Throughout his career, Robert LaSardo has found his niche in Hollywood playing the devious criminal. Often evil personified onscreen, he constantly manages to charm police investigators and audiences alike.
As Escobar Gallardo on the award-winning series Nip/Tuck, Robert plays a cunning villain who convincingly tortures Dr. Christian Troy into revealing key information about the location of a child molester. As a gang member on both CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and CSI: Miami, he taunts the lead investigators but ultimately wins their respect. With more recent performances in Ghost Whisperer and his own independent film Never Down, Robert is creating complex characters that are tortured by life, rather than the torturers themselves.
Born on September 20, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York, Robert spent his childhood in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn near the once famous Steeple Chase amusement park commonly known as Coney Island. During an impoverished and turbulent upbringing, Coney Island was a refuge for young Robert. Riding the New York City subway trains on his own by age eight, Robert found his escape and second home in the fantasy land of the ageing but enchanting old world theme park. From that point on, it was clear that seeking safety and peace-of-mind in places and things that supported creativity and imagination were necessary for his survival against the contrast of his stressful home life.
Having to deal with poverty and instability at home, Robert's father eventually took his son and moved away from a life that was breaking apart. Moving from place to place on little or no notice, Robert and his dad found themselves living in cars, camping in the woods during the warmer months, and occasionally staying with friends. Moving through different neighborhoods and meeting people from all walks of life, Robert developed a broad perspective about the world around him and the people in it. Each new environment or person he encountered required a transformation within himself in order to adapt and survive.
By the time Robert approached his mid-teens, life had become more stable. It was during this period that an English teacher encouraged him to try out for the High School of Performing Arts, later celebrated as the Fame School in Alan Parker's 1980 film. Robert auditioned and was accepted into the highly sought after performing high school.