If Patrick had passed on the part of a killer cyborg in 1991's Terminator 2: Judgment Day, his career might have been quite different. His steely blue eyes, chiseled physique and menacing vibe were so convincing that he spent the next decade playing bad guys in big flicks, as well as more varied parts in small fare. A recurring role as a suburban dad who was an indebted gambler on The Sopranos gained him much attention, and his stint on The X Files in beginning in 2000 established him as a star. Although the long-running show only lasted two more seasons, Patrick was no longer "that guy" from T2, and his change in status showed in the kinds of projects he was offered (Ladder 49, Walk the Line). But the veteran actor continued to have a journeyman's attitude toward his work, and he has admitted that though his résumé is long, only a small portion of it reflects quality projects. In addition to his arsenal of sci-fi roles, Patrick has also portrayed military men numerous times. Among these roles was his four-year stint as Col. Tom Ryan on The Unit. During the filming of this series, he and some of his cast mates showed their appreciation for real U.S. troops by visiting them in Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. Off screen, Patrick combines his love for riding motorcycles with charity work: He participates in Southern California's charity motorcycle event Love Ride, and he's a member of the Boozefighters motorcycle club, which is a nonprofit organization that raises funds for veterans, children and the poor.
- Is the oldest of five children.
- Grew up in Marietta, GA, Boston, MA, Kettering, OH, Detroit, MI and Cleveland, OH.
- Played football his freshman year of college, but dropped out of school after he took a drama course.
- Was in a boating accident on Lake Erie in 1984; swam for three hours to get help for the others stranded on the lake.
- Brother Richard was a member of Nine Inch Nails before joining Filter.
- Formed the production company 360 Entertainment in 1996.
- Appeared in the video for "Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer than They Are" by Meat Loaf.
- Worked with his real-life wife Barbara Patrick in a number of films including Killer Instinct (1987), Body Shot (1993), Zero Tolerance (1995) and Shogun Cop (1999). She also appeared as his character's ex-wife on a few episodes of The X Files.
- In 2005, he played the fathers of Elvis Presley (in the TV movie Elvis) and Johnny Cash (in the feature film Walk the Line).
- Has visited U.S. troops in Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan.
- Is a member of the Boozefighters motorcycle club, which is a nonprofit organization that raises funds for veterans, children and the poor.
- Has participated in the Love Ride, a charity motorcycle event in Southern California.
- Has said that though he's done a lot of work in the entertainment business, only a small portion of it has involved working with great material.
- Is proud of his Scotch-Irish heritage and claims to have ancestors that came to America on the Mayflower.
- Robert Patrick — Father
- Barbara Patrick — Wife
- Austin Patrick — Daughter
- Nadine Patrick — Mother
- Richard Patrick — Brother
- Samuel Patrick — Son
- Lewis Patrick — Brother
- Attended Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
- Birth Name: Robert Hammond Patrick Jr.
- Birth Place: Marietta, GA
- Birthday: November 5, 1958, Scorpio
- Profession: Actor