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Tim Matheson
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Matheson in a Bonanza publicity photo, 1972
Timothy Lewis Matthieson

(1947-12-31) December 31, 1947 (age 76)
Other namesTim Matthieson (early credits)
Years active1961–present
(m. 1968;div. 1971)
Megan Murphy Matheson
(m. 1985;div. 2010)
Elizabeth Marighetto
(m. 2018)
Website www.tim-matheson.com

Tim Matheson (born Timothy Lewis Matthieson; December 31, 1947) is an American actor. [1] Some of his best-known acting roles include the title character ( voice of ) of the 1960s animated Jonny Quest TV series, Eric "Otter" Stratton in the 1978 comedy film National Lampoon's Animal House , and the recurring role of Vice President John Hoynes in the 2000s NBC drama The West Wing , which earned him two Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series.


Early life

Matheson was born in Glendale, California, the son of Clifford Matthieson, a training pilot, and Sally Matthieson. [2] Matheson served a tour of duty in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. [3]


At age 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 the 1962–1963 season he appeared in two episodes of Leave It to Beaver , cast as Mike Harmon, a friend of Beaver’s.[ citation needed ] In 1964, he provided the voice of the lead character in the animated series Jonny Quest . He also supplied the voices of Sinbad Jr. the Sailor in the 1960s Hanna-Barbera animated series Sinbad Jr. and his Magic Belt [4] and Jace in Space Ghost . He co-starred as Joe Hardy, opposite Richard Gates as Frank Hardy, in a 1967 pilot episode for what would have been a TV series called The Hardy Boys, based on the novel series of the same name, but the series was not picked up. [5]

He played the role of the oldest son, Mike Beardsley, in the film Yours, Mine and Ours (1968), which starred Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda.

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Matheson as Jim Horn

In 1969, Matheson joined the cast of NBC's television western The Virginian 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 tutelage. He portrayed a corrupt motorcycle cop, Phil Sweet, who was part of a death squad with some other young cops in the film Magnum Force (1973). Matheson also appeared earlier in the CBS situation comedy My Three Sons . In 1975, he guest starred in CBS's short-lived family drama Three for the Road .

In 1976, Matheson appeared with Kurt Russell in the 15-episode NBC series The Quest . In 1978, he was part of the ensemble cast of National Lampoon's Animal House . The following year, he appeared with John Belushi again in Steven Spielberg's 1941 . In 1980 he auditioned for the role of Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark , for which Harrison Ford won the part.

Matheson appeared in the film To Be or Not to Be (1983) starring Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft. He 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. Then Matheson starred in the comedy films Up the Creek (1984) and Fletch (1985). In 1989, he starred in the short-lived sitcom Nikki and Alexander produced by Reinhold Weege. [6]

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Matheson with Bruce Campbell at the San Diego Comic Con International, July 22, 2010

Along with business partner Dan Grodnik, he bought National Lampoon in 1989, selling it in 1991.

He had a recurring role as Vice President John Hoynes on The West Wing . His work on The West Wing earned him two Primetime Emmy award nominations.[ citation needed ]

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 . He appeared in the film Van Wilder (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 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 also directed the pilot episodes of The Good Guys (2010) for the Fox Network, Criminal Behavior (2011) for Lifetime, and Wild Card (2011) for USA Network. He played Dr. Brick Breeland on Hart of Dixie from 2011 to 2015. Since 2019, Matheson has starred as Doc Mullins in the Netflix series Virgin River .

Personal life

Matheson has been married three times. He was first married to actress Jennifer Leak from 1968 to 1971, whom he met on the set of Yours, Mine, and Ours . In 1985 he married Megan Murphy, with whom he had three children; they divorced in 2010. [7] He married Elizabeth Marighetto in March 2018; the two live together in Hollywood, California.[ citation needed ]



1967 Divorce American Style Mark Harmon
The Mystery of the Chinese Junk Joe Hardy
1968 Yours, Mine and Ours Mike Beardsley
1969 How to Commit Marriage David Poe
1973 Magnum Force Officer Phil Sweet
1978 National Lampoon's Animal House Eric "Otter" Stratton
Almost Summer Kevin Hawkins
1979 Dreamer Dreamer
The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again Private Jeff Reed aka Captain Phillips
1941 Captain Loomis Birkhead
1982 A Little Sex Michael Donovan
1983 To Be or Not to Be Lieutenant Andre Sobinski
1984 The House of God Roy Basch
Up the Creek Bob McGraw
Impulse Stuart
1985 Fletch Alan Stanwyck
1989 Speed Zone Jack O'Neill
1990 Solar Crisis Steve Kelso
1991 Drop Dead Fred Charles
1995Midnight HeatTyler Grey
1996 Black Sheep Al Donnelly
A Very Brady Sequel Roy Martin / Trevor Thomas
1998 A Very Unlucky Leprechaun Howard Wilson
1999 She's All That Harlan Siler
The Story of Us 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 / GYNVideo short
2005 Don't Come Knocking Producer 1
Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D Houston CapcomVoice
2007 Redline Jerry Brecken
2009 Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia Carl DobbsVideo
American Pie Presents: The Book of Love Alumnus Guy No. 4Video
2011 No Strings Attached Eli's Dad #2
2015 Tom and Jerry: Spy Quest The PresidentVoice, direct-to-video [8]
2017 Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Old Man VreekeUncredited
2018 6 Balloons Gary
2019 Child's Play Henry Kaslan


1961–1962 Window on Main Street Roddy MillerFirst acting role
The Alvin Show Additional voices1 episode
1962–1963 Leave It to Beaver Michael "Mike" Harmon2 episodes
1962 My Three Sons Alan EdgertonEpisode: "Tramp's First Bite" (uncredited)
1963 Ripcord DavidEpisode: "The Final Jump"
1964–1965 Jonny Quest Jonny QuestVoice
1965 Sinbad Jr. and his Magic Belt Sinbad Jr.Voice
O.K. Crackerby!Huntington Hawthorne
1966 Space Ghost JaceVoice
Thompson's Ghost Eddie ThompsonTelevision film
1967 Samson & Goliath SamsonVoice
NBC Children's Theatre Randy
1969 Adam-12 Leroy
1969–1970 The Virginian Jim Horn
1970 San Francisco International Airport SFX
Bracken's World Teek Howell
1971 Matt Lincoln Stan LowellEpisode: "Karen"
Room 222 Jerry Cates
Hitched Clarence BridgemanTelevision film
Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law Jim McGuire
Lock, Stock and BarrelClarence BridgemanTelevision film
The D.A. Howard Goodman
The Bold Ones: The Lawyers Miles Parker
Night Gallery Henley
1972 Here's Lucy Peter Sullivan
Ironside Darryl Podell
The Smith Family Mark
1972–1973 Bonanza Griff King9 episodes
1972–1978 Insight Various6 episodes
1973 The Wide World of Mystery Tommy
Medical Center Sam Miller
Kung Fu Lieutenant Bill WylandEpisode: "The Soldier"
1974 The Magician Jerry Purcell
Police Story Allen Rich
Remember WhenWarren ThompsonTelevision film
1975The Last DayEmmet DaltonTelevision film
The Runaway BargeDanny WorthTelevision film
Three for the Road Tom Aberling
1976 Rhoda Michael Stearns
Jigsaw John Nick Pappas
Petrocelli Mike Fisher
The Hemingway PlayWemidge – Young HemingwayTelevision film
The Quest Quentin Beaudine
The War Widow Amy's HusbandVoice
Visions LeonardVoice
1977 Hawaii Five-O Brent Saunders
Mary White William L. WhiteTelevision film
What Really Happened to the Class of '65? Jay Miller
1978 Baa Baa Black Sheep Major Bud Warren
How the West Was Won Curt Grayson
1982 Bus Stop Beauregard "Beau" DeckerTelevision film
1982–1983 Tucker's Witch Rick Tucker
1983 Listen to Your Heart Josh Stern
1984 The Best Legs in the Eighth Grade Mark FisherTelevision film
1985Obsessed with a Married WomanTony HammondTelevision film
George Burns Comedy Week "The Girl With Something Extra"
1986 Blind Justice Jim AndersonTelevision film
1987Warm Hearts, Cold FeetMike ByrdTelevision film
Bay CoveJerry LebonTelevision film
Trying Times Mitch
1988 Just in Time Harry Stadlin
1989Nikki and AlexanderAlexander [6] Television film
The Littlest Victims Doctor James OleskeTelevision film
Little White LiesDr. Harry McCraeTelevision film
1990 Buried Alive Clint GoodmanTelevision film
Joshua's HeartTomTelevision film
1991 Sometimes They Come Back Jim NormanTelevision film
The Woman Who Sinned Michael RobesonTelevision film
Charlie Hoover Charlie Hoover
1992 Quicksand: No Escape Scott ReinhardtTelevision film
1993Relentless: Mind of a KillerDr. Peter HellmanTelevision film
Dying to Love YouRoger PaulsonTelevision film
Batman: The Animated Series Deputy Commissioner Gil MasonVoice, episode: "Shadow of the Bat" [8]
Fallen Angels Howard Hughes
Shameful SecretsDanielTelevision film
A Kiss to Die ForWilliam TauberTelevision film
Trial & ErrorPeter HudsonTelevision film
Harmful IntentDr. RhodesTelevision film
1994Target of SuspicionNickTelevision film
While Justice SleepsWinfield 'Win' CookeTelevision film
1995 Cybill Teddy
Fast CompanyDetective Jack MatthewsTelevision film
Tails You Live, Heads You're DeadDetective McKinleyTelevision film
Jonny Quest vs. The Cyber Insects 4-DacVoice, television film [8]
1996 An Unfinished Affair Alex ConnorTelevision film
Twilight ManJordan P. CooperTelevision film
Buried Secrets Clay RoffTelevision film
Christmas in My HometownJacob (Jake) PetersonTelevision film; also known as A Holiday for Love
1997 The Legend of Calamity Jane Captain John O'RourkeVoice [8]
Sleeping with the Devil Dick StrangTelevision film
Buried Alive II Clint GoodmanTelevision film
1998 Dead Man's Gun Reverent Jeremiah Early
Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two FamiliesAdolf AlthoffTelevision film
Forever Love Alex BrooksTelevision film
The New Batman Adventures Michael VreelandVoice, episode: "Chemistry" [8]
Catch Me If You CanNormTelevision film
1999At the Mercy of a StrangerJohn DavisTelevision film
1999–2006 The West Wing Vice President John Hoynes 20 episodes
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series (2002–2003)
2000Navigating the HeartJohn DalyTelevision film
Hell SwarmKirk BluhdornTelevision film
Sharing the Secret John MossTelevision film
Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis John F. Kennedy Television film
2001Second HoneymoonGeorgeTelevision film
2001–2002 Wolf Lake Sheriff Matthew Donner
2002 Mom's on Strike Alan HarrisTelevision film
The King of Queens Dr. FarberEpisode: "Two-Thirty"
Breaking News Bill Dunne
2003 Martha, Inc.: The Story of Martha Stewart Andy StewartTelevision film
The King and Queen of Moonlight BayAl DodgeTelevision film
Ed Peter Evashavik
Without a Trace Dr. Aaron Morrison
2004 Judas Pontius Pilate Television film
Justice League Unlimited Maxwell Lord Voice, episode: "Ultimatum" [8]
2006Augusta, GoneBen DudmanTelevision film
2007The World According to BarnesTelevision film
Shark Judge Andrew Bennett
2007–2013 Burn Notice Larry Sizemore Recurring role
2008 Entourage Steve Parles
To Love and Die James WhiteTelevision film
2009 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Jarvis KordVoice, episode: "Fall of the Blue Beetle!"
Body Politic Senator WebsterTelevision film
2010 White Collar Edward WalkerEpisode: "Withdrawal"
2011–2015 Hart of Dixie Dr. Bertram "Brick" BreelandRecurring role episodes 1–14; regular role episodes 15-76
2012–2013 Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Brad ChilesVoice, 13 episodes
2013 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Oliver Tate2 episodes
2015 The Prince SolomanTelevision film
Last Chance of ChristmasReginald BuckleyTelevision film
2016 Motive Brent RodmanEpisode: "Chronology of Pain"
Killing Reagan Ronald Reagan [9] Television film
Nominated — Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Movie/Miniseries (2016)
2017 Snowfall George MillerUnaired pilot
2017–2019 Madam Secretary Fred Moran2 episodes
2017–2018 Me, Myself & I Richard2 episodes
2018 The Good Fight Tully Nelson4 episodes
The Affair James2 episodes
2019 Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television Steve3 episodes
The Goldbergs EricEpisode: "Animal House"
2019–present Virgin River Doc MullinsMain role
2019–2021 This Is Us Dave Malone3 episodes
2019–2020 Fast & Furious Spy Racers General DudleyVoice; 4 episodes [8]
2021 Evil Edward Tragoren2 episodes
2023 Quantum Leap Neal Russell1 episode

Theme parks

1989 Body Wars Captain BraddockDisney attraction

As director

1984 St. Elsewhere
1994 Breach of Conduct Television film
1995Tails You Live, Heads You're DeadTelevision film
1997 Buried Alive II Television film
1999 In the Company of Spies Television film
2000Hell SwarmTelevision film
2003 The Twilight Zone
Threat Matrix
2003–2004 Third Watch
Without a Trace
2004–2005 Cold Case
2005 Numbers
Las Vegas
2006 Killer Instinct
Augusta, GoneTelevision film
The West Wing
Just Legal
2006–2009 Criminal Minds
2007 Traveler
Bionic Woman
2007–2009 Psych
2007–2010 Burn Notice
2008 True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet Television film
2009 Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia Video
Dirty Sexy Money
2010 The Good Guys
White Collar
Covert Affairs
Persons Unknown
2011 Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
Criminal BehaviorTelevision film
2011–2012 Drop Dead Diva
2012–2015 Hart of Dixie
2014Wild CardPilot
2015 The Last Ship
2016 Lucifer
Person of Interest
2017 Taken
2019–2020 Virgin River

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