August 7, 1942
On this day in horror history Tobin Bell (born Joseph Henry Tobin, Jr.) was born. Bell was born in Queens, New York, and raised in Weymouth, Massachusetts. Originally intending on becoming a writer and entering the broadcasting field, Tobin studied liberal arts and journalism in college. He credits hearing a seminar by Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy at Boston University with inspiring him to begin an acting career. In 1982, Bell had a shot un-credited scene in the Sidney Pollack film, Tootsie, playing a waiter at the Russian Tea Room. While he is best known for his role as John Kramer/Jigsaw in the Saw film series he has also performed on Broadway. Bell's portrayal of Jigsaw has earned him five award nominations, and two wins. Even though Bell spent three weeks lying on a floor and had very few lines his role was pivotal to the first film. The low-budget film was a box office success, spawning six sequels: Saw II (2005), Saw III (2006), Saw IV (2007), Saw V (2008), Saw VI (2009), and Saw 3D (2010). He provided his voice for the Jigsaw character in the Saw video game (2009) and its sequel, Saw II: Flesh and Blood (2010), to which he provided his likeness.
"I always thought I was going to play romantic leads. I honestly did. I still don't think I've played the role I'm destined to play, one that shows a wholeness. I've appreciated all the roles I've played, but I mean a role that shows the fullness of my personality, not just that power guy."
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