Craig Robinson (actor)
Robinson at Wondercon 2013
|Birth name||Craig Phillip Robinson|
|Born||October 25, 1971|
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Medium||Film, stand-up, television|
|Alma mater||Saint Xavier University (MEd) |
Illinois State University (BA)
Craig Phillip Robinson (born October 25, 1971) is an American actor, comedian, and singer. He is best known for his roles as Darryl Philbin on The Office (2005–2013) and Doug Judy (the "Pontiac Bandit") on Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013–). Robinson has appeared in numerous other television shows and films, including Pineapple Express (2008), Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008), Hot Tub Time Machine (2010), This Is the End (2013), and Sausage Party (2016).
Robinson was born in Chicago, Illinois, to a music teacher mother and an attorney father. He was raised on the South Side of Chicago, and was brought up Methodist. He attended Whitney M. Young Magnet High School. He received his undergraduate degree from Illinois State University in 1994, and his Master of Education from Saint Xavier University. He was a music teacher at Horace Mann Elementary School in Chicago.
Acting and comedy
Robinson began doing stand-up and taking classes in improv and acting at The Second City in Chicago while still in college. After doing open-mic sessions in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and elsewhere and winning regional comedy competitions, he began to get spots on late night TV shows like Jimmy Kimmel Live.  2004 saw him cast in bit parts, including episodes of Friends, The Bernie Mac Show, LAX and Arrested Development. Those led to small movie roles in Knocked Up, Pineapple Express and Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.
Beginning in 2005, he portrayed Darryl Philbin on the American version of The Office, appearing first in the fourth episode of the first season entitled, "The Alliance".  Robinson was promoted to a starring role in the fourth season and continued until the show ended in 2013.
He has appeared on other television shows, including Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Lucky, Halfway Home, and Reno 911!. He appeared in the music video for the Red Hot Chili Peppers song "Hump de Bump". He voiced Cookie in Shrek Forever After (2010) and played Reg Mackworthy on the HBO hit series Eastbound & Down (2009–2012).
Robinson is a frequent collaborator with Seth Rogen, starring alongside Rogen in the films Knocked Up (2007), Pineapple Express (2008), Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008), This Is the End (2013) and Sausage Party (2016).
He also appeared in what was then the highest grossing Korean film, D-War (Korean: 디워, released in North America as Dragon Wars: D-War) in 2007.
Making a departure from his comedy background, Robinson portrayed saxophonist Maceo Parker in the James Brown biopic Get On Up (2014). In December 2015, he appeared in several Wal-Mart commercials promoting their credit card while singing and playing the piano at the store. He received rave reviews for the A24 drama Morris from America (2016), earning a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male.
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!
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.
In June 2008, Robinson was arrested in Culver City, California for possession of MDMA and methamphetamine. He was charged with two felonies but the charges were dismissed after he completed a diversion program. In October 2013, Robinson was arrested by the Royal Bahamas Police Force and fined $1,000 by a Bahamas court for possession of a half gram of marijuana and 18 MDMA pills.
|2001||AppleJax and YoYo||YoYo||Short film|
|2005||Year of the Scapegoat||Pappy Labourgeneaux||Short film|
|2007||Daddy's Little Girls||Byron|
|2007||Knocked Up||Club Doorman|
|2007||Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story||Bobby Shad|
|2008||Zack and Miri Make a Porno||Delaney|
|2008||Prop 8: The Musical||Preacher||Short film|
|2008||The Frequency of Claire||Q-pid|
|2009||Fanboys||Skywalker Ranch guard|
|2009||Memphis Calling||Memphis||Short film|
|2009||Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian||Tuskegee Airman||Cameo|
|2009||The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard||DJ Request|
|2009||Post Grad||Funeral Director|
|2010||Father of Invention||Jerry|
|2010||Shrek Forever After||Cookie||Voice|
|2010||Hot Tub Time Machine||Nick Webber-Agnew|
|2013||Escape from Planet Earth||Doc||Voice|
|2013||Peeples||Wade Walker||Nominated—Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actor – Comedy|
|2013||This Is the End||Himself||MTV Movie Award for Best Musical Moment (shared with Jay Baruchel, Seth Rogen and The Backstreet Boys)|
|2013||Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters||George||Voice|
|2013||Rapture-Palooza||Anti-Christ||Also executive producer|
|2014||Get On Up||Maceo Parker|
|2015||Hot Tub Time Machine 2||Nick Webber|
|2016||Morris from America||Curtis Gentry||Sundance Film Festival Dramatic Special Jury Award for Individual Performance|
Nominated — Gotham Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
|2016||Sausage Party||Mr. Grits||Voice|
|2017||Table 19||Jerry Kepp|
|2017||Tragedy Girls||Albert "Big Al" Hill|
|2018||An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn||Beverly Luff Linn|
|2019||Dolemite Is My Name||Ben Taylor||Post-production|
|2019||The Ark and the Aardvark||Clyde||Voice; Post-production|
|2019||Jay and Silent Bob Reboot||Judge||Post-production|
|2020||The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle||Fleming||Voice; Post-production|
|TBA||Mona Lisa and the Blood Moon||Filming|
|2002||Play'd: A Hip Hop Story||Cole||Television film|
|2003||Lucky||Mutha Rhodes||13 episodes|
|2004||The Bernie Mac Show||Wayne||Episode "Hair Jordan"|
|2004||Friends||Clerk||Episode: "The One with Princess Consuela"|
|2005||Arrested Development||Studio Guard #1||Episode: "Switch Hitter"|
|2005||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Attendant #1||Episode: "The End"|
|2005–13||The Office||Darryl Philbin||120 episodes|
Nominated—NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2011–2013)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (2009–2013)
|2007||Halfway Home||Mr. Brown||Episode: "Halfway Working"|
|2009–13||The Cleveland Show||LeVar "Freight Train" Brown||Voice|
|2009||James Gunn's PG Porn||Havana Bob||Episode: "Helpful Bus"|
|2009||Reno 911!||Levon French||Episode: "Deputy Dance"|
|2009, 2012||Eastbound & Down||Reggie Mackworthy||4 episodes|
|2011||Love Bites||Bowman||2 episodes|
|2013||Kroll Show||Various Characters||Episode: "The Greatest Hits of It"|
|2014||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Himself||Episode: "Craig Robinson Wears a Bordeaux Button Down & Dark Jeans"|
|2014–19||Brooklyn Nine-Nine||Doug Judy||7 episodes|
|2015||Key & Peele||Himself||Episode: "Super Bowl Special"|
|2015||Mr. Robinson||Craig Robinson||6 episodes; also producer|
|2016-present||American Dad!||Security Officer / Dirk Turlington||Voice|
|2016||Mr. Robot||Ray||7 episodes|
|2017||Caraoke Showdown||Himself (host)||10 episodes|
|2017–18||Ghosted||Leroy Wright||16 episodes; also executive producer|
|2017–18||Big Mouth||Pubic Hair #2||Voice|
|2018||Dream Corp LLC||Mr. Metzler||Episode: "Guys and Dads"|
- "5 questions for Craig Robinson". Chicago Tribune. 11 March 2009.
- "Craig Robinson on The Office | Interview". Timeoutchicago.com. 2011-04-26. Retrieved 2015-01-29.
- "Apocalypse and The Office: Craig Robinson ends the world. Twice". Dailynews.com. Retrieved 2015-01-29.
- "Illinois State Alumni Magazine" (PDF). Illinois State University. p. 29.
- "Walmart Credit Card TV Commercial, 'Satchel' Featuring Craig Robinson". iSpot.tv.
- "Morris From America (2016)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved August 12, 2017.
- "L. Witherspoon & Chucky on Real Time". YouTube.com. 2007-05-24. Retrieved 2015-01-29.
- "'Office' actor Craig Robinson faces drug charges". USA Today. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
- "'Office' actor Craig Robinson fined in minor drug bust". USA Today. Associated Press. October 13, 2013. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
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