Tim Thomerson

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Tim Thomerson
BornJoseph Timothy Thomerson
(1946-04-08) April 8, 1946 (age 68)
Coronado, California, U.S.
Spouse(s)Teri Blythe
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Tim Thomerson
BornJoseph Timothy Thomerson
(1946-04-08) April 8, 1946 (age 68)
Coronado, California, U.S.
Spouse(s)Teri Blythe

Joseph Timothy "Tim" Thomerson (born April 8, 1946) is an American actor and comedian.[1]

Thomerson is most famous for his role as Jack Deth in the Trancers[2] film series and is renowned for his work in numerous low-budget movies and his comedic television roles.[3]

Early life[edit]

Tim Thomerson was born in Coronado, California. He was brought up in Hawaii and in San Diego. Following a stint in the National Guard, Thomerson chose to become an actor, while taking a job as a set builder and prop man at the Old Globe Theatre, which is famous for its Shakespearean productions. After meeting character actor Anthony Zerbe, he took Anthony's advice and studied acting, at the Herpolscheimer School of Performing Arts, with Stella Adler in New York City.

After his college tenure had ended, Thomerson began a career as a stand-up comedian, honing his skills. He appeared in clubs that included The Bitter End in Greenwich Village, The Improv in Los Angeles, Catch a Rising Star, and Catskills.


When Thomerson moved into comedy, he found himself in a boom alongside the likes of David Letterman, Jay Leno, and Freddie Prinze. In L.A., he became a regular at the Comedy Store and the Improv as well as making numerous appearances on television variety shows, and in Las Vegas.

For over 30 years, Thomerson has had a very long career in television and in film, appearing in scores of films since the 1970s. He had a memorable minor role in Car Wash.

In 1985, Thomerson starred as the time-traveling future cop Jack Deth in the low budget science fiction film Trancers which was produced by Charles Band and Empire Pictures. The role made him an icon of the B-movie genre, and led to Thomerson building a working relationship with the Bands. He was supposed to appear in Pulse Pounders which was ultimately never completed.

In 1986, Thomerson would reunite with a few of his Trancers co-stars for Zone Troopers, and he appeared in the vampire film Near Dark. He also appeared as a villain opposite Melanie Griffith's heroine in Cherry 2000 and as Major Dan Hackett in the Disney made for TV movie, The B.R.A.T. Patrol starring opposite Sean Astin, Nia Long and Brian Keith.

When Charles Band started up Full Moon Features in the late 1980s, one of his first projects was Trancers II (released in 1991), in which he reunited Thomerson with much of the cast from the first film. Thomerson would appear in every sequel thereafter, with the exception of Trancers 6, which instead starred Zette Sullivan in her only lead role, and used archive footage of Thomerson to enhance the story. Thomerson is considering returning in another Trancers sequel.

Another movie role that made Thomerson popular with fans of science-fiction was that of Brick Bardo in the 1991 film Dollman, a Dirty Harry-like alien cop who is 13 inches tall, and uses his blaster gun to take on gangsters and devil-possessed toys in two obscure feature films. The character also appeared very briefly in Bad Channels.

Thomerson has had many memorable roles in feature films, including Uncommon Valor, Air America, Volunteers, Who's Harry Crumb?, Iron Eagle, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, just to name a few, as well as numerous television roles such as Tour of Duty and 21 Jump Street. He also played Colonel Savage of the Missouri Militia on The Young Riders in 1989. In the '90s he was a series regular on the television police drama Sirens followed by a regular, co-starring role on the series Land's End starring Fred Dryer.

Thomerson has been fortunate enough to have worked with some of his favorite actors, which include Gene Hackman, Clint Eastwood, Wilford Brimley, and Richard Farnsworth. His personal comic hero is Richard Pryor.

Initial success[edit]

One of Thomerson's early acting breaks came from director Robert Altman who, after seeing Thomerson's stand-up act, cast him in the film A Wedding. At this early stage of Thomerson's movie career he found himself surrounded by the likes of Vittorio Gassman, Carol Burnett, Geraldine Chaplin, and a very young Dennis Franz.

Thomerson first came to prominence in the short-lived comedy science-fiction TV series Quark in 1977–78, as Gene/Jean, a character of dual gender who randomly switched from a macho to a feminine personality.

Movie actor[edit]

Thomerson's most famous role is that of Jack Deth, the hero of Charles Band's Trancers series. Playing against his comedic roots, Thomerson played Deth as a hard-nosed epitome of machismo, like the science fiction equivalent of Clint Eastwood in the Dirty Harry series. The character continued in four more sequels throughout the 1990s. A fifth sequel, Trancers 6, was released in 2002 but Thomerson was not involved.

Other career highlights include Babo in the adventure film Air America with Mel Gibson and Robert Downey, Jr., grimy mercenary Rhodes in Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn, demented cult leader Lester in Cherry 2000, Loy in the horror classic Near Dark, diminutive lawman Brick Bardo in Dollman and Dollman vs. Demonic Toys, and a scruffy motorcyclist in Terry Gilliam's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Thomerson is a stock player in the films of actor/director Michael Worth (DUAL, Devil on the Mountain, God's Ears) and a favorite of director Albert Pyun (Dollman, Knights, Nemesis).

In addition, Thomerson has made guest appearances on TV shows such as The Golden Girls, Walker, Texas Ranger, The Young Riders, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Xena, Warrior Princess, Viper, The District, and Silk Stalkings.

Most recently he had voiced the Voice of Freedom for the John Milius-written video game Homefront and Cyrus Temple in Saints Row: The Third .

Personal life[edit]

Thomerson's wife Teri Blythe has worked extensively in Hollywood as a script supervisor, make-up artist, casting director, and producer.

Thomerson was good friends with the late actor Brion James. Both served together as cooks in a tank company while in the Army Reserve in California. After their service, they both went to New York to break into acting. The also acted together as a pair of Cyborg hit-men in Nemesis.


YearFilmRoleOther notes
1975A Shadow in the StreetsChickTelevision movie
1976Car WashKennyAs Timmothy Tomerson
1977Benny And Barney: Las Vegas UndercoverBarney TuscomTelevision movie
All That GlittersSonny PackerTV series
TerracesSteveTelevision movie
Which Way Is Up?Tour GuideAs Timothy Thomerson
1977-1978QuarkGene/JeanTV series
1978Remember My NameJeffAs Timothy Thomerson
Record CityMarty
A WeddingRussell Bean
1979Mork & Mindy (ep. 13)SergieGuest in TV series
The AssociatesJohnny DankoTV series
AngieGianniTV series
1980Getting ThereLesterTelevision movie
Fade to BlackJerry Moriarty
1981Take This Job and Shove ItRay Binkowski
In TroubleMr. DamrushTelevision movie
Golden GateFrank NightingaleTelevision movie
St. HelensSheriff Dwayne Temple
1981-1982The Two of UsReggie CavanaughTV series
1982Some Kind of HeroCal
Bare EssenceBillyTelevision movie
Jekyll and Hyde... Together AgainDr. Knute Lanyon
Honkytonk ManHighway Patrolman
1983Likely Stories, Vol. 2TV series
Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-SynRhodes
The Osterman WeekendMotorcycle cop
Uncommon ValorCharts
Gun ShyTheodore OgilvieTV series
1984RhinestoneBarnett Kale
His MistressTom GoodmanTelevision movie
1985TrancersJack Deth
VolunteersJohn Reynolds
1985Murder, She WroteLt. Clyde Pitts
1986Iron EagleCol. Ted Masters
Zone TroopersThe Sarge
The B.R.A.T. PatrolMaj. Dan HackettTelevision movie
1987Glory YearsJack SandersTelevision movie
Near DarkLoy Colton
Tour of DutySgt. Aubrey Decker. 1 episode. The Good, the Bad, and the Dead
Cherry 2000Lester
Down and Out in Beverly HillsJerry BaskinTV series
1988A Tiger's TaleLonny
The Wrong Guys
The Incredible Hulk ReturnsJack LeBeauTelevision movie
1989Who's Harry Crumb?Vince Barnes
1990Vietnam, TexasMax Heron
Air AmericaBabo
The FlashJay AllenTelevision movie
1990Murder, She WroteBert Rogers
1991Trancers IIJack Deth
DollmanBrick Bardo
1992Eddie PresleyShock Comic
StringerJack Mitchett
Intimate StrangerMalcolm HenthoffTelevision movie
Bad ChannelsBrick Bardo
Trancers IIIJack Deth
1993Die WatchingDetective Lewis
Dollman vs. Demonic ToysBrick Bardo
The HarvestSteve Mobley
Brainsmasher... A Love StoryBlack
1994FleshtoneBuddy Fields
Natural CausesThe Westerner
Trancers 4: Jack of SwordsJack Deth
The Cisco KidLundquistTelevision movie
Hong Kong 97Jack McGraw
Trancers 5: Sudden DethJack Deth
1995MalevolenceMr. Williams
SpitfireRex Beechum
SirensSgt. James "Buddy" ZunderTV series
HeatseekerOldest Elder
1996Back to BackThomas
Nemesis III: Prey HarderFarnsworth 2
Land's EndDave "Thunder" ThorntonTV series
Kid CopArnold Downey
1997BlastPolice Commissioner
Xena: Warrior PrincessMeleager the MightyTV series
When Time ExpiresRifkin KossTelevision movie
Together & AloneDaddy
Escape from AtlantisLiam GallagherTelevision movie
Fear and Loathing in Las VegasHoodlum
Border to BorderPoet
1999Red TeamWilliam Heywood
Dirt MerchantJack
SuckersDet. Laughlin
Unseen EvilRanger Chuck Macneil
The Magnificent SevenGuy RoyalTV series
Last ChanceSam
DetourMel Kiner
Sabrina, the Teenage WitchMr. AlcerroTV series
2000GanglandDr. Adams
SubmergedOwen Cantrell
Highway 395
The Princess & the Barrio BoyMonsignor O'DellTelevision movie
2001They CrawlExterminator
Devil's PreySheriff Harry
2002Gale ForcePhillip Edwards
Shoot or Be ShotUncle Bill
The Killing PointMr. Banyon
Ocean PointMike
Project ViperSheriff MorganTelevision movie
Con ExpressBill Barnes
The DistrictColonel CarlTV series
Days of our LivesOliver WentworthTV series
2003ClichéChief Jackson
Air MarshalSen. Chambers
2004PaparazziUniformed Officer
A Lousy Ten GrandJudge
2005The Nowhere Man
DualDeston, Jared
SwarmedPhineas WashburnTelevision movie
Hell to PayReverend
Junior PilotCaptain Noonanalso known as Final Approach
2006The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. HydeArnie Swift
To Kill a MockumentaryWill
Sasquatch MountainEli
Forget About ItArizona Al
A.I. AssaultAdmiral HarrisonTelevision movie
Bottoms UpA.J. Mancini
Left in DarknessJoe
Evil BongJack Deth
Christmas Do-OverArthurTelevision movie
2007God's EarsUncle Steve
Urban DecayDet. Thompson
Blue Lake MassacreMarshall Lex
Good God Bad DogBill Monahan
Live EvilThe Priest
2008Wicked LakeJake
2009War WolvesFrank Bergman
2011ShamelessA.B. FisherShowtime series

Video games[edit]

YearVideo gameRole
2011HomefrontVoice of freedom
Saints Row: The ThirdCyrus Temple
2013Saints Row IV


  1. ^ "New York Times". Movies.nytimes.com. 2007-01-18. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 
  2. ^ "Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. 1985-09-24. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 
  3. ^ "New York Times". Movies.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 

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