Timothy Francis "Tim" Robbins (born 16 October 1958) is an Academy Award-winning American actor, screenwriter, director, producer, activist and musician. He is the longtime partner of actress Susan Sarandon. He is perhaps best known for his roles as Nuke in Bull Durham, Andy Dufresne in The Shawshank Redemption, and as Dave in Mystic River, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Robbins was born in West Covina, California, and raised in New York City, the son of Mary (née Bledsoe), an actress, and Gilbert Robbins, a musician, publishing executive, nightclub owner, and folk singer. Robbins has two sisters, Adele and Gabrielle, and a brother, David. Robbins was raised a Roman Catholic. He moved to Greenwich Village with his family at a young age while his father pursued a career as a member of the folk music group The Highwaymen. Robbins started doing theater at age twelve and joined the drama club at Stuyvesant High School. He spent two years at SUNY Plattsburgh and then returned to California to study at the UCLA Film School.
Robbins's acting career began at Theater for the New City, where he spent his teenage years in their Annual Summer Street Theater and