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Roth in Youth Without Youth.

About Tim Roth (1961 – ____)

Timothy Simon "Tim" Roth was born in Dulwich, London, the son of Ann, a painter and teacher, and Ernie, a Fleet Street journalist, painter, and member of the British Communist Party until the 1970s.

His father was born with the surname "Smith" in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, New York, to a British immigrant family of Irish ancestry; he changed his surname to the often German/Jewish "Roth" in the 1940s, "partly through solidarity with the victims of the Holocaust, partly because the English were far from welcome in some of the countries to which his job took him".

Roth attended the Strand School in Tulse Hill. As a young man, he wanted to be a sculptor and studied at London's Camberwell College of Art.

Roth made his acting début at the age of 21, playing a white power skinhead named Trevor in a 1982 TV film titled Made in Britain. He played an East End character in King of the Ghetto, a controversial drama based on a novel by Farukh Dhondy set in Brick Lane and broadcast by the BBC in 1986. He played a shy young man in the 1984 Mike Leigh film Meantime.

In 1985, he appeared in the television film Murder with Mirrors. He played an apprentice hitman in Stephen Frears' The Hit, earning an Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Newcomer. In 1989 he had a supporting role as the buffoonish lackey Mitchell in Peter Greenaway's The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover. In 1990, he starred as Vincent van Gogh in Robert Altman's Vincent & Theo and Guildenstern in Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead.

Roth and other young British actors of the time, such as Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Daniel Day-Lewis, Bruce Payne, and Paul McGann, were dubbed the Brit Pack. Roth was cast as "Mr. Orange" in Quentin Tarantino's 1992 film Reservoir Dogs. In 1994, Tarantino cast him as a robber in Pulp Fiction.

They also collaborated in the 1995 film Four Rooms, where he played Ted. His role as Archibald Cunningham in Rob Roy earned him the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role as well as an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, a Golden Globe nomination.

In 1996, he starred in Woody Allen's musical comedy Everyone Says I Love You. He also starred as "Danny Boodman T.D. Lemon 1900" in The Legend of 1900, and in the same year, he co-starred in the film Gridlock'd. He made his directorial debut in 1999 with The War Zone, a film version of Alexander Stuart's novel. In 2001, he portrayed General Thade in Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes. Roth was the original choice for the role of Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film series, but he turned it down for Planet of the Apes.

He was considered for the part of Hannibal Lecter in the 2001 film Hannibal before Anthony Hopkins returned to reclaim the role. He appeared in Francis Ford Coppola's Youth Without Youth and Michael Haneke's Funny Games, then starred as Emil Blonsky / Abomination in The Incredible Hulk.

From 2009 to 2011, he starred in a series on Fox called Lie To Me. He played Dr. Cal Lightman, an expert on body language who assists local and federal law organizations in the investigations of crimes. His character was based on Dr. Paul Ekman, a notable psychologist and expert on body language and facial expressions. In 2010, Roth appeared on the cover of Manic Street Preachers' 2010 studio album, Postcards from a Young Man.

In 2012, he was announced as the President of the Jury for the Un Certain Regard section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. He starred as FIFA President Sepp Blatter in United Passions, a film about football's governing body, released in 2014, to coincide with FIFA's 110th anniversary, and the 2014 FIFA World Cup. In 2015, he starred in the film Chronic which received a limited release in 2016. He later received a Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead nomination.

Roth is a survivor of child sexual abuse committed by his paternal grandfather, who he has stated sexually abused him from childhood until his early teen years. He first revealed that he was a survivor of sexual abuse during press for his 1996 directorial debut, The War Zone (which dealt with the topics of incest and sexual violence within a family), but declined to name the perpetrator at that time. In December of 2016, he gave an interview to the British newspaper The Guardian in which he revealed that his abuser was his grandfather, who had also sexually abused Roth's own father when he was a child.

Roth has a son, Jack, born to Lori Baker in 1984. Jack is also an actor. Roth married Nikki Butler in 1993; they have two sons, Timothy Hunter (born 1995) and Michael Cormac (born 1996). Politically, Roth is a supporter of the Green Party of England and Wales.

Tim Roth's movie credits include...

Year Movie Role
1984The HitMyron
1985Return to WaterlooBoy Punk
1988A World ApartHarold
1988To Kill a PriestFeliks
1988Twice Upon a Time
1989The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her LoverMitchel
1990Vincent & TheoVincent van Gogh
1990Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are DeadGuildenstern
1991BackslidingTom Whitton
1992Reservoir DogsFreddy Newendyke ("Mr. Orange")
1992Jumpin' at the BoneyardManny
1993Bodies, Rest & MotionNick
1993El Marido perfectoMilan
1994CaptivesPhilip Chaney
1994Little OdessaJoshua Shapira
1994Pulp Fiction"Ringo" ("Pumpkin")
1995Rob RoyArchibald Cunningham
1995Four RoomsTed
1996No Way HomeJoey
1996Everyone Says I Love YouCharles Ferry
1996Mocking the CosmosMyrodemnon / Myron
1997Gridlock'dAlexander "Stretch" Rawland
1997HoodlumDutch Schultz
1997DeceiverJames Walter Wayland
1997Animals with the TollkeeperHenry
1998Legend of 1900Danny Boodman TD Lemon 1900
1999The War Zone
2000The Million Dollar HotelIzzy Goldkiss
2000VatelMarquis de Lauzun
2000Lucky NumbersGig
2001Planet of the ApesThade
2001InvincibleHersche Steinschneider / Erik Jan Hanussen
2001The MusketeerFebre
2002Emmett's MarkJohn Harrett / Frank Dwyer
2003Whatever We DoJoe
2003To Kill a KingOliver Cromwell
2004Nouvelle-FranceWilliam Pitt
2004The Beautiful CountryCaptain Oh
2004With It"Chicken Louis" Farnatelli
2004Silver CityMitch Paine
2005Don't Come KnockingSutter
2005Dark WaterJeff Platzer
2007Even MoneyVictor
2007Youth Without YouthDominic
2007Virgin TerritoryGerbino
2008Funny GamesGeorge
2008The Incredible HulkEmil Blonsky/Abomination
2009King ConquerorKing Pedro II of Aragon
2010Pete Smalls Is DeadPete Smalls
2012ArbitrageDetective Michael Bryer
2013The LiabilityRoy
2014Grace of MonacoPrince Rainier of Monaco
2014United PassionsSepp Blatter
2014SelmaGeorge Wallace
2014October GaleTom
2015A Fall from GraceDetective Tabb
2015600 MilesHank Harris
2015Hardcore HenryHenry's Father
2015Mr. RightHopper
2015The Hateful EightOswaldo Mobray
2016The Brits Are ComingPeter Fox

Tim Roth's television credits include...

Year Show/Series Role
1982Made in BritainTrevor
1983Not Necessarily the NewsGay Man
1985Murder with MirrorsEdgar Lawson
1986King of the GhettoMatthew Long
1987MetamorphosisGregor Samsa
1991Tales from the CryptJack Craig
1993Murder in the HeartlandCharles Starkweather
1993Heart of DarknessMarlow
2006Tsunami: The AftermathNick Fraser
2009–2011Lie to MeDr. Cal Lightman
2010Sea WolfDeath Larsen
2014KlondikeThe Count
2014Robot ChickenThe Doctor (voice)
2016RegReg Keys
2016Rillington PlaceJohn Christie
2017Twin PeaksTBA

Memorable Quotes by Tim Roth

“ I have a bad time between jobs because I'm always convinced I'll never work again. I think it may be an English thing, this fear of unemployment. ”

[on Reservoir Dogs (1992)] “ There's a lot of blood in that film. I think there's only nine pints in a body; we had about four gallons. ”

“ I'm not a method actor. I don't really have to go live in a hut in the tundra to play an accountant. People tell you that's what you should do because it's what De Niro does. It never worked for me. I've always been able to learn what I need to learn from the script. ”

“ There's stuff I'm really scared of doing that I think I *should* do. I *should* do some Shakespeare but it terrifies me. I want to... Harold Pinter adapted King Lear for me - into a film - and I want to try and make that at some point, but, you know, it's damned hard finding money for Shakespeare if you're not Kenneth Branagh, you know? ”

[On how his relationship with Quentin Tarantino came to be] “ Well, he came to me. He'd seen Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990) and Vincent & Theo (1990), which are films he really liked. My agent sent me the script, and wrote a little note saying I should look at the role of Pink or Blonde. And I read it and I said "No, I like that guy Orange, because he's a liar. I'll be an Englishman playing an American playing a cop who's playing a villain." And I liked that combination, because it seemed incredibly difficult to do. So then I met with Quentin and we got along very well, but they wanted me to read, and I wouldn't do it. I don't like auditioning in that way, because I'm not very good at it. But we all got drunk, and eventually I did. ”

“ There is less pressure on a character actor. It generally means that you will be acting for all of your life, which is my intention. It is not my intention to be a rich and famous person. That would be pretty boring. ”

Things You May Not Know About Tim Roth

He and Gary Oldman are very good friends from back in the days of when they worked in London theater.

He bears tattoos on his right arm for significant events in his life. He has 8 such tattoos, as of 2010.

His father was born in Brooklyn, New York City, to a British immigrant family of Irish ancestry. His mother was English. Tim's father changed the family name from the British/American sounding "Smith" to "Roth" after World War II, because he was a journalist who traveled in countries that disliked the British and Americans.

Was considered for the role of Severus Snape in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001), but dropped out to star in Tim Burton's remake of Planet of the Apes (1968). The role went to Alan Rickman.

He was considered as a replacement for Anthony Hopkins, when Hopkins was reluctant to return to play Hannibal Lector in Hannibal (2001). However, in the end, Hopkins accepted the role.

A former art student himself, Tim has played an artist in at least three roles: Vincent Van Gogh in Vincent & Theo (1990), Jack Craig in Tales from the Crypt (1989) (episode "Easel Kill Ya") and Joey, an ex-con with a gift for drawing in No Way Home (1996).

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Tim Roth as facial expression expert Cal Lightman in Lie to Me (2009-2011).
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Roth as the venomous Archibald Cunningham in Rob Roy (1995)...
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Roth in Pulp Fiction (1994)... top picture with Amanda Plummer.
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In Reservoir Dogs (1992)... top picture with
Michael Madsen, Quentin Tarantino, and Harvey Keitel.
Tim Roth as Alabama Governor George Wallace in Selma (2014).
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In Funny Games (2008)... top picture with Brady Corbet... middle picture with Naomi Watts.
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In The Incredible Hulk (2008)... top picture with William Hurt.
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In The Hateful Eight (2015)... bottom picture with Kurt Russell and Jennifer Jason Leigh.
Roth, with Drew Barrymore, in Woody Allen's Everyone Says I Love You (1996).
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Roth with rapper Tupac Shakur in Gridlock'd (1997).
With Patricia Clarkson in October Gale (2014).
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Roth and Gary Oldman in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (1990).
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In Arbitrage (2012).
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As Prince Rainier in Grace of Monaco (2014).
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In Chronic (2015)... top picture with Michael Christopher.
As Pete Smalls in Pete Smalls is Dead (2010).
Unrecognizable in Planet of the Apes (2001).
In The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, & Her Lover (1989).
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As Dutch Schultz in Hoodlum (1997).
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In 600 Miles (2015).
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In Hardcore Henry (2015).
In Möbius (2012).
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As Vincent Van Gogh in Vincent and Theo (1990).
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In Youth Without Youth (2007).
In Four Rooms (1995).
Tim Roth in Invincible (2001).