Robert Patrick

Robert Hammond Patrick Jr. (born November 5, 1958) is an American actor and voice actor. Known for his portrayals of villainous characters,[1] Patrick is a Saturn Award winner with four nominations.

Robert Patrick
Patrick in March 2016
Robert Hammond Patrick Jr.

(1958-11-05) November 5, 1958
OccupationActor, voice actor
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), 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 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 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. In 2014 he was cast in the role of DHS agent Cabe Gallo in the CBS drama series Scorpion. He was also guest host on season two of GunnyTime.

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

Early life

Robert Hammond Patrick Jr.[4] was born in Marietta, Georgia, on November 5, 1958,[2] the oldest of five children born to Nadine and Robert Patrick Sr. He is of Irish and Scottish descent.[5] He has two sisters named Cheri and Karen, and two brothers named Lewis and Richard, the latter of whom is best known as the lead singer for the rock band Filter.[6] Patrick spent his early life in Bay Village, Ohio. He did not start to pursue an acting career until his mid-twenties. During his childhood, he did not like to act; in third grade, he refused to wear a pair of green tights required for Peter Pan.[2] He graduated from Farmington High School in Farmington, Michigan in 1977. He 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. His main income during his first years was as a bartender, and he often lived in his car. He was then picked up for various small roles in low-budget films. Looking back, he credited his early appearances in films to his "tough-looking exterior".[2]


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. 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.[2][6]

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 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 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.[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.[6]

Patrick played Johnny Cash's father, Ray Cash, in the film Walk the Line and Elvis's father, Vernon Presley in the miniseries Elvis.[7] 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,[8] and played Elvis Presley in Lonely Street (2009).[9] In October 2006, he starred in the WWE Films production The Marine as Rome.[10] 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.[11] 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.[12]

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."[13] Patrick also starred in the psychological thriller The Black Water of Echo's Pond, which was directed by Italian filmmaker Gabriel Bologna.[14] 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,[15] and has been renewed for a second season.

Personal life

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 named Samuel and a daughter named Austin (named after the police officer Patrick's character impersonates in Terminator 2: Judgment Day).

Patrick is a devout Episcopalian.[16] He is also a member of the Boozefighters motorcycle club. He often joins the Love Ride, a charity motorcycle ride held annually in Southern California.[17]

On October 22, 2010, in Dallas, Texas, Patrick joined his brother Richard's band Filter onstage to provide guest vocals on a performance of their song "So I Quit".[18]



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 Koga Shuko
The Cool Surface Jarvis Scott Writer
Body Shot Mickey Dane
Hong Kong 97 Reginald Cameron
1995 Zero Tolerance Jeff Douglas
Decoy Jack Travis
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 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 Sgt. 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 Sgt. Pete Daytona
2008 Fly Me to the Moon Louie Voice
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 Daniel Kiefer
Trouble with the Curve Vince
Jayne Mansfield's Car Jimbo Caldwell
Mafia Jules Dupree
2013 Gangster Squad 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 The Poison Rose Chief Walsh
The Rising Hawk Zakhar Berkut
The Laundromat Captain Richard Paris
Tone-Deaf Harvey
TBA Honest Thief Post-production


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 Stokes Guest role; 2 episodes
1996–1997 The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest Roger T. "Race" Bannon/Additional voices Main role; 24 episodes
1996 Superman: The Animated Series LeBeau Voice
Episode: "Feeding Time"
1997 Rag and Bone Sgt. Daniel Ryan Television film
1998 Perfect Assassins Leo Benita Television film
1999 The Angry Beavers Wingnut Voice
Episode: "Mistaken Identity/Easy Peasy Rider"
2000 The Sopranos David Scatino Guest role; 3 episodes
Batman Beyond Richard Armacost Voice
Episode: "Big Time"
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/Prisoner Voice
Episode: "Of Course You Know, This Means War and Peace: Part I"
Elvis Vernon Presley Miniseries
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 role; 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 Red guest diner; Season 5 Episode 8: "9 Chefs Compete"
American Dad! Stranger Episode: "In Country...Club
NCIS Col. 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 Cabe Gallo Main role; 93 episodes
2015 Ultimate Spider-Man Robert Frank / Whizzer (voice) Episode: "S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy"
2017 Lore Reverend Eliakim Phelps Episode: "Passing Notes"
2018–2019 Mayans M.C. President Les Packer 2 episodes

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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