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      Tobin Bell

      Tobin Bell

      Highest Rated: 100% Manson Family Vacation (2015)

      Lowest Rated: 8% Phantom Halo (2014)

      Birthday: Aug 7, 1942

      Birthplace: Queens, New York, USA

      Tobin Bell was a prominent film and TV character actor who rose to prominence in 2004 as the chief villain, Jigsaw, in the first "Saw" movie. Born in Queens and raised in Massachusetts, Bell grew up in a very creative household. His mother was an actress, while his father was responsible for building the local radio station in his hometown of Weymouth, Massachusetts. However, despite having a longtime interest in performing, Bell set his sights on working in the field of environmental science. He earned his master's degree in environmental science from Montclair State University, and spent a brief period of his twenties working for the New York Botanical Garden. The burning urge to perform, however, never left Bell, and he quickly left his stable career to become an actor. He joined the iconic Actors Studio in New York, studying alongside Oscar winner Ellen Burstyn, and soon started to appear in various plays Off-Broadway. Bell did land some background work during this time in over two-dozen films shot in New York, but his work was mostly uncredited. It wasn't until he moved to Los Angeles in the mid-1980s that his screen acting workload really began to pick up. Over the next two decades Bell landed supporting roles in "Mississippi Burning" (1988), "Goodfellas" (1990), "The Quick and the Dead" (1995), as well as guest spots on TV shows like "Seinfeld" (NBC, 1989-1998) and "The West Wing" (NBC, 1999-2006). His big break came in 2004 when he was cast as the lead villain, Jigsaw, in the horror film, "Saw." The film became a huge hit, spawning six sequels and multiple video games, in which Bell also lent his voice. Bell acted primarily in "Saw" sequels throughout the remainder of the decade, before taking a four-year break from acting in 2010. He returned to the big screen in 2015 with a supporting role in the crime thriller "Phantom Halo" (2015). The film was the directorial debut of Antonia Bogdanovich, daughter of Oscar nominee Peter, and also starred Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Rebecca Romijn.

      Highest rated movies

      Manson Family Vacation In the Line of Fire Saw X
      Belzebuth
      The Firm A Father's Legacy Rainbow Time
      The Quick and the Dead

      Photos

      Tobin Bell SAW, Tobin Bell, 2004. ph: Greg Gayne/©Lionsgate MALICE, Tobin Bell, Bill Pullman, 1993, (c) Columbia BOOGEYMAN 2, Tobin Bell, 2007. ©Columbia Pictures SAW V, (aka SAW 5), Tobin Bell, 2008. ©Lions Gate SAW V, (aka SAW 5), from left: Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor, 2008. ©Lions Gate SAW V, (aka SAW 5), from left: Costas Mandylor, Tobin Bell, 2008. ©Lions Gate SAW IV, Tobin Bell, Betsy Russell, 2007. ©Lions Gate SAW IV, Tobin Bell, 2007. ©Lions Gate SAW IV, Tobin Bell, 2007. ©Lions Gate SAW III, Shawnee Smith, Tobin Bell, 2006, ©Lions Gate SAW VI, from left: Tobin Bell, director Kevin Greutert, Peter Outerbridge, 2009. Ph: Steve Wilkie/©Lions Gate SAW VI, Tobin Bell, 2009. Ph: Steve Wilkie/©Lions Gate Criminal Minds, Tobin Bell, 09/22/2005, ©CBS Tobin Bell at arrivals for SAW V Premiere, Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, NV, October 23, 2008. Photo by: James Atoa/Everett Collection Tobin Bell at arrivals for SAW V Premiere, Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, NV, October 23, 2008. Photo by: James Atoa/Everett Collection

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Saw XI John Kramer (Character) - 2024
      No Score Yet 33% Altered Reality Cooper Mason (Character) - 2024
      No Score Yet 48% The Cello Vincent (Character) - 2023
      80% 89% Saw X John Kramer (Character) $53.4M 2023
      No Score Yet 88% ReBroken Von (Character) - 2023
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Clown Motel Unknown (Character) - 2023
      No Score Yet 69% The Curse of Wolf Mountain Dr. Avery (Character) - 2022
      20% 10% Aileen Wuornos: American Boogeywoman Lewis Fell (Character) - 2021
      20% 20% Let Us In Mr. Munch (Character) - 2020
      71% 96% A Father's Legacy Billy Ford (Character) - 2020
      44% 67% The Call Edward Cranston (Character) $515.2K 2020
      No Score Yet 67% Ice Cream in the Cupboard Pop (Character) - 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gates of Darkness Monsignor Canell (Character) - 2020
      80% 66% Belzebuth Unknown (Character) - 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Way We Weren't Jerry (Character),
      Producer
      - 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Way We Weren't Unknown (Character) - 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Devil Music The Devil (Character) - 2017
      No Score Yet 39% The Sandman Valentine (Character) - 2017
      32% 88% Jigsaw Jigsaw/John Kramer (Character) $38.0M 2017
      No Score Yet 91% 12 Feet Deep McGradey (Character) - 2016
      67% 45% Rainbow Time Peter (Character) - 2016
      100% 56% Manson Family Vacation Blackbird (Character) - 2015
      8% 43% Phantom Halo Smashmouth (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet 26% Finders Keepers Dr. Freeman (Character) - 2014
      9% 23% Dark House Seth (Character),
      Producer
      - 2014
      9% 41% Saw: The Final Chapter Jigsaw/John (Character) $45.7M 2010
      39% 48% Saw VI Jigsaw (Character) $27.7M 2009
      13% 52% Saw V Jigsaw (Character) $56.7M 2008
      No Score Yet 13% Buried Alive Lester (Character) - 2007
      No Score Yet 34% Boogeyman 2 Dr. Mitchell Allen (Character) - 2007
      18% 62% Saw IV Jigsaw (Character) $63.3M 2007
      No Score Yet 72% The Haunting Hour: Don't Think About It The Stranger (Character) - 2007
      No Score Yet 23% Decoys 2 Unknown (Character) - 2007
      29% 71% Saw III Jigsaw (Character) $80.2M 2006
      37% 59% Saw II Jigsaw (Character) $87.0M 2005
      50% 84% Saw John (Character) $650.1K 2004
      No Score Yet 30% Power Play Clemens (Character) - 2002
      No Score Yet 17% Black Mask 2: City of Masks Moloch (Character) - 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Killer Next Door Geoffrey Martin (Character) - 2001
      49% 66% The Road to El Dorado Zaragoza (Voice) $50.8M 2000
      No Score Yet 42% The 4th Floor The Lock Smith (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 35% Best of the Best: Without Warning Lukasz Slava (Character) - 1998
      43% 52% Overnight Delivery John Dwayne Beezly (Character) - 1998
      50% 33% Brown's Requiem Stan the Man (Character) $3.1K 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Crimes of Passion: One Hot Summer Night Vincent 'Coupe' De Ville (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Unabomber: The True Story Theodore Kaczynski (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet 44% The Babysitter's Seduction Detective Frank O'Keefe (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Serial Killer William Lucian Morrano (Character) - 1996
      58% 54% The Quick and the Dead Dog Kelly (Character) $17.3M 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet New Eden Ares (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mortal Fear Dr. Alvin Hayes (Character) - 1994
      57% 46% Malice Earl Leemus (Character) $46.0M 1993
      96% 79% In the Line of Fire Mendoza (Character) $102.2M 1993
      76% 64% The Firm The Nordic Man (Character) $157.0M 1993
      17% 22% Boiling Point Roth (Character) $9.0M 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Calendar Girl, Cop, Killer? The Bambi Bembenek Story Unknown (Character) - 1992
      45% 20% Ruby David Ferrie (Character) $614.3K 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet False Identity Marshall Errickson (Character) - 1990

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 70% MacGyver Leland (Guest Star) 2020
      85% 73% Creepshow Unknown (Character) 2019
      No Score Yet 85% Criminal Minds Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Revelations Nathan Volk (Character) 2005
      87% 87% 24 Peter Kingsley (Guest Star) 2003
      81% 95% The West Wing Colonel Whitcomb (Guest Star) 2002
      86% 87% Alias Karl dreyer (Guest Star) 2001
      No Score Yet 83% The Guardian Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Once and Again Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
      74% 86% The X-Files Ashman/Darryl Weaver (Guest Star) 2000
      No Score Yet 95% The Pretender Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
      19% No Score Yet Vengeance Unlimited Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Walker, Texas Ranger Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet High Incident Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Chicago Hope Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
      83% No Score Yet NYPD Blue Donald Selness (Guest Star) 1993 1996
      No Score Yet 85% ER Hospital Administrator (Guest Star) 1994
      89% 92% Seinfeld Ron (Guest Star) 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jake and the Fatman Unknown (Guest Star) 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Equalizer Deputy Secretary (Guest Star) 1988