Hamish Linklater

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Hamish Linklater
Hamish Linklater Seminar.jpg
Linklater in November 2011
Born(1976-07-07) July 7, 1976 (age 38)
Great Barrington, Massachusetts, U.S.
Years active2000–present
Spouse(s)Jessica Goldberg (m. 2002; div. 2012)
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Hamish Linklater
Hamish Linklater Seminar.jpg
Linklater in November 2011
Born(1976-07-07) July 7, 1976 (age 38)
Great Barrington, Massachusetts, U.S.
Years active2000–present
Spouse(s)Jessica Goldberg (m. 2002; div. 2012)

Hamish Linklater (born July 7, 1976) is an American actor, known for playing Matthew Kimble and Andrew Keanelly in the CBS sitcoms The New Adventures of Old Christine and The Crazy Ones, respectively. He is the son of dramatic vocal trainer Kristin Linklater.

Early life[edit]

Linklater was born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, to Kristin Linklater, a Scottish-born Professor of Theatre and Chair of the Acting Division at Columbia University and a renowned teacher of vocal technique, and Jim Cormeny. A single mother, Kristin Linklater raised her son partly in the Berkshires, where she was a founder of the Shakespeare & Company drama troupe. Her son was eight years old when he began doing small Shakespearean roles.[1]

His maternal grandparents were Marjorie (MacIntyre) and Eric Linklater, who was a Scottish novelist of part Swedish origin[2] and one of the founders of the Scottish National Party. His uncles are journalist Magnus Linklater and writer Andro Linklater.

Linklater graduated in 1994 from Commonwealth School in Boston,[3] and attended Amherst College.[4]


While first establishing himself on the stage, he made his big-screen debut in 2000's Groove. That was followed by his role as CNN correspondent Richard Roth in the HBO movie Live from Baghdad. He has since appeared in numerous movies, recently Fantastic Four (2005). He had a recurring role on the television show American Dreams as well as Gideon's Crossing. He was second-in-line to play Logan on Dark Angel, but the role went to Michael Weatherly.

From 2006 until 2010 he was a main cast member in The New Adventures of Old Christine, as the brother of Christine, played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

In July 2006, Linklater appeared in Keith Bunin's The Busy World Is Hushed opposite Jill Clayburgh off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons. He played Hamlet at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, California and the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, Connecticut.

On Halloween 2007, Linklater appeared in an episode of Pushing Daisies on ABC, entitled "Girth". He also completed the film The Violent Kind.[5]

He appeared in The Public Theater's 2009 production of Twelfth Night at Shakespeare in the Park as Sir Andrew Aguecheek, opposite Anne Hathaway, Audra McDonald and Raul Esparza.[6]

In 2011, he starred with Miranda July in The Future. He made his Broadway debut in October 2011 in Theresa Rebeck's new play Seminar opposite Alan Rickman, Jerry O'Connell, Lily Rabe, and Hettienne Park.

In 2013, he played Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca in the Jackie Robinson biopic film 42. Linklater also joined the cast of Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom in a recurring role, playing senior producer Jerry Dantana. He remained for six episodes, until earning the role of Andrew Keanelly on the CBS series The Crazy Ones, which premiered in September 2013.

Personal life[edit]

Linklater married playwright Jessica Goldberg in January 2002 and they divorced in 2012. They have one daughter.[1][7][8] In 2014, Linklater began dating actress Lily Rabe.[9]



2000GrooveDavid Turner
2002Live from BaghdadRichard RothTelevision film
2003Final DraftMarty
2005Sailor's Girl, TheThe Sailor's GirlN/AShort film
2005Everything's Gone GreenWilliamShort film
2005Fantastic FourLeonard
2006Affair GameHenryShort film
2008Violent Kind, TheThe Violent KindFrankDirect-to-DVD
2011I'm Coming OverBuffaloShort film
2011Future, TheThe FutureJason
2012BattleshipCal Zapata
2012Lola VersusHenry
201342Ralph Branca
2013Redemption TrailDavid
2014Angriest Man in Brooklyn, TheThe Angriest Man in BrooklynTommy Altmann
2014Magic in the MoonlightBrice


2000–2001Gideon's CrossingDr. Bruce Cherry20 episodes
2003Happy FamilyTodd BrennanEpisode: "Pilot" (scenes deleted)
2003DragnetKevin GrimesEpisode: "The Magic Bullet"
2004American DreamsPvt. Stan Silver9 episodes
20045ive Days to MidnightCarl Axelrod5 episodes
2006–2010New Adventures of Old Christine, TheThe New Adventures of Old ChristineMatthew Kimble88 episodes
2007Pushing DaisiesJohn Joseph JacobsEpisode: "Girth"
2009Ugly BettyEvan YorkEpisode: "Blue on Blue"
2012Big C, TheThe Big CDave Cooper4 episodes
2012Law & Order: Special Victims UnitDavid MorrisEpisode: "Manhattan Vigil"
2012–2013Good Wife, TheThe Good WifeDavid LaGuardia2 episodes
2013Newsroom, TheThe NewsroomJerry Dantana6 episodes
2013–2014Crazy Ones, TheThe Crazy OnesAndrew Keanelly22 episodes


  1. ^ a b Stewart, Susan (March 9, 2008), "Heat Some Tea. Look at the Ceiling. Now, That’s Acting." New York Times. Retrieved on 2008-03-10
  2. ^ Keay, J. & Keay, J. (1994) Collins Encyclopaedia of Scotland. London. HarperCollins.
  3. ^ "CBS Sitcom Star Hamish Linklater '94 Visits", Commonwealth School, November 2, 2008, reprinted from Boston Globe, also available in part here  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).
  4. ^ Mark Kennedy, "Actor Hamish Linklater evolves into playwright", Associated Press, January 31, 2013.
  5. ^ tommyc-6 (December 23, 2008). "Hamish Linklater's IMDb profile". IMDb. Retrieved October 27, 2014. 
  6. ^ "The Public Theater;s website". Retrieved October 27, 2014. 
  7. ^ http://wp.tdf.org/index.php/2013/01/hamish-linklater-and-the-mystery-of-death/
  8. ^ "Actor Hamish Linklater Evolves Into Playwright". The Huffington Post. January 31, 2013. Retrieved October 27, 2014. 
  9. ^ Amoroso, Christina (16 June 2014). "Lily Rabe is really something in ‘Much Ado About Nothing’". nypost.com. Retrieved 6 July 2014. 

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