Tim Roth



With a resume that boasted an assortment of villains and ne'er-do-wells, actor Tim Roth often had to avoid being typecast in order to play roles that demonstrated his extraordinary talents. Equally at home in both comedy and drama, Roth made an immediate impression as an unrepentant skinhead - complete with swastika tattoo on his forehead - in his first onscreen performance, "Made in Britain" (1982). He quickly became in demand after playing an assassin-in-training in "The Hit" (1984), then made a name for himself in the United States as a troubled Vincent Van Gogh in Robert Altman's "Vincent & Theo" (1990). But it was his work with Quentin Tarantino in "Reservoir Dogs" (1992) and "Pulp Fiction" (1994) that cemented his status as one of the top stars of the independent world. (Unlike many of Tarantino's favorite actors, however, he did not work with the writer/director often; two decades separated his appearances in the anthology "Four Rooms" (1995) and the violent western "The Hateful Eight" (2015).) Following an Oscar-nominated turn in "Rob Roy" (1995), Roth settled into playing varying degrees of malcontents before cracking big-budget Hollywood with major roles in "Planet of the Apes" (2001) and "The Incredible Hulk" (2008). All the while, he continued to work regularly in smaller films on both sides of the Atlantic, such as Michel Haneke's English-language remake of his own "Funny Games" (2007) and Ava DuVernay's "Selma" (2014).


May 14, 1961 in London, England, United Kingdom