Joseph Timothy Thomerson
April 8, 1946
Coronado, California, U.S.
Joseph Timothy Thomerson (born April 8, 1946) is an American actor and comedian.He is best known for his role as Jack Deth in the Trancers film series, his work in numerous low-budget features, and his comedic television roles. He appeared in the films Uncommon Valor , Air America , Volunteers , Who's Harry Crumb? , Iron Eagle , and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas .
Tim Thomerson was born in Coronado, California. He was brought up in both Hawaii and in San Diego. Following a stint in the Army National Guard, where he served as a cook in a tank company with actor Brion James, Thomerson chose to become an actor, while taking a job as a set builder and prop man at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre, famous for its Shakespearean productions.
Following college, Thomerson began a career as a stand-up comedian, honing his skills. He appeared in comedy clubs including The Bitter End in Greenwich Village, The Improv in Los Angeles, and Catch a Rising Star in New York City.
Thomerson entered the world of stand-up comedy in the 1970s. In Los Angeles, he became a regular at the Comedy Store and the Improv, and made numerous appearances on television variety shows and in Las Vegas.
One of Thomerson's early acting breaks came from director Robert Altman who, after seeing Thomerson's stand-up act, cast him in the film A Wedding . Thomerson first came to prominence in the short-lived comedy science-fiction TV series Quark in 1977–78, as Gene/Jean, a character of dual gender who randomly switched between the two.
Thomerson began a long career in television and film starting in the mid-1970s, starting with roles such as the criminal psychologist Jerry Moriarity in the slasher film Fade to Black (1980) before moving on to starring roles such as the time-traveling future cop Jack Deth in the 1985 low-budget science-fiction film Trancers , his most famous role.
In 1986, Thomerson reunited with a few of his Trancers co-stars for the World War II science fiction film Zone Troopers ; he also appeared in the vampire film Near Dark , and played a villain opposite Melanie Griffith's heroine in the science fiction film Cherry 2000 . He also appeared in NBC's television film The Incredible Hulk Returns (1988) as the Hulk's opponent, Jack LeBeau.
When Charles Band started Full Moon Features in the late 1980s, one of his first projects was the sequel Trancers II (1991), in which he reunited Thomerson with much of the cast from the first film. Thomerson would later appear in each of the sequels except Trancers 6 .
Another film role making Thomerson popular with science fiction fans[ citation needed ] was that of Brick Bardo in Dollman (1991), a Dirty Harry-like alien cop who is only 13 inches (33 cm) tall; the character also appeared briefly in Bad Channels .
In the 1990s, he was a series regular on the TV police drama Sirens , followed by a regular, co-starring role on the series Land's End .
|Episode: "A Word Called Courage"
|A Shadow in the Streets
|'Two to a Cell' Cop (uncredited)
|Laverne & Shirley
|Episode: "The Bachelor Party"
|City of Angels
|Episode: "The Parting Shot"
|As Timmothy Tomerson
|Benny And Barney: Las Vegas Undercover
|All That Glitters
|Which Way Is Up?
|As Timothy Thomerson
|TV series regular (8 episodes)
|Remember My Name
|As Timothy Thomerson
|Episode: "Death Mask"
|Mork & Mindy (ep. 13)
|Guest in TV series
|TV series regular
|TV series regular
|Fade to Black
|Take This Job and Shove It
|Sheriff Dwayne Temple
|The Two of Us
|TV series regular
|Some Kind of Hero
|Jekyll and Hyde... Together Again
|Dr. Knute Lanyon
|Likely Stories, Vol. 2
|Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn
|The Osterman Weekend
|Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour
|Panelist (March 1984)
|Mule Mulelowski / Police Sergeant Harry Traynor / Police Detective Gil Glasgow
|Episodes "Honorable Profession" (1988) ... Mule Mulelowski
"Change Partners and Dance"(1986) ... Police Sgt. Harry Traynor
"Pen Pals" (1984) ... Police Det. Gil Glasgow
|Murder, She Wrote
|Lieutenant Clyde Pitts
|Colonel Ted Masters
|The B.R.A.T. Patrol
|Major Dan Hackett
|Tour of Duty
|Sergeant Aubrey Decker
|1 episode. The Good, the Bad, and the Dead
|Down and Out in Beverly Hills
|A Tiger's Tale
|The Wrong Guys
|The Incredible Hulk Returns
|Who's Harry Crumb?
|Murder, She Wrote
|Jim 'Buzz' Buchannon
|Dollman vs. Demonic Toys
|Brainsmasher... A Love Story
|Trancers 4: Jack of Swords
|The Cisco Kid
|Hong Kong 97
|Trancers 5: Sudden Deth
|Sergeant James 'Buddy' Zunder
|Walker Texas Ranger
|Back to Back
|Nemesis 3: Prey Harder
|Dave 'Thunder' Thornton
|Xena: Warrior Princess
|Meleager The Mighty
|When Time Expires
|The Angry Beavers
|Leonard Beaver (voice)
|Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
|Together & Alone
|Escape from Atlantis
|Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
|Border to Border
|Ranger Chuck Macneil
|The Magnificent Seven
|Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
|The Princess & the Barrio Boy
|Ranger Chuck MacNeil
|Shoot or Be Shot
|The Killing Point
|Days of Our Lives
|A Lousy Ten Grand
|The Nowhere Man
|Deston / Jared
|Hell to Pay
|also known as Final Approach
|The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
|To Kill a Mockumentary
|Forget About It
|Al 'Arizona Al'
|Left in Darkness
|Blue Lake Massacre
|Good God Bad Dog
|Season of Darkness
|The Silicon Assassin Project
|Asylum of Darkness
|Voice of Freedom
|Saints Row: The Third
|Saints Row IV
|Simulation Cyrus Temple
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