Craig Robinson (actor)

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Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson 2009.jpg
Robinson on February 3, 2009
Birth nameCraig Phillip Robinson
Born(1971-10-25) October 25, 1971 (age 43)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
MediumStand-up, film, television
Years active2001–present
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Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson 2009.jpg
Robinson on February 3, 2009
Birth nameCraig Phillip Robinson
Born(1971-10-25) October 25, 1971 (age 43)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
MediumStand-up, film, television
Years active2001–present

Craig Phillip Robinson (born October 25, 1971) is an American actor, stand-up comedian, and singer. He is best known for his role as Darryl Philbin on The Office, and his roles in the films Pineapple Express, Miss March, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Shrek Forever After, Hot Tub Time Machine and This Is the End.

Early life[edit]

Robinson was born in Chicago, Illinois, to a music teacher mother and a corporate attorney father.[1][2] He was raised on the South Side of Chicago, and was brought up Methodist.[3] He attended Whitney M. Young Magnet High School. He received his undergraduate degree from Illinois State University in 1994, and his masters of education from Saint Xavier University. He was a music teacher at Horace Mann Elementary School.[4]


Acting and comedy[edit]

Robinson at the WonderCon in March 2013

Robinson began doing stand-up and taking classes in improv and acting at The Second City in Chicago. Beginning in 2005, he portrayed Darryl Philbin on the American version of The Office, and was promoted to a starring role in the fourth season. He has appeared on other television shows, including Arrested Development, Lucky, Friends, Halfway Home, and Reno 911!. He appeared in the music video for the Red Hot Chili Peppers song "Hump de Bump". He also hosted the seventh season of Last Comic Standing. He voiced Cookie in Shrek Forever After and played Reg Mackworthy on the HBO hit series Eastbound & Down.


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![5] 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 also 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.

Personal life[edit]

Robinson is a fan of the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Bears, and has been featured with fellow NBC actor/comedian and Cubs fan Nick Offerman in a series of commercials for New Era Cap Company. He was arrested on June 29, 2008 in Culver City, on charges of possessing methamphetamine and MDMA, and being under the influence of cocaine during a routine traffic stop.[6][7][8]


2001AppleJax and YoYoYoYoShort
2005Year of the ScapegoatPappy LabourgeneauxShort
Daddy's Little GirlsByron
Knocked UpClub doorman
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox StoryBobby Shad
2008Pineapple ExpressMatheson
Zack and Miri Make a PornoDelaney
Prop 8: The MusicalPreacher
The Frequency of ClaireQ-pid
2009FanboysSkywalker Ranch guard
Miss MarchPhil (Horsedick.MPEG)
Memphis CallingMemphis
Night at the Museum: Battle of the SmithsonianTuskegee Airman
The Goods: Live Hard, Sell HardDJ Request
Post GradFuneral Director
2010Father of InventionJerry
Shrek Forever AfterCookieVoice
Hot Tub Time MachineNick
2013Escape from Planet EarthDocVoice
This Is the EndHimself
Percy Jackson: Sea of MonstersGeorge
2014Get On UpMaceo Parker
2015Hot Tub Time Machine 2Nick
2016Sausage PartyTBAFilming
2002Play'd: A Hip Hop StoryColeMovie
2003LuckyMutha Rhodes13 episodes
2004The Bernie Mac ShowWayneEpisode "Hair Jordan"
LAXWayneEpisode: "Abduction"
FriendsClerkEpisode: "The One with Princess Consuela"
2005Arrested DevelopmentStudio Guard #1Episode: "Switch Hitter"
Curb Your EnthusiasmAttendant #1Episode: "The End"
2005–2013The OfficeDarryl Philbin / President Jackson119 episodes
2007Halfway HomeMr. BrownEpisode: "Halfway Working"
2009–2013The Cleveland ShowLeVar "Freight Train" BrownVoice
17 episodes
2009James Gunn's PG PornHavana BobEpisode: "Helpful Bus"
Reno 911!Levon FrenchEpisode: "Deputy Dance"
2009; 2012Eastbound & DownReggie Macworthy
Baseball player
4 episodes
2011Love BitesBowman2 episodes
2013Kroll ShowVarious CharactersEpisode: "The Greatest Hits of It"
2014Brooklyn Nine-NineDoug JudyEpisodes: "The Pontiac Bandit" and "The Pontiac Bandit Returns"
Mr. RobinsonCraig RicePilot
2015Key & PeeleHimselfEpisode: "Super Bowl Special"


  1. ^ "5 questions for Craig Robinson". Chicago Tribune. 11 March 2009. 
  2. ^ "Craig Robinson on The Office | Interview". 2011-04-26. Retrieved 2015-01-29. 
  3. ^ "Apocalypse and The Office: Craig Robinson ends the world. Twice". Retrieved 2015-01-29. 
  4. ^ "Illinois State Alumni Magazine". Illinois State University. Retrieved Winter 2009/2010 p.29.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  5. ^ "L. Witherspoon & Chucky on Real Time". 2007-05-24. Retrieved 2015-01-29. 
  6. ^ MTV News article: "'Pineapple Express' And 'Office' Star Craig Robinson Pleads Guilty To Ecstasy Possession: Report"
  7. ^ "'Office' actor Craig Robinson faces felony drug charges in Los Angeles". Daily News (New York). 15 August 2008. Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  8. ^ Access Hollywood

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