Tim DeKay

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DeKay in June 2011
Timothy Robert DeKay

(1963-06-12) June 12, 1963 (age 60)
Alma mater Rutgers University (MFA)
Syracuse University (directing courses)
Le Moyne College (BS)
Elisa Taylor
(m. 1991)
Website Official Website

Timothy Robert DeKay (born June 12, 1963) is an American actor. He starred in the USA Network series White Collar (20092014) [1]


Early life

Tim DeKay was born June 12, 1963, to Jim DeKay and Jill Vaughn in Lansing, New York, where he and his brother Jamey grew up. He attended Lansing High School. Growing up, DeKay enjoyed athletics, having played both varsity basketball and baseball, the latter of which is a generational tradition in his family. He enjoyed the arts and performed in his high school's production of Oliver! . DeKay attended Le Moyne College to study business and philosophy, where he also played baseball, eventually deciding to pursue a career in theater. [2] [ better source needed ] [3]

DeKay planned for a career in business or law and graduated with a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1985. However, he realized that he wanted to work in theater instead. After taking a few courses in directing at Syracuse University, [4] DeKay attended Rutgers University, where he received a Master of Fine Arts degree and met his wife, actress Elisa Taylor. [5]


DeKay has performed in plays both on Broadway and off, 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. It was included in several short film festivals, including Cannes Short Film Corner and the Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films.[ citation needed ]

His first onscreen acting job was as corporation head Larry Deon on seaQuest 2032 . DeKay was a cast member of Party of Five from 1997 to 1999, Carnivàle from 2003 to 2005, and Tell Me You Love Me in 2007. He co-starred as Dean Stewart in the gay-themed comedy/drama film Big Eden in 2000. DeKay appeared in two episodes of Seinfeld : "The Soul Mate" and "The Bizarro Jerry", as Elaine's boyfriend, Kevin, who is seen as Jerry's exact opposite (and thus compared to Bizarro Superman from "the backwards bizarro world"). He would work with Julia Louis-Dreyfus again in The New Adventures of Old Christine , playing a temperamental boyfriend of Louis-Dreyfus's character in a three-episode story arc. DeKay has guest-starred on several other TV series, including Friends , CSI , My Name Is Earl , NCIS , Scrubs , and Chuck .

In 2009, he began starring in the USA Network comedy–drama White Collar as FBI agent Peter Burke. DeKay made his directorial debut in the episode "Stealing Home", which premiered in 2012. [6] He played Duvall Pritchard in Fox Television's 2016 sci-fi drama series Second Chance .

DeKay is a member of the Actors Studio. He taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California. [4]

Personal life

DeKay and his wife, actress Elisa Taylor, reside in Los Angeles, California. They have a daughter, Danna, and a son, Jamis. [5]

In May 2010, he returned to Le Moyne College as the commencement speaker and was awarded the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa. [7] [8]



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
2001Nice Guys Finish LastDad
Swordfish Agent
Taking Back Our TownLifetime Channel Movie
2002 The Third Wheel Speaker
2003Welcome to the NeighborhoodBill
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 GirlTim Russell (Hallmark Channel movie)
2009Political DisastersJim
2014Best Man WinsEdward Stiles
2023 Oppenheimer John Pastore


1995–96 SeaQuest DSV Lawrence Deon3 episodes
1996 Seinfeld Kevin2 episodes
The RingMax ThomasMiniseries; aka Danielle Steel's The Ring
Grace Under Fire Rev. Tom MaxwellEpisode: "The Ghost and Mrs. Kelly"
1997 The Larry Sanders Show GordonEpisode: "The Matchmaker"
The Naked Truth JohnEpisode: "We're at NBC Now"
Touched by an Angel J.D. SinclairEpisode: "Smokescreen"
Night SinsProf. Christopher PriestMiniseries
Diagnosis: Murder Sonny BurnettEpisode: "A Mime Is a Terrible Thing to Waste"
1997–99 Party of Five Dr. Paul Thomas12 episodes (recurring)
1998 Ellen JohnEpisode: "Escape from L.A."
Caroline in the City Brian2 episodes
Cupid Jennings CrawfordEpisode: "The Linguist"
Brimstone Prof. John AlbrightEpisode: "Heat"
1999 The Practice Jerry GreenEpisode: "Split Decisions"
The Pretender Eddie FontenotEpisode: "Pool"
1999–2000 Sports Night Ray Mitchel2 episodes
2001Chestnut HillPeter EastmanPilot
Murder, She Wrote Robert MercerEpisode: "The Last Free Man"
ThievesOwenEpisode: "The General"
2002 Ally McBeal Kendall WillisEpisode: "A Kick in the Head"
Friends MarcEpisode: "The One Where Rachel Has A Baby: Part 1"
Malcolm in the Middle MattEpisode: "Zoo"
2002–03 Everwood Reverend Keyes3 episodes
2003–05 Carnivàle Clayton 'Jonesy' Jones 24 episodes (main)
2004 Without a Trace Jim CooperEpisode: "The Season"
2005 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Neal MatthewsSeason 5 Episode 18: "Spark of Life"
2006 My Name Is Earl Hank Lange2 episodes
Standoff John BarnesEpisode 2: "Circling"
Cold Case Geoff TaylorEpisode: "The War At Home"
2007 Hidden Palms Mr. MillerPilot
The 4400 Drew Imroth2 episodes
Numb3rs Pete FrisciaEpisode: "Robin Hood"
Tell Me You Love Me David10 episodes (main)
2008 NCIS Senator Patrick KileyEpisode: "Capitol Offense"
The Cleaner Neil MullinsEpisode: "Lie With Me"
CSI: Miami William CampbellEpisode: "Wrecking Crew"
The New Adventures of Old Christine Patrick Harris3 episodes
2009 Scrubs Rich HillEpisode: "My Nah Nah Nah"
2009–14 White Collar FBI Agent Peter Burke Main role; 81 episodes
Also director and producer
2011 Law & Order: LA Don AlvinEpisode: "Silver Lake"
Chuck Kieran RykerEpisode: "Chuck Versus the Baby"
2012 Hot in Cleveland BuddyEpisode: "Two Girls and a Rhino"
2013 Body of Proof Caleb BanksEpisode: "Lost Souls"
2014 Revenge Luke GilliamEpisode: "Allegiance"
2014 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Senator Christian Ward 2 episodes
2015 Dinner at Tiffani's Self4 episodes
2016 Second Chance Duval PritchardMain Cast, 11 episodes
2017 Lucifer Professor Jason Carlisle2 episodes
2017 American Crime J.D. Hesby6 episodes
2018 Here and Now Steven Benjamin6 episodes
2018 Ballers Episode: "The Kids Are Aight"
2020 68 Whiskey Secretary of the Army Ryan GoodallEpisode: "Mr. Fix-It"
2020 The Expanse Admiral SauveterreEpisodes: "Churn", "Nemesis Games"
2021 FBI: Most Wanted Angelo CarpenterEpisode: "Unhinged"
2022–23 1923 Bob Strafford3 episodes
2023 Law & Order Judge Ephraim RaymerEpisode: "Bias"

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