Tim Robbins's (60) most notable role in the late 80's was in the blockbuster Top Gun. Even though the movie turned Tom Cruise into THE name in the mid-eighties, Robbins's big breakthrough didn't happen until two years later when he starred in the film Bull Durham

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"Red" and "Andy Dufresne" (Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins) in Shawshank Redemption.

Bull Durham: Tim Robbins found love on set

Not only did Bull Durham pave the way for the budding actors' career, it also acted a catalyst for his love life. While filming the movie, Robbins met Susan Sarandon for the first time. They were an item until 2009 and have two sons, but never got married. 

The Shawshank Redemption is actually a novel by Stephen King

Based on the Stephen King Novel, The Shawshank Redemption was nominated for several Academy Awards and Robbins's success reached dizzying heights. The film was celebrated by critics the world over and quickly became a cult-classic among fans. Tim Robbins played the leading role, convicted bank robber "Andy Dufresne" alongside Morgan Freeman, who played the role of "Red"

Acting isn't Robbins's sole talent. In 1995 he directed the drama Dead Man Walking which received four Oscar nominations, doubling Robbin's already won fame. His girlfriend at the time, Susan Sarandon, even received an Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in the film. In 2003, Robbins won both a Golden Globe and an Oscar for his role in Mystic River.

Tim Robbins today

Robbins was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame back in 2008. He starred as the lead in the HBO drama series Here and Now from February until May of 2018.