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Tobin Bell (born Joseph Henry Tobin, Jr.; August 7, 1942) is an American film and television character actor, 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.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.Before his breakthrough with Saw, Bell appeared in many notable films including Tootsie (1982), The Verdict (1982), Mississippi Burning (1988), 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 in Boiling Point (1993).

Full NameTobin Bell
Date Of BirthAugust 7, 1942
Place Of BirthQueens, New York City, New York, United States
Height5' 10½" (1.79 m)
ProfessionActor, Producer, Director
EducationMontclair State University
ParentsJoseph H. Tobin, Eileen Bell Tobin
NominationsMTV Movie Award for Best Villain
MoviesSaw VII, Saw, Saw VI, Saw III, Saw IV, Saw V, Saw II, Goodfellas, The Quick and the Dead, The Firm, In the Line of Fire, Manson Family Vacation, Dark House, Boogeyman 2, The Road to El Dorado, Finders Keepers, The Haunting Hour: Don't Think About It, Phantom Halo, Black Mask 2: City of Masks, Decoys...
TV ShowsThe Kill Point, The 100 Lives of Black Jack Savage, Revelations
1Usually plays villains or sinister characters.
2Low, raspy voice
1One of the first speaking roles I had was in a film called Svengali, with Peter O'Toole and Elizabeth Ashley. I was a waiter, and I had about three lines. And I was ready! I had been around people like that, and I knew they were just actors. All the work I had done, it was all there, and I felt like I knew all the mechanics. I didn't know everything, and boy did I learn a lot doing crap. I did a lot of pretty bad stuff...soap operas, you name it. But you learn just as much doing bad things as you do when you do good things. In fact, sometimes you learn more because you have to make it better.
2(On landing Mississippi Burning) Alan Parker saw my headshot-and here's a good comment regarding having a good headshot: The more specific, the better. I don't know if mine was unusual or what, but it stood out to him. He brought me in. He doesn't even have a casting director in the room. He sets up a video camera and he talks to you. It was slightly embarrassing, because Alan would say to me, "Tobin, don't act." He was looking for somebody who, under pressure, could do something minimal. The camera sees everything. He had me do this a number of times, and disappeared to Los Angeles, cast the rest of the film, came back to New York, and brought me in again. Then same thing, except he read me for a different part. The one Brad Dourif eventually played, the deputy. I didn't have enough credits or experience, but he wanted to read me for something that had a number of lines. The part I eventually had had very few lines, but good lines. I really wanted so much to work with Alan Parker, and to get paid to go to the deep South where the blues was born, and the deltas. It was unbelievable. I was working in a restaurant, nights at the time... Oh! This is embarrassing. As soon as I get to Mississippi, I go out into the boonies with a bunch of FBI agents. And we arrest this Klan guy at this shack that he's living in. He's out in the yard, so it's just a quick clip. I cuff him and I push him through this dirty laundry hanging on the line. As I'm coming through, pushing him in front of me, handcuffed, I give this little flourish with my shoulders. It was kind of like, "Yeah! I'm the man!" Alan yells, "Cut!" He comes over to me and he says [adopts British accent] "Tobin, Tobin, Tobin. That's the last little bit of acting that you're going to do in this film, right?" He spotted it. It was the smallest little shoulder, "Yeah, I got him," kind of thing, and he didn't want that. I thought, "Oh my God, he's going to send me home. I just did the very thing he's been telling me for three weeks not to do in New York. And I did it first thing." It's like a football player: You screw up the first play of the game, and you think you're gonna sit on the bench.
3I always thought I was going to play romantic leads. I honestly did. I still don't think I've played the role I'm destined to play, one that shows a wholeness. I've appreciated all the roles I've played, but I mean a role that shows the fullness of my personality, not just that power guy. I was doing a scene at the Actor's Studio in New York [in the early '80s], 150 people sitting in the audience. It was about Thomas Jefferson-very sensible, very intelligent, very classical kind of scene. I finish the scene, the director says to me, "Tobin, how's your career coming?" And I said, "Well, you know, I've been doing some plays, I'm doing one downtown." And she said, "No, but I mean, are you making money?" and I said, "Well, I'm plugging away, and I have since the mid-'70s. It took Gene Hackman and Dustin Hoffman 15 years before they worked." So she said, "You should go to Hollywood and play bad guys, that's what you should do." I was like, "What?"
4(On getting into characters) As you know, there's as many different kind of police officers as there are tap dancers or mechanics. There's this conventional idea of a mechanic, but go into any shop, and the mechanics come in all different shapes, sizes, colors. I don't think about how I look, necessarily, I think about what's going on for this guy and what he does and why he does it. And I ask myself a whole bunch of questions, and I try to answer those questions so I can ground myself in the reality of what he does. You're surrounded by the physical representations of what you do. So I try to think of acting in terms of thinking and doing. People think of it as, "Oh, let's get inside this guy." They think that acting is being, or feeling, or emoting. It's as much doing. One of the first things you do as an acting student is ask, "Can you say words and do a task at the same time, like sweep a floor?" That's what's so beautiful about New York. You get to see people. You see people unloading trucks. You get to go on the subway and see people who've been working all night falling asleep in their seat. Couples who are in love, couples who are arguing. You get to watch the human condition, and there's always a "doing" aspect of it. This couple, they're carrying backpacks, where are they going? Students? Or are they carrying instruments? They're musicians, or they're on their way to a rehearsal, or they've been up all night playing at a party. Whatever. It stimulates the imagination. So acting is doing...
5I want to do anything that's well-written, that reveals something of the human condition, that provides growth for the material as well as the actors. Great opportunity.
6There are different ways of approaching roles.
1Appeared in four films with Gene Hackman: Mississippi Burning (1988), Loose Cannons (1990), The Firm (1993) and The Quick and the Dead (1995).
2As of 2014, has appeared in four films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: The Verdict (1982), Tootsie (1982), Mississippi Burning (1988) and Goodfellas (1990).
3Tobin's father, Joseph Henry Bell, built and established the radio station WJDA in Quincy, MA. Joseph was American-born, from a Massachusetts family, of Irish descent. Tobin's mother, actress Eileen Bell, was British-born, and had roots in County Cork.
4Profiled in "Character Kings: Hollywood's Familiar Faces Discuss the Art & Business of Acting" by Scott Voisin. [2009]
5Splits his time with his wife and two children between his homes in New York and Los Angeles.
6He had a small role in Goodfellas (1990), with Joe Pesci. Pesci later played David Ferrie in JFK (1991), the same role Bell played in Ruby (1992).
7Considers Saw II (2005) his favorite out of the "Saw" trilogy.
8In addition to being an actor he is also a Little League baseball coach.
9His favorite Saw traps are the Jaw Splitter from the first film and the Syringe Pit from the second.
10Donated two vials of his own blood to be mixed with red ink for 1000 posters to help promote Saw III (2006). All proceeds went to the American Red Cross.
11Has never been, and to this day is not, a fan of horror films, despite playing his menacing character Jigsaw in the "Saw" trilogy.
12Is probably best known as Jigsaw/John Kramer in the "Saw" movies.
13Studied in New York City with Ellen Burstyn.
14Son of English actress Eileen Bell.
15Often plays a villainous character.


Malice1993Earl Leemus
In the Line of Fire1993Mendoza
The Firm1993The Nordic Man
Sex, Love and Cold Hard Cash1993TV MovieMansfield
Boiling Point1993/IRoth
Seinfeld1993TV SeriesRon
Silk Stalkings1992TV SeriesEmil Rossler
Calendar Girl, Cop, Killer? The Bambi Bembenek Story1992TV Movie
Mann & Machine1992TV SeriesRichards
Ruby1992David Ferrie
The 100 Lives of Black Jack Savage1991TV SeriesTony Gianini
The 100 Lives of Black Jack Savage1991TV Movie
Love, Lies and Murder1991TV Mini-SeriesAl Stutz
Broken Badges1990TV SeriesMartin Valentine
Jake and the Fatman1990TV SeriesVic Fargo
Goodfellas1990Parole Officer
False Identity1990Marshall Errickson
Nasty Boys1990TV SeriesFinley
Alien Nation1990TV SeriesBrian Knox / Dr. Death
Loose Cannons1990Gerber
Vendetta: Secrets of a Mafia Bride1990TV Mini-SeriesBarman
Perfect Witness1989TV MovieDillon
An Innocent Man1989Zeke
The Equalizer1988TV SeriesDeputy Secretary
Mississippi Burning1988Agent Stokes
The Verdict1982Courtroom Observer (uncredited)
Tootsie1982Waiter (uncredited)
RunShortMan at Bar
Saw: Legacy2017filmingJohn Kramer Jigsaw (rumored)
Marcus Garvey Biopic2017pre-productionHarry M. Daugherty
In Extremis2017completedMonsignor Canell
The Rogue2017pre-productionVice President Canon
12 Feet Deep2016/Ipost-productionMcGradey
Sins of the Father2016/Ipre-productionThe Old Mariner
Belzebuthpost-productionVasilio Canetti
The Way We Weren'tcompletedJerry
The Flash2016TV SeriesDoctor Alchemy
Days of Our Lives2016TV SeriesYo Ling / yo Ling
Rainbow Time2016Peter
Manson Family Vacation2015Blackbird
Phantom Halo2014Smashmouth
Finders Keepers2014TV MovieDr. Freeman
Wilfred2014TV SeriesCharles
Criminal Minds2014TV SeriesMalachi Lee
Saw 3D: The Final Chapter2010Jigsaw John
Saw II: Flesh & Blood2010Video GameJigsaw (voice)
Saw VI2009Jigsaw John
Saw2009Video GameJigsaw (voice)
Saw V2008Jigsaw John
Boogeyman 32008VideoDr. Mitchell Allen (voice, uncredited)
Saw IV2007Jigsaw John Kramer
Buried Alive2007Lester
Boogeyman 22007Dr. Mitchell Allen
The Haunting Hour: Don't Think About It2007VideoThe Stranger
The Kill Point2007TV SeriesAlan Beck
Decoys 2: Alien Seduction2007VideoProfessor Erwin Buckton
Saw III2006Jigsaw John Kramer
Saw II2005Jigsaw John Kramer
Revelations2005TV Mini-SeriesNathan Volk
242003TV SeriesPeter Kingsley
Power Play2003Clemens
Black Mask 2: City of Masks2002Moloch
The West Wing2002TV SeriesColonel Whitcomb
Charmed2002TV SeriesOrin
Good Neighbor2001Geoffrey Martin
Alias2001TV SeriesKarl Dreyer
The Guardian2001TV SeriesMr. Pierce
The Sopranos2001TV SeriesMajor Zwingli
Once and Again2001TV SeriesMan in Suit
Harsh Realm2000TV SeriesSlater
The X-Files2000TV SeriesAshman / Darryl Weaver
The Road to El Dorado2000Zaragoza (voice)
The Pretender1999TV SeriesMr. White
The 4th Floor1999The Lock Smith
Strange World1999TV SeriesOwen Sassen
Brown's Requiem1998Stan the Man
Best of the Best 4: Without Warning1998VideoLukasz Slava
Vengeance Unlimited1998TV SeriesTeddy Hix
Walker, Texas Ranger1998TV SeriesKarl Storm
Overnight Delivery1998John Dwayne Beezly
One Hot Summer Night1998TV MovieVincent "Coupe" De Ville
Stargate SG-11998TV SeriesOmoc
Nash Bridges1997TV SeriesWilliam Boyd
La Femme Nikita1997TV SeriesPerry Bauer
Cheyenne1996Marshal Toynbee
High Incident1996TV SeriesGarland Birsic
Chicago Hope1996TV SeriesLuther Evans
Unabomber: The True Story1996TV MovieTheodore Kaczynski
NYPD Blue1993-1996TV SeriesDonald Selness / Jerry the Artist
Murder One1996TV SeriesJerry Albanese
The Lazarus Man1996TV Series
The Babysitter's Seduction1996TV MovieDet. Frank O'Keefe
Serial Killer1995VideoWilliam Lucian Morrano
The Quick and the Dead1995Dog Kelly
Under Suspicion1995TV SeriesRon O'Keefe
New Eden1994TV MovieAres
Mortal Fear1994TV MovieDr. Alvin Hayes
ER1994TV SeriesHospital Administrator
Dead Man's Revenge1994TV MovieBullock
Deep Red1994TV MovieWarren Rickman


The Way We Weren'tproducer completed
Unbelief2015Short executive producer


All Access Pass2016TV SeriesHimself
Cinerockom2015TV SeriesHimself - Silver Award Best Actor Winner
Nerd Nation TV2015TV SeriesHimself
Twist & Shout: The Saw Story2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
IMDb's 20th Anniversary Star of the Day2010TV Series documentaryHimself
14th Annual PRISM Awards2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
Made in Hollywood2009TV SeriesHimself
Starz Inside: Unforgettably Evil2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2007TV SeriesHimself
07 Spaceys2007TV MovieHimself
Casino Cinema2006TV SeriesHimself
Scream Awards 20062006TV SpecialHimself
Hacking Away at 'Saw'2005Video documentary shortHimself
E! Live from the Red Carpet2003TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Visionado obligado2012TV SeriesJigsaw
Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film2006DocumentaryHimself

Won Awards

2015Gold AwardCineRockom International Film FestivalBest Actor in a Short FilmUnbelief (2015)
2010Fangoria Horror Hall of FameFangoria Chainsaw Awards
2009Eyegore AwardEyegore AwardsBest Villain in a Film Series
2006Chainsaw AwardFangoria Chainsaw AwardsBest VillainSaw II (2005)

Nominated Awards

2007MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest VillainSaw III (2006)
2006Chainsaw AwardFangoria Chainsaw AwardsBest Supporting ActorSaw II (2005)
2006MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest VillainSaw II (2005)

Known for movies

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