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Tim Matheson

Tim Matheson is an American actor, director and producer perhaps best known for his portrayal of the smooth talking 'Eric "Otter" Stratton' in the 1978 comedy "Animal House," but has had a variety of other well-known roles both before and since including critical accolades for his playing 'Vice President John Hoynes' on the television series, "The West Wing," which garnered him two Primetime Emmy award nominations for Best Guest Star in a Drama Series. From 2011 0 2015, Matheson starred as 'Dr. Brick Breeland' in The CW series, "Hart of Dixie," opposite Rachel Bilson. He has and continues to direct several episodes each season throughout the series. Not limited to "Hart of Dixie," Matheson has made a career of directing an array of episodic projects on some of television's most prominent shows, including "The Last Ship," "Burn Notice," "Criminal Minds," "Without a Trace," "Cold Case," "Numbers," "Drop Dead Diva," "Suits," "Eureka" and "White Collar," as well as pilots for Fox's "The Good Guys" and the USA Network successful original series "Covert Affairs." Beginning his career at the age of 13, Matheson appeared 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" as well as the voice of 'Jace' in the original animated series "Space Ghost." Additionally, he played the role of the oldest son, 'Mike Beardsley,' in the film "Yours, Mine and Ours," which starred Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda. In 1969, Matheson joined the cast of NBC's western series "The Virginian" in its eighth season as 'Jim Horn.' During 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. Following that he portrayed young motorcycle cop, 'Phil Sweet,' in the 1973 film "Magnum Force." In the fall of 1976, Matheson was seen opposite Kurt Russell in the 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 the acclaimed "Animal House" opposite John Belushi; the following year, he appeared alongside Belushi again in Steven Spielberg's "1941." 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. He then appeared in the 1983 "To Be or Not to Be" starring Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft and went on to star in the 1984 comedy "Up the Creek" and 1985's "Fletch." 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. 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 was seen opposite Ryan Reynolds in the feature comedy "Van Wilder" in 2002, playing the father of the title character, who was inspired by his own character in "Animal House" as a nod to the original film. He was born in Glendale, California, a suburb of Los Angeles, and has three wonderful children from former wife, Megan Murphy.

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Dec 31, 1947 In Glendale, California, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Leave It to Beaver 1957-04-23
Latest Project:
Series Hart of Dixie 2011-09-26

Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys.

Known For
Poster of Hart of Dixie
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior Unknown 2011
Suits Unknown 2011-06-23
Hart of Dixie Dr. Brick Breeland 70 episodes, 2011-2015 2011-09-26
The Good Guys Unknown 2010-05-19
Persons Unknown Unknown 2010-06-07
Covert Affairs Unknown 2010-07-13
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Unknown 2010-07-12
Drop Dead Diva Unknown 2009-07-12
White Collar Unknown 2009-10-23
Batman: The Brave and the Bold Unknown 2008-11-14
Dinner: Impossible Unknown 2007-01-24
Bionic Woman Unknown 2007
Traveler Unknown 2007-05-10
Burn Notice Unknown 2007-06-28
Dirty Sexy Money Unknown 2007-09-26
Greek Unknown 2007-07-09
Psych Unknown 2006-07-07
Shark Unknown 2006-09-21
Eureka Unknown 2006-07-18
Threshold Unknown 2005-09-16
Numb3rs Unknown 2005
Criminal Minds Unknown 2005-09-22
Killer Instinct Unknown 2005-09-23
E-Ring Unknown 2005-09-21
Entourage Unknown 2004-07-18
Threat Matrix Unknown 2003-09-18
Las Vegas Unknown 2003-09-22
Cold Case Unknown 2003-09-28
The Twilight Zone Unknown 2002-09-18
Without a Trace Unknown 2002-09-26
Wolf Lake Sheriff Matthew Donner / ... 10 episodes, 2001-2002 2001
Justice League Unknown 2001-11-17
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Unknown 2000-10-06
Ed Unknown 2000-10-08
The West Wing Unknown 1999-09-22
Dead Man's Gun Unknown 1999-09-04
Third Watch Unknown 1999-09-23
The King of Queens Unknown 1998-09-21
The New Batman Adventures Unknown 1997-09-13
Cybill Unknown 1995-01-02
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Batman: The Animated Series Unknown 1992-09-05
The Legend of Prince Valiant Unknown 1991-09-03
National Geographic Explorer Unknown 1985-04-07
Nature Unknown 1982-10-10
St. Elsewhere Unknown 1982-10-26
Black Sheep Squadron Unknown 1976-09-21
Rhoda Unknown 1974-09-09
The Magician Unknown 1973-03-17
Police Story Unknown 1973-03-20
Kung Fu Unknown 1972-02-22
Night Gallery Unknown 1969-11-08
Hawaii Five-O Unknown 1968-09-20
Adam-12 Unknown 1968-09-21
L'homme de fer Unknown 1967-09-14
Space Ghost Jace 13 episodes, 1966-1968 1966-09-10
Jonny Quest Jonny Quest 26 episodes, 1964-1965 1964-09-18
The Virginian Unknown 1962-09-19
Bonanza Unknown 1959-09-12
Leave It to Beaver Unknown 1957-04-23