Dakin Matthews

Acting in Hollywood seems a far-flung alternative to becoming a Roman Catholic priest, but at one time Dakin Matthews seriously considered both. The man who portrayed a dismayed shopkeeper in the Coen brothers' 2010 ... Read more »
Born: 11/07/1940

Filmography

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Blue Bloods 2016 (Tv Show)

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BrainDead 2016 (Tv Show)

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Madam Secretary 2016 (Tv Show)

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Bridge of Spies 2015 (Movie)

Judge Byers (Actor)

Elementary 2015 (Tv Show)

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Veep 2015 (Tv Show)

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The Big Bang Theory 2012, 2014 (Tv Show)

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The Mentalist 2011, 2013 (Tv Show)

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Zero Charisma 2013 (Movie)

Greg Goran (Actor)

Castle 2012 (Tv Show)

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Desperate Housewives 2008, 2010 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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Lincoln 2012 (Movie)

John Usher (Actor)

The Good Wife 2012 (Tv Show)

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The Eagle 2011 (Movie)

Claudius (Actor)

Two and a Half Men 2011 (Tv Show)

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Cold Case 2010 (Tv Show)

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Parks and Recreation 2010 (Tv Show)

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True Blood 2010 (Tv Show)

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True Grit 2010 (Movie)

Col Stonehill (Actor)

Boston Legal 2007 (Tv Show)

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Gilmore Girls 2000 - 2004, 2007 (Tv Show)

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Medium 2007 (Tv Show)

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Dexter 2006 (Tv Show)

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Huff 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

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Carnivàle 2003 - 2005 (TV Show)

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The Closer 2005 (Tv Show)

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NYPD Blue 2004 (Tv Show)

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The King of Queens 1988 - 1989, 1995 - 1998, 2000 - 2001, 2004 (Tv Show)

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Charmed 2002 (Tv Show)

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Citizen Baines 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Family Affair 2002 (Tv Show)

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Judging Amy 2002 (Tv Show)

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Leap of Faith 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Providence 1999, 2002 (Tv Show)

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The Big Time 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Ally McBeal 1986 - 1989, 1992 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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City of Angels 1986 - 1989, 1992 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Coach 1988 - 1989, 1992 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Dharma & Greg 1988 - 1989, 1992 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Diagnosis Murder 1986 - 1989, 1992 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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First Years 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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L.A. Law 1986 - 1989, 1991 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Love & War 1988 - 1989, 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1998, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Murder, She Wrote 1986 - 1989, 1992 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Nash Bridges 1986 - 1989, 1992 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Picket Fences 1988 - 1989, 1992 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Star Trek: Voyager 1988 - 1989, 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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The Geena Davis Show 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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The Michael Richards Show 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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The Nanny 1988 - 1989, 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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Touched By an Angel 1986 - 1989, 1992 - 2001 (Tv Show)

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The Practice 2000 (Tv Show)

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The West Wing 2000 (Tv Show)

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Thirteen Days 2000 (Movie)

Arthur Lundahl (Actor)

Buddy Faro 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The Muse 1999 (Movie)

Dr Jabobson (Actor)

Vengeance Unlimited 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Dear John 1988 - 1989, 1995 - 1998 (Tv Show)

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Soul Man 1996 - 1998 (Tv Show)

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The Jeff Foxworthy Show 1995 - 1998 (Tv Show)

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The Siege 1998 (Movie)

Senator Wright (Actor)

Bean 1997 (Movie)

Passenger Tucker (Actor)

EZ Streets 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Flubber 1997 (Movie)

Minister (Actor)

Sidney Sheldon's Nothing Lasts Forever 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Robin Cook's Virus 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Stuart Saves His Family 1995 (Movie)

Intervention Counselor (Actor)

The Office 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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The Enemy Within 1994 (Movie)

Vice President Walter Kelly (Actor)

The Swan Princess 1994 (Movie)

of King William (Voice)

Cutters 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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The Temp 1993 (Movie)

Dr Feldman (Actor)

Undercover Blues 1993 (Movie)

Police Captain (Actor)

Drexell's Class 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Child's Play 3 1991 (Movie)

Colonel Cochrane (Actor)

Dallas 1977 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Doctor, Doctor 1988 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Eve of Destruction 1991 (Movie)

Singleton (Actor)

Under Cover 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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Blind Faith 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Easy Come, Easy Go 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Ghost Dad 1990 (Movie)

Mr Seymour (Actor)

My Brother's Wife 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Out on the Edge 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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The Fabulous Baker Boys 1989 (Movie)

Charlie (Actor)

The Silence at Bethany 1989 (Movie)

Sam Mitgang (Actor)

Wired 1989 (Movie)

Washington Post Editor (Actor)

Clean & Sober 1988 (Movie)

Bob (Actor)

Funny Farm 1988 (Movie)

Marion Corey Jr (Actor)

Permanent Record 1988 (Movie)

Mr McBain (Actor)

Sunset 1988 (Movie)

William Singer (Actor)

Fresno 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Like Father, Like Son 1987 (Movie)

Old Man Morrison (Actor)

Nuts 1987 (Movie)

1st Judge (Actor)

... And Then She Was Gone (TV Show)

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And the Band Played On (TV Show)

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Baby M (TV Show)

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Best Friends For Life (TV Show)

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Criminal Behavior (TV Show)

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Cross of Fire (TV Show)

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Down Home (TV Show)

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For Richer, For Poorer (TV Show)

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From the Earth to the Moon (TV Show)

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Hart to Hart Returns (TV Show)

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Ink (TV Show)

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Jailbirds (TV Show)

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Naked Lie (TV Show)

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Revolver (TV Show)

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Rio Shannon (TV Show)

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Rough Riders (TV Show)

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Staying Afloat (TV Show)

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The Perfect Tribute (TV Show)

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The Whereabouts of Jenny (TV Show)

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White Mile (TV Show)

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Biography

Acting in Hollywood seems a far-flung alternative to becoming a Roman Catholic priest, but at one time Dakin Matthews seriously considered both. The man who portrayed a dismayed shopkeeper in the Coen brothers' 2010 version of "True Grit" studied theology at Gregorian University in his early years. But his inseparable fascination with the dramatic arts ultimately propelled him toward more secular successes. As a teacher at New York's Juilliard School, Matthews instructed actor Kevin Kline and singer Patti LuPone. It wasn't until the mid '80s however, when Matthews was well into his 40s, that he achieved stardom in his own right, having had experience only as a Shakespearean actor and scholar. He appeared in guest roles on dozens of popular televisions series, and popped up in several films, including the Oscar-nominated "Fabulous Baker Boys" in 1989, where he played a sleazy hotel manager. Matthews's most distinctive parts continued to come from television, a short-form medium that allowed him to pursue his many other interests, including writing and directing theater. He has memorably appeared as Headmaster Charleston in many episodes of "Gilmore Girls" and played Kevin James's father in the sitcom "The King of Queens." Matthews displayed a proclivity for portraying religious figures as well, and he memorably played a reverend on the quirky drama series "Desperate Housewives."

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