Tim Robbins

Tim Robbins at the premiere of "Catch A Fire". Arclight Cinemas,

Robbins in 2006, photo by s_bukley/Bigstock.com

Birth Name: Timothy Francis Robbins

Place of Birth: West Covina, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: October 16, 1958

Ethnicity: English, one eighth Norwegian, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish, German, and French/French-Canadian, distant Dutch

Tim Robbins is an American actor, writer, director, producer, musician, and activist. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Mystic River (2003). He is also known for his roles in the films The Shawshank Redemption, Bull Durham, Cadillac Man, Jacob’s Ladder, Jungle Fever, The Player, Short Cuts, I.Q., Nothing to Lose, Arlington Road, Mission to Mars, Antitrust, War of the Worlds, Catch a Fire, The Lucky Ones, City of Ember, Green Lantern, Welcome to Me, and Dark Waters, and on television’s The Brink, Here and Now, and Castle Rock. He also wrote and directed Bob Roberts, which he starred in, and Dead Man Walking.

Tim is the son of Mary Cecelia (Bledsoe), an actress, and Gilbert Lee “Gil” Robbins, a folk singer, musician, and actor. Many of his ancestral lines have been in the United States since the 1600s. He has two children, filmmaker Jack Henry Robbins and actor and musician Miles Robbins, with his former partner, actress and activist Susan Sarandon.

Tim’s paternal grandfather was Richard Leewilsie/Lee Robbins (the son of Walter A. Robbins and Mary Judith Taylor). Richard was born in Pullman, Whitman, Washington. Walter was the son of Albert C. Robbins and Cynthia Olive Wilsie. Mary was the daughter of Benjamin Franklin Taylor and Judith Bradley.

Tim’s paternal grandmother was Agnes Josephine Hughes (the daughter of James Ambrose Hughes and Clara M. Helgeson). Agnes was born in Spokane, Spokane Co., Washington. James was the son of John Hughes, who was born in Ireland, and of Caroline/Carolyn Walker. Clara was born in Iowa, the daughter of Norwegian parents, Halvor/Henry/Christopher Helgeson and Anna/Annie Johnson.

Tim’s maternal grandfather was Maynard Tevis Bledsoe (the son of James William Bledsoe and Martha Alice/Ameda Pursell). Maynard was born in California. James was the son of William H./P. Bledsoe and Margaret Minerva Skaggs. Martha was born in National City, San Diego, California, the daughter of James Pursell and Rachel Rice Coshow.

Tim’s maternal grandmother was Thelma Cecilia Matthews (the daughter of Albert/Bert/Alberto Tilden Matthews and Letitia/Laetitia/Lettie Marie Johnson). Thelma was born in Indiana, and was a violinist with the St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra. Albert was the son of Jacob Matthews and Cinderella Utter. Lettie was the daughter of Francis Xavier/Frank/Franklin Charles Johnson, whose mother was of French descent, and of Frances Hunot, who was of French/French-Canadian ancestry.

Sources: Genealogies of Tim Robbins – http://www.wikitree.com

Tim’s paternal grandmother, Agnes Josephine Hughes, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Tim’s paternal great-grandmother, Clara M. Helgeson, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Genealogies of Tim Robbins (incorrectly identify his maternal ancestry) – http://www.wargs.com

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