Tapert, Robert G. 1955(?)-
TAPERT, Robert G. 1955(?)-
PERSONAL: Born c. 1955; married Lucy Lawless (an actress), March 28, 1998; children: Julius Robert Bay.
CAREER: Producer and director. Producer of television series, including M.A.N.T.I.S., Fox, beginning 1994; (with Sam Raimi; and creator) Xena: Warrior Princess, syndicated, 1995-2001; (with Raimi) Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, syndicated, 1995-99; Spy Game, beginning 1997; (with Raimi) Jack of All Trades, beginning 2000; and (with Raimi) Cleopatra 2525, syndicated, 2000-01. Executive producer of made-for-television movies, including Hercules and the Circle of Fire, 1994; Hercules and the Amazon Women, 1994; Hercules in the Underworld, syndicated, 1994; Hercules in the Maze of the Minotaur, syndicated, 1994; and Hercules and the Lost Kingdom, syndicated, 1994. Also executive producer of M.A.N.T. I.S. (pilot), 1994; and American Gothic, Columbia Broadcasting System, 1995. Director of television episodes, including "Once a Hero," Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, syndicated, c. 1996; "Destiny," Xena: Warrior Princess, syndicated, c. 1996. Appeared in television episodes, including (uncredited; as crowd member) "Gladiator," Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, syndicated, 1995; and (as himself) "The Xena Scrolls," Xena: Warrior Princess, syndicated, 1997. Executive producer of films, including (and producer) The Evil Dead, New Line Cinema, 1982; Lunatics: A Love Story, RCA Home Video, 1991; Hard Target, Universal, 1993; Darkman II: The Return of Durant, Universal, 1994; The Quick and the Dead, TriStar, 1995; Darkman III: Die Darkman Die, MCA Home Entertainment, 1996; Hercules and Xena—The Animated Movie: The Battle for Mount Olympus, Universal Pictures Home Video, 1998; and Young Hercules, MCA Home Entertainment, 1998. Producer of films, inclduing (creited as Rip Tapert) Within the Woods (short film), 1978; Crimewave (also known as Broken Hearts and Noses and The XYZ Murders), Columbia/Embassy, 1985; Evil Dead II, Rosebud Releasing/Rosebud Communications Releasing, 1987; Darkman, Universal, 1990; Army of Darkness), Universal, 1993; Timecop, Universal, 1994; and The Gift, Paramount Classics, 2000. Actor in films, including Cleveland Smith, 1982; and (uncredited, as local yokel) The Evil Dead, New Line Cinema, 1982.
Young Hercules (screenplay), MCA Home Entertainment, 1998.
Some episodes of Xena: Warrior Princess are based on stories by Tapert.
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Contemporary Theatre, Film and Television, Volume 36, Gale (Detroit, MI), 2001.
Entertainment Weekly, November 24, 1995, Ken Tucker, review of Xena: Warrior Princess, pp. 85-86.
New York Post, November 23, 2001, "Pregnant Star: I'll Be Xena Later," p. 111.
Sunday Mail (Adelaide, South Australia, Australia), March 1, 1998, review of Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, p. A12.
Variety, January 24, 1994, Adam Sandler, review of Mantis, p. 69.
Whoosh!, January, 2001, Bret Ryan Rudnick, "An Interview with Robert Tapert."
Internet Movie Database, http://www.imdb.com/ (April 21, 2003), "Robert G. Tapert."*