Rob Steinberg was born in Philadelphia and graduated from Tulane University, New Orleans, creating the university’s first self-designed major in Communications. Rob spent the 80’s in New York in “the music biz” – and for what he can remember was involved in marketing, promotion, and management with such noted acts as Scorpions, War, Bob Marley, Rita Marley and Ziggy Marley.
Rob switched careers and coasts after a near-fatal car accident moving to Los Angeles in 1989 where he embarked on a second career, focusing his sites on acting — a decision his mom blames on the head injury from that car accident!
In theatres now, Rob finds himself in a pivotal role as the guy who saves the slave in Steve McQueen’s, TWELVE YEARS A SLAVE playing “Mr. Parker”, the Saratoga storeowner and friend of the wrongly enslaved Solomon (Chiwetel Ejiofer). “Parker” rescues Solomon from plantation owner Epps (Michael Fassbender) in a film already getting a whole lot of Oscar chatter. Rob notes, “It’s the first time I’ve rescued someone in such dire straights…on film. Parker was an amazing man and I am truly in awe of my character’s character.”
Rob has worked with and is about to drop the names of such noted Hollywood luminaries as Steve McQueen, Brad Pitt, Stephen Frears, Joel Silver, Lawrence Gordon, Renny Harlin, Barbet Schroeder, Jonathan Kaplan, Mimi Leder, Jim Carey, Denzel Washington, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kurt Russell, Anthony Hemingway and Academy Award winners Delbert Mann & George Clooney. Rob has appeared in nearly 30 films including Unlawful Entry, Single White Female, Ricochet and more recently, Lay The Favorite, Hijacked and Zombie Hamlet. Rob starred in mediocre films such as Casa Hollywood, Staying on Top, Resolution and the unbelievably schlocky Kraa! The Sea Monster.
In 2010 Rob moved back to New Orleans and found more work in The Crescent City than he imagined. “Plus there’s a joy of life in New Orleans unrivaled by any other city, especially with all the festivals, celebrations and parades. I now have a costume closet. New Orleans has always felt like home and I couldn’t be happier being back. Being a medium size fish in a medium size pond suits me well…or maybe it just feels like a pond because of all the humidity.”
Rob has recurred on Lifetime’s Army Wives and HBO’s Treme and can be seen again it’s final season (2013). He has guest starring and co-starring roles in Memphis Beat, and in a whole bunch of network television shows back when network was the thing. They include; Charmed, Melrose Place, Diagnosis Murder, In Living Color, Matlock, Hunter, 90210, and the critically forgotten Tattooed Teenage Alien Fighters from Beverly Hills. Oh yeah, and he recurred as Dr. Webb on The Bold and the Beautiful (1995) and saved Macy from cancer.
On stage, Rob won a Virgo Award as male lead in “Whispers of an Asian Bride”, a Telly Award in 2004 for an Academic Short produced by Publishers Media and a local area Emmy Award in 2002 starring in a UPN/FOX spot called “Bad Day.” Rob also serves on the advisory board of the New Orleans Film Society and Festival, where 12 YEARS A SLAVE premiered in October 2013.
Rob and John Cleese starred together on several national radio spots. Rob claims to be adept with improvisation, impressions, dialects and performed stand-up at the Improv and Second City.
Rob anxiously awaits the day when all of his ambitions are realized and he can escort his mother to the Oscars – but she is still hoping that the head injury will heal!
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2004 Telly Lead Actor Academic Short
2002 Emmy Los Angeles Lead (Promo) UPN “Bad Day”
1999- Virgo Lead Actor in “Whispers of an Asian Bride”
Skills: Looping, Ear bud, Teleprompter, Impersonations, Psychic, Sharpshooter and Golf
Dialects: Jamaican, British, Irish, Australian, South African, Israeli, French, German, Russian, Voice Animation, Southern, Cajun and New Orleans
Scene Study - Cameron Thor, Howard Fine (Master Class), Tim Phillips
Cold Reading - Margie Haber
Improvisation - The Second City, The Groundlings
Meisner Training - Janet Alhante