Robin Thomas

Robin Thomas (born Robin Thomas Grossman, February 12, 1949) is an American film, television and theater actor, and sculptor. He changed his professional name to his birth name in 2014, but returned to using Robin Thomas in 2015.

Robin Thomas
Robin Thomas Grossman

(1949-02-12) February 12, 1949
ResidenceLos Angeles, California
OccupationActor, sculptor


Thomas' best-known television roles are as Mark Singleton in Another World[1] (1983–85), and as Geoffrey Wells on Who's the Boss?[2] He portrayed Paul Kellogg in The Mommies[3]:709 and Nate's father in Life Unexpected[3] and had recurring roles in series such as Murphy Brown, Hunter, Matlock, and The Division. He appeared in such films as Pacific Rim, About Last Night..., The Contender, Summer School, and The Banger Sisters. He has appeared in such television series as Misfits of Science, Midnight Caller, Party of Five, Pacific Blue, Queer as Folk, Murphy Brown, Life Unexpected, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, Criminal Minds, Franklin & Bash, Castle, Manhattan, Fuller House,and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, among others.

Personal life

Born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Thomas attended the Mercersburg Academy and graduated in 1967. Thomas earned a BFA from Carnegie-Mellon University where he was accepted into the drama department as an actor. Transitioning in his junior year to Sociology dept., he graduated from the Art department with a major in sculpture. Upon graduation he moved to New York.

Thomas spent his early years in New York as a carpenter, specializing in renovations of restaurants and apartments.[1] He also worked as a sculptor, creating kinetic works employing plexiglas, stainless steel, teflon, water, oil, air, pumps, motors, and lights. His works were exhibited at the Huntsville Museum of Art, The Three Rivers Arts Festival, and at various galleries in SoHo. He was invited to create works for Tiffany's windows, NYC for two consecutive years. While in NY he started a construction company renovating lofts and apartments to augment his income as an artist.


Year Title Role Notes
1986About Last NightSteve Carlson
1987Summer SchoolVice Principal Phil Gills
1990Welcome Home, Roxy CarmichaelScotty Sandholtzer
1993Me and the KidDr. Berman
1995JadeMr. Green
1995ChameleonJason Ainsley
1996Amityville DollhouseBill Martin(video)
1997Star MapsMartin
1998BulworthReporter in Hallway
1998Break UpDoctor
2000More Dogs Than BonesTim Thomas
2000The ContenderWilliam Hanson
2002ClockstoppersDr. Gibbs
2002The Banger SistersRaymond Kingsley
2003Missing BrendanBob Calden
2007Cougar ClubMr. Holmes
2009The Pool BoysMr. Stenson
2010The Space BetweenAirline Executive
2012A Green StoryMichael Henry
2013Pacific RimAmerican UN Representative
2015BabysitterNeal Longway
2016FrontmanDoctor Glass(Short)
2018Con ManMr. Fitzgerald
2018The Assassin's CodeAngelo Leonetti


Year Title Role Notes
1982As the World TurnsDr. Matt Butler
1983SvengaliMendy WeindenbaumTV movie
1983-1985Another WorldMark Singleton7 episodes
1985Misfits of ScienceVincentEpisode: "Grand Theft Bunny"
1986Cagney & LaceyEric WebberEpisode: "Exit Stage Center"
1986The Magical World of DisneyDr. GardnerEpisode: "A Fighting Choice"
1986FameMr. TorrenceEpisode: "The Incident"
1986-1987Who's the Boss?Geoffrey Wells6 episodes
1987My Sister SamMattEpisode: "Sister, Can You Spare a Fifty?"
1987MatlockProsecutor Burton Hawkins6 episodes
1987Mr. PresidentJustin3 episodes
1987Haunted by Her PastCharles KamenTV movie
1987A Year in the LifeBrianEpisode: "Dixie Chicken"
1987Free SpiritTV movie
1988ThirtysomethingDr. Bob Kramer2 episodes
1988Who Gets the Friends?Paul KeatonTV movie
1988Baby BoomRob Marks2 episodes
1989From the Dead of NightGlen EastmanTV movie
1989Anything but LoveJack HansenEpisode: "Burning the Toad"
1990Island SonEpisode: "Mary, Mary Quite Contrary"
1990Personals Evan MartinTV movie
1990Memories of MurderMichaelTV movie
1990Father Dowling MysteriesJonathan CabotEpisode: "The Legacy Mystery"
1990Midnight CallerStan JessickEpisode: "Home to Roost"
1990Close EncountersDavid AlbirdTV movie
1991HunterDet. Al Novak / Mr. Canova2 episodes
1991Empty NestWillEpisode: "Her Cheatin' Heart"
1991The Rape of Doctor WillisWally ShawTV movie
1991Murder, She WroteGerald InnsmouthEpisode: "The Committee"
1992Citizen CohnReporterTV movie
1992Freshman DormProfessor Beckenstein3 episodes
1993For the Love of My Child: The Anissa Ayala StoryDr. Rudolph BrutocoTV movie
1993Without Warning: Terror in the TowersTV movie
1993-1994The MommiesPaul Kellogg24 episodes
1994Touched by an AngelDr. Harrison Trowbridge Archibald IVEpisode: "Manny"
1995An Element of TruthPeterTV movie
1995-1996Party of FiveMr. Marshall Thompson3 episodes
1988-1996Murphy Brown Jake Lowenstein5 episodes
1996High IncidentEpisode: "Women & Children First"
1996Color Me PerfectDr. Mitch ConlonTV movie
1997JAGPhil DelaneyEpisode: "Ghosts"
1997High StakesMikeTV movie
1998Pacific BlueProfessor Alan WatsonEpisode: "Glass Houses"
1998To Have & to HoldJack CornellEpisode: "Stuck in the Blizzard with You"
1998HalloweentownKalabarTV movie
1998V.I.P.Gower JantzenEpisode: "Vallery of the Dolls"
1999Walker, Texas RangerBrian WhitmanEpisode: "Mind Games"
1999Chicago HopePriestEpisode: "Team Play"
1999Horse SenseGlenn WoodsTV movie
2000Diagnosis: MurderDr. Donald WardEpisode: "Teacher's Pet"
2001It's Like, You Know...ProducerEpisode: "The Quick and the Dead"
2001Halloweentown II: Kalabar's RevengeCalabar(TV; via footage from "Halloweentown")
2002The West WingSen. Jack Enlow, D-ILEpisode: "Dead Irish Writers"
2002The CourtAndrew Loesch5 episodes
2002The Pennsylvania Miners' StoryGovernor Mark SchweikerTV movie
1997-2002The PracticeDr. Stephen Barrett / Harry Duvall / Robert Adler3 episodes
2003CSI: MiamiBret BetancourtEpisode: "Dead Zone"
2003The Street LawyerRudolph MayesTV movie
2004Queer as FolkSam Auerbach5 episodes
2002-2004The DivisionLouis Perillo11 episodes
2004Law & OrderConnecticut Governor Michael RiordanEpisode: "Gov Love"
2004North ShoreMr. JensenEpisode: "Illusions"
2004HouseDan's FatherEpisode: "Paternity"
2004Gramercy ParkBilly Hammond SrTV movie
2005Kevin HillHarlan DavisEpisode: "A River in Egypt"
2005CSI: NYAbel BloomEpisode: "Til Death Do We Part"
2005Jane Doe: Now You See It, Now You Don'tWilliam JoynerTV movie
2005Blind JusticeHaden EastmanEpisode: "Under the Gun"
2005Ambulance GirlMichael SternTV movie
2005Just LegalDr. Steven BensonEpisode: "The Limit"
2005Criminal MindsEvan DavenportEpisode: "Broken Mirror"
2006Without a TraceMichael FletcherEpisode: "The Little Things"
2006Cold CaseRoger FeliceEpisode: "Baby Blues"
2007CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationBill DortonEpisode: "Meet Market"
2007The CloserMichael MorganEpisode: "Saving Face"
2007DamagesMartin Cutler3 episodes
2007Women's Murder ClubPhilip DavenportEpisode: "Train in Vain"
2007NCISDr. Neil FlemingEpisode: "Leap of Faith"
2007SharkEvan KendallEpisode: "Every Breath You Take"
2008MoonlightRobert FordhamEpisode: "What's Left Behind"
2008BonesRichard KingEpisode: "The Bone That Blew"
2008Eleventh HourDr. Tom CarrawayEpisode: "Flesh"
200924Deputy Attorney GeneralEpisode: "Day 7: 6:00 a.m.-7:00 a.m."
2009Raising the BarEpisode: "I'll Be Down to Get You in a Taxi, Honey"
2009The StormEpisode: "The Storm, Part 2"
2009Desperate HousewivesDick JacksonEpisode: "Never Judge a Lady by Her Lover"
2009CastleAlan FreemanEpisode: "Vampire Weekend"
2010Nip/TuckLes OvermyerEpisode: "Sheila Carlton"
2010-2011Life UnexpectedJack Bazile8 episodes
2011Law & Order: LAMarty FoxEpisode: "Benedict Canyon"
2011Franklin & BashBig MackEpisode: "Jennifer of Troy"
2011NCIS: Los AngelesDennis WhiteEpisode: "Lone Wolf"
2011-2012Switched at BirthDale3 episodes
2012Rizzoli & IslesRoger DeluthEpisode: "No More Drama in My Life"
2011–201390210Charles Sanderson / Charles2 episodes
2013CleanersBarry / Barry Madden6 episodes
2014ManhattanMaxwell RubinsEpisode: "The Second Coming"
2014RunawayRickTV movie
2016Fuller HouseDr. Fred Harmon2 episodes
2016StartUpLeonard3 episodes
2016-2017ZooMax Morgan6 episodes
2017Dracula Goes to CampBarry CohenTV movie
2017TransparentDr. CrichtonEpisode: "Born Again"
2017Law & Order True CrimeDavid Conn2 episodes
2018Blue BloodsDr. Max McCandlessEpisode: "Thicker Than Water"
2018Lethal WeaponVictor HaldermanEpisode: "Get the Picture"
2015-2019Crazy Ex-GirlfriendMarco Serrano6 episodes
2019Mystery 101Graham WinslowHallmark Movies & Mysteries TV movie
2019Mystery 101: Playing Dead
2019Mystery 101: Words Can Kill
2019Mystery 101: Dead Talk


  1. Reichardt, Nancy M. (June 26, 1983). "Robin Thomas has no regrets about acting". The Marshall News Messenger. Texas, Marshall. p. 46. Retrieved 16 August 2019 via
  2. "Who's the Boss? | TV Guide". Retrieved 2019-10-11.
  3. Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. pp. 603–604. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
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