Tim Matheson

Actor, Director, Producer
Tall, clean-cut leading man Tim Matheson made a career out of playing well-to-do men on every point of the moral compass in countless features like "Animal House" (1978) and "1941" (1981), and on countless televisions ... Read more »
Born: 12/31/1947 in Glendale, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (123)

Last Chance For Christmas 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Cybill 1992 - 1995, 2003 - 2004, 2012 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fallen Angels 1992 - 1993, 2003 - 2004, 2012 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hart of Dixie 2012 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Without A Trace 2003 - 2004, 2012 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Burn Notice 2007 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

No Strings Attached 2011 (Movie)

Eli's Dad (Actor)

White Collar 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

To Love & Die 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Behind Enemy Lines: Columbia 2008 (Movie)

Carl Dobbs (Actor)

Redline 2007 (Movie)

Jerry (Actor)

Shark 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Don't Come Knocking 2006 (Movie)

Film Producer (Actor)

The West Wing 1999 - 2004, 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Justice League Unlimited 2004 (Tv Show)

Voice

Mouthing Off: 51 Greatest Smartasses 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

7th Annual Prism Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Breaking News 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Ed 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

National Lampoon's Van Wilder 2002 (Movie)

Vance Wilder Sr (Actor)

The King of Queens 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Wolf Lake 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Behind the Movies: Animal House 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Commander-in-Chief 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

Second Honeymoon 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Sam Kinison: Why Did We Laugh? 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Catch Me If You Can 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Chump Change 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Families 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

She's All That 1999 (Movie)

Harlan Siler (Actor)

The Story of Us 1999 (Movie)

Marty (Actor)

Intimate Portrait: Melissa Gilbert 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Legend of Calamity Jane 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

A Very Unlucky Leprechaun 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Christmas in My Hometown 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

A Very Brady Sequel 1996 (Movie)

Roy Martin/Trevor Thomas (Actor)

Black Sheep 1996 (Movie)

Al Donnelly (Actor)

Jonny Quest Versus the Cyber Insects 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Voice

Tails You Live, Heads You're Dead 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Twilight Man 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Twilight Man 1996 (Movie)

Jordan Cooper (Actor)

Fast Company 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Midnight Heat 1995 (Movie)

Tyler Grey (Actor)

The Legend of Prince Valiant 1991 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

A Kiss to Die For 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Robin Cook's Harmful Intent 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Shameful Secrets 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Trial & Error 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Charlie Hoover 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Solar Crisis 1992 (Movie)

Steve Kelso (Actor)

Drop Dead Fred 1991 (Movie)

Charles (Actor)

Stand-Up Comics Take a Stand! 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Stephen King's Sometimes They Come Back 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Buried Alive 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Nikki & Alexander 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Speed Zone 1989 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

Get a Job 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Blind Justice 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

George Burns Comedy Week 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Fletch 1985 (Movie)

Alan Stanwyck (Actor)

Impulse 1984 (Movie)

Stuart (Actor)

To Be or Not to Be 1983 (Movie)

Lieutenant Andre Sobinski (Actor)

Tucker's Witch 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Up the Creek 1983 (Movie)

Bob McGraw (Actor)

Bus Stop 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

A Little Sex 1980 (Movie)

Michael (Actor)

The Adventures of Jonny Quest 1964 - 1980 (TV Show)

Voice

1941 1979 (Movie)

Birkhead (Actor)

How the West Was Won 1976 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again 1979 (Movie)

Private Jeff Reid (Actor)

Almost Summer 1978 (Movie)

Kevin Hawkins (Actor)

Dreamer 1978 (Movie)

Dreamer (Actor)

National Lampoon's Animal House 1978 (Movie)

Eric Stratton-- (Actor)

The House of God 1978 (Movie)

Dr Roy Basch (Actor)

Battle of the Network Stars I 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Quest 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Quest 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Hitched 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Magnum Force 1973 (Movie)

Sweet (Actor)

Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

How to Commit Marriage 1969 (Movie)

David Poe (Actor)

Divorce American Style 1967 (Movie)

Mark Harmon (Actor)

An Unfinished Affair (TV Show)

Actor

At the Mercy of a Stranger (TV Show)

Actor

Augusta, Gone (TV Show)

Actor

Bay Coven (TV Show)

Actor

Bonanza (TV Show)

Actor

Buried Alive II (TV Show)

Actor

Buried Secrets (TV Show)

Actor

Dying to Love You (TV Show)

Actor

Forever Love (TV Show)

Actor

Hell Swarm (TV Show)

Actor

Joshua's Heart (TV Show)

Actor

Judas (TV Show)

Actor

Just in Time (TV Show)

Actor

Killing Reagan (TV Show)

Actor

Listen to Your Heart (TV Show)

Actor

Little White Lies (TV Show)

Actor

Lock, Stock and Barrel (TV Show)

Actor

Mary White (TV Show)

Actor

Moms on Strike (TV Show)

Actor

Navigating the Heart (TV Show)

Actor

Quicksand: No Escape (TV Show)

Actor

Remember When (TV Show)

Actor

Second Honeymoon (Movie)

George (Actor)

Sharing the Secret (TV Show)

Actor

Sleeping With the Devil (TV Show)

Actor

Target of Suspicion (TV Show)

Actor

The Best Legs in 8th Grade (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Day (TV Show)

Actor

The Littlest Victims (TV Show)

Actor

The Runaway Barge (TV Show)

Actor

The Woman Who Sinned (TV Show)

Actor

Warm Hearts, Cold Feet (TV Show)

Actor

While Justice Sleeps (TV Show)

Actor
Director (26)

Lucifer 2016 (Tv Show)

Director

Person of Interest 2016 (Tv Show)

Director

Killer Instinct 1992 - 1995, 2003 - 2006, 2012 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

The Last Ship 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Threat Matrix 1992 - 1995, 2003 - 2004, 2012 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Drop Dead Diva 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Director

Suits 2011 (Tv Show)

Director

Covert Affairs 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

The Good Guys 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

Criminal Minds 2006, 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

Dirty Sexy Money 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

Psych 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

Behind Enemy Lines: Columbia 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Bionic Woman 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

Eureka 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

Traveler 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

Just Legal 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

Cold Case 2004 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

Las Vegas 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

Threshold 2005 (Tv Show)

Director

The Twilight Zone 2003 (Tv Show)

Director

Third Watch 2003 (Tv Show)

Director

Breach of Conduct (TV Show)

Director

In the Company of Spies (TV Show)

Director

Taken (Tv Show)

Director
Producer (2)

National Lampoon's Comedy Playoffs 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Blind Fury 1990 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Tall, clean-cut leading man Tim Matheson made a career out of playing well-to-do men on every point of the moral compass in countless features like "Animal House" (1978) and "1941" (1981), and on countless televisions shows like "The West Wing" (NBC, 1999-2006) and "Burn Notice" (USA Network, 2007-13). A former child actor who voiced several memorable cartoon characters in the late 1960s, he made the jump to adult roles in the early 1970s but struggled to find a worthwhile project until the blockbuster comedy "Animal House." His role as fraternity ladies' man Otter served as the template for his career after the film's release. As he moved into middle age, he found more worthwhile projects in "The West Wing" and as a prolific director for television. However, "Animal House" remained his most popular effort, with new generations of irresponsible college students every year assuring Matheson of his screen immortality.

Relationships

Jennifer Leak

Wife
together from 1969 to 1971 divorced

Megan Matheson

Wife
married c. 1985 mother of his three children

Emma Matheson

Daughter
born on February 21, 1988 mother, Megan Matheson

Molly Matheson

Daughter
born on August 4, 1986 mother, Megan Matheson

Cooper Matheson

Son
born on August 12, 1993 mother, Megan Matheson

EDUCATION

California State University

Los Angeles , California

studied acting with Jack Garfien

Milestones

2006

Cast in Wim Wenders' neo-Western "Don't Come Knocking" starring Sam Shepard

2006

Cast as the father of an assassin in the USA comedy "To Love and Die in L.A."

2001

Co-starred in the TNT series "Breaking News"

1999

Had recurring role as the US Vice President in the NBC drama "The West Wing"; earned an Emmy (2003) nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor

1999

Directed Showtime's "In the Company of Spies", with Tom Berenger and Ron Silver

1999

Acted the part of Marty in Rob Reiner's "The Story of Us", yet another project for Universal Studios

1998

Starred opposite Daryl Hannah in "We Are Circus" part of Showtime's "Resuers: Stories of Courage-Two Families" as a non-Jewish married couple running a traveling circus in Germany during World War II who hide Jews at great personal risk to themselves

1997

Directed and reprised role in the sequel "Buried Alive II" (USA Network)

1996

Posed as Carol Brady's (Shelley Long) long-lost first husband in the even-better-than-the-original "A Very Brady Sequel"; previously, Long and Matheson had starred onstage in a long-running Los Angeles production of A.R. Gurney's "Love Letters"

1995

Helmed "Tails You Live, Heads You're Dead" (USA Network); also portrayed Detective McKinley

1994

Executive produced and directed USA Network movie "Breach of Conduct"

1993

Portrayed Howard Hughes in Johnathan Kaplan's "Since I Don't Have You" segment of Sowtime's "Fallen Angels" film noir anthology

1991

Starred as a high school teacher in "Stephen King's 'Sometimes They Come Back'" (CBS)

1991

Played title role in short-lived (a mere seven episodes) Fox series "Charlie Hoover"

1990

Starred in the USA Network thriller "Buried Alive"

1989

Produced (with Grodnick) the feature "Blind Fury", directed by Phillip Noyce; did not act in the film

1988

Executive produced and starred in six-part ABC series "Just in Time"

1985

Set up own production company at Burbank Studios

1985

Hired Chevy Chase to kill him in the feature "Fletch"

1984

Directing debut, an episode of NBC's "St. Elsewhere"

1984

Acted the part of Austin in NYC stage production of Sam Shepard's "True West"

1983

Portrayed Lieutenant Andre Sobinski in remake of "To Be or Not to Be", starring Mel Brooks, wife Anne Bancroft and Charles Durning

1982

Was a series regular on "Tucker's Witch" (CBS), starring opposite Catherine Hicks as husband-and-wife partners in a private-detective agency

1982

Starred opposite Margot Kidder in HBO adaptation of William Inge's play "Bus Stop"

1979

Reteamed with "Animal House" co-star John Belushi in Steven Spielberg's "1941"

1978

Breakout feature performance as preppy snob Eric 'Otter' Stratton in "National Lampoon's Animal House", directed by John Landis

1976

Starred opposite Kurt Russell in short-lived NBC Western series "The Quest", blown out of the water by the competition ABC's "Charlie's Angels"

1973

Played Sweet, one of the rogue cops in "Magnum Force"

1968

Appeared with Lucille Ball, Henry Fonda and Van Johnson in "Yours, Mine and Ours", an intelligently-scripted, well-made family comedy

1967

Feature debut, "Divorce American Style"

1964

Was the original voice of Johnny Quest on Hanna-Barbera's animated "The Adventures of Johnny Quest" (ABC)

1961

Made TV acting debut as Roddy Miller in "Window on Main Street" (CBS), a series starring Robert Young, fresh from "Father Knows Best"

1958

Enrolled in an acting class at age ten

Appeared in episodes of "Leave It to Beaver" and "My Three Sons" (both ABC), among other series; provided voice for "Sinbad Jr" segment of CBS' animated "The Alvin Show"

As a contract player for Universal, played Jim Horn for a season on "The Virginian" (NBC, 1969-1970) and Griff King for a year on "Bonanza" (NBC, 1972-1973)

Served in the Marine Corps Reserves

Founding member of L.A.'s breakthrough comedy troupe, The Groundlings

Bought (with Daniel Grodnick) NATIONAL LAMPOON magazine, becoming executive officer and chairman; after 18 months at the helm, Matheson and Grodnik engineered a merger with a video company, J-2 Communications

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