Simon Timothy 'Tim' Roth (born 14 May 1961) is an English actor and director. He is best known for his roles in the films Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Made in Britain, Legend of 1900, Four Rooms, Skellig, Planet of the Apes, The Incredible Hulk, and Rob Roy, for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He starred as Cal Lightman in the TV series Lie to Me. Roth was born in Dulwich, London, the son of Ann, a painter and teacher, and Ernie, a Fleet Street journalist, painter, and (until the 1970s) a member of the British Communist Party. Roth's father was born under the surname Smith in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, New York, to an English immigrant family of Irish descent; he changed his surname to Roth in the 1940s, 'partly through solidarity with the victims of the Holocaust, partly because the English were far from welcome in some of the countries to which his job took him'. Roth attended the Strand School in Tulse Hill.
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