The burly African-American comic-turned-character actor Craig Robinson broke through to fame and success when his standup act at the 1998 Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival caught the eye of executives at Fox Broadcasting. The impressed suits offered Robinson a covetable development deal, which led to a series of plum roles within a few years. The actor scored his first significant part circa 2003, opposite Northern Exposure vet John Corbett in the short-lived television series Lucky, but his recurring role as Darryl, the stone-faced Dunder-Mifflin warehouse supervisor on the blockbuster NBC series The Office, finally brought him national recognition. Robinson followed this up with supporting turns in the 2007 A-list features Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girls and Knocked Up. He was among the people who tried to help Zack and Miri Make a Porno, and was one of the circle of friends who travel back to the '80s in Hot Tub Time Machine. In addition to The Office, he found additional work on the small screen hosting Last Comic Standing for that program's seventh season.
Biography by Nathan Southern
- Was raised in a family of musicians; he sang in church choirs and frequently plays keyboard in his stand-up act.
- Started doing stand-up comedy while in college; career took off after he won first place in the Miller Genuine Draft 1996 Comedy Search and the 1998 Oakland Comedy Festival.
- Best known for the role of sarcastic warehouse worker Darryl Philbin on NBC sitcom The Office.
- Starred in 2007's Mr. Robinson's Driving School, a comedic Web series sponsored by MSN and Volvo.
- Made his big-screen debut in 2007, landing roles in the smash comedy Knocked Up, the Tyler Perry drama Daddy's Little Girls and the Korean monster movie D-War.