Robert Patrick

For other people named Robert Patrick, see Robert Patrick (disambiguation).
Robert Patrick

Patrick at the 2016 Wondercon
Born Robert Hammond Patrick, Jr.
(1958-11-05) November 5, 1958
Marietta, Georgia, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1986–present
Spouse(s) Barbara Patrick (m. 1990)
Children 2

Robert Hammond Patrick, Jr.[1] (born November 5, 1958) is an American actor, perhaps best known for his portrayals of villainous characters.[2]

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), Patrick starred as the T-1000, the main antagonist of Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) – a role he reprised for cameo appearances in Wayne's World (1992) and Last Action Hero (1993). Other notable 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), 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 is known for his portrayals of FBI Special Agent John Doggett in The X-Files and Colonel Tom Ryan in The Unit, and has played ongoing roles in series such as The Outer Limits, The Sopranos, Elvis, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Burn Notice, Last Resort, Sons of Anarchy and From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series. He currently stars in the CBS drama series Scorpion as Agent Cabe Gallo.

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".[3] He was described by actor/director Jason Bateman as "one of the great heavies".[4]

Early life

Patrick, the oldest of five siblings, was born in Marietta, Georgia, the son of Nadine (1932–) and Robert Patrick, Sr. (1928–), a banker. Patrick is of English and Scots-Irish ancestry.[5] His siblings are Richard Patrick (who is the lead singer for the rock band Filter), Cheri, Karen and Lewis. He spent his early life in Bay Village, a small suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, while he moved around the country. Patrick did not start to pursue an acting career until his mid-twenties. During his childhood years, Patrick did not like to act. In third grade he refused to wear a pair of green tights required for Peter Pan.[6] 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, although he dropped out before graduating when he found interest in Drama and acting.[1]

After leaving college, Patrick secured a position as a house painter and continued as such until a boating accident in 1984 in Lake Erie.[6] He swam for three hours in order to save the others still stranded on the accident site, nearly drowning in the attempt.[1] After the accident, he moved from Ohio to Los Angeles, California, at age 26. His main income during the first years was as a bartender, and he often lived in his car. Patrick was then picked up for various small roles and cameos in low-budget films. Looking back, Patrick credited his early appearances in films to his "tough-looking exterior".[6]


Early work

Patrick made a short appearance in Die Hard 2 as a bit part henchman for Colonel Stuart before landing a role in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) as the main villain, the T-1000; it was his first starring role, he is nicknamed Killer Alumi (Aluminium) in some parts of Africa because of his role in Terminator 2: Judgment Day. James Cameron, the film's director, said he chose Patrick for the role because of his physical appearance, which he felt fit the role. During the filming of Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Patrick was "broke", living in a cheap apartment with his girlfriend, Barbara, whom he married during filming. He has credited the film with starting his career.[6][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. His performance in Fire in the Sky caught the attention of The X-Files creator, Chris Carter. After David Duchovny distanced himself from the show during the seventh season, Carter immediately contacted Patrick to audition for the role of John Doggett. Patrick's brother, Richard, had previously worked for the series by adding music for the soundtrack album The X-Files: The Album. 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.[6]

In 2000, Patrick appeared in three episodes of The Sopranos ("The Happy Wanderer", "Bust Out" and "Funhouse") as David 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]

Later work

Patrick in December 2007

Patrick played Johnny Cash's father, Ray Cash, in the Academy Award-winning film Walk the Line and Elvis's father, Vernon Presley in the Golden Globe Award winning and Emmy Award nominated miniseries Elvis.[8] He had a regular role on The Unit,[9] and played Elvis Presley in Lonely Street (2008).[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 movie 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). Since 2014, he also starred in Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series as Jacob Fuller. He currently plays Agent Cabe Gallo on the CBS drama series Scorpion.

Personal life

Patrick married actress Barbara Hooper during the filming of Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). Patrick and Barbara have appeared together in various media releases such as Zero Tolerance and The X-Files.[6] He has two children, a son, Samuel, and a daughter, Austin (named after the police officer the T-1000 impersonates in Terminator 2). Almost every year, he does the Love Ride, a charity motorcycle ride held annually in Southern California.[16] His brother is Richard Patrick, former guitarist of Nine Inch Nails and lead singer of the rock bands Filter and Army of Anyone.[7] On October 22, 2010, the brothers sang guest vocals on the Filter song "So I Quit" on stage in Dallas, Texas.[17] Patrick is a devout Christian, of the Episcopalian denomination.[18]



Year Title Role Notes
1986 Eye of the Eagle Johnny Ransom
1986 Equalizer 2000 Deke
1986 Future Hunters Slade
1987 Killer Instinct Johnny Ransom
1987 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 T-1000 Cameo
1992 Broken Cop Uncredited
1993 Fire in the Sky Mike Rogers
1993 Last Action Hero T-1000 Brief non-speaking cameo
1994 Double Dragon Koga Shuko
1994 The Cool Surface Jarvis Scott Writer
1994 Body Shot Mickey Dane
1994 Hong Kong 97 Reginald Cameron
1995 Zero Tolerance Jeff Douglas
1995 Body Language Delbert Radley Television film
1995 Decoy Jack Travis
1996 T2 3-D: Battle Across Time T-1000 Universal Studios attraction
1996 Striptease Darrell Grant
1997 Cop Land Officer Jack Rucker
1997 Rosewood Fanny's Lover
1997 Hacks Goatee
1997 The Only Thrill Tom McHenry
1997 Rag and Bone Sgt. Daniel Ryan Television film
1997 Asylum Nicholas Tordone
1998 The Vivero Letter James Wheeler
1998 Tactical Assault Colonel Lee Banning
1998 Ambushed Shannon Herrold
1998 Perfect Assassins Leo Benita Television film
1998 Rogue Force Jake McInroy
1998 The Faculty Coach Joe Willis
1999 From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money Buck Direct-to-video
1999 A Texas Funeral Zach
1999 Shogun Cop Detective
2000 X-Files John Doggett
2000 Mexico City Ambassador Mills
2000 All the Pretty Horses Cole
2001 Spy Kids Mr. Lisp
2001 Texas Rangers Sgt. John Armstrong
2001 BackFlash Ray Bennet
2001 Angels Don't Sleep Here Detective Russell Stark
2002 Out of These Rooms John Michael
2002 Pavement Samuel Brown
2002 The Hire: Ticker FBI Agent Short film
2002 D-Tox Peter Noah
2003 Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle Ray Carter
2003 1st to Die Nicholas Jenks Television film
2004 Bad Apple Colonel Tom Ryanmy "Bells" Bellavita Television film
2004 Ladder 49 Lenny Richter
2005 Supercross Earl Cole
2005 Walk the Line Ray Cash
2005 The Fix Shay Riley
2006 Firewall Gary Mitchell
2006 The Marine Rome
2006 Flags of Our Fathers Colonel Chandler Johnson
2006 We Are Marshall Head Coach Rick Tolley Uncredited
2007 Bridge to Terabithia Jack Aarons Main Character
2007 Balls of Fury Sgt. Pete Daytona
2008 Fly Me to the Moon Louie Voice
2008 Strange Wilderness Gus Hayden
2008 Autopsy Dr. David Benway
2009 Alien Trespass Vernon
2009 Lonely Street Mr. Aaron
2009 The Black Waters of Echo's Pond Pete
2009 The Men Who Stare at Goats Todd Nixon
2010 Five Minarets in New York Becker
2010 The Wrath of Cain Warden Dean
2011 S.W.A.T.: Fire Fight Walter Hatch
2011 Red Faction: Origins Alec Mason
2011 Good Day for It Luke Cain
2012 Safe House Daniel Kiefer
2012 Trouble with the Curve Vince
2012 Jayne Mansfield's Car Jimbo Caldwell
2013 Gangster Squad Max Kennard
2013 Lovelace John Boreman
2013 Identity Thief Skiptracer
2014 Endless Love Harry Elliot
2014 Kill the Messenger Ronald J. Quail
2014 The Road Within Robert
2014 Ask Me Anything Doug Kampenfelt
2015 Lost After Dark Mr. C
2015 Hellions Corman
2015 Eloise
2015 Hollywood Adventures Studio Guard #1 Chinese film


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"
1995–1996 The Outer Limits Major John Stokes 2 episode
1996–1997 The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest Roger T. "Race" Bannon/Additional voices Main cast
24 episodes
1996 Superman: The Animated Series LeBeau Voice
Episode: "Feeding Time"
1999 The Angry Beavers Wingnut Voice
Episode: "Mistaken Identity/Easy Peasy Rider"
2000 The Sopranos David Scatino 3 episodes
2000 Batman Beyond Richard Armacost Voice
Episode: "Big Time"
2000–2002 The X-Files John Doggett Main cast
41 Episodes
2004 Stargate Atlantis Colonel Marshall Sumner Episode: "Rising"
2005 Lost Hibbs Episode: "Outlaws"
2005 Duck Dodgers J. Edgar Ashcan/Prisoner Voice
Episode: "Of Course You Know, This Means War and Peace: Part I"
2005 Elvis Vernon Presley Miniseries
2005 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Ray Schenkel Episode: "Demons"
2006 Ben 10 Phil/Rookie Voice
Episode: "Truth"
2006–2009 The Unit Colonel Tom Ryan Main cast
69 episodes
2006–2009 Disorderly Conduct: Video on Patrol Narrator Voice
2007–2008 Avatar: The Last Airbender Piandao Voice
2 episodes
2008 The Batman Hawkman/Katar Hol Voice
2 episodes
2009 Hell's Kitchen Himself Episode: "9 Chefs Compete"
2009 American Dad! Stranger Episode: "In Country...Club
2009-2010 NCIS Col. Merton Bell 2 episodes
2010 Psych Major General Felts Episode: "You Can't Handle This Episode"
2010 Chuck Colonel Keller Episode: "Chuck Versus the Tic Tac"
2010 Burn Notice John Barrett 2 episodes
2011 Big Love Bud Mayberry 2 episodes
2012–2014 True Blood Jackson Herveaux Main cast
12 episodes
2012 Last Resort Command Master Chief Petty Officer Joseph Prosser Main cast
13 episodes
2013–2014 Sons of Anarchy President Les Packer 2 episodes
2014 Community Head of Parking Waldron Episode: "Analysis of Cork-Based Networking"
2014 From Dusk till Dawn: The Series Jacob Fuller Main cast
10 episodes
2014–present Scorpion Agent Cabe Gallo Main cast

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Terminator 2: Judgment Day T-1000 Voice
1995 The Dig Commander Boston Low Voice
2005 The Outfit Deuce Williams Voice
2013 LocoCycle S.P.I.K.E. Voice
2014 Elite: Dangerous Zachary Hudson Voice

Awards and nominations

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


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  15. "Theatrical One Sheet for 'Black Waters of Echo's Pond'".
  16. "20,000 cyclists join Love Ride". Clutch and Chrome.
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