Tim Matheson

Tim Matheson Biography

Tim Matheson (born Timothy Lewis Matthieson; December 31, 1947) is an American actor, director and producer. 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.

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

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.



Year Title Role Notes
1967 Divorce American Style Mark Harmon
1967 ' Joe Hardy
1968 Yours, Mine and Ours Mike Beardsley
1969 How to Commit Marriage David Poe
1973 Magnum Force Phil Sweet
1978 National Lampoon's Animal House Eric 'Otter' Stratton
1978 Almost Summer Kevin Hawkins
1979 Dreamer Dreamer
1979 ' Private Jeff Reed aka Captain Phillips
1979 1941 Captain Loomis Birkhead
1982 ' Michael Donovan
1983 To Be or Not to Be Lieutanent Andre Sobinski
1984 ' Roy Basch
1984 Up the Creek Bob McGraw
1984 Impulse Stuart
1985 Fletch Alan Stanwyck
1989 Sometimes They Come Back Jimmy
1989 Speed Zone! Jack O'Neill
1989 Body Wars Captain Braddock
1990 Solar Crisis Steve Kelso
1990 Buried Alive Clint Goodman
1991 Drop Dead Fred Charles
1996 Black Sheep Al Donnelly
1996 Midnight Heat Tyler Grey
1996 ' Roy Martin / Trevor Thomas
1998 ' Howard Wilson
1998 Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Families Adolf Althoff
1999 She's All That Harlan Siler
1999 ' Marty
2000 Chump Change Simon 'Sez' Simone
2002 Van Wilder Vance Wilder Sr.
2003 Where Are They Now?: A Delta Alumni Update Dr. Eric 'Otter' Stratton, OB / GYN
2005 Don't Come Knocking Producer 1
2005 Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D Houston Capcom voice
2007 Redline Jerry Brecken
2009 Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia Carl Dobbs
2009 American Pie Presents: The Book of Love Alumnus Guy #4


Year Title Role Notes
1961–62 Window on Main Street Roddy Miller First acting role
1962–63 Leave It to Beaver Michael 'Mike' Harmon
1962–63 My Three Sons Alan Edgerton
1963 Ripcord David
1964–65 Jonny Quest Jonny Quest voice
1965 Sinbad Jr. Sinbad Jr. voice
1965 O.K.Crackerby! Huntington Hawthorne
1966 Space Ghost Jace voice
1966 Thompson's Ghost Eddie Thompson
1966 Summer Fun Eddie Thompson
1967 Samson & Goliath Samson Voice
1967 NBC Children's Theatre Randy
1969 Adam-12 Leroy
1969–70 ' Jim Horn
1970 San Francisco International Airport SFX
1970 Bracken's World Teek Howell
1971 Matt Lincoln
1971 Room 222 Jerry Cates
1971 Hitched Clarence Bridgeman
1971 Owen Marshall, Counsellor at Law Jim McGuire
1971 Lock, Stock and Barrel Clarence Bridgeman
1971 ' Howard Goodman
1971 ' Miles Parker
1971 Night Gallery Henley
1972 Here's Lucy Peter Sullivan
1972 Ironside Darryl Podell
1972 Smith Family, The Mark
1972–73 Bonanza Griff King
1972–78 Insight Chris
1973 Wide World Mystery Tommy
1973 Medical Center Sam Miller
1973 Kung Fu Lieutanent Bill Wyland Season 2, Episode 8 "The Soldier"
1974 ' Jerry Purcell
1974 Police Story Allen Rich
1974 Remember When Warren Thompson
1975 ' Emmet Dalton
1975 ' Danny Worth
1975 Three for the Road Tom Aberling
1976 Rhoda Michael Stearns
1976 Jigsaw John Nick Pappas
1976 Petrocelli Mike Fisher
1976 ' Quentin Beaudine
1976 ' Amy's Husband voice
1976 Visions Leonard voice
1977 ' Wemidge - Young Hemingway
1977 Hawaii Five-O Brent Saunders
1977 Mary White William L. White
1977 What Really Happened to the Class of '65? Jay Miller
1978 Baa Baa Black Sheep Bud Warren
1978 How the West Was Won Curt Grayson
1982 Bus Stop Beauregard 'Beau' Decker
1982–83 Tucker's Witch Rick Tucker
1983 Listen to Your Heart Josh Stern
1984 ' Mark Fisher
1985 Obsessed with a Married Woman Tony Hammond
1985 George Burns Comedy Week "The Girl With Something Extra"
1986 Blind Justice Jim Anderson
1987 Warm Hearts, Cold Feet Mike Byrd
1987 Bay Coven Jerry Lebon
1987 Trying Times Mitch
1988 Just in Time Harry Stadlin
1989 Nikki and Alexander Alexander
1989 ' Doctor James Oleske
1989 Little White Lies Dr. Harry McRae
1990 Buried Alive Clint Goodman
1990 Joshua's Heart Tom
1991 Stephen King's Sometimes They Come Back Jim Norman
1991 ' Michael Robeson
1991 Charlie Hoover Charlie Hoover
1992 Quicksand: No Escape Scott Reinhardt
1993 Relentless: Mind of a Killer Dr. Peter Hellman
1993 Dying to Love You Roger Paulson
1993 Batman: the Animated Series D.A. Gil Mason Shadow of the Bat, parts 1 & 2
1993 Fallen Angels Howard Hughes
1993 Shameful Secrets Daniel
1993 ' William Tauber
1993 Trial & Error Peter Hudson
1993 Harmful Intent Dr. Rhodes
1994 Target of Suspicion Nick
1994 While Justice Sleeps Winfield 'Win' Cooke
1995 Cybill Teddy
1995 Fast Company Detective Jack Matthews
1995 Tails You Live, Heads You're Dead Detective McKinley
1995 Jonny Quest Versus the Cyber Insects 4-Dac voice
1996 ' Alex Connor
1996 Twilight Man Jordan P. Cooper
1996 Buried Secrets Clay Roff
1996 Christmas in My Hometown Jacob (Jake) Peterson Also known as Holiday For Love
1997 ' Captain John O'Rourke
1997 Sleeping with the Devil Dick Strang
1997 Buried Alive II Clint Goodman
1998 Dead Man's Gun Reverent Jeremiah Early
1998 Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Families Adolf Althoff
1998 Forever Love Alex Brooks
1998 ' Michael Vreeland
1998 Catch Me If You Can Norm
1999 At the Mercy of a Stranger John Davis
1999–2006 ' Vice President John Hoynes Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series (2002–03)
2000 Navigating the Heart John Daly
2000 Hell Swarm Kirk Bluhdorn
2000 Sharing the Secret John Moss
2000 Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis John F. Kennedy
2001 Second Honeymoon George
2001–02 Wolf Lake Sheriff Matthew Donner
2002 Mom's on Strike Alan Harris
2002 ' Dr. Farber
2002 Breaking News Bill Dunne
2003 Without a Trace Dr. Aaron Morrison
2003 Ed Peter Evashavik
2003 Martha, Inc.: The Story of Martha Stewart Andy Stewart
2003 ' Al Dodge
2004 Judas Pontius Pilate
2004 Justice League Unlimited Maxwell Lord
2006 ' Soloman
2006 Augusta, Gone Ben Dudman
2007 '
2007 Shark Judge Andrew Bennett
2008 Entourage Steve Parles
2008 To Love and Die James White
2008–2013 Burn Notice Larry Sizemore Recurring role
2009 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Jarvis Kord
2009 Body Politic Senator Webster
2010 White Collar Edward Walker Season 2, Episode 1: "Withdrawal"
2011-Present Hart of Dixie Dr. Brick Breeland Recurring role episodes 1"14; regular role episodes 15"present
2013 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

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