Bell, Tobin 1942–

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Bell, Tobin 1942–


Born August 7, 1942, in New York, NY; son of Eileen Bell (an actress); married; children: two. Education: Graduate of Boston University; Montclair State College, M.A.; trained with Lee Strasberg and Ellen Burstyn at Actors' Studio, New York City, and with Sanford Meisner at Neighborhood Playhouse. Avocational Interests: Playing guitar, wildlife photography, climbing trips in the mountains of New Hampshire.


Manager—Alan Saffron, Polaris Entertainment, 8899 Beverly Blvd., Suite 812, West Hollywood, CA 90048. Publicist—Jeff Raymond, Nancy Iannios Public Relations, 8271 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046.


Actor and writer. Performed on stage at New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and Playwrights Horizons Theatre, all New York City; author of stage plays and screenplays. Also serves as Little League baseball coach.

Awards, Honors:

MTV Movie Award nomination, best villain, and Fuse/Fangoria Chainsaw Award nomination, best butcher, both 2006, for Saw II.


Film Appearances:

Agent Stokes, Mississippi Burning, Orion, 1988.

Zeke, An Innocent Man, Buena Vista, 1989.

Gerber, Loose Cannons, TriStar, 1990.

Parole officer, Goodfellas, Warner Bros., 1990.

Marshall Errickson, False Identity, RKO Radio Pictures, 1990.

David Ferrie, Ruby, Triumph Releasing, 1992.

The Nordic man, The Firm, Paramount, 1993.

Mendoza, In the Line of Fire, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 1993.

Earl Leemus, Malice, Columbia, 1993.

Roth, Boiling Point (also known as L'extreme limite), Warner Bros., 1993.

Dog Kelly, The Quick and the Dead, TriStar, 1995.

William Lucian Morrano, Serial Killer, Republic, 1996.

Marshal Toynbee, Cheyenne, 1996.

John Dwayne Beezly, Overnight Delivery, New Line Cinema, 1998.

Stan the Man, Brown's Requiem, Avalanche Releasing, 1998.

Lukast Slava, Best of the Best: Without Warning (also known as Best of the Best 4: Without Warning), Dimension Films, 1998.

Voice of Zaragoza, The Road to El Dorado (animated), DreamWorks, 2000.

Geoffrey Martin, Good Neighbor (also known as The Killer Next Door), Creative Light Worldwide, 2001.

Moloch, Black Mask 2: City of Masks (also known as Hak hap 2 and Hei xia 2), Destination Films, 2002.

Clemens, Power Play, First Look Home Entertainment, 2003.

John, Saw, Lions Gate Films, 2004.

Jigsaw, Saw II, Lions Gate Films, 2005.

John Cramer/Jigsaw, Saw III, Lions Gate Films, 2006.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Dillon, Perfect Witness, HBO, 1989.

Barman, Vendetta: Secrets of a Mafia Bride (also known as Bride of Violence, A Family Matter, and Donna d'onore), 1991.

Dan Cushman, Calendar Girl, Cop, Killer? The Bambi Bembenek Story (also known as The Heart of the Lie), ABC, 1992.

Tom Mansfield, Sex, Love and Cold Hard Cash, USA Network, 1993.

Bullock, Dead Man's Revenge, USA Network, 1994.

Warren Rickman, Deep Red, Sci-Fi Channel, 1994.

Dr. Alvin Hayes, Mortal Fear (also known as Robin Cook's "Mortal Fear"), NBC, 1994.

Ares, New Eden, 1995.

Detective Frank O'Keefe, The Babysitter's Seduction, NBC, 1996.

Theodore J. "Ted" Kaczynski, Unabomber: The True Story (also known as Unabomber), USA Network, 1996.

Vincent "Coupe" De Ville, One Hot Summer Night (also known as One Hot Summer Night: A Crimes of Passion Movie and The Trophy Wife's Secret), ABC, 1998.

The locksmith, The 4th Floor, 2000.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Al Stutz, Love, Lies and Murder, NBC, 1991.

Nathan Volk, Revelations, Sci-Fi Channel, 2005.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Martin Valentine, Broken Badges, 1990.

Tony Gianini, Disney Presents the 100 Lives of Black Jack Savage (also known as Black Jack Savage), 1991.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Victor, Adam, ABC, 1996.

Scream Awards 2006, Spike, 2006.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

"The Day of the Covenant," The Equalizer, 1988.

Brian Knox/Dr. Death, "Crossing the Line," Alien Nation, 1990.

Vic, "More than You Know," Jake and the Fatman, 1990.

Richards, "No Pain, No Gain," Mann & Machine, 1992.

Emil Rossler, "Hot Rocks," Silk Stalkings, USA Network, 1992.

Ron, "The Old Man," Seinfeld, NBC, 1993.

Jerry the artist, "Personal Foul," NYPD Blue, ABC, 1993.

Hospital administrator, "Day One," ER, NBC, 1994.

Ron O'Keefe, "A Haunting Case," Under Suspicion, CBS, 1995.

Jerry Albanese, "Chapter Twenty-two," Murder One, ABC, 1996.

Donald Selness, "He's Not Guilty, He's My Brother," NYPD Blue, ABC, 1996.

Luther Ray Evans, "A Time to Kill," Chicago Hope, CBS, 1996.

"Among the Dead," The Lazarus Man, 1996.

Perry Bauer, "Love," La Femme Nikita (also known as Nikita), USA Network, 1997.

William Boyd, "Payback," Nash Bridges (also known as Bridges), CBS, 1997.

Omoc, "Enigma," Stargate SG-1 (also known as La porte des etoiles), Showtime, 1998.

Karl Storm, "The Wedding: Parts 1 and 2," Walker, Texas Ranger, CBS, 1998.

Teddy Hix, "Bitter End," Vengeance Unlimited (also known as Mr. Chapel), ABC, 1998.

Mr. White, "The World's Changing," The Pretender, NBC, 1999.

Ashman/Darryl Weaver, "Brand X," The X-Files, Fox, 2000.

Slater, "Reunion," Harsh Realm, 2000.

Man in suit, "Aaron's Getting Better," Once and Again, ABC, 2001.

Major Zwingli, "Army of One," The Sopranos, HBO, 2001.

Lee Pierce, "The Funnies," The Guardian, CBS, 2001.

SD-6 Agent Dreyer, "Time Will Tell," Alias, ABC, 2001.

SD-6 Agent Dreyer, "Mea Culpa," Alias, ABC, 2001.

Orin, "The Eyes Have It," Charmed, The WB, 2002.

Colonel Whitcomb, "Process Stories," The West Wing, NBC, 2002.

Peter Kingsley, "Day 2: 2:00 a.m.-3:00 a.m.," 24, Fox, 2003.

Peter Kingsley, "Day 2: 3:00 a.m.-4:00 a.m.," 24, Fox, 2003.

Peter Kingsley, "Day 2: 6:00 a.m.-7:00 a.m.," 24, Fox, 2003.

Peter Kingsley, "Day 2: 7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m.," 24, Fox, 2003.

Himself, Casino Cinema, 2006.

Appeared as Birsic, High Incident, ABC.

Television Appearances; Other:

Decoys 2: Alien Seduction, 2007.



Hacking Away at "Saw," Lions Gate Films Home Entertainment, 2005.



Tobin Bell Official Site,, December 26, 2006.