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Timothy Olyphant

From Timothy Olyphant's first screen appearances, such as his two-minute bit in The First Wives Club (1996), to "Nicko", whose presence at times dwarfed the island in A Perfect Getaway (2009), he has been a force to be reckoned with.Born in Hawaii, Timothy was raised in Modesto California. He is the son of Katherine Lyon (Gideon) and John Vernon Bevan Olyphant, a college teacher. He has an older brother, Andy, who is in A&R for Warner Brother Records, and a younger brother, Matt Olyphant, who was the lead singer for the punk rock group, Fetish, and is also an artist. His ancestry includes Russian Jewish (from a maternal great-grandfather), English, German, Scottish, Dutch, and Irish. Timothy quickly became Modesto, California's favorite son, competing as a pro swimmer and excelling at drawing. It was, by chance, that he enrolled in an acting course as an elective and decided to pursue an acting career. He took his family and headed to New York City, where he studied the craft and began auditioning for roles. From the beginning, he tried to choose diversified roles and take chances with every genre and always approached everything he did with commitment, humor and grace. Timothy is married to his college sweetheart, Alexis Knief, and, together, they raise three children, one son and two daughters in California. He has managed to keep his personal life out of the tabloids. He obviously has his priorities straight, as this is no easy task in Hollywood.Highlights of Olyphant's career include his riveting portrayal of "Sheriff Seth Bullock" in HBO's hit drama, Deadwood (2004). He now personifies intensity as complex Kentucky Marshal, "Raylan Givens", in FX's Justified (2010). On the big screen, in this year's The Crazies (2010), he had the chance to infuse his character with doubts, fears and humaneness in an inhumane situation. Mr. Olyphant proved he could carry a major movie on his talent, alone.He recently appeared in I Am Number Four (2011), a Steven Spielberg sci-if thriller, in which Tim provided the adult mentorship, taking a back seat to the teen cast.

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May 20, 1968 In Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Sesame Street 1969-07-21
Latest Project:
Series Fargo 2014-04-15

Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 18 nominations.

Known For
Poster of Justified
Fargo Dick 'Deafy' Wickware 9 episodes, 2020 2014-04-15
Late Night with Seth Meyers Unknown 2014-02-24
The Mindy Project Unknown 2012-09-25
Justified Raylan Givens 78 episodes, 2010-2015 2010-03-16
Conan Unknown 2010-11-08
The League Unknown 2009-10-29
Archer Unknown 2009-09-17
Damages Unknown 2007-07-24
Chelsea Lately Unknown 2007-07-01
Samantha Who? Unknown 2007-10-15
The Office Unknown 2005-03-24
My Name Is Earl Unknown 2005-09-20
Deadwood Seth Bullock 36 episodes, 2004-2006 2004-03-21
Dinner for Five Unknown 2001-07-06
Night Visions Unknown 2001-07-12
Sex and the City Unknown 1998-06-06
Mr. & Mrs. Smith Unknown 1996-09-02
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Sesame Street Unknown 1969-07-21