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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 700 professional credits. As an actor he has been a series regular or recurring character in over 20 series including "For Life", "The Loudest Voice", "Almost Family", "Designated Survivor", "One Dollar", "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", and the hit Marvel Podcast "Wastelanders: Old Man Star-Lord" as the title character Star-Lord (AKA Peter Quill) . 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 150 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 35th season, the theaters perform annually for over 200,000 children and adults throughout northern California. Timothy has an honorary PhD from Michigan State University. He lives with his wife, television icon and fantastic cook, Melissa Gilbert.

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Family (2)

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

Trivia (18)

Served in the U.S. Navy, then studied drama at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee, and at the Actor's Theatre of Louisville. After his apprenticeship at ATL, Busfield joined the resident company alongside Chris Cooper, Kathy Bates, Ken Jenkins, and the late Susan Kingsley.
Has two sisters, Terry and Julia, and a brother, Buck. His former brothers-in-law are costume designer Melissa Merwin and actor/former co-star Joshua Malina .
Son, Wilson, with his first wife, Radha Delamarter.
Daughter, Daisy, and son, Samuel, with his second wife, Jenny Merwin.
He was married to Radha Delamarter, with whom he has a son, Wilson. He married, secondly, to Jenny Merwin, sister of Melissa Merwin, who is married to Joshua Malina. Both Malina and Busfield starred in The West Wing (1999). Busfield and Merwin have two children: Daisy and Samuel. Since 2013, Busfield has been married to director-producer, author, and retired actress Melissa Gilbert.
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).
Busfield, 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.
Has an Honorary PHD from Michigan State University.
Following Trapper John, M.D. (1979) ended, Busfield and his brother, Buck, created 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.
Landed his first professional acting job at age 22 with The Green Mountain Guild's Theatre for Children. In 1981, Busfield moved to New York, where he joined the Circle Repertory Company for their production of Lanford Wilson's "Talley and Son". In 1983, he understudied Matthew Broderick in "Brighton Beach Memoirs" on Broadway in 1983.
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.
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.
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.
Since 2013, Busfield has been married to director-producer, author, and retired actress Melissa Gilbert.
Busfield's short film, One Smart Fellow (2015), won the 2016 Audience Award at the 7th Williamsburg Independent Film Festival.
He is a graduate of East Tennessee State University.

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