1961 – Born in Maryhill, Glasgow
Followed his dad into painting and decorating.
1982 – Age 21, got some book tokens for a birthday gift and picked up Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. We are forever thankful for this, as this was the kick-starter for going along to the Amateur Dram Centre and Glasgow Arts Centre, then joining the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.
1990 – Got his big break in Ken Loach’s Riff-Raff
1991 – Helped form ‘Rain Dog Theatre Company’, a theatre group that takes plays to local communities. It was named after the album “Rain Dogs” by Tom Waits. It later became the company 4 Ways which is a British film production company which he has together with Irvine Welsh, Mark Cousins and the now diseased Antonia Bird.
1999 – Awarded an OBE in the 1999 New Years honours list.
2001 – Ranked seventh in the 2001 Orange Film Survey of greatest British actors.
2002 – July 4 – Him and his wife Anastasia had a baby girl, Ava.
2004 – March – The second child for Anastasia and Robert was born! A little boy named Harvey who weigh 7 lbs. 5oz. and was born at the Glasgow’s Queen Mother Maternity Hospital.
2006 – His beloved father, Joe, passed away at age 76 on January 7, 2006, and was buried in Maryhill, Glasgow, on January 14th.
2006 – Anastasia and Robert had a son in April 2006 and they named him Pearce Joseph, honoring Robert Father who’s birthname was Joseph.