Robert Patrick, Jr. (born November 5, 1958) is an American actor, known for his leading and supporting roles in a number of films and television shows. Patrick dropped out of college when drama class sparked his interest in acting, receiving his first professional acting job in the 1986 television film, Eye of the Eagle. For much of the late-1980s, he lived in Los Angeles and had minor roles. In 1990, he landed a supporting role as terrorist O'Reilly in Die Hard 2. In 1991, he found greater mainstream recognition when he landed the role of the main villain, the T-1000, in Terminator 2: Judgment Day—a role described by Allmovie as "one of the most memorable roles in one of the most memorable films of the decade." He was nominated for the 1992 Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor and the 1992 MTV Movie Award for Best Villain for his work and reprised the role for cameo appearances in 1992's Wayne's World and 1993's Last Action Hero. He was later nominated for the 1994 Saturn Award for Best Actor for his leading role as Mike Rogers in cult favorite Fire in the Sky and landed central supporting roles in popular films such as Cop Land and The Faculty, as well as recurring roles in popular television shows such as The Sopranos and The Outer Limits.
Patrick starred in a number of critically panned films during the 1990s, including Double Dragon and Striptease, once saying of his filmography: "there's maybe five that are good and the rest are crap." He later gained worldwide recognition for playing John Doggett in the American science fiction-horror television show The X-Files. Replacing Fox Mulder as the male lead of the show, his portrayal earned him the Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television in 2001, and a nomination the following year for the same award in the category "Best Actor in a Television Series", as well as seeing him named one of "The Ten Sexiest Men of Sci-Fi" by TV Guide. He won the 2005 Jury Award for Best Actor for his role as Shay Riley in television film The Fix. In 2006, he landed another of his most memorable roles, playing Colonel Tom Ryan in the hit television show, The Unit.
In later years, Patrick has landed central supporting roles in the critical successes Walk the Line, Elvis, Bridge to Terabithia, Spy Kids and Flags of Our Fathers. Allmovie described Patrick as having "developed a solid reputation within the industry," with critics, fans and co-stars praising "his work ethic, personality, and consistent performances."
Patrick, the oldest of five siblings, was born in Marietta, Georgia, the son of Nadine and Robert Patrick, a banker. He spent his early life in Bay Village, a small suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, while he moved around the country. Patrick didn't start to pursue an acting career until his mid-twenties. During his childhood years, Patrick didn't like to act. In third grade he refused to wear a required set of green tights used for a Peter Pan. 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.
After leaving college, Patrick got a job as a house painter and continued as such until a boating accident in 1984 in Lake Erie. He swam for three hours in order to save the others still stranded on the accident site, while he nearly drowned in his attempt. After the accident, he moved from Ohio to Los Angeles, California at the age of 26. His main income during the first years was a job at a bar. During the early years he lived in his own 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."
Before reaching fame with Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Patrick starred in various direct-to-video television movies. Prior to starring in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, he had a short appearance in Die Hard 2 as a member of the terrorist organisation. In 1990, he was cast in the role of T-1000 in Terminator 2. James Cameron, the director of the film, said he chose Patrick for the role because of his physical appearance, which was needed for the role. During the filming of Terminator 2, Patrick was "broke", living at a cheap apartment with his wife, Barbara Patrick who he married during filming of Terminator 2. Before getting the part, he was struggling and looking for a break in the film industry. He continued with saying the film gave him his career.
After Terminator, Patrick landed roles in various feature film 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 entitled Double Dragon and Hong Kong 97 both films 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. Patrick's brother, Richard had previous worked for them by adding music for the soundtrack album The X-Files: The Album. Patrick was cast as John Doggett in 2000, and to the surprise of many, his portrayal was met with much positive response from critics and fans alike. Because of the success of The X-Files, 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.
In 2000, Patrick appeared in three episodes of The Sopranos as David Scatino, a store owner struggling with gambling debts owed to DiMeo crime family capo Richie Aprile, and to 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 90s.
Patrick played the father of Johnny Cash in the Academy Award-winning film Walk the Line and the father of Elvis Presley in the Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning TV miniseries Elvis.  He had a regular role on The Unit, and is scheduled to finish filming Lonely Street, a comedy caper where his role is that of a certain Mr. Aaron, a mysterious celebrity thought to have faked his own death and who is none other than Elvis Presley. In October 2006, he starred in the WWE Films production The Marine as Rome, the villain of the story. He also appeared in We Are Marshall as Marshall University head coach Rick Tolley, who lost his life when Southern Airways Flight 932 crashed 4,219 feet short of Huntington Tri-State Airport's runway in 1970. His credits also include a guest starring role in a single episode of Lost, as well as a recurring role as the voice of Master Piandao in the third season 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. Director McG who directed Terminator: Salvation said that he wanted to reintroduce characters from former Terminator films. Saying that "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." Patrick also starred in the Psychological thriller "The Black Water of Echo's Pond", which was directed by Italian filmmaker Gabriel Bologna.
Patrick is married to actress Barbara Patrick, whom he married during the filming of Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Patrick and Barbara have appeared together in various media releases such as Zero Tolerance and as Barbara Doggett in two episodes of The X-Files during its last season. He has two children, a son, Samuel, and a daughter, Austin. Almost every year, he does the Love Ride, a charity motorcycle ride held annually in Southern California. He is the current president of Chapter 101 of the Boozefighters motorcycle club. Patrick is the brother of Richard Patrick, former guitarist of Nine Inch Nails and lead singer of the rock bands Filter and Army of Anyone.
|1990||Die Hard 2||O'Reilly|
|1991||Terminator 2: Judgment Day||T-1000|
|1993||Fire in the Sky||Mike Rogers|
|Last Action Hero||T-1000||Cameo|
|1994||Double Dragon||Koga Shuko|
|The Cool Surface||Writer|
|1997||Cop Land||Officer Jack Rucker|
|Hacks||Goatee||aka Sink or Swim|
|1998||The Faculty||Coach Joe Willis|
|2000||All the Pretty Horses||Cole|
|2001||Spy Kids||Mr. Lisp|
|Texas Rangers||Sgt. John Armstrong|
|2003||Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle||Ray Carter|
|2004||Ladder 49||Lenny Richter|
|Walk the Line||Ray Cash|
|Flags of Our Fathers||Colonel Chandler Johnson|
|We Are Marshall||Head Coach Rick Tolley||Uncredited|
|2007||Bridge To Terabithia||Jack Aarons|
|Balls of Fury||Sgt. Pete Daytona|
|2008||Fly Me to the Moon||Louie||Voice|
|Strange Wilderness||Gus Hayden|
|Lonely Street||Mr. Aaron|
|The Men Who Stare at Goats||Todd Nixon|
|1986||Eye of the Eagle||Johnny Ransom|
|Equalizer 2000||Deke||aka Defender 2000|
|1987||Killer Instinct||Johnny Ransom||aka Behind Enemy Lines|
|1989||Hollywood Boulevard II||Cameraman|
|1994||Body Shot||Mickey Dane|
|Hong Kong 97||Reginald Cameron|
|The Cool Surface||Jarvis Scott|
|1995||Zero Tolerance||Jeff Douglas|
|Body Language||Delbert Radley||TV film|
|1996||T2 3-D: Battle Across Time||T-1000||Universal Studios attraction|
|1997||The Only Thrill||Tom McHenry|
|Rag and Bone||Sgt. Daniel Ryan||TV film|
|1998||The Vivero Letter||James Wheeler|
|Tactical Assault||Colonel Lee Banning|
|Perfect Assassins||Leo Benita||TV film|
|Rogue Force||Jake McInroy|
|1999||From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money||Buck||Direct-to-video|
|A Texas Funeral||Zach|
|2000||Mexico City||Ambassador Mills|
|Angels Don't Sleep Here||Detective Russell Stark|
|Out of These Rooms||John Michael|
|The Hire: Ticker||FBI Agent||Short film; Uncredited|
|2003||1st to Die||Nicholas Jenks||TV film|
|2004||Bad Apple||Colonel Tom Ryanmy 'Bells' Bellavita||TV film|
|2005||The Fix||Shay Riley|
|2008||Autopsy||Dr. David Benway|
|2009||The Black Waters of Echo's Pond||Pete|
|2010||The Wrath of Cain||Warden Dean|
|1993||SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron||Dr. Lieter Greenbox||Voice (1 episode)|
|1995 - 1996||The Outer Limits||Major John Strokes||Episodes: "Quality of Mercy", "The Light Brigade"|
|1996||The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest||Roger T. "Race" Bannon||Voice|
|2000||The Sopranos||David Scatino||Episodes: "The Happy Wanderer", "Bust Out", "Funhouse"|
|2000 - 2002||The X-Files||John Doggett||Regular|
|2004||Stargate Atlantis||Colonel Marshall Sumner||Episode: "Rising"|
|Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Ray Schenkel||Episode: "Demons"|
|2006 - 2009||The Unit||Colonel Tom Ryan|
|2007 - 2008||Avatar: The Last Airbender||Piandao||Voice (2 episodes)|
|2009||NCIS||Col. Merton Bell||Episode: "Outlaws And In-Laws"|
|Hell's Kitchen||Himself||Guest Diner; "Season 5 Episode 8"|
|2010||Psych||Major General Felts||Episode: "You Can't Handle This Episode"|
|2010||Chuck||Colonel Keller||Episode: "Chuck Versus the Tic Tac"|
|2010||Burn Notice||John Barrett||Episodes: "Blind Spot", "Guilty as Charged"|
|1992||Terminator 2: Judgment Day||T-1000||voice|
|1995||The Dig||Commander Boston Low||voice|
|2005||The Outfit||Deuce Williams||voice|
|2010||DC Universe Online||Hawkman||voice|
Awards and nominations
|1992||MTV Movie Awards||Best Villain||Terminator 2: Judgment Day||Nominated|
|Saturn Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Terminator 2: Judgment Day||Nominated|
|1994||Saturn Awards||Best Actor||Fire in the Sky||Nominated|
|2001||Saturn Awards||Best Actor on Television||The X-Files||Won|
|2002||Saturn Awards||Best Actor in a Television Series||The X-Files||Nominated|
|2005||Jury Awards||Best Actor||The Fix||Won|
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Robert Patrick, All Movie Guide biography at The New York Times
- ↑ Robert Patrick at brainyquote.com
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 "Robert Patrick: Full Biography". The New York Times (Allmovie). Retrieved August 21, 2009.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 "Robert Patrick: Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved August 21, 2009.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 Anderson, Martin (February 28, 2008). "The Den of Geek interview: Robert Patrick". The Den of Geek. Retrieved August 21, 2009.
- ↑ Atamagelo, Amy (March 5, 2008). dids=997611391:997611391&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:FT&type=current&date=Mar+05%2C+2006&author=AMY+AMATANGELO&pub=Boston+Herald&desc=THE+INSIDER%3A+Robert+Patrick&pqatl=google "The Insider: Robert Patrick" Check
|url=value (help). Boston Herald. Retrieved August 28, 2009.
- ↑ Baillie, Russell (October 21, 2006). "Robert Patrick goes commando". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved August 28, 2009.
- ↑ Beifuss, John (August 1, 2009). "As Elvis, Robert Patrick Wanted to Pay Tribute, Restore 'Dignity' to the King". California Chronicle. Retrieved August 28, 2009.
- ↑ Hiltbrand, David (August 1, 2009). ""The Marine": Little depth, lotsa pow!". The Seattle Times. Retrieved August 28, 2009.
- ↑ 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.
- ↑ Catlin, Roger (January 7, 2007) "On Tour, Meat Loaf head's for home". Hartford Courant. Retrieved on August 28, 2009.
- ↑ Jake Rico (January 12, 2009). "Terminator Salvation - First Review". ShowBizCafe.com. Retrieved August 28, 2009.
- ↑ Theatrical One Sheet for 'Black Waters of Echo's Pond'
- ↑ "20,000 cyclists join Love Ride". Clutch and Chrome.
- Template:Title without disambig at the Internet Movie Database
- Robert Patrick bio at CBS, The Unit
- Robert Patrick Site
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