Tim DeKay

Tim DeKay Biography

Timothy Robert "Tim" DeKay (born June 12, 1963) is an American character actor. His first on screen acting job was as corporate giant Larry Deon on seaQuest 2032. He was a cast member of Party of Five from 1997–1999, Carnivāle from 2003"05 and Tell Me You Love Me in 2007. He has also guest-starred on a number of top-rated television series, including Seinfeld, Friends, CSI, My Name Is Earl, NCIS, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Scrubs, and Chuck.

DeKay is currently starring in the USA Network series White Collar, which chronicles the partnership between a con artist (played by Matthew Bomer) and an FBI agent (DeKay).

Personal life

Tim DeKay was born in Ithaca, New York and grew up and attended school in nearby Lansing. He was a school athlete, playing both varsity basketball and baseball. He attended Le Moyne College to study Business and Philosophy, where he also played baseball, eventually deciding to pursue a career in theater. He attended Rutgers University, where he received an MFA and met his wife, actress Elisa Taylor. The couple has two children. Tim also has a brother, Jamey Dekay. He returned to Le Moyne in May 2010 as the commencement speaker, and was awarded the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa.


The Commencement Program from Le Moyne College includes the following:

Mr. DeKay's castmates say it was clear from the start that he was leading man material ... When he graduated [from LeMoyne] with a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1985, he still planned for a career in business or law. It soon became clear, though, that the theater was his true calling. After taking a few courses in directing at Syracuse University, Mr. DeKay headed to Rutgers University, where he earned a master's degree in fine arts ... Now a lifetime member of the Actors Studio, Mr. DeKay has taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California, and appeared on numerous top-rated TV shows.
He appeared in two episodes of Seinfeld"?"The Soul Mate" and "The Bizarro Jerry""?as Elaine's boyfriend Kevin. He would work with Julia Louis-Dreyfus again in The New Adventures of Old Christine, where he plays the temperamental boyfriend of Louis-Dreyfus's character "Old" Christine Campbell for three episodes.

In addition to his roles in film and television, his resume includes numerous theatrical credits, with performances in plays both on and off Broadway, including: Ridiculous Fraud at the McCarter Theatre; Billy Budd at the Circle in the Square Theatre; Someone to Watch Over Me with the Denver Theatre Company; The Merchant of Venice on the Hartford Stage; and the national tour of The Lion in Winter. In 2009, he was both director and producer of the short film This Monday. The film has been included in at least half a dozen short film festivals, including Cannes Short Film Corner. The Palm Springs International Short Film Festival (ShortFest) review stated: "Absolutely the Best of the Palm Springs Short Film Fest 2009, ?This Monday' features tone-perfect directing by Tim DeKay and screen-writing by Michael Santorico. Four Stars (out of four)".

In 2009, DeKay began starring in the USA Network comedy-drama White Collar as FBI agent Peter Burke. He made his directorial debut in the episode "Stealing Home", which premiered in 2012.



Year Title Role
1996 If These Walls Could Talk Becky's husband in segment - '1952'
1997 Invasion Mike Landry; aka 'Robin Cook's Invasion'
1998 The Pentagon Wars HBO movie; Junior officer at embassy party
Almost Heroes New Bartender
1999 Buddy Boy Ken
2000 The Crow: Salvation Martin Toomey; (credited as Tim DeMay)
Big Eden Dean Stewart
2001 Nice Guys Finish Last Dad
Swordfish Agent
Taking Back Our Town Lifetime Channel Movie
2002 The Third Wheel Speaker
2003 Welcome to the Neighborhood Bill
2004 Control Bill Caputo
2005 The Chumscrubber Mr. Peck
2006 Peaceful Warrior Coach Garrick
The Far Side of Jericho The Stranger
2007 Randy and The Mob Bill
2008 Monster Ark Dr. Nicholas Zavaterro
Get Smart Secret Service Agent
The Russell Girl Tim Russell (Hallmark Channel movie)
The films Political Disasters, Naked Under Heaven, and Bee Afraid have been intentionally omitted from the table because they have not been distributed either theatrically or on DVD.


Year Title Role Notes
1995"1996 SeaQuest DSV Lawrence Deon 3 episodes: "Brainlock"; "Destination Terminal"; "In the Company of Ice and Profit"
1996 Seinfeld Kevin 2 episodes: "The Bizarro Jerry"; "The Soul Mate"
The Ring Max Thomas Mini-series; aka Danielle Steel's The Ring
Grace Under Fire Rev. Tom Maxwell "The Ghost and Mrs. Kelly"
1997 The Larry Sanders Show Gordon "The Matchmaker"
The Naked Truth John "We're at NBC Now"
Touched by an Angel J.D. Sinclair "Smokescreen"
Night Sins Prof. Christopher Priest Mini-Series
Diagnosis: Murder Sonny Burnett "A Mime Is a Terrible Thing to Waste"
1997"1999 Party of Five Dr. Paul Thomas 12 episodes, recurring character
1998 Ellen John "Escape from L.A."
Caroline in the City Brian 2 episodes: "Caroline and the Secret Bullfighter - Part 1"; "Caroline and the Killer Dad"
Cupid Jennings Crawford "The Linguist"
Brimstone Prof. John Albright "Heat"
1999 The Practice Jerry Green "Split Decisions"
The Pretender Eddie Fontenot "Pool"
1999"2000 Sports Night Ray Mitchel 2 episodes: "April is the Cruelest Month"; "Cliff Gardner"
2001 Chestnut Hill Peter Eastman Pilot
Murder, She Wrote Robert Mercer "The Last Free Man"
Thieves Owen "The General"
2002 Ally McBeal Kendall Willis "A Kick in the Head"
Friends Marc "The One Where Rachel Has A Baby: Part 1"
Malcolm in the Middle Matt "Zoo"
2002"2003 Everwood Reverend Keyes 3 episodes: "Blind Faith"; "Snow Job"; "Till Death Do Us Part"
2003"2005 Carnivāle Clayton 'Jonesy' Jones Main cast
2004 Without A Trace Jim Cooper "The Season"
2005 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Neal Matthews "Spark of Life"
2006 My Name Is Earl Hank Lange 2 episodes: "Didn't Pay Taxes"; "Monkeys In Space"
Standoff John Barnes "Circling"
Cold Case Geoff Taylor "The War At Home"
2007 Hidden Palms Mr. Miller Pilot
The 4400 Drew Imroth 2 episodes: "Ghost in the Machine"; "The Marked"
Numb3rs Pete Friscia "Robin Hood"
Tell Me You Love Me David Main cast
2008 NCIS Senator Patrick Kiley "Capitol Offense"
The Cleaner Neil Mullins "Lie With Me"
CSI: Miami William Campbell "Wrecking Crew"
The New Adventures of Old Christine Patrick Harris 3 episodes: "Rage Against the Christine"; "Tie Me Up, Don't Tie Me Down"; "So You Think You Can Date"
2009 Scrubs Rich Hill Season 8 Episode 11 "My Nah Nah Nah"
2009- White Collar FBI Agent Peter Burke Main cast
2011 Law & Order: LA Don Alvin "Silver Lake"
Chuck Kieran Ryker Season 5, Episode 8 "Chuck Versus the Baby"
2012 Hot in Cleveland Buddy Season 3, Episode 7 "Two Girls and a Rhino"
2013 Body of Proof Caleb Banks Season 3, Episode 3 "Lost Souls"

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