Robert Knepper in 2016.
Robert Lyle Knepper|
July 8, 1959
Fremont, Ohio, U.S.
(m. 2005; div. 2009)
Nadine Kary (m. 2013)
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 (2005–2009, 2017), Samuel Sullivan in the final season of the NBC series Heroes (2009–2010), Angus McDonough in The CW series iZombie (2015–2018) and Rodney Mitchum in Showtime's revival of Twin Peaks (2017). He has also appeared in films such as Hitman (2007) and Transporter 3 (2008).
Knepper was born in Fremont, Ohio, and raised in Maumee, Ohio, the son of Pat Deck and Donald Knepper, a veterinarian. He was interested in acting from an early age, due to his mother's involvement as a props-handler at a community theater, and after graduating from Maumee High School in 1977, he attended Northwestern University. 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.
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 such television series 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 best-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. 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. 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.
In addition, Knepper was cast as Honolulu Police Internal Affairs detective Rex Coughlin in Hawaii Five-O.
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 The show was canceled 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. In 2014, Knepper guest starred in episodes of Arrow and The Flash as master hacker and time-and-motion study expert William Tockman / Clock King.
Since 2015, Knepper has had a recurring role on iZombie as Angus McDonough, the estranged and abusive father of Blaine DeBeers (David Anders). It was announced in July 2017 that Knepper would be promoted to the show's main cast for season 4.
Robert Knepper was cast in the reboot of David Lynch's Twin Peaks as gangster Rodney Mitchum. He later voiced the audiobook adaptation for the tie-in epistolary novel of the show called The Secret History of Twin Peaks.
Sexual assault allegations
On November 8, 2017, costume designer Susan Bertram accused Knepper of sexual assault on the set of the film Gas Food Lodging in 1991. Knepper responded, "Over the past few weeks, my wife and I have discussed the pain women have experienced and the bravery they have shown in coming forward. I am shocked and devastated to be falsely accused of violence against a woman. That's just not who I am. To those who have reached out today with words of support and encouragement, I thank you from the bottom of my heart."
Four additional allegations taking place between 1983 and 2013 were made against Knepper on December 5; Knepper denied every allegation, stating “We have come to a time where hard-earned careers are being lost on the basis of accusations. I need to reiterate that these accusations against me are false. We have lost the presumption of innocence; we have lost ‘due process’; and we have lost the ability to review evidence — allowing the media to become both ‘judge and jury,’” he wrote. “Until I can sit down and have a dialogue with my accusers, managed not by the press but by an impartial mediator, I have nothing further to say on this matter. My wife, family and close friends, know me and my true nature and I am grateful for their love and support."
In the wake of sexual assault allegations against the then newly promoted Knepper, The CW conducted an internal inquiry to determine Knepper’s future on the series iZombie. After finding no evidence of misconduct transpiring on the set, it was announced he would be remaining on the show. Show stars Rose McIver and Rahul Kohli released statements following the decision, with Kohli stating he was unable to give his full thoughts at the time. Though he did not comment on the allegations, David Anders stated following Knepper's departure that while he had suggested the producers cast Rutger Hauer as his character's father, he believed the former did well in the role.
On January 12, 2018, it was announced that the studio had conducted a second investigation. CW president Mark Pedowitz stated “When the past allegations came up, we were about two thirds of the way on the shooting schedule. The studio did an investigation. They did one investigation. The studio did a second investigation. Again, the investigation related to the set and his behavior on the set. They found no wrongdoing on the set. I supported the decision to continue going forward. Robert finishes up shooting I think by next week.”
The network's investigations pertained to potential misconduct on the set of the production, rather than the existing allegations. Pedowitz elaborated that Knepper had signed on for a single season and that his exit from the series had already been planned. While he made the decision to let Knepper finish out the fourth season, he reiterated he would not return for the fifth.
Knepper personally announced his promotion in a video released at Comic Con; but did not partake in promotional interviews for his role following the allegations, nor did he attend the Season Four wrap party.
On February 28, 2018, Bertram’s lawyers announced she was filing a defamation lawsuit against Knepper, stating; “The false Knepper statements have interfered with the Plaintiff’s ability to find work, have damaged her reputation in Hollywood and the entertainment community, and have caused her great mortification and emotional distress,” the lawsuit states. “Due to Defendant’s false statements regarding Plaintiff’s accusations, Plaintiff has had to refute the false statements to friends, family, potential employers and co-workers. This has been mortifying and humiliating to Plaintiff. They have caused her great mortification and emotional distress,” the lawsuit claims.
Bertram argues that Knepper’s denials are “false and slanderous” and impugn her character and competence. People who read or heard about his comments would think she was “untrustworthy, deranged, unqualified to work” — harming her professional reputation. She says, in the court filing, that she suffered severe mental anguish as a result. (Knepper) acted with malice, oppression, and fraud, and with the wrongful intention of hurting (Bertram),” the suit alleges. She is seeking damages in a jury trial.
|1986||That's Life!||Steve Larwin|
|1987||Wild Thing||Wild Thing|
|Made in Heaven||Orrin|
|1990||Arduous Moon||Andrew||Short film|
|Young Guns II||Deputy Carlyle|
|1991||Session Man||Torrey Cole||Short film|
|Where the Day Takes You||Rock Singer|
|1992||Gas Food Lodging||Dank|
|1993||When the Bough Breaks||Lt. Jimmy Creedmore|
|1994||Under the Heat||Milo|
|1995||Search and Destroy||Daniel Strong|
|1996||Dead of Night||Christian|
|Everyone Says I Love You||Greg|
|The Undercover Kid||Bo the Dog (voice)|
|1997||You Are Here||Jack|
|2000||Love & Sex||Gerard Boussard|
|2001||Lady in the Box||Chris Stark|
|2002||Topa Topa Bluffs||Frank|
|2005||Good Night, and Good Luck||Don Surine|
|2008||Turok: Son of Stone||Chickak (voice)||Direct-to-DVD|
|The Day the Earth Stood Still||Colonel|
|2010||Burning Daylight||Elam "Burning Daylight" Harnish|
|2011||Earth's Final Hours||John Streich|
|2012||My Way||Frank Sinatra|
|Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters||Kronos (voice)|
|The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1||Antonius|
|The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2||Antonius|
|2016||Hard Target 2||Aldrich||Direct-to-DVD|
|Jack Reacher: Never Go Back||General Harkness|
|Edge of Fear||Victor Novak|
|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"|
|The Twilight Zone||Alonzo||Episode: "Joy Ride"|
|Tour of Duty||PV2 Allen||Episode: "Burn Baby, Burn"|
|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||Perry Mason: The Case of the Fatal Fashion||Kim Weatherly||Television film|
|Civil Wars||Joey D'Amato||Episode: "Have Gun, Will Unravel"|
|1992||Tequila and Bonetti||Ren Philips||Episode: "Runt of the Litter"|
|Red Shoe Diaries||Nick Willard||Episode: "You Have the Right to Remain Silent"|
|1993–1996||Murder, She Wrote||Charles George Drexler / Owen McLaglen / Robbie Dorow||3 episodes|
|Getting Out||Carl||Television film|
|1995||Law & Order||Igor Smith||Episode: "Rebels"|
|New York Undercover||David Carson||Episode: "Buster and Claudia"|
|New York News||Ex-Con||Episode: "Fun City"|
|Pointman||Ronnie McCusak||Episode: "Here She Comes, Miss Murder"|
|1996||Voice from the Grave||Milosh||Television film|
|Central Park West||Randy Boyd||Episode: "Guess Who's Come to Annoy You?"|
|The Big Easy||Jack Gentry||Episode: "The Gambler"|
|1997||The Visitor||Alex Burton||Episode: "Dreams"|
|1998||ER||Keith Reynolds||Episode: "My Brother's Keeper"|
|Brimstone||Assistant D.A. Stewart Lambert||Episode: "Executioner"|
|1999||Strange World||Gil Sandifer||Episode: "Azrael's Breed"|
|Kidnapped in Paradise||Renard||Television film|
|Absence of the Good||Glenn Dwyer||Television film|
|Star Trek: Voyager||Gaul||Episode: "Dragon's Teeth"|
|2000||Harsh Realm||Priest||Episode: "Camera Obscura"|
|Profiler||Martin Lewis||Episode: "Tsuris"|
|Seven Days||Major Gene Hastings||Episode: "Space Station Down"|
|La Femme Nikita||Henry Collins||Episode: "Toys in the Basement"|
|2001||The West Wing||Morgan Ross||Episode: "Ellie"|
|Jackie, Ethel, Joan: The Women of Camelot||Robert F. Kennedy||Television film|
|Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Dr. Peter Kelmer||Episode: "The Good Doctor"|
|2001||Thieves||Special Agent Shue||10 episodes|
|The Pennsylvania Miners' Story||Mark Popernack||Television film|
|2002–2003||Presidio Med||Sean||5 episodes|
|2003–2005||Carnivàle||Tommy Dolan||13 episodes|
|2004||Species III||Dr. Abbot||Television film|
|CSI: Miami||Freddy Coleman||Episode: "Addiction"|
|2005||Point Pleasant||Demon Dance Host||Episode: "Last Dance"|
|2005–2009||Prison Break||Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell||75 episodes|
|2009||Prison Break: The Final Break||Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell||Television film|
|2009–2010||Heroes||Samuel Sullivan||19 episodes|
|2010||Stargate Universe||Simeon||6 episodes|
|Chase||Jack Druggan||Episode: "The Comeback Kid"|
|Criminal Minds||Rhett Walden||Episode: "Reflection of Desire"|
|Breakout Kings||Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell||Episode: "The Bag Man"|
|2012||Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden||Lieutenant Commander||Television film|
|2013||Cult||Roger Reeves /Billy Grimm||13 episodes|
|The Blacklist||The Courier||Episode: "The Courier"|
|Mob City||Sid Rothman||6 episodes|
|2014–2015||Hawaii Five-0||Internal Affairs Officer Coughlin||2 episodes|
|2014||Arrow||William Tockman / Clock King||Episode: "Time of Death"|
|The Flash||William Tockman / Clock King||Episode: "Power Outage"|
|2015||Chicago Fire||Adrian Gish / Trenton Lamont||Episode: "3 Bells"|
|Chicago PD||Adrian Gish / Trenton Lamont||Episode: "A Little Devil Complex"|
|Texas Rising||Empresario Buckley||3 episodes|
|Public Morals||Captain Johanson||4 episodes|
|NCIS||Benson Long||Episode: "Personal Day"|
|American Horror Story: Hotel||Lieutenant||Episode: "Room Service"|
|2015–2018||iZombie||Angus McDonough||17 episodes|
|2016||From Dusk till Dawn: The Series||Ranger Gary Willet||2 episodes|
|2016–2018||Homeland||General Jamie McClendon||5 episodes|
|2017||Prison Break: Resurrection||Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell||6 episodes|
|Twin Peaks||Rodney Mitchum||6 episodes|
|The Orville||Hamelac||Episode: "If the Stars Should Appear"|
|Spirit Riding Free||Harlan Grayson||Voice|
|The Dating Game Killer||Detective Jim Hamell||Television film|
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- A Little Night Music – Northwestern (1977)
- The Ruling Class – Northwestern (1979)
- The Merchant of Venice – Northwestern (1979/80)
- Ties – Chicago (Victory Gardens) (1981)
- Class Enemy – Evanston (Next) (1981)
- Lakeboat – Chicago (Goodman) (1982)
- The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby – Chicago (1982)
- Dark of the Moon - Sarasota (1983)
- Life Signals – Sarasota (1983)
- Sherlock Holmes – Sarasota(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 Was – Louisville (1984)
- The Very Last Lover of the River Cane – Louisville (Theatre of Louisville) (1985)
- Available Light – Louisville (Theatre of Louisville) (1985)
- Groves of Academe – Cluj (Romania) (1985)
- A Midsummer Night's Dream – New York (New York Shakespeare Festival) (1987)
- Romeo and Juliet - New York (1988)
- The Legend of Oedipus – Williamstown (Williamstown Theatre Festival) (1988)
- Les Liaisons Dangereuses – Williamstown (Williamstown Theatre Festival) (1988)
- Nebraska – La Jolla (1989)
- Ice Cream With Hot Fudge – New York (1990)
- Bobby, Can You Hear Me? – Waterford (1990)
- Buster Comes Through – Waterford (1990)
- Lake No Bottom – New York (1990)
- Dinosaur Dreams – Waterford (1991)
- Home Grown – Waterford (1991)
- Orestes – Los Angeles (1992)
- Salomé – New York (1992)
- Pal Joey – Boston (1992)
- Sweet Bird of Youth – London (UK) (1994)
- Pride's Crossing – San Diego (1997)
- The Summer Moon – Seattle (1998)
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