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Robert Duncan McNeill
Robert Duncan McNeill Born on 09 Nov 1964
Last modified 09 Nov 2004
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Biography
Robert Duncan McNeill is an actor, director, and producer, best known for his role as Starfleet Lieutenant Tom Paris on Star Trek: Voyager.

Robbie (as he is known to his friends and family) was born in North Carolina and was, as he put it, "a corporate brat," on the move with his family for some years until they finally settled in Atlanta, where he got his first taste of acting by performing in a little theatre production of "The Wizard of Oz" at the age of twelve. Robbie found his niche in the theatre, and pursued acting opportunities throughout his adolescence, performing in local community theatres and on PBS. Eventually, he won a bit part in the Burt Reynolds film, Sharkey's Machine ,which was produced on location in Atlanta. After high school, Robbie moved to New York City and Broadway, successfully auditioning for the role of "The Boy" in a touring company of The Fantasticks. Further success was slow to arrive, however, and Robbie enrolled at the Juilliard Conservatory, where he spent two years studying the trade.

It was while he was attending Juilliard that Robbie was cast as Charlie Brent on the popular ABC daytime drama All My Children , performing the role from 1985-1988, and earning himself a 1988 Daytime Emmy nomination for his acting. During this time he also produced and starred in the New York premiere of Sam Shepard's The Four-H Club on off-Broadway, and starred in the science fiction feature film Masters of the Universe with Dolph Lundgren, Courteney Cox, and Frank Langella.

After leaving All My Children, Robbie landed the role of "Jack" in the national touring production of Stephen Sondheim's hit Broadway musical Into the Woods and then joined the cast of Lucy's Lapses , an off-Broadway play. During his spare time, he assisted his wife Carol with Real Play Productions, an organization founded by Carol McNeill to provide inner-city school children with creative experiences such as improvisational acting, dance, and music, all designed to help the children with the harsh issues confronting them in their lives.

Robbie soon returned to Los Angeles to star in the Daytime Emmy Award Winning ABC After-School Special Flour Babies, directed by Linda Lavin. During this time he also appeared in the Coast Playhouse production of Child's Play with Gregory Harrison.

Robbie then took on the featured role of "Rick" in the Broadway production of John Guare's Six Degrees of Separation, which starred Stockard Channing. Robbie performed in Six Degrees for over a year to critical acclaim.

Robbie and Carol eventually settled in Los Angeles for good, and Robbie soon began to appear as a frequent guest star on television shows. His roles include appearances on such series as Murder She Wrote, Quantum Leap, LA Law, and of course, Star Trek: The Next Generation (in an episode entitled "The First Duty"). Robbie then landed a starring role in the ABC series Going To Extremes. His credits also include a recurring character on ABC's Homefront, and a role on the CBS nighttime soap opera Second Chances with Connie Selleca. He also appeared as Romeo in Romeo And Juliet at the LA Shakespeare Festival, where he earned a DramaLogue Award as Best Actor.

A year later, Robbie was performing in the off-Broadway production of The Family of Mann when he was called to Los Angeles to read for the part of cashiered ex-Starfleet officer Tom Paris. Robbie convinced producers Rick Berman and Michael Piller he was right for the part, and Robbie soon joined the cast of Star Trek: Voyager as the ship's headstrong conn officer.

Robbie made his directorial debut on Voyager with a third season episode entitled "Sacred Ground," filmed in 1996 during the second season. He then followed up that success by directing one of the third season's most popular episodes, "Unity," which marked the return of the Borg to the Voyager universe. Since that promising start he has gone on to direct other episodic television, as well as directing and producing his own independent film projects.

In 1998, Robbie completed production of his short film The Battery, which he co-wrote, produced, and directed. Starring fellow Voyager cast member Ethan Phillips and Dawson's Creek star Joshua Jackson, The Battery has been selected for showing by several film festivals, including the New Orleans Film Festival, the Newport Beach Film Festival and the Canyonlands Film Festival. In September, 1999, the New York International Independent Film Festival gave "The Battery" its Best Short Film award for its annual fall series, and selected the film for inclusion in its Spring, 2000 showcase in Los Angeles.

Robbie directed his third Star Trek: Voyager episode, "Someone to Watch Over Me" in that same year, winning accolades from both producers and critics for his work on the episode. He also directed an episode of the Nickelodeon series The Journey of Allan Strange. On the performing front, Robbie made a rare guest-starring appearance on the CBS series Early Edition, sharing the screen with his old Homefront co-star, Kyle Chandler.

In the year 2000, Robbie completed production on his second independent film, "9mm of Love," and directed a fourth Star Trek: Voyager episode, "Body and Soul." "9mm of Love," featuring Cagney and Lacey's Carl Lumbly and Robbie's co-star Ethan Phillips, premiered at the Sun Valley Film Festival in October, 2000, and was selected for showing at the Slamdance Film Festival and the HBO Comedy Arts Festival. Soon after, the SciFi Channel featured "9mm of Love" on its "Exposures" showcase for short films.

On May 23, 2001, the final episode of Star Trek: Voyager aired, closing Robbie's seven-year tenure in the role of Tom Paris. Producers of the independent film Infested immediately cast Robbie in a featured role. Soon after, Robbie guest-starred on an episode of The Outer Limits, and then assumed the director's chair on the set of Dawson's Creek. This fall, Robbie returned to Paramount to direct Enterprise, the fifth entry in the Star Trek franchise, and is exploring future projects with major studios.

Robbie currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Carol, and their three children, daughter Taylor and sons Kyle and Carter Jay.
Home Page http://www.robertduncanmcneill.net
Gallery
Sci-Fi TV filmography:
Role Series Episode
Cadet Nicholas Locarno ST:TNG 5.19: The First Duty
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 1.1: Caretaker I
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 1.2: Caretaker II
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 1.3: Parallax
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 1.4: Time and Again
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 1.5: Phage
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 1.6: The Cloud
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 1.7: Eye of the Needle
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 1.8: Ex Post Facto
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 1.9: Emanations
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 1.10: Prime Factors
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 1.11: State of Flux
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 1.12: Heroes and Demons
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 1.13: Cathexis
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 1.14: Faces
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 1.15: Jetrel
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 1.16: Learning Curve
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 1.17: Projections
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 1.18: Elogium
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 1.19: Twisted
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 1.20: The 37's
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 2.1: Initiations
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 2.2: Non Sequitur
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 2.3: Parturition
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 2.4: Persistence of Vision
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 2.5: Tattoo
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 2.6: Cold Fire
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 2.7: Maneuvers
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 2.8: Resistance
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 2.9: Prototype
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 2.10: Alliances
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 2.11: Threshold
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 2.12: Meld
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 2.13: Dreadnought
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 2.14: Death Wish
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 2.15: Lifesigns
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 2.16: Investigations
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 2.17: Deadlock
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 2.18: Innocence
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 2.19: The Thaw
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 2.20: Tuvix
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 2.21: Resolutions
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 2.22: Basics I
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 3.1: Basics II
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 3.2: Flashback
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 3.3: The Chute
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 3.4: The Swarm
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 3.5: False Profits
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 3.6: Remember
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 3.7: Sacred Ground
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 3.8: Future's End I
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 3.9: Future's End II
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 3.10: Warlord
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 3.11: The Q and the Grey
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 3.12: Macrocosm
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 3.13: Fair Trade
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 3.14: Alter Ego
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 3.15: Coda
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 3.16: Blood Fever
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 3.17: Unity
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 3.18: Darkling
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 3.19: Rise
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 3.20: Favorite Son
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 3.21: Before and After
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 3.22: Real Life
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 3.23: Distant Origin
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 3.24: Displaced
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 3.25: Worst Case Scenario
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 3.26: Scorpion I
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 4.1: Scorpion II
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 4.2: The Gift
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 4.3: Day of Honor
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 4.4: Nemesis
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 4.5: Revulsion
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 4.6: The Raven
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 4.7: Scientific Method
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 4.8: Year of Hell I
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 4.9: Year of Hell II
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 4.10: Random Thoughts
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 4.11: Concerning Flight
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 4.12: Mortal Coil
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 4.13: Waking Moments
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 4.14: Message in a Bottle
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 4.15: Hunters
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 4.16: Prey
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 4.17: Retrospect
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 4.18: The Killing Game I
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 4.19: The Killing Game II
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 4.20: Vis a Vis
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 4.21: The Omega Directive
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 4.22: Unforgettable
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 4.23: Living Witness
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 4.24: Demon
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 4.25: One
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 4.26: Hope and Fear
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 5.1: Night
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 5.2: Drone
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 5.3: Extreme Risk
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 5.4: In the Flesh
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 5.5: Once Upon a Time
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 5.6: Timeless
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 5.7: Infinite Regress
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 5.8: Nothing Human
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 5.9: Thirty Days
Ensign Tom Paris ST:VOY 5.10: Counterpoint
Ensign Tom Paris ST:VOY 5.11: Latent Image
Ensign Tom Paris ST:VOY 5.12: Bride of Chaotica!
Ensign Tom Paris ST:VOY 5.13: Gravity
Ensign Tom Paris ST:VOY 5.14: Bliss
Ensign Tom Paris ST:VOY 5.15: Dark Frontier I
Ensign Tom Paris ST:VOY 5.16: Dark Frontier II
Ensign Tom Paris ST:VOY 5.17: The Disease
Ensign Tom Paris ST:VOY 5.18: Course: Oblivion
Ensign Tom Paris ST:VOY 5.19: The Fight
Ensign Tom Paris ST:VOY 5.20: Think Tank
Ensign Tom Paris ST:VOY 5.21: Juggernaut
Ensign Tom Paris ST:VOY 5.22: Someone to Watch Over Me
Ensign Tom Paris ST:VOY 5.23: 11:59
Ensign Tom Paris ST:VOY 5.24: Relativity
Ensign Tom Paris ST:VOY 5.25: Warhead
Ensign Tom Paris ST:VOY 5.26: Equinox I
Ensign Tom Paris ST:VOY 6.1: Equinox II
Ensign Tom Paris ST:VOY 6.2: Survival Instinct
Ensign Tom Paris ST:VOY 6.3: Barge of the Dead
Ensign Tom Paris ST:VOY 6.4: Tinker, Tenor, Doctor, Spy
Ensign Tom Paris ST:VOY 6.5: Alice
Ensign Tom Paris ST:VOY 6.6: Riddles
Ensign Tom Paris ST:VOY 6.7: Dragon's Teeth
Ensign Tom Paris ST:VOY 6.8: One Small Step
Ensign Tom Paris ST:VOY 6.9: The Voyager Conspiracy
Ensign Tom Paris ST:VOY 6.10: Pathfinder
Ensign Tom Paris ST:VOY 6.11: Fair Haven
Ensign Tom Paris ST:VOY 6.12: Blink of an Eye
Ensign Tom Paris ST:VOY 6.13: Virtuoso
Ensign Tom Paris ST:VOY 6.14: Memorial
Ensign Tom Paris ST:VOY 6.15: Tsunkatse
Ensign Tom Paris ST:VOY 6.16: Collective
Ensign Tom Paris ST:VOY 6.17: Spirit Folk
Ensign Tom Paris ST:VOY 6.18: Ashes to Ashes
Ensign Tom Paris ST:VOY 6.19: Child's Play
Ensign Tom Paris ST:VOY 6.20: Good Shepherd
Ensign Tom Paris ST:VOY 6.21: Live Fast and Prosper
Ensign Tom Paris ST:VOY 6.22: Muse
Ensign Tom Paris ST:VOY 6.23: Fury
Ensign Tom Paris ST:VOY 6.24: Life Line
Ensign Tom Paris ST:VOY 6.25: The Haunting of Deck Twelve
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 6.26: Unimatrix Zero I
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 7.1: Unimatrix Zero II
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 7.2: Imperfection
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 7.3: Drive
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 7.4: Repression
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 7.5: Critical Care
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 7.6: Inside Man
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 7.7: Body and Soul
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 7.8: Nightingale
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 7.9: Flesh and Blood I
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 7.10: Flesh and Blood II
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 7.11: Shattered
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 7.12: Lineage
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 7.13: Repentance
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 7.14: Prophecy
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 7.15: The Void
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 7.16: Workforce I
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 7.17: Workforce II
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 7.18: Human Error
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 7.19: Q2
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 7.20: Author, Author
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 7.21: Friendship One
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 7.22: Natural Law
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 7.23: Homestead
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 7.24: Renaissance Man
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 7.25: Endgame I
Lieutenant Tom Paris ST:VOY 7.26: Endgame II