Tobin Bell has appeared in the films Sophie's Choice, Mississippi Burning, Ruby, In The Line Of Fire, The Firm, Malice, Goodfellas and The Quick and the Dead. He's worked with directors Alan Pecula, John MacKenzie, Sidney Pollack, Martin Scorcese, Wolfgang Petersen, Alan Parker, Harold Becker and Sam Raimi, among others.
Recently, he developed the lead role of Jigsaw in seven Saw films, distributed by Lions Gate. This series has become the highest grossing horror franchise in film history. For that role, he has received Best Actor nominations from MTV Movie Awards, Spike TV Movie Awards and Canada's Space Channel. In 2009, he was awarded Universal Studios' Film Eyegore Award for his role in Saw.
His other films include The Fourth Floor, An Innocent Man, Road to El Dorado, Good Neighbor, Black Mask 2, Power Play, Boiling Point, Cheyenne, Buried Alive and The Haunted.
Prominent TV outings include recurring roles on the award-winning Fox series 24, Alias, NBC's drama Revelations and The Kill Point. He's also appeared on Seinfeld, West Wing, The Sopranos, X-Files, NYPD Blue, The Guardian, Charmed, Once and Again, Murder One, ER and Chicago Hope. Television movies-of-the-week include Theodore Kaczynski in Unabomber-The Real Story, One Hot Summer Night, Babysitter's Seduction, Mortal Fear and Deep Red.
He's a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
He received his formal acting training with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York and with Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio, of which he is a member. Theater credits include the New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theater, Ensemble Studio Theater, Playwright's Horizons, Theater for the New City, Boston Arts Festival, Second Stage, Theater D' Lys, St. Marks Theater and regional theaters.
He was born in Queens, New York and raised in Weymouth, Massachusetts. A graduate of Boston University, he holds a master's degree in Education from Montclair State University. His hobbies include guitar-playing, climbing in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and photography. He splits his time between New York and Los Angeles. He's married, with two sons.