 1992, Roth came to the United States, where he rose to prominence in two films from director Quentin Tarantino: Reservoir Dogs, in which Roth pushed himself to the limit as Mr. Orange, an undercover cop who infiltrated a band of gangsters, and the influential Pulp Fiction.

Roth's recent roles include Tim Burton's remake of the classic Planet of the Apes, Werner Herzog's Invincible, and John Sayles' Silver City, with Chris Cooper and Thora Birch, and Wim Wenders' Don't Come Knocking, which just premiered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

He will next be seen co-starring in Jump Shot with Kim Basinger and Danny DeVito.

Trained in the theater, Roth's many other film credits include Stephen Frears' The Hit, The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover, Lucky Numbers, Legend of 1900, Jumpin' at the Boneyard, Murder in Heartland, Heart of Darkness, Four Rooms, Little Odessa, Gridlock'd, and Everyone Says I Love You.

Roth made his directorial debut with the critically acclaimed film The War Zone, starring Ray Winstone, based on the book by Alexander Stuart. The film premiered to rave reviews at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival and was subsequently screened at the Cannes and Toronto Film Festivals.

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Tim Roth Facts

Birth NameTimothy Simon Smith
BirthdayMay 14, 1961 (62)
BirthplaceLondon, England, United Kingdom
Height5' 7" (1m70)  How tall is Tim Roth compared to you?
Awards1996 BAFTA Awards: Actor in a Supporting Role (for Rob Roy)

Selected Filmography

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
The Hateful Eight
Mr. Right
The Incredible Hulk
Planet Of The Apes
Rob Roy
Reservoir Dogs
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