Tim Matheson

Tim Matheson (born Timothy Lewis Matthieson; December 31, 1947) is an American actor and director.[1] He is perhaps best known for his portrayals of the smooth-talking Eric "Otter" Stratton in the comedy film National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) and of Vice President John Hoynes in the NBC drama The West Wing.

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

(1947-12-31) December 31, 1947
Glendale, California, U.S.
ResidenceHollywood, California, U.S.
OccupationActor, director
Years active1961–present
Jennifer Leak
(m. 1968; div. 1971)

Megan Murphy Matheson
(m. 1985; div. 2010)
Elizabeth Marighetto (m. 2018 - current)

Matheson has had a variety of other well-known roles, including providing the voice of the lead character in the animated series Jonny Quest and for playing President Ronald Reagan in a television film adaptation of the 2015 novel Killing Reagan that premiered on October 16, 2016 on the National Geographic Channel.

Matheson also starred as Old Man Vreeke in the 2017 fantasy film Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, and recently played Henry Kaslan in the horror film Child's Play.[2]

Matheson is currently playing Doc Mullins in the Netflix series VIRGIN RIVER, which has just been renewed for its 2nd season..


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.[3] 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 the original animated series Space Ghost. In addition, 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.

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 young motorcycle cop, Phil Sweet, in the film Magnum Force (1973). Matheson also appeared earlier in the CBS situation comedies 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 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. 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.[5]

Matheson, along with business partner Dan Grodnik, bought National Lampoon in 1989. The partners sold the Company in 1991. He also 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.

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. He appeared in the movie 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.

Personal life

Matheson was born in Glendale, California, a suburb of Los Angeles, the son of Sally and Clifford Matthieson, a training pilot.[6] In 2010, he was divorced from Megan Murphy Matheson after a 25-year marriage and three children. He was previously married for three years to actress Jennifer Leak, whom he met on the set of Yours, Mine, and Ours. Matheson served a tour of duty in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. He speaks fluent French. He currently lives in Hollywood, California with Elizabeth Marighetto. The two were married in March, 2018.



Year Title Role Notes
1967 Divorce American Style Mark Harmon
1967 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
1978 Almost Summer Kevin Hawkins
1979 Dreamer Dreamer
1979 The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again Private Jeff Reed aka Captain Phillips
1979 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
1984 Up the Creek Bob McGraw
1984 Impulse Stuart
1985 Fletch Alan Stanwyck
1989 Speed Zone Jack O'Neill
1989 Body Wars Captain Braddock
1989 Little White Lies Harry TV movie
1990 Solar Crisis Steve Kelso
1991 Drop Dead Fred Charles
1996 Black Sheep Al Donnelly
1996 Midnight Heat Tyler Grey
1996 A Very Brady Sequel Roy Martin / Trevor Thomas
1998 A Very Unlucky Leprechaun Howard Wilson
1999 She's All That Harlan Siler
1999 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 / 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 Also director
2009 American Pie Presents: The Book of Love Alumnus Guy No. 4
2017 Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Old Man Vreeke
2018 6 Balloons Gary
2019 Child's Play Henry Kaslan


Year Title Role Notes
1961–62 Window on Main Street Roddy Miller First acting role
1961–62 The Alvin Show Additional voices 1 episode
1962–63 Leave It to Beaver Michael "Mike" Harmon 2 episodes
1962 My Three Sons Alan Edgerton Episode: "Tramp's First Bite"
1963 Ripcord David Episode: "The Final Jump"
1964–65 Jonny Quest Jonny Quest Voice
1965 Sinbad Jr. and his Magic Belt Sinbad Jr. Voice
1965 O.K. Crackerby! Huntington Hawthorne
1966 Space Ghost Jace Voice
1966 Thompson's Ghost Eddie Thompson
1967 Samson & Goliath Samson Voice
1967 NBC Children's Theatre Randy
1969 Adam-12 Leroy
1969–70 The Virginian 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 The D.A. Howard Goodman
1971 The Bold Ones: The Lawyers Miles Parker
1971 Night Gallery Henley
1972 Here's Lucy Peter Sullivan
1972 Ironside Darryl Podell
1972 The Smith Family Mark
1972–73 Bonanza Griff King
1972–78 Insight Chris
1973 Wide World Mystery Tommy
1973 Medical Center Sam Miller
1973 Kung Fu Lieutenant Bill Wyland Episode: "The Soldier"
1974 The Magician Jerry Purcell
1974 Police Story Allen Rich
1974 Remember When Warren Thompson
1975 The Last Day Emmet Dalton
1975 The Runaway Barge Danny Worth
1975 Three for the Road Tom Aberling
1976 Rhoda Michael Stearns
1976 Jigsaw John Nick Pappas
1976 Petrocelli Mike Fisher
1976 The Quest Quentin Beaudine
1976 The War Widow Amy's Husband Voice
1976 Visions Leonard Voice
1977 The Hemingway Play 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 Major 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 The Best Legs in the Eighth Grade Mark Fisher
1984 St. Elsewhere Director
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[5]
1989 The Littlest Victims Doctor James Oleske
1989 Little White Lies Dr. Harry McRae
1990 Buried Alive Clint Goodman
1990 Joshua's Heart Tom
1991 Sometimes They Come Back Jim Norman TV movie
1991 The Woman Who Sinned 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 Voice; Episode: "Shadow of the Bat, Parts 1 & 2"
1993 Fallen Angels Howard Hughes
1993 Shameful Secrets Daniel
1993 A Kiss to Die For William Tauber
1993 Trial & Error Peter Hudson
1993 Harmful Intent Dr. Rhodes
1994 Breach of Conduct Director
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 Also director
1995 Jonny Quest Versus the Cyber Insects 4-Dac Voice
1996 An Unfinished Affair 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 The Legend of Calamity Jane Captain John O'Rourke
1997 Sleeping with the Devil Dick Strang
1997 Buried Alive II Clint Goodman Also director
1998 Dead Man's Gun Reverent Jeremiah Early
1998 Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Families Adolf Althoff
1998 Forever Love Alex Brooks
1998 The New Batman Adventures Michael Vreeland Voice
1998 Catch Me If You Can Norm
1999 At the Mercy of a Stranger John Davis
1999 In the Company of Spies Director
1999–2006 The West Wing Vice President John Hoynes Also director
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series (2002–2003)
2000 Navigating the Heart John Daly
2000 Hell Swarm Kirk Bluhdorn Also director
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 The King of Queens Dr. Farber Episode: "Two-Thirty"
2002 Breaking News Bill Dunne
2003 Martha, Inc.: The Story of Martha Stewart Andy Stewart
2003 The King and Queen of Moonlight Bay Al Dodge
2003 The Twilight Zone Director
2003 Threat Matrix Director
2003 Ed Peter Evashavik Also director
2003 Third Watch Director
2003 Without a Trace Dr. Aaron Morrison Also director
2004 Judas Pontius Pilate
2004 Justice League Unlimited Maxwell Lord Voice
2004 Cold Case Director
2005 Numbers Director
2005 Las Vegas Director
2005 Threshold Director
2005 E-Ring Director
2006 The Prince Soloman
2006 Killer Instinct Director
2006 Augusta, Gone Ben Dudman Also director
2006 Just Legal Director
2006 Criminal Minds Director
2007 The World According to Barnes
2007 Shark Judge Andrew Bennett
2007 Traveler Director
2007 Eureka Director
2007 Bionic Woman Director
2007 Psych Director
2007–2013 Burn Notice Larry Sizemore Recurring role
Also director
2008 Entourage Steve Parles
2008 To Love and Die James White
2008 True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet Director
2009 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Jarvis Kord Voice
2009 Body Politic Senator Webster
2009 Dirty Sexy Money Director
2009 Greek Director
2010 The Good Guys Director
2010 White Collar Edward Walker Also director
2010 Covert Affairs Director
2010 Persons Unknown Director
2011 Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior Director
2011 Suits Director
2011 Criminal Behavior Director
2011 Drop Dead Diva Director
2011– 2015 Hart of Dixie Dr. Bertram "Brick" Breeland Recurring role episodes 1–14; regular role episodes 15-76
Also director
2012–2013 Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated Brad Chiles Voice; 13 episodes
2013 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Oliver Tate 2 episodes
2014 Wild Card Director
2015 The Last Ship Director
2016 Lucifer Director
2016 Person of Interest Director
2016 Killing Reagan Ronald Reagan[7] Television film
Nominated — Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Movie/Miniseries (2016)
2017 Snowfall George Miller Episode: " 2016 Original Pilot"
2017 Madam Secretary Fred Moran Episode: "The Fourth Estate"
2017–2018 Me, Myself & I Richard 2 episodes
2018 The Good Fight Tully 3 episodes
2018 The Affair James 2 episodes
2019 Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television Steve 3 episodes
2019 Virgin River Doc Mullins Main role
2019- This Is Us Dave Malone Recurring Role


Further reading

Kevin Scott Collier. Jonny, Sinbad Jr. & Me. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2017. ISBN 1978414838

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