• Timothy Busfield is an American film producer, director, and actor, best known for his role in the drama series "The West Wing".
• He is married to Melissa Gilbert, and they have three children from his previous marriages.
• He attended East Lansing High School and East Tennessee State University, and he was encouraged by his father to pursue a career in the film industry.
• He has been in close to 100 movies and TV series, has won 25 awards, and has written, produced, and directed more than 50 movies and TV series.
• Timothy is 64 years old, has a net worth of over $1 million, and enjoys playing golf and travelling.
Timothy Busfield Wiki Bio
Timothy was born in Lansing, Michigan USA on 12 June 1957 – his zodiac sign is Gemini, and he holds American nationality. He’s a film producer, director, and an actor who’s appeared in close to 100 movies and TV series, while he’s probably still known best for his portrayal of Danny Concannon in the hit drama series “The West Wing”. It was created by Aaron Sorkin, starred Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe and Allison Janney, and follows the staffers working in the White House’s West Wing; the series aired from 1999 to 2006, and won 146 awards, including 26 Primetime Emmys, while it was nominated for 263 other awards.
Who is his wife?
Timothy has married thrice. He exchanged vows with his first wife, the American actress and film director Radha Delamarter, in 1982; she gave birth to their son Willy, but Timothy and Radha divorced in 1986, reasons unrevealed.
He married the American fashion designer Jennifer Merwin in 1988, and she gave birth to their children Samuel and Daisy; their divorce was finalized in 2007.
Timothy revealed in January 2013 that he had become engaged to Melissa Gilbert, a famous American actress, film producer and director, who has appeared in close to 100 movies and TV series, and is probably still known best for her portrayal of Laura Ingalis, the main character in the popular romantic family series “Little House on the Prairie”, which aired from 1974 to 1983.
Timothy and Melissa exchanged vows on 24 April 2013 at Santa Barbara’s San Ysidro Ranch.
They lived in Howell, Michigan between 2013 and 2018, and then moved to New York City where they’re still living today.
Early life and education
Timothy was raised alongside his sister Julia and brothers Terry and Buck, by their mother Jean who was a secretary, and their father Roger who was a drama professor.
The children were encouraged by their father to pursue careers in the film industry, and Timothy started appearing in plays while attending East Lansing High School; he was interested in a couple of other activities during his four years there, including playing football and tennis.
He matriculated in 1975, and then enrolled at East Tennessee State University; during that time, he occasionally travelled with the Actors Theatre Louisville, appearing in plays in Europe and Asia. Timothy graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 1979, and not long after that moved to New York City, and joined the Circle Repertory Company.
Roles in movies
Timothy made his debut film appearance in the 1981 war comedy “Stripes”, directed by Ivan Reitman, and which starred Bill Murray, John Candy and Harold Ramis; it follows two friends who have joined the US Army because they’ve become bored with their everyday jobs. A couple of his other roles in the ‘80s were in the 1984 comedy “Revenge of the Nerds”, the 1987 sequel “Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise”, and the 1989 family fantasy drama “Field of Dreams”.
In 1992, he was cast to play Dick Gordon in the evergreen crime comedy “Sneakers”, written and directed by Phil Alden Robinson, and which starred Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd and Sidney Poitier. It follows a security professional and his team who have been tasked with finding and retrieving a valuable item; the movie was nominated for two awards. Timothy appeared in a couple of other hit movies in the ‘90s, such as in 1994 the family sports comedy “Little Big League” and the biographical historical drama “Quiz Show”, and the 1998 comedy “Carson’s Vertical Suburbia”.
His following notable performance was his portrayal of Charlie Reed in the 2003 action crime comedy “National Security”, and in 2005, Timothy played a supporting character in the musical family comedy “The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie”.
The year 2011 saw him portray one of the main characters, School District’s HR Representative, in the family drama “Beyond the Blackboard”, directed by Jeff Bleckner, and which also starred Emily VanCamp and Steve Talley. The movie follows a woman who’s teaching homeless children at their shelter, and it won one of the six awards for which it was nominated.
Three of Timothy’s most recent movie roles have been in the 2015 short comedy drama “One Smart Fellow”, the 2017 drama “Tenure” and the 2020 drama “Thirtysomething(else)”; he’s currently shooting for the upcoming movie “The Independent”.
Roles in TV series
He made his debut TV series appearance with his portrayal of Mark Potter in all the six episodes of the 1983 comedy “Reggie”, while he then appeared in an episode of a couple of series, such as the comedy “AfterMASH”, the drama “The Paper Chase” and the romantic drama “Hotel”.
Between 1984 and 1986, Timothy starred as Dr. John ‘J. T.’ McIntyre in the popular drama “Trapper John, M. D.”, which was nominated for 13 awards, including six Primetime Emmys.
Between 1987 and 1991, he starred as Elliot Weston in all the 85 episodes of the romantic drama “Thirtysomething”, created by Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick, and which also starred Polly Draper and Mel Harris. The series follows seven people who are living in Philadelphia, and it won 41 award, including 13 Primetime Emmys, while it was nominated for 63 other awards. Timothy played supporting characters in various series in the ‘90s, such as the crime comedy drama “Screen One”, the drama “The Byrds of Paradise” and the fantasy horror drama “The Outer Limits”.
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He had only a couple of TV series roles in the 2000s, while his most notable performance was perhaps his portrayal of Cal Shanley in the 2007 comedy drama “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip”. It was created by Aaron Sorkin, starred Matthew Perry, Amanda Peet and Bradley Whitford, and follows the making of a comedy show; the series won five awards, including a Primetime Emmy, while it was nominated for 20 other awards.
Timothy was mostly focused on playing supporting characters and making guest appearances in the 2010s, in series such as the mystery crime drama “Blue Bloods”, the comedy “Childrens Hospital” and the action crime adventure “Sleepy Hollow”.
Most recently, in 2020 and 2021 he played Henry Roswell in the biographical crime drama “For Life”.
Writing, producing and directing
Timothy has two writing credits: the 2015 short comedy movie “One Smart Fellow”, and the 2017 drama film “Tenure”, both of which he also produced, directed and starred in.
He has nine producing credits, which include 44 episodes of the hit comedy series “Ed” (2000-2004), 47 episodes of the mystery crime series “Without a Trace” (2004-2006) and the 2019 drama movie “Guest Artist”.
Timothy has directed more than 50 movies and TV series.
Awards and nominations
He has won 25 awards, including a 1991 Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, for his performance in “Thirtysomething”; he has been nominated for four other Primetime Emmys.
Some of Timothy’s other wins include three Zed Fest Film Festival Awards, three Williamsburg Independent Film Festival Awards, and a Traverse City Film Festival Audience Award, all for his movie “One Smart Fellow”.
Hobbies and other interests
Timothy is apparently keen on travelling, and has been to various US states and European countries, mostly for work; he’s also vacationed in a couple of Asian and African countries, and his dream travel destination is Indonesia.
He enjoyed playing sports with his friends in his 20s and 30s, while the only sport he plays today is golf.
Timothy is into reading books – his favorite author is Paulo Coelho, while some of his favorite books include “Eleven Minutes”, “Veronika Decides to Die” and “The Pilgrimage”.
He has his own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Clint Eastwood, Russell Crowe and Helena Bonham Carter, while a couple of his favorite movies are “Gran Torino”, “A Good Year” and “A Beautiful Mind”.
Health – Is he in a wheelchair?
Timothy was in a wheelchair back in 2005. He tried to carry a beanbag down stairs and tripped, breaking his right leg in four places, while he also tore the ligaments in his right foot. He had work the following day, and had to choose to either walk using crutches, or to be in a wheelchair; he chose the latter.
Age, height and net worth
Timothy’s age is 64. He has short brown hair and blue eyes, his height is 5ft 10ins (1.8m) and he weighs around 165lbs (75kgs).
As of January 2022, his net worth has been estimated at over $1 million.