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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 12 June 1957Lansing, Michigan, USA
Birth NameTimothy C. Busfield
Nickname Tim
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

An Emmy Award-winning actor for his work on thirtysomething (1987), Timothy Busfield has been a regular or recurring character on 11 television series including All My Children (1970), Reggie (1983), The Paper Chase (1978), Family Ties (1982), Trapper John, M.D. (1979), The Byrds of Paradise (1994), Champs (1996), The West Wing (1999), Ed (2000) and Without a Trace (2002). He has appeared in over 30 feature films and television movies, including Stripes (1981), Revenge of the Nerds (1984), Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise (1987), Field of Dreams (1989), Sneakers (1992), Quiz Show (1994), Striking Distance (1993), Little Big League (1994), First Kid (1996) and National Security (2003). Busfield has directed series such as thirtysomething (1987), Sports Night (1998), Ed (2000), Las Vegas (2003) and Without a Trace (2002).

In addition to directing over 90 episodes of television, Busfield has served as Co-Executive Producer on two series, Ed (2000) and Without a Trace (2002). As a theater actor, he has appeared in over 50 plays, including the Broadway productions of Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs" and Aaron Sorkin's "A Few Good Men." He has also directed over 25 theater productions.

Busfield has produced over 100 professional theater productions. He also founded two of the nation's most productive new works theaters, The Fantasy Theatre (named Honorary State Children's Theatre of California) was founded in 1986 and tours to more than 140,000 Northern California children a year. The highly respected and awarded B. Street Theatre, founded in 1992, has premiered original or West Coast productions by Aaron Sorkin, Richard Dresser, Morris Panych, Joe DePietro, James McLure, Jane Martin, Jeff Daniels, Kenneth Lonergan and many other world-class playwrights.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Dana Warning

Spouse (3)

Melissa Gilbert (24 April 2013 - present)
Jennifer Merwin (11 September 1988 - 2007) (divorced) (2 children)
Radha Delamarter (? - 1986) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (21)

Attended school in East Lansing, Michigan
Has sisters named Terry and Julia and a brother named Buck.
Son, Wilson, with his first wife, Radha Delamarter.
Daughter, Daisy, and son, Samuel, with his second wife, Jenny Merwin.
He was married to Jenny Merwin, sister of Melissa Merwin, who is married to Joshua Malina. Both Malina and Busfield starred in The West Wing (1999).
He replaced Tom Hulce on the original Broadway run of Aaron Sorkin's "A Few Good Men." He later went on to work with Aaron Sorkin as a director on Sports Night (1998), as Danny on The West Wing (1999), and as Cal on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (2006).
Tim, who has been interested in standard-bred harness horse racing since the late 1980s, took the cast of thirtysomething (1987) with him to Los Alamitos Ractrack in 1988 for a night of harness racing. Tim has owned several standard-bred horses, and he can be seen sometimes at the Golden Bear racetrack at Cal Expo in Sacramento, California, watching harness racing with his children.
Attended East Tennessee State University, in Johnson City, Tennessee. Has an Honorary PHD from Michigan State University.
Following the demise of Trapper John, M.D. (1979), Tim joined forces with his brother, Buck, to create the Fantasy Theatre, a professional touring company for children's audiences-and, later, Honorary State Children's Theater for California-based in his new hometown of Sacramento.
Understudied Matthew Broderick in "Brighton Beach Memoirs" on Broadway in 1983.
In 1981, he moved to New York, N.Y., where he joined the Circle Repertory Company for their production of Lanford Wilson's "Talley and Son".
Studied drama at East Tennessee State University and Actor's Theatre of Louisville. After his apprenticeship at ATL Timothy joined the resident company alongside Chris Cooper, Kathy Bates, Ken Jenkins and the late Susan Kingsley.
Landed his first professional acting job at age 22 with The Green Mountain Guild's Theatre for Children.
His first exposure to acting was through his father, Roger, who taught in the drama department at Michigan State University. His mother, Jean, was the director of the Michigan State University Press.
Was asked to grow his beard for his role on thirtysomething (1987), as producers thought that it would make Tim, who was still being cast as teenagers and young adults at the time, look closer to his age.
Ex-brother-in-law of The West Wing (1999) co-star Joshua Malina and Melissa Merwin.
Served in the U.S. Navy.
Timothy Busfield is the Blue Water Film Festival first recipient of the "Golden Mitten" award. The award recognizes "an individual from Michigan that has made a significant mark in the arts and entertainment field" The award was presented in 2011.
Played 9 seasons of Semi-Pro baseball in Sacramento, CA. As a starting pitcher he had a record of 30 wins and 12 loses playing against some of the nations top college and ex-pro players.
Lives with his wife, actress-director-producer-author, Melissa Gilbert. [August 2013]
Resides in Howell, Michigan (August 2013).

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