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Overview (4)

Born in Lansing, Michigan, USA
Birth NameTimothy Clark Busfield
Nickname Tim
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Timothy Busfield is a Producer, Director and Emmy Award winning actor with over 650 professional credits. As an actor he has been a series regular or recurring character in 14 series including "Thirtysomething", "The West Wing", "Entourage", "Sleepy Hollow", Secrets and Lies", "ED", "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip", "Trapper John, M.D.", "The Byrds of Paradise", "Champs", "Family Ties", "Without A Trace", "The Paper Chase", "Reggie" and "All My Children". Timothy has appeared in over 40 television movies and feature films, including "Field of Dreams", "Stripes", "Revenge of the Nerds", "Nerds in Paradise", "Quiz Show", "Sneakers", "Striking Distance", "Little Big League", "First Kid", "National Security", "23 Blast", "Strays", "Trucks", and "One Smart Fellow" which he co-directed, co-wrote, and acted in. Timothy has directed over 125 episodes of television, including "This Is Us" and multiple episodes of "The Fosters" (also directed the pilot), "thirtysomething", "Sports Night", "Damages", "Lipstick Jungle", "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip", "Without A Trace", "Las Vegas", "The Night Shift", "Secrets and Lies", "The Glades", and many more. Timothy has served as a Producing Director on 7 series including "Secrets and Lies", "Mind Games", Lipstick Jungle", "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip", "Without A Trace", "ED", and the mini series "Maneater". In theatre, Timothy has appeared on Broadway twice, most recently as Lt. Daniel Kaffee in Aaron Sorkin's "A Few Good Men." Timothy founded two of America's most successful professional theaters, The Fantasy Theatre (AKA the B Street School Tour) and The B Street Theatre, both in Sacramento, California. Now in their 31st season, the theaters perform annually for over 200,000 children and adults throughout northern California. Timothy has an honorary PhD from Michigan State University and serves as an Artist in Residence and Director of National Content for their PBS affiliate WKAR. He lives with his wife, television icon and fantastic cook, Melissa Gilbert.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (3)

Melissa Gilbert (24 April 2013 - present)
Jennifer Merwin (11 September 1988 - 2008) (divorced) (2 children)
Radha Delamarter (1981 - 1986) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (22)

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).
Friends with Jane Kaczmarek.

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