We sincerely appreciate the support of Robert Knepper – a great friend to Maumee. Since the inaugural film festival in 2015, his generous spirit and love for the arts has helped make this event a success. Last year we were fortunate to have Robert return to the Maumee Indoor Theater to present awards and talk to filmmakers about today’s film industry, and some of the top directors he has had the opportunity to work with including David Lynch and Robert Rodriguez.
Supporting local arts, especially in a town he loves so much, is very important to him, because it all began here. His father is a veterinarian and his mother helped assemble props for the Maumee Civic Theater. While growing up, he participated in school plays and local theater productions. After graduating from MHS in 1977, Robert went on to attend Northwestern University in Chicago. He landed roles in theater productions in Chicago, New York and in the National Theatre in London.
In 1986, Blake Edwards cast him in the film That’s Life, starring Julie Andrews and Jack Lemmon, and he continued performing both on the stage as well as in countless film and television projects. Most notably, Robert has appeared in the films Hunger Games Mocking Jay Parts I and II, R.I.P.D. and Ride, a film directed by Helen Hunt. He portrayed Frank Sinatra in the French film Cloclo and appeared in Transporter 3, Hitman, Good Night and Good Luck, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Hostage, D.O.A., Gas, Food, Lodging and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. His television work includes Public Morals, Mob City, iZombie, American Horror Story, The Blacklist, Cult, Seal Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden, Texas Rising, Shameless, Heroes and Homeland.
He will appear in David Lynch’s re-boot of Twin Peaks as well as the event series of Prison Break, reprising the popular role of Theodore “T-Bag” Bagwell.