Robert Hammond Patrick (born November 5, 1958) is an American actor. Known for portraying villains and authority figures,[1] Patrick is a Saturn Award winner with four other nominations.

Robert Patrick
Patrick at the 2016 WonderCon
Robert Hammond Patrick

(1958-11-05) November 5, 1958 (age 65)
Alma materBowling Green State University
Years active1983–present
Barbara Hooper
(m. 1990)
RelativesRichard Patrick (brother)

Patrick dropped out of college when drama class sparked his interest in acting, and entered film in 1986. After playing a supporting role in Die Hard 2 (1990), he came to prominence as the T-1000, the antagonist of Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) - a role he reprised for cameo appearances in Wayne's World (1992) and Last Action Hero (1993). His other film credits include Fire in the Sky (1993), Striptease (1996), Cop Land (1997), The Faculty (1998), Spy Kids (2001), Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003), Ladder 49 (2004), Walk the Line (2005), Flags of Our Fathers (2006), We Are Marshall (2006), Bridge to Terabithia (2007), The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009), and Safe House (2012).

In television, Patrick played FBI Special Agent John Doggett in The X-Files, Colonel Tom Ryan in The Unit, DHS agent Cabe Gallo in Scorpion, and Auggie Smith / White Dragon in Peacemaker. He has played ongoing roles in series such as 1923, The Outer Limits, The Sopranos, Elvis, Burn Notice, Last Resort, Sons of Anarchy, its spin-off Mayans M.C., Jamie Hawkins in The Night Agent, and From Dusk till Dawn: The Series.

AllMovie journalist Tracie Cooper wrote that, by the conclusion of The X-Files in 2002, Patrick had developed a "solid reputation within the industry", with critics, fans and co-stars alike praising his "work ethic, personality, and consistent performances."[2] Actor and director Jason Bateman described Patrick as "one of the great heavies."[3]

Early life edit

Patrick[4] was born in Marietta, Georgia, on November 5, 1958,[2] and raised there, as well as in Boston, Massachusetts, Dayton, Ohio, Detroit, Michigan, and Bay Village, Ohio. He is the eldest of five children born to Nadine and Robert M. Patrick.[5]

Patrick did not start to pursue an acting career until his mid-twenties. During his childhood, he did not like to act. In third grade, Patrick refused to wear a pair of green tights required for Peter Pan.[2] He graduated from Farmington High School in Farmington, Michigan in 1977. Patrick was a track and field and football athlete at Bowling Green State University. He dropped out before graduating when he found an interest in drama and acting.[4] After leaving college, Patrick worked as a house painter and continued as such until a boating accident in 1984 in Lake Erie.[2] He swam for three hours in order to save others still stranded on the accident site, and nearly drowned in doing so.[4] After the accident, he moved to Los Angeles at age 26.

Career edit

Patrick in December 2007

Patrick first appeared in several low-budget science-fiction and action films produced by Roger Corman and shot in the Philippines by Cirio H. Santiago.[6] Looking back, he credited his early appearances in films to his "tough-looking exterior".[2] He played leading roles in pictures such as Eye of the Eagle, Equalizer 2000 or Future Hunters. Patrick later commented that his experience with Santiago had been his "film school". The B movies he made in the Philippines helped him get an SAG card.[6] Patrick's first major Hollywood film was Die Hard 2, in a small part as a henchman for Colonel Stuart, before landing the role of the T-1000, the villain of James Cameron's Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). Cameron said he chose Patrick because of his physical appearance, which he felt fit the role. Patrick was "broke" at the time, living in a cheap apartment with his girlfriend, Barbara, whom he married during shooting. He has credited the film with starting his career.[2][7]

After Terminator 2, Patrick landed roles in various feature films such as Last Action Hero, Fire in the Sky (both 1993) and Striptease (1996). Because of his fondness for martial arts, Patrick starred in two martial arts films titled Double Dragon and Hong Kong 97, both released in 1994, and even had a fight scene with taekwondo master Hwang Jang-Lee in Future Hunters (1988).

His performance in Fire in the Sky led The X-Files creator Chris Carter to cast him in that series for the role of John Doggett. Patrick's brother, Richard, had previously worked for the series by adding music for the soundtrack albums Songs in the Key of X: Music from and Inspired by the X-Files in 1996 and The X-Files: The Album in 1998. Patrick was cast as Doggett in 2000. The X-Files was canceled two seasons later, after Duchovny left the show following season 7, which resulted in low ratings for the show. Patrick made several appearances on many genre magazines, with TV Guide going so far as to label him one of the Ten Sexiest Men of Sci-Fi.[2]

In 2000, Patrick appeared in three episodes of The Sopranos ("The Happy Wanderer", "Bust Out" and "Funhouse") as David "Davey" Scatino, a store owner struggling with gambling debts owed to Richie Aprile and Tony Soprano. Four years later, he made a guest appearance in the pilot episodes for Sci-Fi Channel's original series Stargate Atlantis, "Rising", as the military component commander of the Atlantis expedition, Marshall Sumner. He accepted the role, since he had worked with the same crew on The Outer Limits, a series which he appeared in during the early 1990s.[7]

Patrick played Johnny Cash's father, Ray Cash, in the film Walk the Line and Elvis's father, Vernon Presley in the miniseries Elvis.[8] In 2003, he appeared in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, which reunited him with his Striptease co-star, Demi Moore. He had a regular role on The Unit,[9] and played Elvis Presley in Lonely Street (2009).[10] In October 2006, he starred in the WWE Films production The Marine as Rome.[11] He also appeared in We Are Marshall as Marshall University head coach Rick Tolley, who lost his life when Southern Airways Flight 932 crashed in 1970.[12] His credits also include a guest starring role in the Lost episode "Outlaws", as well as a recurring role as the voice of Master Piandao in season 3 of the Nickelodeon animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender. Patrick played a supporting role in Firewall, a 2006 action film starring Harrison Ford. He has also appeared in Meat Loaf's music video "Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer than They Are" with Will Estes.[13]

Director McG, who directed Terminator Salvation, said that he wanted to reintroduce characters from the previous Terminator films: "I like the idea and the perspective for the next picture that you meet Robert Patrick the way he looks today, and he's a scientist that's working on, you know, improving cell replication so we can stay healthier and we can cure diabetes and do all these things that sound like good ideas, and to once again live as idealized expressions as ourselves."[14] Patrick also starred in the psychological thriller The Black Water of Echo's Pond, which was directed by Italian filmmaker Gabriel Bologna.[15] In recent years, he has appeared in such television series as Burn Notice, NCIS and True Blood, among others. From 2012 to 2013, he also starred in Last Resort as Chief of the Boat Joseph Prosser. He played a supporting character in Identity Thief (2013). From 2014 to 2016, he starred in Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series as Jacob Fuller. He also played Agent Cabe Gallo on the CBS drama series Scorpion from 2014 to 2018.

On March 28, 2017, Patrick was cast in Amazon Video horror anthology series Lore, which is based on the award-winning and critically acclaimed podcast of the same name. Lore recounts true stories of frightening and paranormal occurrences. Lore premiered on October 13, 2017,[16] and ran for two seasons. In 2021, Patrick starred in Rushed, co-produced by Lars von Trier's Zentropa Entertainment, and written by Siobhan Fallon Hogan.[17] Also starring Jake Weary and Peri Gilpin, Vertical Entertainment has acquired the distribution rights.[18] In 2022, Robert Patrick played Auggie Smith / White Dragon, the racist supervillain father of Peacemaker in the HBO Max series Peacemaker,[19] and he voiced Wolverine in the Marvel's Wastelanders: Wolverine podcast.[20]

Personal life edit

Patrick married actress Barbara Hooper in 1990. They have appeared together in various films and TV shows such as Zero Tolerance and The X-Files.[2] They have two children: a son and a daughter.

Patrick is a devout Episcopalian.[7] He is also a member of the Boozefighters motorcycle club.[21]

In August 2022, Patrick revealed for the first time that he struggled with substance abuse early on in his career and how it affected his momentum of procuring different acting roles after Terminator 2.[22]

Filmography edit

Film edit

Year Title Role Notes
1986 Eye of the Eagle Johnny Ransom
Equalizer 2000 Deke
Future Hunters Slade
1987 Killer Instinct Johnny Ransom
Warlords from Hell
1989 Hollywood Boulevard II Cameraman
1990 Die Hard 2 O'Reilly
1991 Terminator 2: Judgment Day T-1000
1992 Wayne's World Cameo
Broken Cop Uncredited
1993 Fire in the Sky Mike Rogers
Last Action Hero T-1000 Cameo
1994 Double Dragon Victor Guisman / Koga Shuko
The Cool Surface Jarvis Scott
Body Shot Mickey Dane
Hong Kong 97 Reginald Cameron
1995 Zero Tolerance Jeff Douglas
Decoy Jack Travis
Last Gasp Leslie Chase
1996 T2 3-D: Battle Across Time T-1000 Universal Studios attraction
Striptease Darrell Grant
1997 Cop Land Officer Jack Rucker
Rosewood Fanny's Lover
Hacks 'Goatee'
The Only Thrill Tom McHenry
Asylum Nicholas Tordone
1998 The Vivero Letter James Wheeler
Ambushed Shannon Herrold
Renegade Force Jake McInroy
The Faculty Coach Joe Willis
1999 From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money Buck Bowers Direct-to-video
A Texas Funeral Zach
Shogun Cop Detective
Tactical Assault Colonel Lee Banning
2000 Mexico City Ambassador Mills
All the Pretty Horses Cole
2001 Spy Kids Mr. Lisp
Texas Rangers Sergeant John Armstrong
Backflash Ray Bennet
Angels Don't Sleep Here Detective Russell Stark
2002 Out of These Rooms John Michael
Pavement Samuel Brown
Ticker FBI Agent Segment for the BMW short film series The Hire
D-Tox Peter Noah
2003 Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle Ray Carter
2004 Ladder 49 Lenny Richter
2005 Supercross Earl Cole
Walk the Line Ray Cash
The Fix Shay Riley
2006 Firewall Gary Mitchell
The Marine Rome
Flags of Our Fathers Colonel Chandler Johnson
We Are Marshall Head Coach Rick Tolley Uncredited
2007 Bridge to Terabithia Jack Aarons
Balls of Fury Sergeant Pete Daytona
2008 Fly Me to the Moon Louie Voice[23]
Strange Wilderness Gus Hayden
2009 Autopsy Dr. David Benway
Alien Trespass Vernon
Lonely Street Mr. Aaron
The Black Waters of Echo's Pond Pete
The Men Who Stare at Goats Todd Nixon
2010 Five Minarets in New York Becker
The Wrath of Cain Warden Dean
2011 S.W.A.T.: Fire Fight Walter Hatch
Red Faction: Origins Alec Mason
Good Day for It Luke Cain
2012 Safe House CIA Agent Daniel Kiefer
Trouble with the Curve Vince
Jayne Mansfield's Car Jim 'Jimbo' Caldwell
Mafia Jules Dupree
2013 Gangster Squad Officer Max Kennard
Lovelace John Boreman
Identity Thief Skiptracer
2014 Endless Love Harry Elliot
Kill the Messenger Ronald J. Quail
The Road Within Robert
Ask Me Anything Doug Kampenfelt
2015 Lost After Dark Mr. C.
Hellions Corman
Hollywood Adventures Studio Guard #1 Chinese film
2017 Eloise Dr. H.H. Greiss
Last Rampage Gary Tison
2018 Edge of Fear Jack Pryor
Back Roads Chief Mansour
2019 Sgt. Will Gardner Tony
The Poison Rose Chief Bing Walsh
The Rising Hawk Zakhar Berkut
The Laundromat Captain Richard Paris
Tone-Deaf Harvey
2020 Honest Thief Agent Sam Baker
2021 No Man of God Roger Depue
What Josiah Saw Josiah Graham
The Protégé Billy 'Billy Boy'
Rushed Jim O'Brien
2023 Dark Asset Dr. Cain
Shelter in Solitude Dwayne

Television edit

Year Title Role Notes
1989 The New Lassie Russ Episode: "Once Upon a Time..."
1992 Tales from the Crypt Lothar Episode: "The New Arrival"
1993 SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron Dr. Lieter Greenbox Voice, episode: "Chaos in Crystal"
1995 Body Language Delbert Radley Television film
1995–1996 The Outer Limits Major John Skokes Guest role; 2 episodes
1995 Dumb and Dumber Bee Guard, Cop Voice, episode: "To Bee or Not to Bee"[23]
1996–1997 The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest Race Bannon Voice, main role (season 1)[23]
1996 Superman: The Animated Series Martin LeBeau Voice, episode: "Feeding Time"[23]
1997 Rag and Bone Sergeant Daniel Ryan Television film
1997 The Legend of Calamity Jane John Wesley Hardin Voice, English dub[23]
1998 Perfect Assassins Leo Benita Television film
1999 The Angry Beavers Wingnut Voice, episode: "Easy Peasy Rider"[23]
2000 The Sopranos David Scatino Guest role; 3 episodes
Batman Beyond Richard Armacost Voice, episode: "Big Time"[23]
2000–2002 The X-Files John Doggett Main role; 41 episodes
2003 1st to Die Nicholas Jenks Television film
2004 Bad Apple Colonel Tom Ryanmy "Bells" Bellavita Television film
Stargate Atlantis Colonel Marshall Sumner Episode: "Rising"
2005 Lost Hibbs Episode: "Outlaws"
Duck Dodgers J. Edgar Ashcan Voice, episode: "Of Course You Know, This Means War and Peace: Part I"[23]
Elvis Vernon Presley Miniseries
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Ray Schenkel Episode: "Demons"
2006 Ben 10 Phil Billings Voice, episode: "Truth"[23]
2006–2009 The Unit Colonel Tom Ryan Main role; 69 episodes
2006–2009 Disorderly Conduct: Video on Patrol Narrator Voice
2007–2008 Avatar: The Last Airbender Master Piandao Voice, 2 episodes[23]
2008 The Batman Katar Hol / Hawkman Voice, 2 episodes[23]
2009 Hell's Kitchen Himself Red guest diner; episode: "9 Chefs Compete"
American Dad! Stranger Voice, episode: "In Country...Club"
NCIS Colonel Merton Bell Episode: "Outlaws and In-Laws"
2010 Psych Major General Felts Episode: "You Can't Handle This Episode"
Chuck Colonel Keller Episode: "Chuck Versus the Tic Tac"
Burn Notice John Barrett Guest role; 2 episodes
2011 Big Love Bud Mayberry Guest role; 2 episodes
2012–2014 True Blood Jackson Herveaux Main role; 12 episodes
2012 Last Resort Command Master Chief Petty Officer Joseph Prosser Main role; 13 episodes
2013–2014 Sons of Anarchy President Les Packer Guest role; 2 episodes (seasons 6–7)
2014 Community Head of Parking Waldron Episode: "Analysis of Cork-Based Networking"
From Dusk till Dawn: The Series Jacob Fuller Main cast (season 1); 10 episodes
2014–2018 Scorpion Agent Cabe Gallo Main role; 93 episodes
2015 Ultimate Spider-Man Robert Frank / Whizzer Voice, episode: "S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy"[23]
2017 Lore Reverend Eliakim Phelps Episode: "Passing Notes"
2018–2019 Mayans M.C. President Les Packer 2 episodes
2020 Perry Mason Herman Baggerly Recurring role
2021 The Walking Dead Mays Episode "One More"[24]
MacGyver Ian Cain Episode: "SOS + Hazmat + Ultrasound + Frequency + Malihini"
Goliath Coach (Billy's Father) Recurring role; 4 episodes
2022 Peacemaker Auggie Smith / White Dragon Main role
1923 Sheriff William McDowell Recurring role
2023 The Night Agent Hawkins 2 episodes
Praise Petey Voice, 2 episodes
2023–2024 Reacher Shane Langston 8 episodes

Video games edit

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Terminator 2: Judgment Day T-1000 Voice and performance capture
1995 The Dig Commander Boston Low Voice[23]
2005 The Outfit 'Deuce' Williams Voice[23]
2013 LocoCycle S.P.I.K.E. Voice
2014 Elite: Dangerous Zachary Hudson Voice
2020 Madden NFL 21 Coach Red O'Brien Voice and likeness

Awards and nominations edit

Year Award Category Work Result
1992 MTV Movie Awards Best Villain Terminator 2: Judgment Day Nominated
Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated
1994 Best Actor Fire in the Sky Nominated
2001 Best Actor on Television The X-Files Won
2002 Nominated
2005 Jury Awards Best Actor The Fix Won

References edit

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  3. ^ Identity Thief: Cops, Cons and Skiptracers (Archived April 2, 2015, at the Wayback Machine). Emanuel Levy.
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  5. ^ "Robert Patrick". Retrieved March 4, 2016.
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  8. ^ Bianco, Robert (May 5, 2008). "A shook-up 'Elvis' biopic". USA Today. Retrieved August 28, 2009.
  9. ^ Baillie, Russell (October 21, 2006). "Robert Patrick goes commando". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved August 28, 2009.
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  13. ^ Catlin, Roger (January 7, 2007) "On Tour, Meat Loaf head's for home". Hartford Courant. Retrieved on August 28, 2009.
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  17. ^ "Siobhan Fallon Hogan Gave Michael Jordan Some Helpful Advice on SNL". Vulture. September 24, 2020. Retrieved July 18, 2021.
  18. ^ "Vertical Acquires Indie Thriller 'Rushed'; CBSN Lands Lucy Walker's 'Bring Your Own Brigade'; 'Made In China', 'Overrun' & 'Wake Up On Mars' Deals; Nantucket's Shelly Winner; More – Film Briefs". Deadline. June 30, 2021. Retrieved July 18, 2021.
  19. ^ Damore, Meagan (January 14, 2022). "Peacemaker: Patrick & Agee Tease a Father/Son Relationship 'For the Ages'". Retrieved June 16, 2022.
  20. ^ Schreur, Brandon (June 15, 2022). "Robert Patrick's Wolverine Casting Will Make Fans 'Lose It,' Says Marvel's Wastelanders Director". Retrieved June 16, 2022.
  21. ^ Matthews, Brennen. "A Conversation with Robert Patrick". Route Magazine. Retrieved October 10, 2023.
  22. ^ Inside Of You Clips. "Robert Patrick Opens Up on His Struggle With Hollywood Lifestyle". YouTube. Retrieved May 17, 2023.
  23. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Robert Patrick (visual voices guide)". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved December 26, 2023. A green check mark indicates that a role has been confirmed using a screenshot (or collage of screenshots) of a title's list of voice actors and their respective characters found in its opening and/or closing credits and/or other reliable sources of information.
  24. ^ Wigler, Josh (November 19, 2020). "'Walking Dead' Enlists Robert Patrick as Extended Season 10 Details Revealed". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 19, 2020.

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