Timothy Busfield

Actor, Theatrical producer, Director
Character actor Timothy Busfield was already a veteran of two television series by the time he rose to fame with his Emmy-winning performance as Elliot Weston, who struggled with infidelity and his wife's cancer on ... Read more »
Born: 06/12/1957 in Lansing, Michigan, USA

Filmography

Actor (70)

The Night Shift 2015 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Secrets & Lies 1995 - 1996, 1998 - 2007, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sleepy Hollow 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Without A Trace 1995 - 1996, 1998 - 2007, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

23 Blast 2014 (Movie)

Jasper A. Duncan (Actor)

Childrens Hospital 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Perception 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Revolution 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Blue Bloods 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Save The Date 2012 (Movie)

Benjie (Actor)

The Mob Doctor 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Beyond the Blackboard 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Outlaw 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Entourage 2005, 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ed 1995 - 1996, 1998 - 2004, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman 1995 - 1996, 2003 - 2004, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rude Awakening 1995 - 1996, 1998 - 2004, 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The Naked Brothers Band 2003 - 2004, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Naked Brothers Band 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2006 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The West Wing 1999 - 2000, 2002 - 2003, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Boomer Nation 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity Poker Showdown 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Jane Kaczmarek 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

National Security 2003 (Movie)

Charlie Reed (Actor)

The Outer Limits 1994 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside "thirtysomething" 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Wanted 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Tracey Takes On... 1995 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Buffalo Soldiers (TNT) 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Erasable You 1998 (Movie)

Brian (Actor)

The Souler Opposite 1998 (Movie)

Robert Levin (Actor)

What's Right With America 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Champs 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

First Kid 1996 (Movie)

Woods (Actor)

Shadow of a Scream 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 1996 ESPY Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Performer

Addicted to Fame 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Little Big League 1994 (Movie)

Lou Collins (Actor)

Quiz Show 1994 (Movie)

Fred (Actor)

The Byrds of Paradise 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Fade to Black 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Striking Distance 1993 (Movie)

Tony Sacco (Actor)

Sneakers 1992 (Movie)

Dick Gordon (Actor)

Strays 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Search For the New Ideal Man 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Skateboard Kid 1992 (Movie)

(Actor)

Thirtysomething 1987 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Don't Divorce the Children 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Field of Dreams 1989 (Movie)

Mark (Actor)

Revenge of the Nerds II 1987 (Movie)

Poindexter (Actor)

Trapper John, M.D. 1979 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Revenge of the Nerds 1984 (Movie)

Poindexter (Actor)

Reggie 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Stripes 1981 (Movie)

Mortar Soldier (Actor)

Dead in a Heartbeat (TV Show)

Actor

Dream House (TV Show)

Actor

I Love the '80s (TV Show)

Actor

In the Shadow of Evil (TV Show)

Actor

Murder Between Friends (TV Show)

Actor

Terminal Error (TV Show)

Actor

The Darklings (TV Show)

Actor

Time at the Top (TV Show)

Actor

Trucks (TV Show)

Actor

When Secrets Kill (TV Show)

Actor
Director (23)

Aquarius 2016 (Tv Show)

Director

Second Chance 2016 (Tv Show)

Director

Graceland 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

Rosewood 2015 (Tv Show)

Director

The Client List 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

The Fosters 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

Wedding Band 2013 (Tv Show)

Director

Against the Wall 2011 (Tv Show)

Director

Damages 2007, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Director

Love Bites 2011 (Tv Show)

Director

The Glades 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Director

No Ordinary Family 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

The Defenders 2010 (Tv Show)

Director

Maneater 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Director

White Collar 2009 (Tv Show)

Director

Canterbury's Law 2008 (Tv Show)

Director

Lipstick Jungle 2008 (Tv Show)

Director

First Years 1995 - 1996, 2000 - 2004, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

Las Vegas 2003 - 2004, 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

That's Life 1995 - 1996, 2001 - 2004, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

The Lyon's Den 1995 - 1996, 2000 - 2004, 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Director

Sports Night 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

Mind Games (Tv Show)

Director

Biography

Character actor Timothy Busfield was already a veteran of two television series by the time he rose to fame with his Emmy-winning performance as Elliot Weston, who struggled with infidelity and his wife's cancer on "thirtysomething" (ABC, 1987-1991). In its wake, Busfield starred and/or guested on several more programs; some notable - "The West Wing" (NBC, 1999-2006) - and others less than memorable - "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" (NBC, 2006-07). In many cases, however, his easygoing flair for both high drama and comedy were often the show's best asset. Along the way, Busfield developed into a dependable TV director and a likable lead in several features and made-for-TV movies.

Relationships

Julia

Sister

Roger Busfield

Father
Parents divorced when Timothy was two

Daisy Busfield

Daughter
Born March 6, 1989; mother, Jennifer Merwin

Samuel Busfield

Son
Born July 16, 1991; mother, Jennifer Merwin

Wilson Busfield

Son
Born c. 1982; mother, Radha Delamarter

Buck Busfield

Brother
Born c. 1952 Co-founded Fantasy Children's Theater c. 1986

Jean Busfield

Mother
Parents divorced when Timothy was two

Radha Delamarter Actor

Wife
Divorced 1986

Melissa Gilbert Actor

Companion
Announced engagement January 2013

Jennifer Merwin

Wife
Married Sept. 11, 1988 Divorced 2007

EDUCATION

East Tennessee State University

Johnson City , Tennessee

Milestones

2011

Co-starred in Hallmark Hall of Fame drama "Beyond the Blackboard" (CBS)

2008

Executive produced short-lived NBC series "Lipstick Jungle"

2007

Directed several episodes of FX legal drama "Damages"

2006

Re-teamed with Aaron Sorkin for NBC drama "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip," playing the control-room director

2004

Directed episodes of NBC drama "Las Vegas"

2004

Directed and appeared on several episodes of "Without a Trace" (CBS); also co-executive produced

2001

Executive produced and directed several episodes of NBC comedy "Ed"; also had recurring role as Lloyd Stevens

2000

Directed two episodes of ABC's "Sports Night"

1999

Cast in recurring role as reporter Danny Concannon on "The West Wing" (NBC); joined as regular cast member in 2004-05 season as White House deputy press secretary

1998

Played lead role in UPN movie "Dream House"

1997

Starred in USA Network movie "Trucks"

1997

Acted in "Buffalo Soldiers" (TNT)

1996

Returned to series TV on short-lived ensemble comedy "Champs" (ABC)

1994

Played Sam Byrd on ABC drama series "The Byrds of Paradise"

1993

Co-founded with brother Buck another small professional theater in Sacramento, the "B" Street Theater (date approximate)

1993

Played first leading, top-billed role in "The Skateboard Kid"

1991

TV-movie debut, "Strays" (USA Network)

1990

Broadway debut, "A Few Good Men"

1990

TV directorial debut, helmed episode "Her Cup Runneth Over" for "thirtysomething"

1990

Hosted made-for-cable TV documentary "Don't Divorce the Children"

1987

Co-starred as Elliot Weston on acclaimed ABC yuppie serial drama "thirtysomething"

1986

Co-founded with brother Buck the Fantasy Theatre in Sacramento, a professional touring acting company for young audiences, which performed in Northern California schools and sponsored an annual Young Playwrights contest

1986

Moved to Sacramento, CA (date approximate)

1984

Joined cast of CBS medical drama "Trapper John, M.D."; played title character's son Dr. J.T. McIntyre during show's last two seasons

1984

Played supporting role of Poindexter in comedy sleeper "Revenge of the Nerds" (1984) and its sequel "Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise" (1987)

1983

Moved to Los Angeles, CA

1983

TV series debut, playing Reggie Potter's (Richard Mulligan) son Mark on short-lived ABC sitcom "Reggie"

1982

Understudied Matthew Broderick and Zeljko Ivanek in Broadway production of Neil Simon's comedy-drama "Brighton Beach Memoirs" (date approximate)

1981

Moved to NYC; joined Circle Repertory Company for production of "Talley and Son" by Lanford Wilson

1981

Feature film debut, "Stripes"

1975

Landed first acting job in a children's theater in Johnson City, TN at age 18 playing Puck in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" adaptation titled "Robin Goodfellow" (date approximate)

Started theater company with some friends, touring areas of Appalachia, especially with children's theater programs

Worked as apprentice and resident actor with Actors Theatre of Louisville, KY; traveled through Europe and Israel with the Actors Theatre production of "Getting Out"

Bonus Trivia

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Busfield was sued by a teenaged girl who accused him of sexual harassment on the set of "Little Big League" (1994). The suit was settled out of court. Busfield was later ordered to pay a Minneapolis law firm close to $150,000 in lawyers' fees after he unsuccessfully sued the law firm for defamation. The actor filed an appeal.

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