Robert David Hall

Robert David Hall
Hall in 2007
Born (1947-11-09) November 9, 1947 (age 76)
Alma materUCLA
Years active1983–present
  • Susan Petroni (1969–1974)
  • Connie Cole (1979–1987)
  • Judy Sterns (1999–present)

Robert David Hall (born November 9, 1947) is an American actor, best known for his role as coroner Dr. Albert Robbins, M.D. on the television show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

Early life

Born in East Orange, New Jersey, Hall attended Tustin High School in California and went on to graduate from UCLA in 1971 with a degree in English Literature. Hall is a former professional musician and accomplished guitarist, and is also proficient on piano, percussion and mandolin. For several years he was a high-profile radio DJ in Los Angeles. His musical talent has been alluded to in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation several times, as his character Dr. Al Robbins would sometimes sing while performing the autopsy or with Gil Grissom when the latter came to the morgue to collect evidence. He has also done extensive voice work on television commercials and cartoons.[citation needed]

In 1978, Hall had to have both of his legs amputated as a result of an accident in which an 18-wheeler truck crushed his car. The accident also caused the gasoline tank of the car to explode, causing burns over 65% of his body. He now comfortably uses prosthetic limbs, allowing for personal mobility. Several of his characters, including his CSI character, have openly shared this disability. He is a prominent advocate for disabled Americans. Hall (as Dr. Robbins) mentioned once that he has prosthetic legs, but never alluded to the accident in reality.[citation needed]

Life and career

In addition to starring on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Robert has appeared in such films as Starship Troopers and The Negotiator and has made guest appearances in a number of TV programs including The West Wing and L.A. Law. He also furnishes the narration on CourtTV's documentary series North Mission Road. Currently, Hall is working on the short thriller "The Roymann Closure in the Netherlands", written by writer/director David Grifhorst and executive producer Jop Douma.

Hall was married to Susan Petroni from 1969 until their divorce in 1974, and Connie Cole from 1979 until their divorce in 1987. His son, Andrew, was born of his second marriage. Hall's third and current marriage is to Judy Sterns in 1999.



Year Title Role Notes
1983 Deal of the Century Ray Penido uncredited
1985 Here Comes the Littles Dinky Little Voice
1991 Class Action Steven Kellen
1993 Once Upon a Forest Truck Driver Voice
1993 Dream Lover Dr. Sheen
1997 Starship Troopers Recruiting Sergeant
1998 The Negotiator Cale Wangro
2001 Shattering Images Nicole's Dad Short film
2002 My Father's House The Man On Crutches
2004 The Eavesdropper I.R.B. Board Chairman
2007 Legs Roosevelt Garland Short film
2007 The Gene Generation Abraham
2008 The Roymann Closure unknown Short film
2015 Rock Story Congressman Connelly
2016 Diffability Hollywood Himself Documentary
2018 Major Arcana Gene Short film
TBR Aaah! Roach! President Kozlow


Year Title Role Notes
1983–1985 The Littles Dinky Little, Mr. Bigg Voice, 29 episodes
1984 G.I. Joe: The Revenge of Cobra Colonel Sharp Voice, 2 episodes
1985 G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero Colonel Sharp Voice, 8 episodes
1986 ABC Weekend Specials Dinky Little Voice, episode: "Liberty and the Littles"
1989 Highway to Heaven Wayne Secrest Episode: "The Squeaky Wheel"
1991–1993 Life Goes On Mr. Mott 6 episodes; recurring role
1991–1993 L.A. Law Judge Myron Swaybill 3 episodes; recurring role
1992 Mann & Machine Dave Murphy Episode: "Prototype"
1992 Batman: The Animated Series Additional voices Episode: "Heart of Ice"
1992–1994 Beverly Hills, 90210 The Teacher/Beggar 3 episodes; recurring role
1994 Love & War Doug Episode: "The Squeaky Wheel"
1996 Andersonville Samson Television film
1996 High Incident Dominic 2 episodes
1997 Prison of Secrets Judge Television film
1997 Brooklyn South John Keough Episode: "Clown Without Pity"
1997 Party of Five Bureaucrat Episode: "Adjustments"
1997–1999 The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries Dr. Kaytwo, Auctioneer Voice, 2 episodes
1997–2000 Superman: The Animated Series Spokesman, Reporter, News Anchor Voice, 3 episodes
1998 Promised Land Edward Brogan Episode: "Purple Heart"
1998 The New Batman Adventures Reporter Voice, episode: "Mean Seasons"
1999 Touched by an Angel Harry Episode: "Fool of Love"
1999–2001 The Practice Judge Bradley Michaelson 4 episodes; recurring role
2000 The West Wing David Nessler Episode: "Celestial Navigation"
2000 The Burkittville 7 David Hooper Television Short
2000 Batman Beyond Fulton Voice, episode: "Speak No Evil"
2000–2015 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Albert "Al" Robbins Series regular; 287 episodes (season 3–15)
Recurring role; 38 episodes (season 1–2)
2001 Family Law Judge 2 episodes
2002 The Zeta Project Thad Voice, episode: "Eye of the Storm"
2003 Static Shock Pilot Voice, episode: "She-Bang"
2006 North Mission Road Narrator Episode: "From the Ashes"
2006 Avatar: The Last Airbender Additional voices Episode: "Appa's Lost Days"
2007 The Batman Pilot Voice, episode: "Artifacts"
2007 Ben 10: Secret of the Omnitrix Azmuth Voice, television film
2008–2009 Ben 10: Alien Force Highbreed Guard, Forever Knight #3, Counterman Voice, 3 episodes
2012 Ben 10: Destroy All Aliens Azmuth Voice, television film
2013 The Wrong Woman Judge Wallace Television film
2015 CSI: Immortality Al Robbins Television film
2017 sunsaneLand Mr. Tulchinsky Episode: "Mr. Tulchinsky"

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2003 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Albert "Al" Robbins
2004 CSI: Grime Scene Investigation - Dark Motives Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Albert "Al" Robbins
2005 ER: The Game Dr. VanDeer
2006 CSI: 3 Dimensions of Murder Dr. Al Robbins
2007 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Hard Evidence Al Robbins
2009 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Deadly Intent Dr. Al Robbins
2010 CSI: Fatal Conspiracy Dr. Al Robbins

Awards and nominations

Year Title Accolade Category Results
2002 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2003 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2004 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2005 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Won


  • 2010: Things they don't teach you in school, CD album:
  • Kick It To The Side Of The Road (Robert David Hall)
  • Wondering Where You Are (Robert David Hall)
  • Things They Don’t Teach You In School (Robert David Hall)
  • It Just Is (Robert David Hall)
  • (Keep On) Pushin’ It Through (Chris Wall/Robert David Hall)
  • One Door Closes (Robert David Hall/Chris Wall)
  • Wishes (Robert David Hall)
  • For Judy (Robert David Hall)
  • I Feel Like Hank Williams Tonight (Chris Wall)
  • Sittin’ On Top Of The World (Lonnie Carter/Walter Jacobs)
  • Ten O’Clock Train (Robert David Hall)
  • Just Because (Bob Shelton, Joe Shelton, Sid Robin)

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