Robert Knepper, the son of a veterinarian, was born on July 8th, 1959 in Fremont, Ohio and raised in Maumee (near Toledo). When he was growing up, his mother worked in the props department for the community theater, and because of her involvement, he became interested in acting. Knepper spent many years working in community theater and high school productions. Later, he studied drama at Northwestern University from 1977 to 1981.
He made a splash in several early 80s Chicago theater productions, including Victory Gardens’ Ties, as well as Class Enemy at Next Theatre and David Mamet’s Lake Boat at the Goodman; he was also in a landmark production of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.
Knepper made his feature-film debut in Blake Edward’s That’s Life. Additional feature-film credits include Good Night, and Good Luck, Hostage, Woody Allen’s Everyone Says I Love You, D.O.A., Love and Sex, Wild Thing, Renegades, Young Guns II, and Gas, Food, Lodging.
On television, Knepper has had recurring roles on the series Carnivàle, Thieves, Haunted and Presidio Med. He has guest-starred on series such as ER, CSI Miami, The West Wing and Getting Out. Knepper also starred in the miniseries Jackie, Ethel, Joan: The Women of Camelot.
His role as scurrilous inmate Theodore “T-Bag” Bagwell on Prison Break (2005—2009) earned him the status of the latest villain TV audiences love — and love to hate.
Knepper’s filmography include Hitman, based on the best-selling video game of the same name, and the action sequel Transporter 3, starring Jason Statham.
In 2009, Robert joined the cast of Heroes for season four. He reprised his role as T-Bag in Breakout Kings in 2011.
Knepper is residing in Los Angeles with his wife and son.
For a complete list of his film and television work, please, visit IMDb.com.
Theodore “T-Bag” Bagwell
Theodore “T-Bag” Bagwell is a fictional character played by Robert on the Fox television series Prison Break, which premiered in August 2005 and ended in May 2009 after four seasons. The story revolves around a man who was sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit and his brother’s elaborate plan to help him escape his death sentence.
- Crime: 6 counts of kidnapping, rape, and first degree murder
- Sentence: Life without parole
- Education: Unknown
Theodore Bagwell, or T-Bag, has been in and out of jail since he was a boy. As a boy he was often caught vandalizing and being cruel to animals. While in fourth grade he attempted to set his teacher’s house on fire and was sentenced to juvenile hall. While there, he became a member of the Alliance for Purity, a white supremacy group. As an adult T-Bag started committing more serious crimes such as battery, assault with a deadly weapon, attempted murder, murder, rape, and kidnapping.
T-Bag was sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping, rape and murder at Donaldson Prison in Alabama. He quickly became the leader of the Alliance for Purity inside the prison, and under his leadership the gang became so powerful inside the prison the warden disbanded it and sent T-Bag to Fox River. Upon seeing that there were no Alliance for Purity members at Fox River he started a new chapter of the gang, its growth granting him significant influence within the prison. He has no qualms about seeking sexual gratification from other inmates, often preying upon younger men to rape them.
His behaviour is attributed to the environment he grew up in. According to Captain Bellick, T-Bag’s father raped his sister, who had Down Syndrome. Bellick tried to insult T-Bag and referred him as an “inbred child of a retard”.
Interviews & articles
- A Conversation with Robert and Jodi Lyn O’Keefe
– The TV Addict, Aug. 2008
- Prison Break: Dr. Sara’s Return and Beyond
– IGN, Aug. 2008
- Robert Knepper Talks Hitman
– Crave Online, Oct. 2007
- Prison Break Star Robert Knepper
– BuddyTV, Oct. 2007
- In the Bag
– Starry Constellation, May 2006
- Robert Knepper: The Bad Boy Gets the Best Lines
– Chicago Tribute, March 2006
- Talking with T-Bag
– Chicago Tribute, Nov. 2005
- Robert Talks about Joining the Cast of Heroes
– NBC, Sep. 2009
- Prison Break: Robert Knepper
– TV Guide, Sep. 2008
- Robert Knepper and Jodi Lyn O’Keefe Interview
– BuddyTV, Aug. 2008
- Robert Talks about Season 3
– MyFox Atlanta, Sep. 2007
- A Walk & Talk with T-Bag
– Spike, Prison Break Season 2
- Robert Talks about Prison Break Season 1