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Occupation
  
Actor

Role
  
Film actor

Name
  
Tobin Bell


Children
  
2

Years active
  
1982–present

Height
  
1.79 m

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Full Name
  
Joseph Henry Tobin, Jr.

Born
  
August 7, 1942 (age 81) (
1942-08-07
)
Queens, New York, United States

Website
  
www.officialtobinbell.com

Parents
  
Joseph H. Tobin, Eileen Bell Tobin

Movies
  
Saw, Saw V, Saw VII, Saw VI, Saw IV

Similar People
  
Costas Mandylor, Shawnee Smith, Betsy Russell, Darren Lynn Bousman, Kevin Greutert

Profiles

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Tobin Bell (born Joseph Henry Tobin, Jr.; August 7, 1942) is an American actor. He is best known for his portrayal of John Kramer / Jigsaw of the Saw film series. After years of work doing stand-ins and background work on films, he got his first major acting job in Mississippi Burning (1988) and went on to star in made-for-television films and guest star in television shows throughout the 1990s.

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A life member of the Actors Studio, Bell also voice acted his Jigsaw character in two video games based on the films, Saw and its sequel, Saw II: Flesh & Blood. Bell's portrayal of Jigsaw has earned him five award nominations and two wins.

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Before his breakthrough with Saw, Bell appeared in many notable films, including The Verdict (1982), Tootsie (1982), Mississippi Burning (1988), False Identity (1990), Loose Cannons (1990), Goodfellas (1990), Ruby (1992), The Firm (1993), In the Line of Fire (1993), Malice (1993), The Quick and the Dead (1995), Brown's Requiem (1998), a voice role in The Road to El Dorado (2000), and a narration role in Boiling Point (1993).

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Early life

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Bell was born in Queens, New York and raised in Weymouth, Massachusetts. His English-born mother, Eileen Julia Bell Tobin, is an actress who worked at the Quincy Repertory Company. His American-born father, Joseph H. Tobin, who was of Irish descent, built and established the radio station WJDA in Quincy, Massachusetts in 1947 and once ran for mayor of Gloversville, New York. Bell's maternal grandmother, Julia Gandon Bell, was born in Cork, Ireland. Bell has one sister and one brother. Bell studied liberal arts and journalism in college, with the intention of becoming a writer and entering the broadcasting field. He also has an interest in environmental matters, holding a master's degree in environmental science from Montclair State University as well as having worked for the New York Botanical Garden. He credits hearing a seminar by Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy at Boston University with inspiring him to begin an acting career.

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Bell later joined the Actors Studio where he studied with Lee Strasberg and Ellen Burstyn, and joined Sanford Meisner's Neighborhood Playhouse. He played background roles in the late '70s and early '80s in over 30 films, including films by Woody Allen (Manhattan) and Martin Scorsese, while also performing in Broadway. Bell said that other actors at the Actors Studio thought doing stand-in and background work was "stupid or degrading", but he never felt that way.

Early work: 1982–1999

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In 1982, Bell had a short uncredited scene in the Sydney Pollack film, Tootsie, playing a waiter at the Russian Tea Room. He told Movieline, "You know, when you're talking about Tootsie, it's the tip of the iceberg, because those other twenty-nine films I did aren't even on the IMDb." He worked on The Verdict (1982) for two weeks as a courtroom reporter in the trial. He recollected it being a "great opportunity" watching Sidney Lumet and Paul Newman, while also learning the technical aspect of acting. For every role he plays, starting with the initial reading of the script to the final shot of a production, he keeps a journal of various questions about and motivations for his character. "I write all kinds of stream-of-consciousness things that help me."

In 1982 Bell landed his first speaking role in the last few moments of the drama Sophie's Choice, starring Meryl Streep. In the mid-1980s, Bell said "I was doing off-Broadway plays three nights a week, working on my craft. And a director at the Actors Studio said, 'You know, Tobin you've been doing that for a while. I think you should go to Hollywood and play bad guys'." Bell moved to Los Angeles and was cast in his first feature film, Alan Parker's Mississippi Burning (1988), as a "tough,street smart, FBI agent". Bell played an assassin called "The Nordic Man" in another Pollack film, The Firm (1993). He went on to appear in an episode of the sitcom Seinfeld titled "The Old Man" playing a record store owner. He appeared in two episodes of NYPD Blue playing different characters.

In 1994, Bell played a hospital administrator in the second episode of the first season of ER and went on to appear in an episode of another medical drama Chicago Hope, playing a terminally ill inmate on death row. That same year, he portrayed the "Unabomber" in the made-for-television film Unabomber: The True Story. In 1997, Bell guest starred in an episode of La Femme Nikita and Nash Bridges. The following year, he guest starred in an episode of Stargate SG-1 and a two-part episode of Walker, Texas Ranger. He also appeared as villain Peter Kingsley during the second season of 24.

2004–present

In 2004, Bell was cast as the nefarious Jigsaw Killer, an engineer who wants others to appreciate the value of life via twisted "games", in the horror film Saw. The low-budget film was a box office success, spawning seven sequels: Saw II (2005), Saw III (2006), Saw IV (2007), Saw V (2008), Saw VI (2009), Saw 3D (2010) and Jigsaw (2017). He provided his voice for the Jigsaw character in the Saw video game (2009) and its sequel, Saw II: Flesh & Blood (2010), to which he provided his likeness. Even though Bell spent three weeks lying on a floor and had very few lines, his role was pivotal to the first film. For his role as "Jigsaw", Bell received MTV Movie Awards nominations in 2006 and 2007 for "Best Villain", won "Best Butcher" in the Fuse/Fangoria Chainsaw Awards and was given the "Best Villain in a Film Series" title at the 2010 Chiller-Eyegore Awards. Although he considers his role in Saw to have been "a great blessing", he hopes to soon have the opportunity to be cast against type. In 2016, he starred as hermit Yo Ling on the soap opera Days of Our Lives, revealed to be John Black's long lost father. He currently stars as the voices of cultist Doctor Alchemy and the evil speedster Savitar on the third season of The Flash, in an uncredited recurring role. He is confirmed to return to the role of John Kramer / Jigsaw in Jigsaw.

Personal life

Bell is married and has two sons. When not acting, he coaches a Little League Baseball team and flag football. His other hobbies include hiking and playing guitar.

Filmography

Actor
-
Ghostkiller (announced) as
Special Agent Lee Tarkington / 1862 Herbert Tarkington
-
Liberty (pre-production) as
General Volker
-
Mouth to Mouth (pre-production)
-
The Rogue (pre-production) as
VP Williamson
2023
Game of Power (pre-production) as
Pete Delaney
-
Clown Motel (post-production)
-
The Bunker (post-production) as
Mr. Riley
2023
Altered Reality (post-production) as
Cooper Mason
2023
Saw X (completed) as
John Kramer
2023
The Cello (completed)
2016
The Flash (TV Series) as
Savitar / Doctor Alchemy / The Voice of Savitar
- A New World: Part 4: Finale (2023) - Savitar (voice)
- Finish Line (2017) - The Voice of Savitar (voice)
- Infantino Street (2017) - Savitar (voice, uncredited)
- Cause and Effect (2017) - Savitar (voice, uncredited)
- I Know Who You Are (2017) - Savitar (voice, uncredited)
- The Once and Future Flash (2017) - Savitar (voice, uncredited)
- Into the Speed Force (2017) - Savitar (voice, uncredited)
- The Wrath of Savitar (2017) - Savitar (voice, uncredited)
- The Present (2016) - Doctor Alchemy / Savitar (voice, uncredited)
- Killer Frost (2016) - Doctor Alchemy / Savitar (voice, uncredited)
- Shade (2016) - Doctor Alchemy / Savitar (voice, uncredited)
- Magenta (2016) - Doctor Alchemy (voice, uncredited)
- Paradox (2016) - Doctor Alchemy (voice, uncredited)
- Flashpoint (2016) - Doctor Alchemy (voice, uncredited)
2023
ReBroken as
Von
2022
Sleep No More as
Smashmouth
2022
Wolf Mountain as
Dr. Avery
2021
Aileen Wuornos: American Boogeywoman as
Lewis Fell
2021
Let Us In as
Frederick Munch
2020
MacGyver (TV Series) as
Leland
- Eclipse + USMC-1856707 + Step Potential + Chain Lock + Ma (2020) - Leland
- Save + The + Dam + World (2020) - Leland
2020
A Father's Legacy as
Billy Ford
2020
The Call as
Edward Cranston
2019
Gates of Darkness as
Monsignor Canell
2019
Creepshow (TV Series) as
Chief (segment "Gray Matter")
- Gray Matter/The House of the Head (2019) - Chief (segment "Gray Matter")
2019
Ice Cream in the Cupboard as
Pop
2019
The Way We Weren't as
Jerry
2017
61: Highway to Hell as
The Devil
2017
My Pretty Pony (Short) as
George Banning
2017
Jigsaw as
Jigsaw / John Kramer
2017
Belzebuth as
Vasilio Canetti
2017
The Sandman as
Valentine
2017
12 Feet Deep as
McGradey
2016
Days of Our Lives (TV Series) as
Yo Ling
- Episode #1.12807 (2016) - Yo Ling
- Episode #1.12806 (2016) - Yo Ling
- Episode #1.12805 (2016) - Yo Ling
- Episode #1.12803 (2016) - Yo Ling
- Episode #1.12801 (2016) - Yo Ling
2016
Rainbow Time as
Peter
2015
Run (Short) as
Man at Bar
2015
Unbelief (Short) as
Frank
2015
Manson Family Vacation as
Blackbird
2014
Phantom Halo as
Smashmouth
2014
Finders Keepers (TV Movie) as
Dr. Freeman
2014
Wilfred (TV Series) as
Charles
- Happiness (2014) - Charles
2014
Criminal Minds (TV Series) as
Malachi Lee
- Blood Relations (2014) - Malachi Lee
2014
Haunted as
Seth
2010
Saw 3D as
Jigsaw / John
2010
Saw II: Flesh & Blood (Video Game) as
Jigsaw (John Kramer) (voice)
2009
Saw VI as
Jigsaw / John
2009
Saw (Video Game) as
Jigsaw (voice)
2008
Saw V as
Jigsaw / John
2008
Boogeyman 3 as
Dr. Mitchell Allen (voice, uncredited)
2007
Saw IV as
Jigsaw / John
2007
Buried Alive as
Lester
2007
Boogeyman 2 as
Dr. Mitchell Allen
2007
The Haunting Hour: Don't Think About It (Video) as
The Stranger
2007
The Kill Point (TV Series) as
Alan Beck
- The Great Ape Escape (2007) - Alan Beck (credit only)
- Pro Patria (2007) - Alan Beck
- No Meringue (2007) - Alan Beck
- Who's Afraid of Mr. Wolf? Part 2 (2007) - Alan Beck
2007
Decoys 2: Alien Seduction (Video) as
Professor Erwin Buckton
2006
Saw III as
Jigsaw / John
2005
Saw II as
Jigsaw / John
2005
Revelations (TV Mini Series) as
Nathan Volk
- Hour Six (2005) - Nathan Volk
- Hour Five (2005) - Nathan Volk
- Hour Four (2005) - Nathan Volk
- Hour Three (2005) - Nathan Volk
- Hour Two (2005) - Nathan Volk
2004
Saw as
Jigsaw
2003
24 (TV Series) as
Peter Kingsley
- Day 2: 7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m. (2003) - Peter Kingsley
- Day 2: 6:00 a.m.-7:00 a.m. (2003) - Peter Kingsley
- Day 2: 3:00 a.m.-4:00 a.m. (2003) - Peter Kingsley
- Day 2: 2:00 a.m.-3:00 a.m. (2003) - Peter Kingsley
2003
Power Play as
Clemens
2002
Black Mask 2: City of Masks as
Moloch
2002
The West Wing (TV Series) as
Colonel Whitcomb
- Process Stories (2002) - Colonel Whitcomb
2002
Charmed (TV Series) as
Orin
- The Eyes Have It (2002) - Orin
2001
Alias (TV Series) as
Karl Dreyer
- Mea Culpa (2001) - Karl Dreyer
- Time Will Tell (2001) - Karl Dreyer
2001
The Guardian (TV Series) as
Mr. Pierce
- The Funnies (2001) - Mr. Pierce
2001
Good Neighbor as
Geoffrey Martin
2001
The Sopranos (TV Series) as
Major Zwingli
- Army of One (2001) - Major Zwingli
2001
Once and Again (TV Series) as
Man in Suit
- Aaron's Getting Better (2001) - Man in Suit
2000
Harsh Realm (TV Series) as
Slater
- Reunion (2000) - Slater (uncredited)
2000
The X-Files (TV Series) as
Ashman / Darryl Weaver
- Brand X (2000) - Ashman / Darryl Weaver
2000
The Road to El Dorado as
Zaragoza (voice)
1999
Strange World (TV Series) as
Owen Sassen
- Eliza (1999) - Owen Sassen
1999
The Pretender (TV Series) as
Mr. White
- The World's Changing (1999) - Mr. White
1999
The 4th Floor as
The Lock Smith
1998
Brown's Requiem as
Stan the Man
1998
Best of the Best 4: Without Warning (Video) as
Lukasz Slava
1998
Vengeance Unlimited (TV Series) as
Teddy Hix
- Bitter End (1998) - Teddy Hix
1998
Walker, Texas Ranger (TV Series) as
Karl Storm
- The Wedding: Part 2 (1998) - Karl Storm
- The Wedding: Part 1 (1998) - Karl Storm
1998
Overnight Delivery (Video) as
John Dwayne Beezly
1998
One Hot Summer Night (TV Movie) as
Vincent "Coupe" De Ville
1998
Stargate SG-1 (TV Series) as
Omoc
- Enigma (1998) - Omoc
1997
Nash Bridges (TV Series) as
William Boyd
- Payback (1997) - William Boyd
1997
La Femme Nikita (TV Series) as
Perry Bauer
- Love (1997) - Perry Bauer
1996
Cheyenne as
Marshal Toynbee
1996
High Incident (TV Series) as
Garland Birsic
- Bullet the Blue Sky (1996) - Garland Birsic
1996
Chicago Hope (TV Series) as
Luther Evans
- A Time to Kill (1996) - Luther Evans
1996
Unabomber: The True Story (TV Movie) as
Theodore Kaczynski
1993
NYPD Blue (TV Series) as
Donald Selness / Jerry the Artist
- He's Not Guilty, He's My Brother (1996) - Donald Selness
- Personal Foul (1993) - Jerry the Artist
1996
Murder One (TV Series) as
Jerry Albanese
- Chapter Twenty-Two (1996) - Jerry Albanese
1996
The Lazarus Man (TV Series)
- Among the Dead (1996)
1996
The Babysitter's Seduction (TV Movie) as
Det. Frank O'Keefe
1995
Serial Killer (Video) as
William Lucian Morrano
1995
The Quick and the Dead as
Dog Kelly
1995
Under Suspicion (TV Series) as
Ron O'Keefe
- A Haunting Case (1995) - Ron O'Keefe
1994
New Eden (TV Movie) as
Ares
1994
Mortal Fear (TV Movie) as
Dr. Alvin Hayes
1994
ER (TV Series) as
Hospital Administrator
- Day One (1994) - Hospital Administrator
1994
Dead Man's Revenge (TV Movie) as
Bullock
1994
Deep Red (TV Movie) as
Warren Rickman
1993
Malice as
Earl Leemus
1993
In the Line of Fire as
Mendoza
1993
The Firm as
The Nordic Man
1993
Sex, Love and Cold Hard Cash (TV Movie) as
Mansfield
1993
Boiling Point as
Roth
1993
Seinfeld (TV Series) as
Ron
- The Old Man (1993) - Ron
1992
Silk Stalkings (TV Series) as
Emil Rossler
- Hot Rocks (1992) - Emil Rossler
1992
Calendar Girl, Cop, Killer? The Bambi Bembenek Story (TV Movie) as
Dan Cushman
1992
Mann & Machine (TV Series) as
Richards
- No Pain, No Gain (1992) - Richards
1992
Ruby as
Ferrie
1991
The 100 Lives of Black Jack Savage (TV Series) as
Tony Gianini
- Pilot (1991) - Tony Gianini
1991
The 100 Lives of Black Jack Savage (TV Movie)
1991
Love, Lies and Murder (TV Mini Series) as
Al Stutz
- Episode #1.2 (1991) - Al Stutz
- Episode #1.1 (1991) - Al Stutz
1990
Vendetta: Secrets of a Mafia Bride (TV Mini Series) as
Barman
- Episode #1.3 (1990) - Barman
- Episode #1.2 (1990) - Barman
- Episode #1.1 (1990) - Barman
1990
Broken Badges (TV Mini Series) as
Martin Valentine
- Pilot (1990) - Martin Valentine
1990
Jake and the Fatman (TV Series) as
Vic Fargo
- More Than You Know (1990) - Vic Fargo
1990
Goodfellas as
Parole Officer
1990
False Identity as
Marshall Errickson
1990
Nasty Boys (TV Series) as
Finley
- The Line (1990) - Finley
1990
Alien Nation (TV Series) as
Brian Knox / Dr. Death
- Crossing the Line (1990) - Brian Knox / Dr. Death
1990
Loose Cannons as
Gerber
1989
Perfect Witness (TV Movie) as
Dillon
1989
An Innocent Man as
Zeke
1987
The Equalizer (TV Series) as
Weber / Cronin / Deputy Secretary
- Day of the Covenant (1988) - Deputy Secretary
- Mission: McCall: Part 2 (1987) - Weber / Cronin (as Joseph Tobin)
- Mission: McCall: Part 1 (1987) - Weber / Cronin (as Joseph Tobin)
1988
Mississippi Burning as
Agent Stokes
1985
Turk 182 as
Sergeant on Bridge (as Joseph Tobin)
1983
Svengali (TV Movie) as
Waiter (uncredited)
1982
Sophie's Choice as
Reporter (uncredited)
1982
The Verdict as
Courtroom Observer (uncredited)
1982
Tootsie as
Waiter (uncredited)
1981
Tales of Ordinary Madness as
Bar Patron (uncredited)
1979
Manhattan as
Man on Street (uncredited)
Producer
-
Ghostkiller (producer) (announced)
2023
Altered Reality (co-producer) (post-production)
2019
The Way We Weren't (producer)
2017
My Pretty Pony (Short) (executive producer)
2015
Unbelief (Short) (executive producer)
2014
Haunted (co-producer)
Self
2022
Blumhouse's Compendium of Horror (TV Series) as
Self
2021
The Gloom (Podcast Series documentary) as
Dr. Lasher
- In Medias Res (2021) - Dr. Lasher
- Elegy - Dr. Lasher
- Disappearing Act - Dr. Lasher
- It's All Come Undone - Dr. Lasher
- If You Have Ghosts - Dr. Lasher
- Spite Your Face - Dr. Lasher
- Cut Your Nose - Dr. Lasher
- Bedtime Stories - Dr. Lasher
2018
History of Horror (TV Series documentary) as
Self
- Slashers Part 2 (2018) - Self
2016
All Access Pass (TV Series) as
Self
- Tobin Bell - Wizard World Comic Con Portland (2016) - Self
2015
Skin Wars (TV Series) as
Self - Guest Judge
- Emotional Rollercoaster (2015) - Self - Guest Judge
2015
Cinerockom (TV Series) as
Self - Silver Award Best Actor Winner
- Cinerockom Beverly Hills 2015 Festival & Awards (2015) - Self - Silver Award Best Actor Winner
2015
Nerd Nation TV (TV Series) as
Self
- Tobin Bell (2015) - Self
2014
Saw: Filmmaker Q&A (Video short) as
Self
2011
Twist & Shout: The Saw Story (TV Short documentary) as
Self
2010
IMDb's 20th Anniversary Star of the Day (TV Series documentary) as
Self
- Tobin Bell (2010) - Self
2010
14th Annual PRISM Awards (TV Special) as
Self
2009
Made in Hollywood (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode #5.5 (2009) - Self
2009
Starz Inside: Unforgettably Evil (TV Movie documentary) as
Self
2007
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode dated 25 October 2007 (2007) - Self
2007
07 Spaceys (TV Movie) as
Self
2006
Casino Cinema (TV Series) as
Self
- Episode dated 31 October 2006 (2006) - Self
2006
Scream Awards 2006 (TV Special) as
Self
2005
Hacking Away at 'Saw' (Video documentary short) as
Self
2003
E! Live from the Red Carpet (TV Series) as
Self
- The 2003 Screen Actors Guild Awards (2003) - Self
Archive Footage
2022
FRO Thizzle Reviews (TV Series) as
Self
- The Saw Franchise - (Worst to Best) (2022) - Self
2018
Demented Top Tens (TV Series) as
Jigsaw
- Top Ten Twist Endings (2018) - Jigsaw
2017
Demented Pictures (TV Series documentary) as
Self
- Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Saw (2017) - Self
2012
Visionado obligado (TV Series) as
Jigsaw
- Primer (2012) - Jigsaw
2006
Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film (Documentary) as
Self

References

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