Robert Lyle Knepper[1] (born July 8, 1959)[2] is an American actor best known for his role as Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell in the Fox drama series Prison Break (2005–2009, 2017), Samuel Sullivan in the final season of the NBC series Heroes (2009–2010), Angus McDonough in The CW series iZombie (2015–2018) and Rodney Mitchum in Showtime's revival of Twin Peaks (2017). He has appeared in films such as Hitman (2007), Transporter 3 (2008) and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016).

Robert Knepper
Knepper in 2016
Robert Lyle Knepper

(1959-07-08) July 8, 1959 (age 64)
Years active1977–present
Tory Herald
(m. 2005; div. 2009)
Nadine Kary
(m. 2013)

Early life edit

Knepper was born in Fremont, Ohio,[2] and raised in Maumee, Ohio, the son of Pat Deck and Donald Knepper,[3] a veterinarian. He was interested in acting from an early age, due to his mother's involvement as a props-handler at a community theater. After graduating from Maumee High School in 1977, he attended Northwestern University; during this time, Knepper obtained professional roles in plays in Chicago. Nearing the completion of his degree, Knepper quit Northwestern and went to New York City, where he continued to work in theater.[4]

Career edit

Although Knepper did not intend to work in film and television projects, he began his television and film career in 1986 with The Paper Chase and That's Life!. Knepper went on to have larger roles in such films as Wild Thing, Young Guns II, When the Bough Breaks and Everyone Says I Love You. He made appearances on such television series as The Twilight Zone, Star Trek: The Next Generation, ER and Law & Order. In 2005, after a recurring role on the HBO series Carnivàle, Knepper was cast in his best-known role, as Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell in Prison Break. The series received positive reviews upon release, and "T-Bag" is often considered to be one of the greatest television villains of all time.[5][6] During his time on Prison Break, Knepper starred in a number of films; Good Night, and Good Luck, Hitman, Transporter 3 and The Day the Earth Stood Still.

After Prison Break ended in 2009, Knepper was cast as villain Samuel Sullivan in the fourth and final season of Heroes.[7] After this, he went on to have a recurring role in Stargate Universe in 2010. He guest-starred on season six of Criminal Minds as Rhett Walden, a serial killer. The same year he played the titular character in the film adaptation of Burning Daylight.[8]

In addition, Knepper appeared as Honolulu Police Internal Affairs detective Rex Coughlin in two episodes of Hawaii Five-0.

In 2011, he reprised his role of T-Bag in one episode of the A&E series Breakout Kings. The next year, he played Frank Sinatra in My Way, a biopic of Claude François, a French pop singer who wrote the song "Comme d'habitude", the original version of Sinatra's song "My Way".

Knepper was cast in the 2013 television series Cult as Roger Reeves, an actor playing Billy Grimm on a show called Cult.[9] The show was canceled after only one season. The same year, he appeared in R.I.P.D., Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters and guest starred on the television series The Blacklist (episode: "The Courier"). At the end of 2013, the TNT series Mob City premiered, in which Knepper played gangster Sid Rothman.[10] In 2014, Knepper guest starred in episodes of Arrow and The Flash as master hacker and time-and-motion study expert William Tockman / Clock King.[11]

Since 2015, Knepper has had a recurring role on iZombie as Angus McDonough, the estranged and abusive father of Blaine DeBeers (David Anders).[12] It was announced in July 2017 that Knepper would be promoted to the show's main cast for season 4.[13][14]

Knepper was cast in the reboot of David Lynch's Twin Peaks as gangster Rodney Mitchum. He later voiced the audiobook adaptation for the tie-in epistolary novel of the show called The Secret History of Twin Peaks.

Personal life edit

Knepper has a son, Benjamin Peter (born 2002), with his first wife, Tory Herald.[4][15] He married his second wife, Nadine Kary, in 2013.[16]

Sexual assault allegations edit

On November 8, 2017, costume designer Susan Bertram accused Knepper of sexual assault on the set of the film Gas Food Lodging in 1991.[17][18] Knepper denied the allegations in a since-deleted Instagram post.[19][20] On February 28, 2018, Bertram's lawyers announced she was filing a defamation lawsuit against Knepper in Los Angeles County Superior Court in the wake of his denials, seeking damages in a jury trial.[21][22] Knepper's lawyers denied that he defamed Bertram. On June 1, 2021, Bertram's attorney announced that the lawsuit had been settled; the terms have not been publicized.[23]

Four additional allegations taking place between 1983 and 2013 were made by women against Knepper on December 5, 2017, including an accusation of rape in Vancouver in 2010. All of the allegations were denied by Knepper.[20][24]

Late in 2017, in the wake of these accusations, The CW conducted an internal inquiry. Finding no evidence of misconduct transpiring on the set, it was announced he would be remaining on iZombie.[25] On January 12, 2018, it was announced that the studio had conducted a second investigation. CW president Mark Pedowitz stated, "Again, the investigation related to the set and his behavior on the set. They found no wrongdoing on the set."[26] Pedowitz elaborated that Knepper had signed on for a single season and that his exit from the series had already been planned.[26][27]

Filmography edit

Film edit

Year Title Role Notes
1986 That's Life! Steve Larwin
1987 Wild Thing Wild Thing
Made in Heaven Orrin
1988 D.O.A. Nicholas Lang
1989 Renegades Marino
1990 Arduous Moon Andrew Short film
Young Guns II Deputy Carlyle
1991 Session Man Torrey Cole Short film
Where the Day Takes You Rock Singer
1992 Gas Food Lodging Dank
1993 When the Bough Breaks Lt. Jimmy Creedmore
1994 Under the Heat Milo
1995 Search and Destroy Daniel Strong
1996 Dead of Night Christian
MugShot Joe
Everyone Says I Love You Greg
The Undercover Kid Bo the Dog (voice)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame Frollo's Soldiers (voice)
1997 You Are Here Jack
1998 Phantoms Agent Wilson
The Stringer John
Jaded Freddy
2000 Love & Sex Gerard Boussard
2001 Lady in the Box Chris Stark
2002 Topa Topa Bluffs Frank
Swatters Daniel Steinberg
2004 Species III Dr. Bruce Abbot
2005 Good Night, and Good Luck Don Surine
Hostage Will Bechler
Hoodwinked! Keith Voice
2007 Hitman Yuri Marklov
2008 Turok: Son of Stone Chickak (voice) Direct-to-DVD
Transporter 3 Johnson
The Day the Earth Stood Still Colonel
2010 Burning Daylight Elam "Burning Daylight" Harnish
2011 Earth's Final Hours John Streich
2012 My Way Frank Sinatra
2013 R.I.P.D. Stanley Nawlicki
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Kronos (voice)
2014 Ride Peter
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Antonius
2015 The Hoarder Vince
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 Antonius
Cold Deck Turk
2016 Hard Target 2 Aldrich Direct-to-DVD
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back General Harkness
2017 Badsville Mr. Gavin
2018 Frat Pack Kush
Edge of Fear Victor Novak
2019 1st Born Joe
Defended War
Voice of the Nation
S.W.A.T Sam
The Trapped[28] Victor
2020 Battle of Defense
2021 Lena and Snowball Percy
Redemption Day Mr. K
The Retaliators Otto
2022 WarHunt Sgt. Brewer
The Moderator Agent John Ross
Mindcage Lt. Owings

Television edit

Year Title Role Notes
1986 The Paper Chase Howard Episode: "Graduation"
1986–1993 L.A. Law George 'Georgia' Buckner / David Orcott 3 episodes
1987 Tour of Duty Racist Soldier Episode: "Burn, Baby, Burn"
The Twilight Zone Alonzo Episode: "Joy Ride"
Tour of Duty PV2 Allen Episode: "Burn Baby, Burn"
Star Trek: The Next Generation Wyatt Miller Episode: "Haven"
1989 Gideon Oliver Paul Hecht Episode: "Kennonite"
1990 E.A.R.T.H. Force Dr. Peter Roland 3 episodes
1990–1991 China Beach Long / Vietnam Vet 2 episodes
1991 Perry Mason: The Case of the Fatal Fashion Kim Weatherly Television film
Civil Wars Joey D'Amato Episode: "Have Gun, Will Unravel"
1992 Tequila and Bonetti Ren Philips Episode: "Runt of the Litter"
Red Shoe Diaries Nick Willard Episode: "You Have the Right to Remain Silent"
1993 Zelda Wilson Television film
Doorways Thane Pilot
1993–1996 Murder, She Wrote Charles George Drexler / Owen McLaglen / Robbie Dorow 3 episodes
1994 Pointman Johnny Television film
Getting Out Carl Television film
1995 Law & Order Igor Smith Episode: "Rebels"
New York Undercover David Carson Episode: "Buster and Claudia"
New York News Ex-Con Episode: "Fun City"
Pointman Ronnie McCusak Episode: "Here She Comes, Miss Murder"
1996 Voice from the Grave Milosh Television film
Central Park West Randy Boyd Episode: "Guess Who's Come to Annoy You?"
The Big Easy Jack Gentry Episode: "The Gambler"
Desert Breeze Pilot
1997 The Visitor Alex Burton Episode: "Dreams"
1998 ER Keith Reynolds Episode: "My Brother's Keeper"
Brimstone Assistant D.A. Stewart Lambert Episode: "Executioner"
1999 Strange World Gil Sandifer Episode: "Azrael's Breed"
Kidnapped in Paradise Renard Television film
Absence of the Good Glenn Dwyer Television film
Star Trek: Voyager Gaul Episode: "Dragon's Teeth"
2000 Harsh Realm Priest Episode: "Camera Obscura"
Profiler Martin Lewis Episode: "Tsuris"
Seven Days Major Gene Hastings Episode: "Space Station Down"
La Femme Nikita Henry Collins Episode: "Toys in the Basement"
2001 The West Wing Morgan Ross Episode: "Ellie"
Jackie, Ethel, Joan: The Women of Camelot Robert F. Kennedy Television film
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Dr. Peter Kelmer Episode: "The Good Doctor"
2001 Thieves Special Agent Shue 10 episodes
2002 Haunted Henry Episode: "Pilot"
The Pennsylvania Miners' Story Mark Popernack Television film
2002–2003 Presidio Med Sean 5 episodes
2003–2005 Carnivàle Tommy Dolan 13 episodes
2004 Species III Dr. Bruce Abbot Television film
CSI: Miami Freddy Coleman Episode: "Addiction"
2005 Point Pleasant Demon Dance Host Episode: "Last Dance"
2005–2009; 2017 Prison Break Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell 75 episodes
2009 Prison Break: The Final Break Television film
2009–2010 Heroes Samuel Sullivan 19 episodes
2010 Stargate Universe Simeon 6 episodes
Chase Jack Druggan Episode: "The Comeback Kid"
Criminal Minds Rhett Walden Episode: "Reflection of Desire"
2011 Shameless Rod 2 episodes
Breakout Kings Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell Episode: "The Bag Man"
2012 Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden Lieutenant Commander Television film
2013 Cult Roger Reeves /Billy Grimm 13 episodes
The Blacklist The Courier Episode: "The Courier"
Mob City Sid Rothman 6 episodes
2014–2015 Hawaii Five-0 Internal Affairs Officer Coughlin 2 episodes
2014 Arrow William Tockman / Clock King Episode: "Time of Death"
The Flash Episode: "Power Outage"
2015 Chicago Fire Adrian Gish / Trenton Lamont Episode: "3 Bells"
Chicago PD Episode: "A Little Devil Complex"
Texas Rising Empresario Buckley 3 episodes
Public Morals Captain Johanson 4 episodes
NCIS Benson Long Episode: "Personal Day"
American Horror Story: Hotel Lieutenant Episode: "Room Service"
2015–2018 iZombie Angus McDonough 17 episodes
2016 From Dusk till Dawn: The Series Ranger Gary Willet 2 episodes
2016–2018 Homeland[29] General Jamie McClendon 5 episodes
2017 Twin Peaks Rodney Mitchum 6 episodes
The Orville Hamelac Episode: "If the Stars Should Appear"
Spirit Riding Free Harlan Grayson Voice
2 episodes
Dating Game Killer Detective Jim Hamell Television film
2021 Nova Vita Mr. Chinzano 9 episodes
Paper Empire Konstantin 6 episodes
2022 The Pact Jay Episode: "Death is the Only Release"

Video games edit

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Prison Break: The Conspiracy Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell

Music videos edit

Year Title Artist
2023 "Honky Tonkin' About" The Reklaws
(featuring Drake Milligan)

Theatre edit

  • A Little Night Music – Northwestern University (1977)
  • The Ruling Class – Northwestern University (1979)
  • The Merchant of Venice – Northwestern University (1979–1980)
  • Ties – Chicago (1981)
  • Class Enemy – Evanston, Illinois (1981)
  • Lakeboat – Chicago (1982)
  • The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby – Chicago (1982)
  • Dark of the Moon – Sarasota (1983)
  • Life Signals – Sarasota (1983)
  • Sherlock Holmes – Sarasota (1983)
  • The Philanthropist – New York (1983)
  • Savage Amusement – New York (1984)
  • Romance – New York (1984)
  • The Person I Once Was – Louisville, Kentucky (1984)
  • The Very Last Lover of the River Cane – Louisville, Kentucky (1985)
  • Available Light – Louisville, Kentucky (1985)
  • Groves of Academe – Cluj, Romania (1985)
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream – New York (1987)
  • Romeo and Juliet – New York (1988)
  • The Legend of Oedipus – Williamstown, Massachusetts (1988)
  • Les Liaisons Dangereuses – Williamstown, Massachusetts (1988)
  • Nebraska – La Jolla (1989)
  • Ice Cream With Hot Fudge – New York (1990)
  • Bobby, Can You Hear Me? – Waterford, Connecticut (1990)
  • Buster Comes Through – Waterford, Connecticut (1990)
  • Lake No Bottom – New York (1990)
  • Dinosaur Dreams – Waterford, Connecticut (1991)
  • Home Grown – Waterford, Connecticut (1991)
  • Orestes – Los Angeles (1992)
  • Salomé – New York (1992)
  • Pal Joey – Boston (1992)
  • Sweet Bird of Youth – London (1994)
  • Pride's Crossing – San Diego (1997)
  • The Summer Moon – Seattle (1998)

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