robbie in masters of the universe


Robert Duncan McNeill

November 9, 1964, in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Attended high school in Atlanta, Georgia.
The Juilliard School, New York, New York.

Career Milestones:

Ca. 1980
Appeared in Burt Reynolds' "Sharkey's Machine" as an extra. His lines are cut from the final version of the film.

Ca. 1981-83
Appeared as "The Boy" in "The Fantasticks" and in a number of chorus roles and small parts before enrolling at The Julliard School's acting conservatory. Appears in "Macbeth," "The Wayside Motor Inn," and in "The Threepenny Opera" at the Julliard Theatre Center.

Featured as "Peter Wood" in "The New Twilight Zone" episode, A Message for Charity. Cast as likable teen romantic Charlie Brent on the ABC daytime soap "All My Children."

Produced and starred in the off-Broadway debut of Sam Shepard's "The Four-H Club." He also appeared in "Follow Thru," at the Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut, and in the West German Television film, "A Window in Manhattan."

Feature acting debut, "Masters of the Universe."

Appeared in the off-Broadway production of "Palace of Amateurs." Garnered a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for "All My Children"

1988 - 89:
Featured as "Jack" in the national touring company of "Into the Woods," Stephen Sondheim's Tony Award-winning musical. Assisted Carol McNeill with Real Play Productions, an organization developed by Carol McNeill to provide inner-city school children with opportunities to deal with their problems by utilizing improvisational acting, music, and dance.

Appeared in the musical "Lucy’s Lapses" at the Playwrights Horizon Theater in NYC. Made TV-movie debut in "Mothers, Daughters and Lovers" (also known as "American River"), an unsold television pilot.

First TV special, "Flour Babies," on "CBS Schoolbreak Specials" and did first TV guest shot, "Quantum Leap," in the episode "Good Night, Dear Heart." Also made his TV miniseries debut in "Jackie Collins' "Lucky Chances"

1990 -1991:
Appeared on Broadway in John Guare's "Six Degrees of Separation" as "Rick." Left "Six Degrees..." in 1991 to move to Los Angeles. Made guest appearance on "LA Law" episode, "TV or Not TV."

Did guest appearance as Cadet Nick Locarno in "The First Duty," a memorable episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation." Played a recurring role on "Homefront," a primetime serial set during WWII. Also appeared in "Spies," a Disney Channel Movie of the Week, and the CBS comedy series, "Wild Oats."

Debut as a series regular, "Going to Extremes," a medical comedy-drama filmed in Jamaica, West Indies; played "Colin Mitford," a second-year medical student.

Summer, 1993:
Gave critically acclaimed performance as Romeo in Shakespeare Festival/L.A.'s production of "Romeo and Juliet," winning the DramaLogue Award for Best Actor.

Played recurring character on "Second Chances," a prime time serial, and appeared in "Child's Play" at the Coast Playhouse.

Featured as teamster Milt Eliot in "One More Mountain," a TV-movie about the experiences of the Donner Party. Guest appearance in "Death in Hawaii," an episode of "Murder, She Wrote." Appeared off-Broadway in the play, "The Family of Mann" at the Second Stage Theater. Cast as Lieutenant Tom Paris on "Star Trek: Voyager" in the summer of 1994.

January, 1995:
Telecast of "Caretaker," the pilot episode of "Star Trek: Voyager."

Directed first "Star Trek: Voyager" episode, "Sacred Ground." Subsequently directed the first "Voyager" Borg episode, "Unity."

Produced and directed the independent short feature film, "The Battery," featuring Ethan Phillips and Joshua Jackson of "Dawson's Creek."

Directed an episode of the Nickelodeon series, "The Journey of Allan Strange," and his third "Star Trek: Voyager" episode, titled "Someone to Watch Over Me." Appeared in rare guest-starring role on the CBS series Early Edition. In September, 1999, "The Battery" is given the "Best Short Film" award at the New York International Independent Film Festival.

Completes production on his second independent film project, "9mm of Love," a short feature which premieres in October, 2000 at the Sun Valley Film Festival. Directs his fourth "Star Trek: Voyager" episode, "Body and Soul," shown in November, 2000.

"Star Trek: Voyager" ends production after seven years.

"9mm of Love" is accepted at the Slamdance Film Festival and the HBO Comedy Arts Festival, and is featured on the Sci-Fi Channel's short film anthology show, "Exposure." Takes featured role in the independent film, "Infested," scheduled for release in 2002, and guest-stars in an episode of "The Outer Limits" entitled "The Human Factor." In August, 2001, Robbie directs "The Long Goodbye," an episode of "Dawson's Creek", and follows up by directing "Cold Front," an episode of the fifth Star Trek series, "Enterprise," in September and October 2001.

Directs multiple episodes of "Dawson's Creek" throughout the spring and summer of 2002 and appears as a featured guest star on fall premiere of the NBC drama series, "Crossing Jordan."

In the fall of 2002, directs the episode "Is There A Doctor In the House?" for the WB network series, "Everwood."

Directs the critically acclaimed "Star Trek: Enterprise" episode, "Twilight," and the series' penultimate third season episode, "Countdown." Continues to win praise for his work as a director for Showtime's new cult hit, "Dead Like Me" ("Reaper Madness," "Hurry") and the WB's teen drama, "One Tree Hill" ("Life in a Glass House," "The First Cut is the Deepest.")

Continues his work as a director, winning assignments on such diverse shows as"Summerland" (WB), "The O.C." (Fox), "Eyes" (ABC), "Las Vegas" (NBC), "Medium" (NBC), "Supernatural" (WB), and ABC's "Desperate Housewives." In 2006, he directs a pilot project, "Jump" (ABC) featuring comedian Danny Comden,and directs several new series, including "My Boys" (TNT), "In Case of Emergency" (ABC), "The Knights of Prosperity" (ABC), "What About Brian (ABC), "The Nine" (ABC), and "Standoff" (Fox).

2007 - Present

Directs the pilot for the ABC comedy "Samantha Who?" and joins the NBC series "Chuck" as its producing director; currently working as both director and executive producer on "Chuck," now in its third season.

Other Miscellaneous Credits:
Theatre: "Antigone," at Lincoln Center; "Richard III," at the Academy Theatre; and "Sneakers" at the Alliance Theatre. Television: "Wild Oats" (Pilot); "Seconds"

This filmography, and the accompanying biography, are © 1997-2010 Deborah C. Stone. They may not be reproduced without permission of the author.

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