Robert Patrick (born November 5, 1958) is a Saturn Award-winning American film and television actor. His best known roles include John Doggett in The X-Files, Ray Cash in Walk the Line, Colonel Thomas Ryan in The Unit and the T-1000 in Terminator 2: Judgement Day, a character that became a staple of popular culture. Other acting credits include Cop Land, Die Hard 2, Spy Kids, The Marine, The Faculty and Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle as well as recurring roles in the TV series The Sopranos and The Outer Limits.
Patrick, the oldest of five siblings, was born Robert Patrick, Jr.
in Marietta, Georgia
, the son of Nadine and Robert Patrick, a banker. He spent his early life in Bay Village
, a small suburb of Cleveland, Ohio
. He was a track and field and football athlete at Bowling Green State University
, although he dropped out before graduating.
Patrick shot to fame by starring opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger
in 1991's Terminator 2: Judgment Day
. He played the T-1000
, a seemingly unstoppable Terminator that assumed human form, it was made of a substance that could mimic the appearance of humans and other objects by sampling them through physical contact; his character fought against Schwarzenegger's now "good" T-800
. He again assumed the role of the T-1000 for four other projects. In Wayne's World
, the T-1000 stops Wayne in the Mirthmobile while on the way to win back his girlfriend. Displaying a photo of John Connor
, the T-1000 implores "Have you seen this boy?" to a horrified Wayne, who speeds away screaming. Patrick also played the T-1000 in a brief appearance in the big-budget action film spoof Last Action Hero
: the T-1000 is seen exiting the Los Angeles police department at the same time as Basic Instinct
's Catherine Tramell
. The third in which Patrick portrayed the T-1000 was in the recorded film clip portions of the T2 3-D: Battle Across Time
Universal Studios attraction. Most recently, he portrayed the T-1000 in a Direct TV commercial using a helicopter scene from Terminator 2.
In 2000, Patrick appeared in several episodes of The Sopranos as, David Scatino, a store owner struggling with gambling debts owed to DiMeo crime family capo Richie Aprile, and to Tony Soprano. Patrick also became well-known on the small screen in his role as Agent John Doggett from 2000 to 2002 in the final two seasons of The X-Files, which also marked his first role as a protagonist. In 2004, he made a guest appearance in the pilot episodes (Parts 1 and 2) for Sci-Fi Channel's original series Stargate Atlantis, "Rising", as the military component commander of the Atlantis expedition, Col. Marshall Sumner.
More recently, in 2005's Academy Award-winning Walk the Line, and in the TV miniseries Elvis, Robert Patrick played the role of the father of Johnny Cash and of Elvis Presley, respectively. He currently has a regular role on The Unit, and is scheduled to finish filming Lonely Street, a comedy caper where his role is that of a certain Mr. Aaron, a mysterious celebrity thought to have faked his own death and who is none other than Elvis Presley. In October 2006, he starred in the WWE Films production The Marine (which also included an homage to The Terminator) as Rome, the villain. He also appeared in We Are Marshall as Marshall University head coach Rick Tolley, who lost his life when Southern Airways Flight 932 crashed 4,219 feet short of Huntington Tri-State Airport's runway in 1970. His credits also include a cameo role in a single episode of Lost, as well as playing Master Piandao in an episode of Avatar: the Last Airbender.
Patrick is the narrator for the Spike TV show, Disorderly Conduct: Video on Patrol. He has also appeared in Meat Loaf's "Objects in the Rear View Mirror" music video with Will Estes.
Patrick also guest starred in the 2008 hit television series "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" which is a spin-off of the movie. In the series he plays a security guard.
Patrick is married to actress Barbara Patrick
, who appeared with him in some of his films such as Zero Tolerance
and as Barbara Doggett in two episodes of The X-Files
. He has two children, a son, Samuel, and a daughter, Austin. Almost every year, he does the Love Ride
, a charity motorcycle ride held annually in Southern California. He is the current president of Chapter 101 of the Boozefighters
Robert is also the brother of Richard Patrick, former guitarist of Nine Inch Nails and lead singer of the rock bands Filter and Army of Anyone.