Tim Roth

Tim Roth

Infobox actor

imagesize = 200px
caption = Tim Roth, 2000
birthname = Timothy Simon Smith
birthdate = birth date and age|df=yes|1961|5|14
birthplace = London, England
baftaawards = Best Supporting Actor
1995 "Rob Roy
awards = European Film Award for European Discovery of the Year
1999 "The War Zone"

Tim Roth (born Timothy Simon Smith; 14 May 1961) is an English film actor and director.


Early life

Roth was born Timothy Simon Smith in Dulwich, London, the son of Anne, a painter and teacher, and Ernie Smith, a journalist and member of the British Communist Party. [ [http://www.filmreference.com/film/27/Tim-Roth.html Tim Roth Biography (1961-) ] ] [ [http://www.tim-roth.com/index.php?id=ukesquiresep99 Tim Roth: Press ] ] His father adopted the surname Roth after World War II in order to hide his nationality when traveling in countries hostile to the British. [ [http://www.tiscali.co.uk/entertainment/film/biographies/tim_roth_biog.html Tim Roth Biography ] ] He attended the Strand School in Tulse Hill. As a young man, Roth wanted to be a sculptor and studied at London's Camberwell School of Art.


After some time at the Camberwell School of Art, Roth tried acting and made his debut at the age of 21 playing a white power skinhead in a TV movie entitled "Made in Britain". Roth played an east end character in 'King of the ghetto' which was made by the BBC. This four part drama was shown in 1986 on national television, based on a novel by Farukh Dhondy. The story partly set in Brick Lane, caused a sensation among the public, especially amongst the bengali community. In 1984, Roth played an apprentice hitman in Stephen Frears' "The Hit" with Terence Stamp and John Hurt, earning an "Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Newcomer". With that recognition, he appeared in several other films during the end of the decade. In 1989 he had a memorable supporting role as the buffonish lackey, Mitchell, in Peter Greenaway's "The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover". In 1990, Roth began to enjoy international attention with starring roles as Vincent Van Gogh in Robert Altman's "Vincent & Theo" and Guildenstern in Tom Stoppard's "Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead".

Roth impressed director Quentin Tarantino and was cast as Mr. Orange in his 1992 ensemble piece "Reservoir Dogs". This film paved the way for more work in Hollywood. In 1994, Tarantino cast him again as a robber in the acclaimed "Pulp Fiction". They worked again in the 1995 flop "Four Rooms". However, Roth returned to the successful road playing viciously evil English nobleman Archibald Cunningham in "Rob Roy" opposite Liam Neeson. For that role he won an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor, a Golden Globe nomination, and a British Academy Award.

In 1996, he went a different way, starring with Drew Barrymore in Woody Allen's musical comedy "Everyone Says I Love You". He also starred as Danny Boodman T.D. Lemon 1900 (or just "1900") in the movie "The Legend of 1900".Also In 1996,He Co-stared with the late Tupac Shakur in the comedy Gridlock'd. In 1999 he made a critically acclaimed debut as a director with "The War Zone", a film of Alexander Stuart's novel. In 2001, he made another important move by portraying General Thade in Tim Burton's "Planet of the Apes". He was also considered for the part of Hannibal Lecter in the 2001 film "Hannibal" had Anthony Hopkins not returned to the role.

Roth recently appeared in Francis Ford Coppola's "Youth Without Youth" and Michael Haneke's "Funny Games". He starred opposite Edward Norton in "The Incredible Hulk", as Emil Blonsky.

Personal life

Roth had a son Jack with Lori Baker in 1983. He married Nikki Butler in 1993, and had 2 sons with her: Timothy Hunter (b. 1995) and Cormac (b. 1996). Both of his sons with Butler are named after the couple's favorite authors: Hunter S. Thompson and Cormac McCarthy.


As actor

As director

*"The War Zone" (1999)


:"There's a lot of blood in that film. I think there's only nine pints in a body; we had about four gallons." (on "Reservoir Dogs"):"Like going to Liberace's house on acid." (On attending the "Academy Awards Ceremony") :"I have a bad time between jobs because I'm always convinced I'll never work again. I think it may be an English thing, this fear of unemployment.":"I never do my own stunts...that's actor nonsense." (around "Planet of the Apes" filming):"I was having a great time scaring people." (as Thade in "Planet of the Apes"):"The War Zone" is right. It's the truth. It's the truth about this subject. And I'm bullet-proof on that. Probably more so than I will be on any other film that I make as a director."


External links

* [http://www.tim-roth.com The Officially Unofficial Tim Roth Web Page]
*imdb name|id=0000619|name=Tim Roth
* [http://www.allmovie.com/cg/avg.dll?p=avg&sql=2:61768 All Movie Guide entry for Tim Roth]
* [http://www.complex.com/CELEBRITIES/shotcaller/Tim-Roth Tim Roth] at Complex magazine

NAME= Roth, Tim
ALTERNATIVE NAMES= Smith, Timothy Simon
DATE OF BIRTH= 1961-5-14
PLACE OF BIRTH= London, England

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