Robert was born in Michigan, USA, but, at 3 years old, had already grown tired of the cold and moved to a suburb in Kansas. He got into theater in High School for the same reason everyone does: girls dig a guy in tights. He was invited to Wabash College on an acting scholarship and majored in Theater and German. The combination of the two and his increasing interest in directing led to him spending a year of his college as an exchange student in Berlin - a decision that would end up defining much of who he is.
While studying theater directing at UCLA, he decided that L.A. was way too warm and sunny for him and moved back to Berlin, assistant directing at the Berliner Ensemble. His notes on his time there were published in "New Theater Quarterly, August 1999".
He then moved on to directing his own projects in Berlin, but had never really stopped acting.
In 2001, in order to refocus on acting, he spent some time in London at the Royal National Theatre Studio in a workshop for working actors.
He returned to Berlin, because that's where his stuff was, and continued acting, directing and writing.
In 2003, he joined the ensemble at "Gute Zeiten, Schlechte Zeiten", the most successful daily soap in Europe.
In 2006, he took a break from the show when they let him direct a few episodes of the sister production "Unter Uns". It went pretty well. In fact, after leaving "Gute Zeiten, Schlechte Zeiten" for good in 2007, he returned to directing "Unter Uns" for 3 months.
Next to acting and directing, Robert is making a name for himself as a stand-up comedian, having performed in New York, Cologne and Berlin. With an average of a show a week - some in German and some in English - Robert, once a very well-kept secret, is quickly becoming a not so well-kept secret.