In Marietta, Georgia, Robert H. Patrick Jr. was born on November 5, 1958, to Robert Patrick (banker) and Nadine Patrick. Robert has four siblings: Richard, Cheri, Karen, and Lewis. His brother Richard Patrick is the former guitarist of the band Nine Inch Nails and is the current lead singer of the band Filter.

Robert moved around often growing up. At the age of 12, he and his family left Marietta and moved around to such places as Boston, Massachusetts, Kettering, Ohio, and Detroit, Michigan. Patrick attended Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio from 1979-1980, where he was on the football team and also participated in track and field.

In 1980, Patrick, who was working as a house painter/waiter at the time, was inspired to lose 60 pounds after reading Arnold: the Education of a Bodybuilder, a book about Arnold Schwarzenegger. He then decided to focus on acting.

In 1984 Patrick moved to Los Angeles to try to make it as an actor. He lived in the same apartment complex as other up and coming stars like Jim Carrey, Ernie Hudson, and Cynthia Ettinger.

His first job in Hollywood was in the Los Angeles production of the play Go in 1984. His first film was Warlords from Hell (1987). Throughout the first ten years of his career he found regular work as a B rated movie actor regularly playing villains, but his pay was so poor that he had to moonlight as a bartender to pay the bills.

Also in 1990, Patrick landed his first major big budget role in the film Die Hard 2: Die Harder, starring Bruce Willis. This was quickly followed up by a starring role in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) playing the villain opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger. After Patrick learned he landed the role on T2, he began a strict exercise regimen that consisted of strength, endurance, and weapons training that lasted for three months prior to filming. He also began training with a martial arts coach.

Following these two big budget action flicks, Patrick was still unable to find regular work in A list movies. Throughout the early 1990s Patrick continued to star in B movies, including Striptease (1996) starring Demi Moore.

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 screen in his role as Agent John Doggett from 2000 to 2002 in the final two seasons of "The X-Files". 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 played in the WWE Films production "The Marine" as Rome, the villain. He also appeared in "We Are Marshall" as Marshall University head coach Rick Tolley. 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.

Robert 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 a daughter (Austin) and a son (Samuel). Almost every year, he does the Love Ride, a charity motorcycle ride held annually in Southern California. He is the current president of the Los Angeles chapter of the Boozefighters motorcycle club.




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