Friday, March 16, 2012

Andrew Robinson

Andrew Robinson will go down in film history as the recipient of the classic Dirty Harry  line, "Do you feel lucky? Well, do you, punk?" as he's staring down the barrel of a Magnum 45, wondering if there is one bullet or none left in the chamber.

No one will argue his brilliant performance in Dirty Harry as the Scorpio Killer, but what will create conversation, is why Andrew Robinson didn't become more well known after that break out role in a huge Hollywood film.

What's even more puzzling is that he is equally good in everything he's done since then, from the movie Hellraiser,  to his role as Garak in the Star Trek television spin off, Deep Space Nine, to the made-for-television biography, Liberace, where he played the title role.

My guess is that after Dirty Harry, narrow-minded Hollywood thought he could only play "crazies" and closed the door on this enormous talent. Andrew Robinson never had the career that he should of had, but he has managed to work as an actor in both film and television. He's pretty easy to spot, as he's the one you can't keep your eyes off of.


  1. I like your should have it on facebook or twitter, too. the Google connect thing isn't as popular.

  2. Delighted to discover this blog and especially this post about one of my favourite actors. As Robinson himself has admitted, Scorpio effectively killed his movie career. There are stories of casting agents refusing to meet him because they were frightened of Scorpio. He's great in Charley Varrick as well, and it's nice that he finally got some kind of consistent recognition through his performances in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
    I think ultimately he was too much of an unusual screen presence to ever make it big in Hollywood, but it's no surprise that he had a lot of success in theatre because of it.
    He now runs an acting programme at the University of Southern California.

  3. Was entertaining in Stallone's 1986 Cobra too. A great character actor but there's are these actors that must occupy these areas as not everyone can be a Redford or Hoffman. Robinson is alongside other 70s popular character actors like Timothy Bottoms, Beau Bridges and Cleavon Little.