Tim Matheson

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Tim Matheson
Burn Notice Panel 3 2010 CC.jpg
Matheson (left) with Bruce Campbell at the ComicCon, July 22, 2010
BornTimothy Lewis Matthieson
(1947-12-31) December 31, 1947 (age 66)
Glendale, California, US
OccupationActor, director, producer
Years active1961–present
Spouse(s)Jennifer Leak (1968–71)
Megan Murphy Matheson (1985–2010)
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Not to be confused with Tim Mathieson.
Tim Matheson
Burn Notice Panel 3 2010 CC.jpg
Matheson (left) with Bruce Campbell at the ComicCon, July 22, 2010
BornTimothy Lewis Matthieson
(1947-12-31) December 31, 1947 (age 66)
Glendale, California, US
OccupationActor, director, producer
Years active1961–present
Spouse(s)Jennifer Leak (1968–71)
Megan Murphy Matheson (1985–2010)

Tim Matheson (born Timothy Lewis Matthieson; December 31, 1947) is an American actor, director and producer.[1] He is perhaps best known for his portrayal of the smooth-talking Eric "Otter" Stratton in the 1978 comedy National Lampoon's Animal House and the bitter Vice President John Hoynes in the NBC drama, The West Wing, and has had a variety of other well-known roles, including providing the voice of the lead character in the cartoon TV program Jonny Quest.


At the age of 13, Matheson appeared as Roddy Miller in Robert Young's CBS nostalgia comedy series Window on Main Street during the 1961–1962 television season. In 1964, he provided the voice of the lead character in the cartoon program Jonny Quest. He was also the voice of Jace in the original animated series of Space Ghost. In addition, he played the role of the oldest son, Mike Beardsley, in the film Yours, Mine and Ours, which also starred Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda.

In 1969, he joined the cast of NBC's The Virginian western series in the eighth season, as Jim Horn. He had a guest role in the 14th episode of the second season of Night Gallery, in the story "Logoda's Heads". In the final season of the television western Bonanza in 1972–1973, Matheson played Griff King, a parolee who tries to reform his life as a worker at the Ponderosa Ranch under Ben Cartwright's watch. He portrayed a young motorcycle cop, Phil Sweet, in the 1973 film Magnum Force. Matheson also appeared earlier in the ABC television comedy series My Three Sons and Leave It to Beaver. In 1975, he guest starred in CBS's short-lived family drama, Three for the Road.

In the fall of 1976, Matheson appeared with Kurt Russell in the 15-episode NBC series The Quest, the story of two young men in the American West seeking the whereabouts of their sister, a captive of the Cheyenne. In 1978, he co-starred in National Lampoon's Animal House opposite John Belushi; the following year, he appeared opposite Belushi again in Steven Spielberg's 1941. Matheson starred in the 1984 comedy movie Up the Creek and the comedy Fletch.

Matheson also appeared in the 1983 To Be or Not to Be starring Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft.

Matheson and Catherine Hicks played Rick and Amanda Tucker, who operate a detective agency in Laurel Canyon in CBS' Tucker's Witch, which aired during the 1982–1983 season.

In 1989, he starred in the short-lived sitcom Nikki and Alexander produced by Reinhold Weege.[2]

Matheson, along with business partner Dan Grodnik, bought National Lampoon in 1989 when the magazine was facing financial decline. They were unable to reverse the magazine fortunes, however, and sold it in 1991.

He went on to act in over 100 film and television projects. Matheson had a recurring role as Vice President John Hoynes on The West Wing. His work on The West Wing earned Matheson two Primetime Emmy award nominations for Best Guest Star in a Drama Series. In addition to playing Sheriff Matthew Donner in the short-lived Wolf Lake, he has directed episodes of Third Watch, Ed, The Twilight Zone, Cold Case, Without a Trace, The West Wing, Psych, The Good Guys, Shark, White Collar, Criminal Minds, Suits, and Burn Notice (on which he also performed in a recurring role).

In 1996, Matheson took on the role of a con man who claims to be Carol Brady's thought-to-be-dead husband in A Very Brady Sequel. Matheson appeared in the movie Van Wilder in 2002, playing the father of the title character, who was inspired by his own character in Animal House; Matheson's character even makes a veiled reference to the fun times he had had at Dartmouth, where the fraternity upon which Animal House is based is rumored to have "had a strong tradition of existence." He appeared in the auto-racing film Redline. He also appeared in a Volkswagen commercial in 2008.

In 2009, Matheson directed the pilot episode of Covert Affairs, premiered on USA Network in 2010. Matheson has also directed the pilot episodes of "The Good Guys" (2010) for the Fox Network, "Criminal Behavior" (2010) for Lifetime, and "Wild Card" (2011) for USA Network. He currently plays Dr. Brick Breeland on Hart of Dixie.

Personal life[edit]

Matheson was born in Glendale, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. In 2010, he was divorced from Megan Murphy Matheson after a 25-year marriage and three children. He was previously married to actress Jennifer Leak, whom he met on the set of Yours, Mine, and Ours.



1967Divorce American StyleMark Harmon
1967Mystery of the Chinese Junk, TheThe Mystery of the Chinese JunkJoe Hardy
1968Yours, Mine and OursMike Beardsley
1969How to Commit MarriageDavid Poe
1973Magnum ForcePhil Sweet
1978National Lampoon's Animal HouseEric 'Otter' Stratton
1978Almost SummerKevin Hawkins
1979Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again, TheThe Apple Dumpling Gang Rides AgainPrivate Jeff Reed aka Captain Phillips
19791941Captain Loomis Birkhead
1982Little Sex, AA Little SexMichael Donovan
1983To Be or Not to BeLieutenant Andre Sobinski
1984House of God, TheThe House of GodRoy Basch
1984Up the CreekBob McGraw
1985FletchAlan Stanwyck
1989Sometimes They Come BackJimmy
1989Speed Zone!Jack O'Neill
1989Body WarsCaptain Braddock
1990Solar CrisisSteve Kelso
1990Buried AliveClint Goodman
1991Drop Dead FredCharles
1996Black SheepAl Donnelly
1996Midnight HeatTyler Grey
1996Very Brady Sequel, AA Very Brady SequelRoy Martin / Trevor Thomas
1998Very Unlucky Leprechaun, AA Very Unlucky LeprechaunHoward Wilson
1998Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two FamiliesAdolf Althoff
1999She's All ThatHarlan Siler
1999Story of Us, TheThe Story of UsMarty
2000Chump ChangeSimon 'Sez' Simone
2002Van WilderVance Wilder Sr.
2003Where Are They Now?: A Delta Alumni UpdateDr. Eric 'Otter' Stratton, OB / GYN
2005Don't Come KnockingProducer 1
2005Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3DHouston Capcomvoice
2007RedlineJerry Brecken
2009Behind Enemy Lines: ColombiaCarl Dobbs
2009American Pie Presents: The Book of LoveAlumnus Guy No. 4


1961–62Window on Main StreetRoddy MillerFirst acting role
1962–63Leave It to BeaverMichael 'Mike' Harmon
1962–63My Three SonsAlan Edgerton
1964–65Jonny QuestJonny Questvoice
1965Sinbad Jr.Sinbad Jr.voice
1965O.K.Crackerby!Huntington Hawthorne
1966Space GhostJacevoice
1966Thompson's GhostEddie Thompson
1967Samson & GoliathSamsonVoice
1967NBC Children's Theatre- WEEKEND (pilot)Randy
1969–70Virginian, TheThe VirginianJim Horn
1970San Francisco International AirportSFX
1970Bracken's WorldTeek Howell
1971Matt Lincoln
1971Room 222Jerry Cates
1971HitchedClarence Bridgeman
1971Owen Marshall, Counsellor at LawJim McGuire
1971Lock, Stock and BarrelClarence Bridgeman
1971D.A., TheThe D.A.Howard Goodman
1971Bold Ones: The Lawyers, TheThe Bold Ones: The LawyersMiles Parker
1971Night GalleryHenley
1972Here's LucyPeter Sullivan
1972IronsideDarryl Podell
1972Smith Family, TheMark
1972–73BonanzaGriff King
1973Wide World MysteryTommy
1973Medical CenterSam Miller
1973Kung FuLieutenant Bill WylandSeason 2, Episode 8 "The Soldier"
1974Magician, TheThe MagicianJerry Purcell
1974Police StoryAllen Rich
1974Remember WhenWarren Thompson
1975Last Day, TheThe Last DayEmmet Dalton
1975Runaway Barge, TheThe Runaway BargeDanny Worth
1975Three for the RoadTom Aberling
1976RhodaMichael Stearns
1976Jigsaw JohnNick Pappas
1976PetrocelliMike Fisher
1976Quest, TheThe QuestQuentin Beaudine
1976War Widow, TheThe War WidowAmy's Husbandvoice
1977Hemingway Play, TheThe Hemingway PlayWemidge – Young Hemingway
1977Hawaii Five-OBrent Saunders
1977Mary WhiteWilliam L. White
1977What Really Happened to the Class of '65?Jay Miller
1978Baa Baa Black SheepBud Warren
1978How the West Was WonCurt Grayson
1982Bus StopBeauregard 'Beau' Decker
1982–83Tucker's WitchRick Tucker
1983Listen to Your HeartJosh Stern
1984Best Legs in the Eighth Grade, TheThe Best Legs in the Eighth GradeMark Fisher
1985Obsessed with a Married WomanTony Hammond
1985George Burns Comedy Week"The Girl With Something Extra"
1986Blind JusticeJim Anderson
1987Warm Hearts, Cold FeetMike Byrd
1987Bay CovenJerry Lebon
1987Trying TimesMitch
1988Just in TimeHarry Stadlin
1989Nikki and AlexanderAlexander[2]
1989Littlest Victims, TheThe Littlest VictimsDoctor James Oleske
1989Little White LiesDr. Harry McRae
1990Buried AliveClint Goodman
1990Joshua's HeartTom
1991Stephen King's Sometimes They Come BackJim Norman
1991Woman Who Sinned, TheThe Woman Who SinnedMichael Robeson
1991Charlie HooverCharlie Hoover
1992Quicksand: No EscapeScott Reinhardt
1993Relentless: Mind of a KillerDr. Peter Hellman
1993Dying to Love YouRoger Paulson
1993Batman: the Animated SeriesD.A. Gil MasonShadow of the Bat, parts 1 & 2
1993Fallen AngelsHoward Hughes
1993Shameful SecretsDaniel
1993Kiss to Die For, AA Kiss to Die ForWilliam Tauber
1993Trial & ErrorPeter Hudson
1993Harmful IntentDr. Rhodes
1994Target of SuspicionNick
1994While Justice SleepsWinfield 'Win' Cooke
1995Fast CompanyDetective Jack Matthews
1995Tails You Live, Heads You're DeadDetective McKinley
1995Jonny Quest Versus the Cyber Insects4-Dacvoice
1996Unfinished Affair, AnAn Unfinished AffairAlex Connor
1996Twilight ManJordan P. Cooper
1996Buried SecretsClay Roff
1996Christmas in My HometownJacob (Jake) PetersonAlso known as Holiday For Love
1997Legend of Calamity Jane, TheThe Legend of Calamity JaneCaptain John O'Rourke
1997Sleeping with the DevilDick Strang
1997Buried Alive IIClint Goodmanalso director
1998Dead Man's GunReverent Jeremiah Early
1998Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two FamiliesAdolf Althoff
1998Forever LoveAlex Brooks
1998New Batman Adventures, TheThe New Batman AdventuresMichael Vreeland
1998Catch Me If You CanNorm
1999At the Mercy of a StrangerJohn Davis
1999–2006West Wing, TheThe West WingVice President John HoynesNominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series (2002–03)
2000Navigating the HeartJohn Daly
2000Hell SwarmKirk Bluhdorn
2000Sharing the SecretJohn Moss
2000Jackie Bouvier Kennedy OnassisJohn F. Kennedy
2001Second HoneymoonGeorge
2001–02Wolf LakeSheriff Matthew Donner
2002Mom's on StrikeAlan Harris
2002King of Queens, TheThe King of QueensDr. Farber
2002Breaking NewsBill Dunne
2003Without a TraceDr. Aaron Morrison
2003EdPeter Evashavik
2003Martha, Inc.: The Story of Martha StewartAndy Stewart
2003King and Queen of Moonlight Bay, TheThe King and Queen of Moonlight BayAl Dodge
2004JudasPontius Pilate
2004Justice League UnlimitedMaxwell LordVoice
2006Prince, TheThe PrinceSoloman
2006Augusta, GoneBen Dudman
2007World According to Barnes, TheThe World According to Barnes
2007SharkJudge Andrew Bennett
2008EntourageSteve Parles
2008To Love and DieJames White
2008–2013Burn NoticeLarry SizemoreRecurring role
2009Batman: The Brave and the BoldJarvis Kord
2009Body PoliticSenator Webster
2010White CollarEdward WalkerSeason 2, Episode 1: "Withdrawal"
2011–PresentHart of DixieDr. Brick BreelandRecurring role episodes 1–14; regular role episodes 15–present
2013CSI: Crime Scene Investigation


  1. ^ "Tim Matheson". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ a b Bobbin, Jay (April 21, 1989). "Matheson in serious role". Rome News-Tribune (Rome, GA). Tribune Media Services. p. TV9. Retrieved December 16, 2012. 

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