Gil Robbins of the Highwaymen Dies at 80
Published Apr 11, 2011Gil Robbins (best known for his work with seminal folk group the Highwaymen in the '60s) died on April 5 in his home in Mexico. Passing away at the age of 80, Robbins had been battling prostate cancer.
Robbins joined the Highwaymen in 1962 and played with the band for three years. After that he had other musical endeavours, including a stint as manager for NYC folk club the Gaslight. It was also in NYC that he started a brief career in acting, a move that inspired his son, acclaimed director and actor Tim Robbins.
"He was very charming, open and funny," Tim Robbins told the L.A. Times. "He had a real strong moral centre; he spoke up for what he believed in."
Along with Tim, Gil Robbins is survived by his wife of 59 years, three other children, his brother Tom and four grandchildren.