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Creator / Tobin Bell

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"Tobin was the guy laying facedown for seven days. He just laid in that pool of blood. It was never like, 'Oh, I gotta lay here.' It was like, 'That's what I gotta do... I lay in the pool of blood.'"
David Armstrong, Director of Photography on Saw

Tobin Bell (born Joseph Henry Tobin, Jr., August 7, 1942 in Queens, New York) is an American actor best known for portraying John Kramer in the Saw franchise. An off-Broadway theater veteran, he did mostly background work for the first part of his screen career, and had settled into a character actor role in the 1990s, only for Saw to catapult him to the status of horror icon.




Tropes associated with Tobin's performances:

  • Harpo Does Something Funny: Tobin will often write his own dialogue for Jigsaw, or at least be allowed to tweak the script to his liking. He's even been known to help design traps to make them more thematically relevant.