For the American playwright, see Robert Patrick (playwright).

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."[1] 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."[2] 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.[1] 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."[1]

Early life

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.[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.[4]

After leaving college, Patrick got a job 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, while he nearly drowned in his attempt.[4] 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."[3]


Early work


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.[3][5]

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.[3]

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.[5]

Later work

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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. [6] He had a regular role on The Unit,[7] 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.[8] In October 2006, he starred in the WWE Films production The Marine as Rome, the villain of the story.[9] 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.[10] 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.[11] 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."[12] Patrick also starred in the Psychological thriller "The Black Water of Echo's Pond", which was directed by Italian filmmaker Gabriel Bologna.[13]

Personal life

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.[3] 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.[14] 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.[5]


Feature films

Year Film Role Notes
1990 Die Hard 2 O'Reilly
1991 Terminator 2: Judgment Day T-1000
1992 Wayne's World T-1000 Cameo
1993 Fire in the Sky Mike Rogers
Last Action Hero T-1000 Cameo
1994 Double Dragon Koga Shuko
The Cool Surface Writer
1996 Striptease Darrell Grant
1997 Cop Land Officer Jack Rucker
Rosewood Fanny's Lover
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
2005 Supercross Earl Cole
Walk the Line Ray Cash
Elvis Vernon Presley Mini-series
2006 Firewall Gary Mitchell
The Marine Rome
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
2009 Alien Trespass Vernon
Lonely Street Mr. Aaron
The Men Who Stare at Goats Todd Nixon

Other films

Year Title Role Notes
1986 Eye of the Eagle Johnny Ransom
Equalizer 2000 Deke aka Defender 2000
Future Hunters Slade
1987 Killer Instinct Johnny Ransom aka Behind Enemy Lines
1989 Hollywood Boulevard II Cameraman
1992 Broken Cop Uncredited
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
Decoy Travis
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
Asylum Nicholas Tordone
1998 The Vivero Letter James Wheeler
Tactical Assault Colonel Lee Banning
Ambushed Shannon Herrold
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
Shogun Cop Detective
2000 Mexico City Ambassador Mills
2001 Backflash Ray Bennett
Angels Don't Sleep Here Detective Russell Stark
2002 D-Tox Noah
Out of These Rooms John Michael
Pavement Samuel Brown
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

Television shows

Year Title Role Notes
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"
2005 Lost Hibbs Episode: "Outlaws"
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"

Video Games

Year Title Role Notes
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

Year Award Category work Result
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


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  2. Robert Patrick at
  3. 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. 4.0 4.1 "Robert Patrick: Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved August 21, 2009. 
  5. 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. 
  6. 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. 
  7. Baillie, Russell (October 21, 2006). "Robert Patrick goes commando". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved August 28, 2009. 
  8. Beifuss, John (August 1, 2009). "As Elvis, Robert Patrick Wanted to Pay Tribute, Restore 'Dignity' to the King". California Chronicle. Retrieved August 28, 2009. 
  9. Hiltbrand, David (August 1, 2009). ""The Marine": Little depth, lotsa pow!". The Seattle Times. Retrieved August 28, 2009. 
  10. 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.
  11. Catlin, Roger (January 7, 2007) "On Tour, Meat Loaf head's for home". Hartford Courant. Retrieved on August 28, 2009.
  12. Jake Rico (January 12, 2009). "Terminator Salvation - First Review". Retrieved August 28, 2009. 
  13. Theatrical One Sheet for 'Black Waters of Echo's Pond'
  14. "20,000 cyclists join Love Ride". Clutch and Chrome. 

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