Craig Robinson (actor)
Craig Phillip Robinson (born October 25, 1971) is an American actor, comedian, and singer. He played Darryl Philbin on The Office (2005–2013) and has appeared in 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 in February 2009
|Birth name||Craig Phillip Robinson|
October 25, 1971 |
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Medium||Film, stand-up, television|
|Alma mater||Saint Xavier University (MEd)
Illinois State University (BA)
Robinson was born in Chicago, Illinois, to a music teacher mother and a corporate 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 masters of education from Saint Xavier University. He was a music teacher at Horace Mann Elementary School in Chicago.
Acting and comedyEdit
Robinson began doing stand-up and taking classes in improv and acting at The Second City in Chicago. Beginning in 2005, he portrayed Darryl Philbin on the American version of The Office, and was promoted to a starring role in the fourth season. He has appeared on other television shows, including Arrested Development, Lucky, Friends, Halfway Home, and Reno 911!. He appeared in the music video for the Red Hot Chili Peppers song "Hump de Bump". He also hosted the seventh season of Last Comic Standing. 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).
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.
|2001||AppleJax and YoYo||YoYo||Short film|
|2005||Year of the Scapegoat||Pappy Labourgeneaux||Short film|
|2007||Daddy's Little Girls||Byron||Cameo|
|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||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||Big Al|
|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"|
|2014–17||Brooklyn Nine-Nine||Doug Judy||5 episodes|
|2015||Key & Peele||Himself||Episode: "Super Bowl Special"|
|2015||Mr. Robinson||Craig Robinson||6 episodes; also producer|
|2016||American Dad!||Security Officer||Voice
Episode: "Kiss Kiss Cam Cam"
|2016||Mr. Robot||Ray||7 episodes|
|2017||Caraoke Showdown||Himself (host)|
- "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.