Robert Knepper

Robert Knepper

Robert Knepper
Robert Knepper in 2013.
Born Robert Lyle Knepper
(1959-07-08) July 8, 1959
Fremont, Ohio, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1977–present
Spouse(s) Tory Herald (2005-2009)
Nadine Kary (m. 2013)
Children Benjamin Peter Knepper (born 2002)

Robert Lyle Knepper (born July 8, 1959) is an American actor best known for his role as Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell in the FOX drama series Prison Break from 2005 to 2009 and has also appeared in films such as Good Night, and Good Luck, Hitman and Transporter 3. Knepper joined the cast of Heroes for its fourth and final season as Samuel Sullivan from 2009 to 2010, and he played Sid Rothman in the neo-noir television series Mob City in 2013. He appeared as Antonius in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and Part 2.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Filmography 3
    • Film 3.1
    • Television 3.2
  • Theatre 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

Knepper was born in Fremont, Ohio, to Pat Deck and Donald Knepper.[1] He is of German descent. He was interested in acting from an early age, due to his mother's involvement at a community theater. He was raised in Maumee, Ohio, near Toledo, by his mother and father, who were veterinarians. Knepper spent many years of his youth working in community theater and high school productions. After graduating from Maumee High School in 1977, he attended Northwestern University to study drama. During this time, Knepper also obtained professional roles in plays in Chicago. Nearing the completion of his degree, Knepper quit Northwestern and went to New York City, where he continued to work in theater.[2]


Although Knepper never intended to work in film and television projects, he began his television and film career in 1986 with The Paper Chase and That's Life!. Knepper went on to have larger roles in such films as Wild Thing, Young Guns II, When the Bough Breaks and Everyone Says I Love You. He made appearances on well known television series such as The Twilight Zone, Star Trek: The Next Generation, ER and Law & Order. In 2005, after a recurring role on the HBO series Carnivàle, Knepper was cast in his most well known role, as Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell in Prison Break. The series received positive reviews upon release and "T-Bag" is often considered to be one of the greatest television villains of all time.[3][4] During his time on Prison Break, Knepper also starred in a number of films; Good Night, and Good Luck, Hitman, Transporter 3 and The Day the Earth Stood Still.

After Prison Break ended in 2009, Knepper was cast as villain Samuel Sullivan in the fourth and final season of Heroes.[5] After this, he went on to have a recurring role in Stargate Universe in 2010. He guest-starred on season six of Criminal Minds as Rhett Walden, a serial killer. The same year he played the titular character in the film adaptation of Burning Daylight.[6]

In 2011, he reprised his role of T-Bag in one episode of the A&E series Breakout Kings. The next year he played Frank Sinatra in My Way, biopic of Claude François, a French pop singer who wrote the song "Comme d'habitude", the original version of Sinatra's song "My Way".

Knepper was cast in the 2013 television series Cult as Roger Reeves, an actor playing Billy Grimm on a show called Cult[7] The show was cancelled after only one season. The same year, he appeared in R.I.P.D., Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters and guest starred on the television series The Blacklist (episode: "The Courier"). At the end of 2013, the TNT series Mob City premiered, in which Knepper played gangster Sid Rothman.[8] In 2014, Knepper guest starred in episodes of Arrow and The Flash as master hacker and time-and-motion study expert William Tockman a.k.a. Clock King, and reportedly only had one day to shoot his scenes in the former. [9]



Year Title Role Notes
1986 That's Life! Steve Larwin
1987 Wild Thing Wild Thing
1987 Police Story: The Freeway Killings Karl James Television film
1987 Made in Heaven Orrin
1988 D.O.A. Nicholas Lang
1989 Renegades Marino
1990 Arduous Moon Andrew Short film
1990 Young Guns II Deputy Carlyle
1991 Session Man Torrey Cole Short film
1991 Perry Mason: The Case of the Fatal Fashion Kim Weatherly Television film
1991 Where the Day Takes You Rock Singer
1992 Gas Food Lodging Dank
1993 Zelda Wilson Television film
1993 When the Bough Breaks Lt. Jimmy Creedmore
1994 Pointman Johnny Television film
1994 Getting Out Carl Television film
1994 Under the Heat Milo
1995 Search and Destroy Daniel Strong
1996 Dead of Night Christian
1996 Voice from the Grave Milosh Television film
1996 MugShot Joe
1996 Everyone Says I Love You Greg
1996 The Undercover Kid Bo the Dog (voice)
1997 You Are Here Jack
1998 Phantoms Agent Wilson
1998 The Stringer John
1998 Jaded Freddy
1999 Absence of the Good Glenn Dwyer Television film
1999 Kidnapped in Paradise Renard Television film
2000 Love & Sex Gerard Boussard
2001 Lady in the Box Chris Stark
2001 Jackie, Ethel, Joan: The Women of Camelot Robert F. Kennedy Television film
2002 Topa Topa Bluffs Frank
2002 The Pennsylvania Miners' Story Mark Popernack Television film
2002 Swatters Daniel Steinberg
2004 Species III Dr. Abbot Direct-to-video
2005 Good Night, and Good Luck Don Surine
2005 Hostage Will Bechler
2007 Hitman Yuri Marklov
2008 Turok: Son of Stone Chickak (voice) Direct-to-video
2008 Transporter 3 Johnson
2008 The Day the Earth Stood Still Colonel
2010 Burning Daylight Elam 'Burning Daylight' Harnish
2011 Earth's Final Hours John Streich[10] Television film
2012 My Way Frank Sinatra
2012 Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden Lieutenant Commander Television film
2013 R.I.P.D. Stanley Nawlicki
2013 Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Kronos (voice)
2014 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 Antonius
2014 Ride Peter
2015 The Hoarder Vince
2015 The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 Antonius Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1986 The Paper Chase Howard Episode: "Graduation"
1986–1993 L.A. Law George 'Georgia' Buckner / David Orcott 3 episodes
1987 Tour of Duty Racist Soldier Episode: "Burn, Baby, Burn"
1987 The Twilight Zone Alonzo Episode: "Joy Ride"
1987 Tour of Duty PV2 Allen Episode: "Burn Baby, Burn"
1987 Star Trek: The Next Generation Wyatt Miller Episode: "Haven"
1989 Gideon Oliver Paul Hecht Episode: "Kennonite"
1990 E.A.R.T.H. Force Dr. Peter Roland 3 episodes
1990–1991 China Beach Long / Vietnam Vet 2 episodes
1991 Civil Wars Joey D'Amato Episode: "Have Gun, Will Unravel"
1992 Tequila and Bonetti Ren Philips Episode: "Runt of the Litter"
1992 Red Shoe Diaries Nick Willard Episode: "You Have the Right to Remain Silent"
1993 Doorways Thane Pilot
1993–1996 Murder, She Wrote Charles George Drexler / Owen McLaglen / Robbie Dorow 3 episodes
1995 Law & Order Igor Smith Episode: "Rebels"
1995 New York Undercover David Carson Episode: "Buster and Claudia"
1995 New York News Ex-Con Episode: "Fun City"
1995 Pointman Ronnie McCusak Episode: "Here She Comes, Miss Murder"
1996 Central Park West Randy Boyd Episode: "Guess Who's Come to Annoy You?"
1996 The Big Easy Jack Gentry Episode: "The Gambler"
1996 Desert Breeze Pilot
1997 The Visitor Alex Burton
1998 ER Keith Reynolds Episode: "My Brother's Keeper"
1998 Brimstone Assistant D.A. Stewart Lambert Episode: "Executioner"
1999 Strange World Gil Sandifer Episode: "Azrael's Breed"
1999 Star Trek: Voyager Gaul Episode: "Dragon's Teeth"
2000 Harsh Realm Priest Episode: "Camera Obscura"
2000 Profiler Martin Lewis Episode: "Tsuris"
2000 Seven Days Major Gene Hastings Episode: "Space Station Down"
2000 La Femme Nikita Henry Collins Episode: "Toys in the Basement"
2001 Thieves Special Agent Shue 10 episodes
2001 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Dr. Peter Kelmer Episode: "The Good Doctor"
2001 The West Wing Morgan Ross Episode: "Ellie"
2002 Haunted Henry Episode: "Pilot"
2002–2003 Presidio Med Sean 5 episodes
2004 CSI: Miami Freddy Coleman Episode: "Addiction"
2003–2005 Carnivàle Tommy Dolan 13 episodes
2005 Point Pleasant Demon Dance Host Episode: "Last Dance"
2005–2009 Prison Break Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell 75 episodes
2009–2010 Heroes Samuel Sullivan 19 episodes
2010 Stargate Universe Simeon 6 episodes
2010 Chase Jack Druggan Episode: "The Comeback Kid"
2010 Criminal Minds Rhett Walden Episode: "Reflection of Desire"
2011 Shameless Rod 2 episodes
2011 Breakout Kings Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell Episode: "The Bag Man"
2013 Cult Roger Reeves/Billy Grimm 13 Episodes[7]
2013 The Blacklist The Courier Episode: "The Courier"[11]
2013 Mob City Sid Rothman 6 episodes
2014–2015 Hawaii Five-0 Internal Affairs Officer[12] 2 episodes
2014 Arrow William Tockman/Clock King Episode: "Time of Death"
2014 The Flash William Tockman/Clock King Episode: "Power Outage"
2015 Chicago Fire Adrian Gish/Trenton Lamont Episode: "3 Bells"
2015 Chicago PD Adrian Gish/Trenton Lamont Episode: "A Little Devil Complex"
2015 Texas Rising Empresario Buckley 3 episodes
2015 Public Morals Captain Johanson 4 episodes
2015 iZombie Angus DeBeers
2015 NCIS (TV series) Benson Long Episode: Personal Day


  • A Little Night MusicNorthwestern (1977)
  • The Ruling ClassNorthwestern (1979)
  • The Merchant of VeniceNorthwestern (1979/80)
  • Ties – Chicago (Victory Gardens) (1981)
  • Class EnemyEvanston (Next) (1981)
  • Lakeboat – Chicago (Goodman) (1982)
  • The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby – Chicago (1982)
  • Dark of the Moon - Sarasota (1983)
  • Life SignalsSarasota (1983)
  • Sherlock HolmesSarasota(1983)
  • The Philanthropist – New York (Stage 73) (1983)
  • Savage Amusement – New York (1984)
  • Romance – New York (Young Playwrights Festival) – (Joseph Papp Public Theater/Martinson Hall) (1984)
  • The Person I Once WasLouisville (1984)
  • The Very Last Lover of the River CaneLouisville (Theatre of Louisville) (1985)
  • Available LightLouisville (Theatre of Louisville) (1985)
  • Groves of AcademeCluj (Romania) (1985)
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream – New York (New York Shakespeare Festival) (1987)
  • Romeo and Juliet - New York (1988)
  • The Legend of OedipusWilliamstown (Williamstown Theatre Festival) (1988)
  • Les Liaisons DangereusesWilliamstown (Williamstown Theatre Festival) (1988)
  • NebraskaLa Jolla (1989)
  • Ice Cream With Hot Fudge – New York (1990)
  • Bobby, Can You Hear Me?Waterford (1990)
  • Buster Comes ThroughWaterford (1990)
  • Lake No Bottom – New York (1990)
  • Dinosaur DreamsWaterford (1991)
  • Home GrownWaterford (1991)
  • Orestes – Los Angeles (1992)
  • Salomé – New York (1992)
  • Pal JoeyBoston (1992)
  • Sweet Bird of YouthLondon (UK) (1994)
  • Pride's CrossingSan Diego (1997)
  • The Summer MoonSeattle (1998)


  1. ^ "'"Maumee's Knepper thankful for big 'Break. Toledo Blade. 
  2. ^ "Maumee native helps bring ordeal of trapped Pennsylvania miners to TV." Toledo Blade. November 22, 2002; retrieved June 14, 2006.
  3. ^ Stanley, Alessandra (August 29, 2005). "Jailhouse Heroes Are Hard to Find". The New York Times. Retrieved January 17, 2009. 
  4. ^ November 27, 2006: The Killing Box". TV Guide. November 28, 2006; retrieved on March 2, 2007.
  5. ^ """Ray Park & Robert Knepper Talk "Heroes. 
  6. ^ "Exciting Upcoming Event!". Eventbrite. August 9, 2010. Retrieved 2011-10-15. 
  7. ^ a b "Robert Knepper Cast in the CW's Cult Pilot". Retrieved May 5, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Robert Knepper Talks CULT, Playing a Cult Leader, Frank Darabont's LOST ANGELS, and R.I.P.D.". March 15, 2013. Retrieved 2013-03-15. 
  9. ^ "‘Arrow’ Villain Robert Knepper Had No Time To Shoot His Role As Clock King". February 26, 2014. Retrieved August 27, 2015. 
  10. ^ Earth's Final Hours at IMDb
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  12. ^ "'Prison Break' Big Bad Robert Knepper Goes Good Guy on 'Hawaii Five-0'". November 26, 2013. 

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