OCTOBER 12 – OCTOBER 18
This is my guy right here! He started out killing for revenge, then he began to kill for fun. Now, this week's #1 bad guy is killing with purpose. Gotham's own Oswald Cobblepot is plotting his rise to the top, and he's leaving a trail of bodies behind him. He used a crew of men to rob one mob boss, so that boss would go to war with his rival. Then the Penguin killed the men with poisoned cannoli, leaving no witnesses to his part in the robbery.
ABOUT THE CHARACTER
Oswald Cobblepot, known under the criminal monicker The Penguin, is a supervillain in the comic book series published by DC Comics, and is one of Batman's most persistent and intelligent recurring nemeses.
As a young man, Oswald wished to rise in the criminal underworld, as well as achieve a high level of status in Gotham society. His size, and hook nose earned him a disparaging nickname amongst his colleagues, "The Penguin", a name which angered and humiliated Oswald frequently. He would eventually use his cunning and intellect to usurp his criminal masters and turn the name which was used to belittle him into a title that would instill both fear and respect.
He embraced his image by donning well tailored suits, completed with formal tails, a monocle, top hat, and a series of lethal umbrellas, equipped with various weapons including guns, tear gas, and a flying apparatus which would allow him to easily escape precarious situations.
The Penguin is classified as a criminal mastermind suffering from an apparent Napoleon complex, which is made manifest by his incessant need to go big on all of his schemes and machinations. He, above all else, wishes to be a powerful mobster with political power and respect amongst the well-to-do of Gotham City.
He has been portrayed by a wide variety of live-action performers, including Burgess Meredith in the 1966 camp "Batman" series starring Adam West, Danny DeVito as a circus-freak rendition in Tim Burton's "Batman Returns", and recently by Robin Lord Taylor, as a young, ruthlessly ambitious Oswald in his early years on the Fox series "Gotham". He has also been voiced by Paul Williams and David Ogden Stiers in the Bruce Timm helmed, DC Animated Universe.
ABOUT THE ACTOR
A native of Shueyville, Iowa, Robin Lord Taylor is a graduate of Northwestern University's School of Speech.
Robin Lord Taylor has appeared in several acclaimed television series, such as "The Walking Dead," "Law & Order," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "The Good Wife" and "Person of Interest." He also has had a recurring role as "Darrell, the 'Late Show' page with the fake British accent" on "The Late Show with David Letterman."
Taylor is perhaps best known for his role as "Abernathy Darwin Dunlap" in the cult feature comedy "Accepted," starring opposite Jonah Hill and Justin Long. He has appeared in the hit independent horror film "Would You Rather," with Brittany Snow and June Squibb.
He was most recently seen starring opposite Bryan Cranston and Alice Eve in the independent film "Cold Comes the Night." He has also appeared in several other films that have been prominently featured on the festival circuit, most notably "Another Earth," which won the Alfred P. Sloan Prize at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. He was featured in Spike Lee's "Jesus Children of America" (Venice Film Festival), "The House is Burning" (produced by Wim Wenders, Cannes Film Festival), "Pitch" (Cannes Film Festival), Kevin Connolly's "The Gardener of Eden" (Tribeca Film Festival) and "Assassination of a High School President" (Sundance).
Taylor co-created and co-starred in "Creation Nation," a live talk show with Billy Eichner, which they performed at the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, as well as at the HBO Aspen Comedy Festival and in many venues throughout New York City and Los Angeles. He has also appeared onstage in "Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom," "The Shooting Stage," "Henry IV" and "No. 11 Blue and White," as well as numerous productions in Stephen Sondheim's Young Playwrights Festival at the Cherry Lane Theater.
He resides in New York City.