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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).

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson 2009.jpg
Robinson in February 2009
Birth name Craig Phillip Robinson
Born (1971-10-25) October 25, 1971 (age 45)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Medium Film, stand-up, television
Nationality American
Alma mater Saint Xavier University (MEd)
Illinois State University (BA)
Years active 2001–present
Website www.mrcraigrobinson.com

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Early lifeEdit

Robinson was born in Chicago, Illinois, to a music teacher mother and a corporate attorney father.[1][2] He was raised on the South Side of Chicago, and was brought up Methodist.[3] 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.[4]

CareerEdit

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.[5] He received rave reviews for the A24 drama Morris from America (2016),[6] earning a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male.

MusicEdit

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![7] 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.

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2001 AppleJax and YoYo YoYo Short film
2005 Year of the Scapegoat Pappy Labourgeneaux Short film
2007 D-War Bruce
2007 Daddy's Little Girls Byron Cameo
2007 Knocked Up Club doorman
2007 Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Bobby Shad
2008 Pineapple Express Matheson
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 Miss March Horsedick.MPEG
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
2017 Austin Found Jebidiah
2017 Zeroville Burglar Completed
2017 Henchmen Stew Voice; post-production

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
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 LAX Wayne Episode: "Abduction"
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
17 episodes
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)
2017 Ghosted Leroy Wright
2017 Big Mouth (voice)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "5 questions for Craig Robinson". Chicago Tribune. 11 March 2009. 
  2. ^ "Craig Robinson on The Office | Interview". Timeoutchicago.com. 2011-04-26. Retrieved 2015-01-29. 
  3. ^ "Apocalypse and The Office: Craig Robinson ends the world. Twice". Dailynews.com. Retrieved 2015-01-29. 
  4. ^ "Illinois State Alumni Magazine" (PDF). Illinois State University. p. 29. 
  5. ^ "Walmart Credit Card TV Commercial, 'Satchel' Featuring Craig Robinson". iSpot.tv. 
  6. ^ "Morris From America (2016)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved August 12, 2017. 
  7. ^ "L. Witherspoon & Chucky on Real Time". YouTube.com. 2007-05-24. Retrieved 2015-01-29. 

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