Who is Tim Matheson?
American actor Tim Matheson was born as Timothy Lewis Matthieson in Glendale, California USA on 31 December 1947, making Capricorn his zodiac sign. He’s appeared in nearly 200 TV series and movies, but is probably still known best for playing Vice President John Hoynes in 20 episodes of the critically acclaimed drama series “The West Wing”, which Aaron Sorkin created, and which starred Allison Janney, Rob Lowe and Martin Sheen. It follows the staffers living in White House’s West Wing, the series aired from 1999 through 2006 and won 146 of its 410 award nominations.
Tim’s still highly active in the film industry, and is currently shooting for new episodes of the series “Virgin River”.
Education and early life
Tim was raised alongside his sister Sue in Glendale, by their father Clifford Matthieson and mother Sally; Clifford was a training pilot, and served with the US Marine Corps Reserve.
Tim fell in love with acting at a very early age, and was eventually successful at convincing his parents to take him to auditions; he was 13 when he made his debut TV series appearance, playing Roddy Miller in the 1961 comedy “Window on Main Street”, while the following year saw him appear in an episode or two of the adventure “Ripcord”, the family comedy “Leave It to Beaver” and the family comedy “My Three Sons”.
He studied at a local high school, and upon matriculating in 1966 continued acting, rather than pursuing a college degree.
Roles in TV series
In 1965 and 1966, Tim voiced the lead character Sinbad Jr. in the animated family adventure “Sinbad Jr. and his Magic Belt”, which also starred Mel Blanc and Dal McKennon, and follows the adventures of the young son of Sinbad the Sailor. The remainder of the ‘60s saw Tim appear in an episode or two of the comedy “Summer Fun”, the family drama “NBC Children’s Theatre”, and the crime drama “Adam-12”.
What marked the ‘70s for him was perhaps starring as Quentin Beaudine in the western “The Quest”, created by Tracy Keenan Wynn, and which also starred Kurt Russell and Frank Salsedo. It follows brothers Quentin and Morgan Beaudine as they’re searching for their sister in the West, and the series won one of its three award nominations.
In 1982 and 1983, Tim starred as Rick Tucker in the fantasy mystery “Tucker’s Witch”, and had only three other TV series roles in the ‘80s, playing supporting characters in the comedies “George Burns Comedy Week”, “Trying Times” and “Just in Time”.
Tim Matheson has been a familiar face (and voice) for 55 years, from JONNY QUEST to CHILD'S PLAY (2019).See him on THE QUEST — 7:45a ET What's your favorite role?
The year 1997 heard Tim voice Captain John O’Rourke in the animated action western “The Legend of Calamity Jane”, which starred Barbara Scaff and Frank Welker, and follows the adventures of a female western hero; the series was nominated for two awards.
In 2001 and 2002, Tim portrayed the lead character Sheriff Matthew Donner in the horror “Wolf Lake”, created by John Leekley, and which also starred Lou Diamond Phillips and Paul Wesley. It follows the lives of a group of werewolves, and the series was nominated for five awards. The remainder of the decade saw Tim appear in an episode of the crime mystery “Without a Trace”, the comedy “Ed” and another comedy “Entourage”.
From 2011 through 2015, he portrayed Dr. Brick Breeland in the romantic comedy “Hart of Dixie”, which Leila Gerstein created, and which starred Cress Williams, Jaime King and Rachel Bilson. It follows the life of Doctor Zoe Hart who’s moved from New York City to Bluebell, Alabama and the series won one of its five award nominations.
Tim’s three most recent TV series roles have been in four episodes of the romantic comedy “This Is Us” from 2019 through 2022, four episodes of the crime horror “Evil” from 2019 through 2022, and 46 episodes of the romantic drama “Virgin River” since 2019 (lead role).
Roles in movies
Tim’s debut film role was playing Eddie Thompson in the 1966 fantasy comedy “Thompson’s Ghost”, and some of his following roles were in the 1967 comedy “Divorce American Style”, the 1967 adventure “The Hardy Boys: The Mystery of the Chinese Junk” and the 1968 family comedy “Yours, Mine and Ours”.
The year 1973 saw him portray Officer Sweet in the mystery crime action “Magnum Force”, which Ted Post directed, and which starred Mitchell Ryan, Hal Holbrook and Clint Eastwood. It follows the life of Inspector ‘Dirty’ Harry Callahan, and the film was nominated for two awards. Some of Tim’s other notable roles in the ‘70s were in the 1975 western “The Last Day”, the 1976 western “The Captive: The Longest Drive 2”, and the 1978 comedy “Almost Summer”.
What was perhaps his most notable performance in the ‘80s was playing the lead character Jim Anderson in the drama “Blind Justice”, directed by Rod Holcomb, and which also starred Mimi Kuzyk and Philip Charles MacKenzie; it follows an innocent man who’s been charged with rape. The following year saw Tim appear in both the comedy “Warm Hearts, Cold Feet” and the horror thriller “Bay Cove”, while the year 1990 saw him play lead characters in the crime fantasy “Buried Alive”, the science fiction thriller “Solar Crisis” and the drama “Joshua’s Heart”.
In 1995, he played the main character Tyler Grey in the mystery thriller “Midnight Heat”, directed by Harvey Frost, and which also starred Stephen Mendel and Mimi Craven; it follows professional Football Player Tyler Grey who’s become involved in criminal activities. Some of Tim’s roles in the remainder of the ‘90s were in the 1996 thriller “An Unfinished Affair”, the 1997 thriller “Sleeping with the Devil” and the 1999 romantic comedy “The Story of Us”.
The year 2005 saw him portray Producer 1 in the musical “Don’t Come Knocking”, written and directed by Wim Wenders, and which starred Sam Shepard, Jessica Lange and Tim Roth. It tells the story of an aging cowboy who’s trying to reconnect with his mother, and the film won one of its eight award nominations. Tim could then have been seen appearing in the 2007 action “Redline”, the 2009 comedy “American Pie Presents: The Book of Love”, and the 2015 drama “The Prince”.
In 2017, he played Old Man Vreeke in the critically acclaimed action adventure comedy “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”, which starred Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, and was created by Jake Kasdan. It follows four teenagers who’ve been magically teleported into a video game, and the film won five of its 20 award nominations.
Tim’s three most recent film roles have been in the 2018 dramas “6 Balloons” and “The Etruscan Smile”, and the 2019 horror science fiction “Child’s Play”.
Tim has five producing and 45 directing credits, with some of his most notable directing work having perhaps been on the 2008 family comedy movie “True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet”, the 2009 action thriller film “Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia” and eight episodes of the romantic comedy series “Hart of Dixie” from 2012 through 2015.
He received special thanks for the 1998 documentary comedy movie “The Yearbook: An ‘Animal House’ Reunion” and the 2020 horror film “Bottle Monster”.
Tim’s appeared in over 40 talk-shows, with some of his most recent appearances having been in “The Movies”, “A Word on Westerns”, and “Laker Jim’s Fletch Cast”.
Awards and nominations
Tim’s won one of his six award nominations: a 2018 Boston Film Festival Award for Best Ensemble Cast, for his and his colleagues’ performance in “The Etruscan Smile”.
He was also nominated for a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series in 2002 and 2003, both for his performance in “The West Wing”.
Love life and marriages
Tim’s married thrice. His first wife was popular Canadian actress Jennifer Mary Leak; the two met on the set of the 1968 family comedy movie “Yours, Mine and Ours”, married that year, but divorced three years later.
Tim and his second wife, American non-celebrity woman Megan Murphy exchanged vows in 1985, and she gave birth to their daughter Molly Matthieson in 1986, and to their second daughter Emma Matthieson in 1988; their son Cooper followed in 1994. Tim and Megan’s divorce was finalized in 2010.
Since March 2018, he’s been married to his third wife Elizabeth Marighetto; they’re living in Hollywood, California and don’t have children together.
Tim’s yet to speak about other women whom he’s maybe dated, he’s married to his third wife Elizabeth Marighetto as of April 2023, and has three children with his second wife Megan Murphy.
Interesting facts and hobbies
Tim and famous American actor Val Kilmer share birthdays, as Val was born on 31 December 1959.
He’s followed by over 35,000 people on Instagram, but Tim’s posted only 38 pictures onto the social media network, most of these showing him spending time with his friends.
He’s passionate about travelling, and has been to more than 60 countries all around the world, while Tim’s favorite city to visit is Madrid, Spain.
He’s a huge fan of National Football League (NFL), but doesn’t have a favorite team.
Tim’s a philanthropist, and has donated money to numerous charity organizations since the launch of his acting career.
His favorite actor and director is Clint Eastwood, while some of Tim’s favorite movies include “Escape from Alcatraz”, “A Fistful of Dollars” and “For a Few Dollars More”.
Height, eyes and wealth
Tim’s age is 75. He has blue eyes and grey hair, is 6ft 2ins (1.88m) tall and weighs around 190lbs (86kgs).
Tim’s net worth’s been estimated at over $7 million, as of April 2023.