Tobin Bell - Famous Actor

Tobin Bell Net Worth


Tobin Bell has a net worth of $16 million, making him one of the most sought-after actors and producers in Hollywood. Famous for his role as John Kramer / Jigsaw in the โ€˜Sawโ€™ horror franchise, Bell has made more than 120 acting credits in his impressive career through blockbuster films and TV dramas.

Key facts:

Here are the key facts about Tobin Bell mentioned in the text:
  • Tobin Bell is an American actor and producer with a net worth of $16 million.
  • He's best known for his portrayal of John Kramer/Jigsaw in the horror franchise, 'Saw'.
  • He has over 120 acting credits to his name, including films like 'Tootsie', 'Mississippi Burning', 'Goodfellas', 'The Firm', and 'The Quick and the Dead'.
  • Tobin Bell has lent his voice to the video games 'Saw', 'Saw II: Flesh & Blood', and 'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare'.
  • He has produced films like 'Dark House', 'The Way We Weren't', and the short films 'Unbelief' and 'My Pretty Pony'.

Basic Information About Tobin Bell

CategoryCelebrities โ€บ Actors
ProfessionsActor, Voice Actor, Coach
Net worth$16,000,000
Date of birth1942-08-07 (81 years old)
Place of birthQueens
NationalityUnited States of America
Curiosities and TrademarksLow, raspy voice
Usually plays villains or sinister characters
Height5 ft 10 in (1.791 m)
Social Mediaโ†—๏ธŽ Wikipedia โ†—๏ธŽ IMDb

What Movie Awards did Tobin Bell win?


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Tobin Bell awards

Award Name State Movie / Series Name Year
MTV Movie Award - Best VillainNomineeSaw III2007
Chainsaw Award - Best VillainWinnerSaw II2006
Chainsaw Award - Best Supporting ActorNomineeSaw II2006
MTV Movie Award - Best VillainNomineeSaw II2006

Tobin Bell roles

Movie / Series Role
In the Line of FireMendoza
JigsawJigsaw / John Kramer
Saw IIIJigsaw / John Kramer
Saw IVJigsaw / John Kramer
The Quick and the DeadDog Kelly
GoodfellasParole Officer
Mississippi BurningAgent Stokes
The FirmThe Nordic Man
ManhattanMan on Street (uncredited)
Saw 3DJigsaw / John
Saw IIJigsaw / John
Saw VJigsaw / John
Saw VIJigsaw / John
TootsieWaiter (uncredited)
Sophie's ChoiceReporter (uncredited)
The Road to El DoradoZaragoza (voice)
MaliceEarl Leemus
The VerdictCourtroom Observer (uncredited)
The CallEdward Cranston
12 Feet DeepMcGradey
Criminal MindsMalachi Lee 1 episode, 2014
The FlashSavitar / ... 1 episode, 2016-2017
The X FilesAshman / ... 1 episode, 2000
The SopranosMajor Zwingli 1 episode, 2001
The West WingColonel Whitcomb 1 episode, 2002
Made in HollywoodSelf 1 episode, 2009
ERHospital Administrator 1 episode, 1994
CreepshowChief (segment "Gray Matter") 1 episode, 2019
Chicago HopeLuther Evans 1 episode, 1996
The Kill PointAlan Beck 4 episodes, 2007
24Peter Kingsley 4 episodes, 2003
SeinfeldRon 1 episode, 1993
MacGyverLeland 2 episodes, 2020
Stargate SG-1Omoc 1 episode, 1998
Nash BridgesWilliam Boyd 1 episode, 1997
The PretenderMr. White 1 episode, 1999
Days of Our LivesYo Ling 4 episodes, 2016
La Femme NikitaPerry Bauer 1 episode, 1997
Once and AgainMan in Suit 1 episode, 2001
Silk StalkingsEmil Rossler 1 episode, 1992
Walker, Texas RangerKarl Storm 2 episodes, 1998

Tobin Bell's Quotes

  • There are different ways of approaching roles.ย  Some people get involved in the emotional aspects of characters.
  • I want to do anything that's well-written, that reveals something of the human condition, that provides growth for the material as well as the actors. Great opportunity.
  • (On getting into characters) As you know, there's as many different kind of police officers as there are tap dancers or mechanics. There's this conventional idea of a mechanic, but go into any shop, and the mechanics come in all different shapes, sizes, colors. I don't think about how I look, necessarily, I think about what's going on for this guy and what he does and why he does it. And I ask myself a whole bunch of questions, and I try to answer those questions so I can ground myself in the reality of what he does. You're surrounded by the physical representations of what you do. So I try to think of acting in terms of thinking and doing. People think of it as, "Oh, let's get inside this guy." They think that acting is being, or feeling, or emoting. It's as much doing. One of the first things you do as an acting student is ask, "Can you say words and do a task at the same time, like sweep a floor?" That's what's so beautiful about New York. You get to see people. You see people unloading trucks. You get to go on the subway and see people who've been working all night falling asleep in their seat. Couples who are in love, couples who are arguing. You get to watch the human condition, and there's always a "doing" aspect of it. This couple, they're carrying backpacks, where are they going? Students? Or are they carrying instruments? They're musicians, or they're on their way to a rehearsal, or they've been up all night playing at a party. Whatever. It stimulates the imagination. So acting is doing...
  • I always thought I was going to play romantic leads. I honestly did. I still don't think I've played the role I'm destined to play, one that shows a wholeness. I've appreciated all the roles I've played, but I mean a role that shows the fullness of my personality, not just that power guy. I was doing a scene at the Actor's Studio in New York [in the early '80s], 150 people sitting in the audience. It was about Thomas Jefferson-very sensible, very intelligent, very classical kind of scene. I finish the scene, the director says to me, "Tobin, how's your career coming?" And I said, "Well, you know, I've been doing some plays, I'm doing one downtown." And she said, "No, but I mean, are you making money?" and I said, "Well, I'm plugging away, and I have since the mid-'70s. It took Gene Hackman and Dustin Hoffman 15 years before they worked." So she said, "You should go to Hollywood and play bad guys, that's what you should do." I was like, "What?"
  • (On landing Mississippi Burning) Alan Parker saw my headshot-and here's a good comment regarding having a good headshot: The more specific, the better. I don't know if mine was unusual or what, but it stood out to him. He brought me in. He doesn't even have a casting director in the room. He sets up a video camera and he talks to you. It was slightly embarrassing, because Alan would say to me, "Tobin, don't act." He was looking for somebody who, under pressure, could do something minimal. The camera sees everything. He had me do this a number of times, and disappeared to Los Angeles, cast the rest of the film, came back to New York, and brought me in again. Then same thing, except he read me for a different part. The one Brad Dourif eventually played, the deputy. I didn't have enough credits or experience, but he wanted to read me for something that had a number of lines. The part I eventually had had very few lines, but good lines. I really wanted so much to work with Alan Parker, and to get paid to go to the deep South where the blues was born, and the deltas. It was unbelievable. I was working in a restaurant, nights at the time... Oh! This is embarrassing. As soon as I get to Mississippi, I go out into the boonies with a bunch of FBI agents. And we arrest this Klan guy at this shack that he's living in. He's out in the yard, so it's just a quick clip. I cuff him and I push him through this dirty laundry hanging on the line. As I'm coming through, pushing him in front of me, handcuffed, I give this little flourish with my shoulders. It was kind of like, "Yeah! I'm the man!" Alan yells, "Cut!" He comes over to me and he says [adopts British accent] "Tobin, Tobin, Tobin. That's the last little bit of acting that you're going to do in this film, right?" He spotted it. It was the smallest little shoulder, "Yeah, I got him," kind of thing, and he didn't want that. I thought, "Oh my God, he's going to send me home. I just did the very thing he's been telling me for three weeks not to do in New York. And I did it first thing." It's like a football player: You screw up the first play of the game, and you think you're gonna sit on the bench.

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Tobin Bell: Horror Cinemaโ€™s Maleficent Masterpiece

Tobin Bellโ€™s ominous appearance on screen usually sends shivers down the spine. Perhaps best regarded as John Kramer/Jigsaw, the menacing face behind the Saw series, Tobin Bell carries with him an aura of malice that captures the very essence of horror cinema. Apart from his now-iconic role in Saw, Tobin Bell has been associated with a diverse range of genres in both films and television, cementing his place as a true Hollywood icon.


Born as Joseph Henry Tobin Jr. on August 7, 1942, in Queens, New York, Tobin Bell had an early flair for acting. With an English mother who was an actress and American father who established the Quincy, Massachusetts radio station, he spent most of his early years around artists and media personalities. As a college student, Tobin studied journalism and liberal arts but later obtained a Masterโ€™s degree in Environmental Studies from Montclair State University. Before embarking on an acting career, Tobin used to work at the New York Botanical Garden.


Tobinโ€™s acting career began in the late 197s when he started as a background actor in numerous films. It was not until 1982 that Tobin got his first credited role in the comedy-drama โ€˜Tootsie.โ€™ He then took minor roles in movies like โ€˜Turk 182!โ€™ (1985) starring Timothy Hutton and Robert Urichโ€™s โ€˜Spenser: For Hireโ€™ TV series. He steadily gained attention with roles in brilliant films like โ€˜Mississippi Burningโ€™ (1988) and โ€˜Goodfellasโ€™ (199). Tobin made his first appearances in the horror genre in Wes Cravenโ€™s โ€˜The People Under the Stairsโ€™ (1991) and Tony Scottโ€™s โ€˜The Revengeโ€™ (1995).

Throughout the 199s and early 200s, Tobin Bell graced both TV shows and movies in a plethora of supporting roles. He had joined the esteemed ranks of actors who only appear for a few seconds, yet are instantly recognizable. Bell earned more substantial parts through the years and slowly but surely built up a loyal fanbase. He appeared on iconic TV shows like โ€˜Seinfeldโ€™ and โ€˜NYPD Blue,โ€™ further expanding his repertoire as a character actor.

What is Tobin Bell known for?

Tobinโ€™s biggest calling card came when he stepped into the shoes of the Jigsaw killer for the Saw franchise in 2004. He catapulted the character into everything that creeped out the audience, with his ingenuously crafted confused backstory that doesnโ€™t compromise his menacing presence in any way.

Achievements: Awards and Nominations

For horror fest enthusiasts, he is the genie in a bottle, who just keeps on giving. His fans are numerous, and his awards and nominations confer upon him an enviable status in Hollywood. For instance, Bell received nominations as Best Supporting Actor by Chlotrudis(Saw) and Lowest-Budget Nominee by ReFrame Stamp( The Way We Werenโ€™t). More significantly, Bell has remained an essential part of Sawโ€™s incredible legacy and is considered one of horror cinemaโ€™s mainstays.

Personal Life

Away from the camera and the hustle of showbiz, Tobin Bell is an introspective individual who invests a lot of time into learning one new thing each day. An avid follower of environmental studies, his passion gave him the drive to pursue a Masterโ€™s degree in the field. To this day, he remains a man of mystery, and with his notoriously dissolute phone interviews and deeply private persona, itโ€™s here he thrives away from the film industry circus.

What Is Tobin Bellโ€™s Net Worth and Salary?

Tobin has an estimated net worth of $16 million, crafted over a wealth of 120 acting credits under his belt, pretty impressive for an actor who didnโ€™t get his breakthrough until his later years. Tobinโ€™s salary per film is difficult to ascertain, given a variety of factors like studio, budget constraints, etc. However, in the final years of the Saw franchise booming, Bell was receiving a considerable salary for his Jigsaw persona.

The Bottom Line

Few people can command their presence on screen like Tobin Bell can. The legendary character actor stuck in obscurity for decades, determinedly hammering out minor positions in sometimes dwarfing Hollywood treats until he pulled out his ultimate magic trick โ€“ emblazing himself in the eyes and brains of horror-philes forever. Tobin Bellโ€™s formidable presence will take root forever in moviegoersโ€™ and the moviemakerโ€™s minds, alike.

Interesting Facts about Tobin Bell

  1. Often plays a villainous character.
  2. Son of English actress Eileen Bell.
  3. Studied in New York City with Ellen Burstyn.
  4. Is probably best known as Jigsaw/John Kramer in the "Saw" movies.
  5. Has never been, and to this day is not, a fan of horror films, despite playing his menacing character Jigsaw in the "Saw" trilogy.
  6. Donated two vials of his own blood to be mixed with red ink for 1000 posters to help promote Saw III (2006). All proceeds went to the American Red Cross.
  7. In addition to being an actor he is also a Little League baseball coach.
  8. Considers Saw II (2005) his favorite out of the "Saw" trilogy.
  9. He had a small role in Goodfellas (1990), with Joe Pesci. Pesci later played David Ferrie in JFK (1991), the same role Bell played in Ruby (1992).
  10. Profiled in "Character Kings: Hollywood's Familiar Faces Discuss the Art & Business of Acting" by Scott Voisin. [2009]
  11. Splits his time with his wife and two children between his homes in New York and Los Angeles.
  12. Tobin's father, Joseph Henry Bell, built and established the radio station WJDA in Quincy, MA. Joseph was American-born, from a Massachusetts family, of Irish descent. Tobin's mother, actress Eileen Bell, was British-born, and had roots in County Cork.
  13. As of 2014, has appeared in four films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: The Verdict (1982), Tootsie (1982), Mississippi Burning (1988) and Goodfellas (1990).
  14. Appeared in four films with Gene Hackman: Mississippi Burning (1988), Loose Cannons (1990), The Firm (1993) and The Quick and the Dead (1995).

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