Craig Robinson has a recognizable face, thanks to his hilarious turns in some of the hottest comedies to ever come out of Hollywood. But he’s not just a comedian, he’s proven time and again how talented he is as a dramatic actor, musician, and so much more. Check out these highlights from Craig Robinson’s filmography to see how he captured our hearts and imaginations.
Character: The Beast
This isn’t the only post-apocalyptic comedy movie Robinson starred in during 2013’s post-2012 push on the subject. But his on-screen chemistry with the always-loveable Anna Kendrick makes it worth watching.
9. Morris from America
Character: Curtis Gentry
This 2016 coming-of-age dramedy film about a teenage rapper (Markees Christmas) who moves from Germany to the U.S. to live with his widowed dad (Robinson). It’s a very Madea way of showing his ability to transition smoothly from comedy to drama.
Character: Wade Walker
This 2013 comedy teams Robinson with Kerry Washington and David Alan Grier as an affluent family whose Hamptons vacation is interrupted by Wade Walker (Robinson) proposing. It’s proof he’s a true romcom leading man.
7. An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn
Character: Beverly Luff Linn
This 2018 Scottish-American crime comedy pairs Robinson (as the titular character) with Aubrey Plaza and Emile Hirsch (as Lulu and Shane Danger). It’s an overlooked movie that’s worth watching for any fan of NBC comedies, even if it’s not on that level.
6. Mr. Robot
Character: Ray Heyworth
In one of his most brilliant performances, Robinson plays a prison warden who uses Elliot’s (Rami Malek) computer talents while he’s incarcerated. Of course, Elliot’s delusions make it hard for him to visualize what’s actually happening in true Mr. Robot style. So the nature of Ray’s illegal darknet marketplace isn’t revealed until it’s far too late for Elliot to do anything about it. Thankfully, Leon (Joey Bada$$) has his back.
5. Get on Up
Character: Maceo Parker
This 2014 biopic about acclaimed musician James Brown (Chadwick Boseman) also features a great dramatic turn from Robinson. He plays one of Brown’s second round of bandmembers who eventually stands up to him and quits. It’s a reminder of how powerful his on-screen presence truly is.
4. This Is the End
Character: Craig Robinson
This 2013 showbiz apocalypse movie is basically the everything bagel of Hollywood comedies. The entire movie is cameos of people playing themselves in meta ways, and Robinson fits in perfectly with the main cast that includes Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, and Jonah Hill.
3. Pineapple Express
Robinson is a henchman and villain in this classic 2008 stoner action comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco. This movie is so popular that it spawned an actual strain of cannabis called Pineapple Express, whose genetics will be hotly contested upon federal decriminalization due to its Hollywood ties.
2. Hot Tub Time Machine/Hot Tub Time Machine 2
Character: Nick Webber-Agnew
If you know me, you know I LOVE time travel movies, and Hot Tub Time Machine is a franchise that’s up there with Bill and Ted. Robinson brings his A-game and is surrounded by talent including John Cusack, Rob Corddry, and Clark Duke.
1. The Office
Character: Darryl Philbin
This Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant series is widely hailed as a must-watch classic. Robinson plays Darryl, the warehouse manager who represents the blue-collar workers of Dundler Mifflin Paper Company. His style blends perfectly with the likes of Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, and Jenna Fischer in this ensemble sitcom that ran from 2005-2013.