Robert Patrick

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Robert Patrick
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BornRobert Hammond Patrick, Jr.
(1958-11-05) November 5, 1958 (age 56)
Marietta, Georgia, U.S.
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Barbara Patrick (m. 1990)
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Robert Patrick
Robert Patrick SDCC 2014 (cropped).jpg
BornRobert Hammond Patrick, Jr.
(1958-11-05) November 5, 1958 (age 56)
Marietta, Georgia, U.S.
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Barbara Patrick (m. 1990)

Robert Hammond Patrick, Jr.[1] (born November 5, 1958) is an American actor known for his work in the science fiction genre. He is a Saturn Award winner with four nominations.

Patrick dropped out of college when drama class sparked his interest in acting, and entered film in 1986. After playing a supporting role in Die Hard 2 (1990), Patrick starred as the T-1000, the main antagonist of Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) – a role he reprised for cameo appearances in Wayne's World (1992) and Last Action Hero (1993). Other notable film credits include Fire in the Sky (1993), Striptease (1996), Cop Land (1997), The Faculty (1998), Spy Kids (2001), Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003), Walk the Line (2005), Flags of Our Fathers (2006), We Are Marshall (2006), Bridge to Terabithia (2007), The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009), and Safe House (2012).

In television, Patrick is known for his portrayals of FBI Special Agent John Doggett in The X-Files and Brigadier General Tom Ryan in The Unit, and has played ongoing roles in series such as The Outer Limits, The Sopranos, Elvis, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Burn Notice, Last Resort, Sons of Anarchy, and From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series. He currently stars in CBS drama Scorpion.

While largely unknown to mainstream audiences, Patrick is widely respected as an actor.[2] He was described by AllMovie writer Tracie Cooper as someone who has "developed a solid reputation within the industry", with critics, fans, and co-stars alike praising his "work ethic, personality, and consistent performances".[2]

Early life[edit]

Patrick, the oldest of five siblings, was born in Marietta, Georgia, the son of Nadine and Robert Patrick, Sr., a banker. His siblings are Richard Patrick (who is the lead singer for the rock band Filter), Cheri, Karen, and Lewis. He spent his early life in Bay Village, a small suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, while he moved around the country. Patrick did not start to pursue an acting career until his mid-twenties. During his childhood years, Patrick did not like to act. In third grade he refused to wear a pair of green tights required for Peter Pan.[3] He graduated from Farmington High School in Farmington, Michigan, in 1977. Patrick was a track and field and football athlete at Bowling Green State University, although he dropped out before graduating when he found interest in Drama and acting.[1]

After leaving college, Patrick secured a position as a house painter and continued as such until a boating accident in 1984 in Lake Erie.[3] He swam for three hours in order to save the others still stranded on the accident site, nearly drowning in the attempt.[1] After the accident, he moved from Ohio to Los Angeles, California, at the age of 26. His main income during the first years was as a bartender, and he often lived in his car. Patrick was then picked up for various small roles and cameos in low-budget films. Looking back, Patrick credited his early appearances in films for his "tough-looking exterior".[3]


Early work[edit]

Patrick made a short appearance in Die Hard 2 as the main villain's henchman before landing a role in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1990) as the main villain, the T-1000; it was his first starring role. James Cameron, the film's director, said he chose Patrick for the role because of his physical appearance, which he felt fit the role. During the filming of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Patrick was "broke", living in a cheap apartment with his girlfriend, Barbara, whom he married during filming. He has credited the film with starting his career.[3][4]

After Terminator 2, Patrick landed roles in various feature films such as Last Action Hero, Fire in the Sky (both 1993) and Striptease (1996). Because of his fondness for martial arts, Patrick starred in two martial arts films titled Double Dragon and Hong Kong 97, both released in 1994. His performance in Fire in the Sky caught the attention of The X-Files creator, Chris Carter. After David Duchovny distanced himself from the show during the seventh season, Carter immediately contacted Patrick to audition for the role of John Doggett. Patrick's brother, Richard, had previously worked for the series by adding music for the soundtrack album The X-Files: The Album. Patrick was cast as Doggett in 2000. The X-Files was canceled two seasons later, after Duchovny left the show following season 7, which resulted in low ratings for the show. Patrick made several appearances on many genre magazines, with TV Guide going so far as to label him one of the Ten Sexiest Men of Sci-Fi.[3]

In 2000, Patrick appeared in three episodes of The Sopranos ("The Happy Wanderer", "Bust Out", and "Funhouse") as David Scatino, a store owner struggling with gambling debts owed to Richie Aprile and Tony Soprano. Four years later, he made a guest appearance in the pilot episodes for Sci-Fi Channel's original series Stargate Atlantis, "Rising", as the military component commander of the Atlantis expedition, Marshall Sumner. He accepted the role, since he had worked with the same crew on The Outer Limits, a show which he appeared in during the early 1990s.[4]

Later work[edit]

Patrick in December 2007

Patrick played Johnny Cash's father, Ray Cash, in the Academy Award-winning film Walk the Line and Elvis's father, Vernon Presley in the Golden Globe winning and Emmy Award nominated TV miniseries Elvis.[5] He had a regular role on The Unit,[6] and played Elvis Presley in Lonely Street (2008).[7] In October 2006, he starred in the WWE Films production The Marine as Rome.[8] He also appeared in We Are Marshall as Marshall University head coach Rick Tolley, who lost his life when Southern Airways Flight 932 crashed in 1970.[9] His credits also include a guest starring role in the Lost episode "Outlaws", as well as a recurring role as the voice of Master Piandao in Season 3 of the Nickelodeon animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender.

He has also appeared in Meat Loaf's "Objects in the Rear View Mirror" music video with Will Estes.[10] Director McG, who directed Terminator Salvation, said that he wanted to reintroduce characters from the previous Terminator films: "I like the idea and the perspective for the next picture that you meet Robert Patrick the way he looks today, and he's a scientist that's working on, you know, improving cell replication so we can stay healthier and we can cure diabetes and do all these things that sound like good ideas, and to once again live as idealized expressions as ourselves."[11] Patrick also starred in the psychological thriller The Black Water of Echo's Pond, which was directed by Italian filmmaker Gabriel Bologna.[12] In recent years, he has appeared in such TV shows as Burn Notice, NCIS, and True Blood, among others. From 2012 to 2013, he also starred in Last Resort as Chief of the Boat Joseph Prosser. He played a supporting character in Identity Thief (2013). Since 2014, he also starred in Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series as Jacob Fuller. He currently plays Agent Cabe Gallo on the CBS Series Scorpion.

Personal life[edit]

Patrick married actress Barbara Hooper during the filming of Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). Patrick and Barbara have appeared together in various media releases such as Zero Tolerance and The X-Files.[3] He has two children, a son, Samuel, and a daughter, Austin (named after the police officer the T-1000 impersonates in Terminator 2). Almost every year, he does the Love Ride, a charity motorcycle ride held annually in Southern California.[13] His brother is Richard Patrick, former guitarist of Nine Inch Nails and lead singer of the rock bands Filter and Army of Anyone.[4] On 22 October 2010, the brothers sang guest vocals on the Filter song "So I Quit" on stage in Dallas, Texas.[14]



1986Eye of the EagleJohnny Ransom
1986Equalizer 2000Deke
1986Future HuntersSlade
1987Killer InstinctJohnny Ransom
1987Warlords from Hell
1989Hollywood Boulevard IICameraman
1990Die Hard 2O'Reilly
1991Terminator 2: Judgment DayT-1000
1992Wayne's WorldT-1000Cameo
1993Fire in the SkyMike Rogers
1993Last Action HeroT-1000Brief Non-speaking Cameo
1994Double DragonKoga Shuko
1994The Cool SurfaceJarvis ScottWriter
1994Body ShotMickey Dane
1994Hong Kong 97Reginald Cameron
1995Zero ToleranceJeff Douglas
1995Body LanguageDelbert RadleyTelevision film
1996T2 3-D: Battle Across TimeT-1000Universal Studios attraction
1996StripteaseDarrell Grant
1997Cop LandOfficer Jack Rucker
1997RosewoodFanny's Lover
1997The Only ThrillTom McHenry
1997Rag and BoneSgt. Daniel RyanTelevision film
1997AsylumNicholas Tordone
1998The Vivero LetterJames Wheeler
1998Tactical AssaultColonel Lee Banning
1998AmbushedShannon Herrold
1998Perfect AssassinsLeo BenitaTelevision film
1998Rogue ForceJake McInroy
1998The FacultyCoach Joe Willis
1999From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood MoneyBuckDirect-to-video
1999A Texas FuneralZach
1999Shogun CopDetective
2000Mexico CityAmbassador Mills
2000All the Pretty HorsesCole
2001Spy KidsMr. Lisp
2001Texas RangersSgt. John Armstrong
2001BackFlashRay Bennet
2001Angels Don't Sleep HereDetective Russell Stark
2002Out of These RoomsJohn Michael
2002PavementSamuel Brown
2002The Hire: TickerFBI AgentShort film
2002D-ToxPeter Noah
2003Charlie's Angels: Full ThrottleRay Carter
20031st to DieNicholas JenksTelevision film
2004Bad AppleColonel Tom Ryanmy "Bells" BellavitaTelevision film
2004Ladder 49Lenny Richter
2005SupercrossEarl Cole
2005Walk the LineRay Cash
2005The FixShay Riley
2006FirewallGary Mitchell
2006The MarineRome
2006Flags of Our FathersColonel Chandler Johnson
2006We Are MarshallHead Coach Rick TolleyUncredited
2007Bridge To TerabithiaJack AaronsMain Character
2007Balls of FurySgt. Pete Daytona
2008Fly Me to the MoonLouieVoice
2008Strange WildernessGus Hayden
2008AutopsyDr. David Benway
2009Alien TrespassVernon
2009Lonely StreetMr. Aaron
2009The Black Waters of Echo's PondPete
2009The Men Who Stare at GoatsTodd Nixon
2010Five Minarets in New YorkBecker
2010The Wrath of CainWarden Dean
2011S.W.A.T.: Fire FightWalter Hatch
2011Red Faction: OriginsAlec Mason
2011Good Day For ItLuke Cain
2012Safe HouseDaniel Kiefer
2012Trouble with the CurveVince
2012Jayne Mansfield's CarJimbo
2013Gangster SquadMax Kennard
2013LovelaceJohn Boreman
2013Identity ThiefSkiptracer
2014Endless LoveHarry Elliot


1993SWAT Kats: The Radical SquadronDr. Lieter GreenboxVoice
1 episode
1995–1996The Outer LimitsMajor John Strokes3 episodes
1996The Real Adventures of Jonny QuestRoger T. "Race" BannonVoice
2000The SopranosDavid Scatino3 episodes
2000–2002The X-FilesJohn DoggettMain cast
2004Stargate AtlantisColonel Marshall SumnerEpisode: "Rising"
2005LostHibbsEpisode: "Outlaws"
2005Law & Order: Special Victims UnitRay SchenkelEpisode: "Demons"
2005ElvisVernon PresleyMini-series
2006Ben 10PhilVoice
Episode: "Truth"
2006–2009The UnitColonel Tom Ryan69 episodes
2006–2009Disorderly Conduct: Video on PatrolNarratorVoice
2007–2008Avatar: The Last AirbenderPiandaoVoice
2 episodes
2009NCISCol. Merton BellEpisode: "Outlaws and In-Laws"
2009Hell's KitchenHimselfEpisode: "Season 5 Episode 8"
2010PsychMajor General FeltsEpisode: "You Can't Handle This Episode"
2010ChuckColonel KellerEpisode: "Chuck Versus the Tic Tac"
2010Burn NoticeJohn BarrettEpisodes: "Blind Spot" and "Guilty as Charged"
2011Big LoveBud Mayberry
2012–2014True BloodJackson Herveaux
2012Last ResortCommand Master Chief Petty Officer / Chief of the Boat Joseph Prosser
2013-2014Sons of AnarchyPresident Les Packer2 episodes
2014CommunityHead of Parking WaldronEpisode: "Analysis of Cork-Based Networking"
2014From Dusk till Dawn: The SeriesJacob FullerMain cast
2014ScorpionAgent Cabe GalloMain cast

Video games[edit]

1992Terminator 2: Judgment DayT-1000Voice
1995The DigCommander Boston LowVoice
2005The OutfitDeuce WilliamsVoice

Awards and nominations[edit]

1992MTV Movie AwardsBest VillainTerminator 2: Judgment DayNominated
1992Saturn AwardsBest Supporting ActorTerminator 2: Judgment DayNominated
1994Saturn AwardsBest ActorFire in the SkyNominated
2001Saturn AwardsBest Actor on TelevisionThe X-FilesWon
2002Saturn AwardsBest Actor in a Television SeriesThe X-FilesNominated
2005Jury AwardsBest ActorThe FixWon


  1. ^ a b c "Robert Patrick: Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved August 21, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Robert Patrick, All Movie Guide biography at The New York Times
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Robert Patrick: Full Biography". The New York Times (Allmovie). Retrieved August 21, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b c Anderson, Martin (February 28, 2008). "The Den of Geek interview: Robert Patrick". The Den of Geek. Retrieved August 21, 2009. 
  5. ^ Bianco, Robert (May 5, 2008). "A shook-up 'Elvis' biopic". USA Today. Retrieved August 28, 2009. 
  6. ^ Baillie, Russell (October 21, 2006). "Robert Patrick goes commando". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved August 28, 2009. 
  7. ^ Beifuss, John (August 1, 2009). "As Elvis, Robert Patrick Wanted to Pay Tribute, Restore 'Dignity' to the King". California Chronicle. Retrieved August 28, 2009. 
  8. ^ Hiltbrand, David (August 1, 2009). ""The Marine": Little depth, lotsa pow!". The Seattle Times. Retrieved August 28, 2009. 
  9. ^ Toole, Angie (January 7, 2007) "'We Are Marshall': Former NHS Eagles football star gets to try on coaching cleats in this new Matthew McConaughey movie". Northwest Florida Daily News. Retrieved on August 28, 2009.
  10. ^ Catlin, Roger (January 7, 2007) "On Tour, Meat Loaf head's for home". Hartford Courant. Retrieved on August 28, 2009.
  11. ^ Jake Rico (January 12, 2009). "Terminator Salvation - First Review". Retrieved August 28, 2009. 
  12. ^ "Theatrical One Sheet for 'Black Waters of Echo's Pond'". 
  13. ^ "20,000 cyclists join Love Ride". Clutch and Chrome. 
  14. ^ Filter - So I Quit - HD w/ Robert Patrick - 10-22-10 - Dallas, TX on YouTube

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