Tim Matheson
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Tim Matheson
Tim Matheson is an American actor, director and producer. He is perhaps best known for his portrayal of the smooth-talking Eric "Otter" Stratton in the 1978 comedy National Lampoon's Animal House and the bitter Vice President John Hoynes in the NBC drama, The West Wing and has had a variety of other well-known roles, including providing the voice of the lead character in the cartoon TV program Jonny Quest.
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Killing Reagan: A Film in Need of Life Support
Huffington Post - 4 months
Sunday night, I found myself in the crosshairs of the long-awaited Killing Reagan, and, well, I was not exactly slain. That was not due to any preconceived political ideas about Reagan. Frankly, now trapped in the political hospice called the Trump and Hillary room, even a passing revisit of Reagan's life, albeit at his nadir, swept in a momentary breath of optimism. The inspiration for this biopic was the book by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard, another in the Killing Series page-turners; this one is a fairly effective work, as was their earlier attempt, Killing Kennedy. The O'Reilly-Dugard formula is to collect the lesser-known facts of history --usually about someone slain, or in the case of Reagan, nearly assassinated --and to weave a new narrative, from the melodramatic, even salacious details. As someone under the same microscope of biopic filmmaking (www.silencepatton.com), I applaud O'Reilly for convincing a general audience to watch anything about history beyond the his ...
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LADY IN RED; The Incredibly Talented CYNTHIA NIXON Suits Up In Scarlet For KILLING REAGAN!
Huffington Post - 4 months
An entire nation literally divided over mixed feelings toward former president Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy, both very well-known for bringing extreme conservatism back into the White House, there's one thing that's pretty much unanimous when it comes to the character of this couple- they are certainly complex individuals. A former movie star that had made it into the role of Commander and Chief, and a woman known for extreme poise while still often appalling the public for her spendthrift behavior, Ronald and Nancy, if nothing else, were heavily multifaceted people- and that requires the finest of actors to play them, and Killing Reagan has found just the perfect caliber of talent to fill those roles. While the extremely acclaimed and versatile Tim Matheson takes on the former President in a performance critics are already raving about, the unbelievably gifted Cynthia Nixon is cast as Nancy, stealing scenes as she usually does while bringing her nuanced excellence and i ...
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Tim Matheson enters the 'No Spin Zone'
Fox News - 5 months
Actor on new film
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Tim Matheson on playing Reagan
Fox News - 5 months
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Animal House: The Right-Wing Anti-LGBT Counteroffensive
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
We are now on the verge of national marriage equality, just one season away. We hear very little public opposition to what is increasingly considered inevitable, other than the apparent attempt at re-secession by the state of Alabama. But that doesn't mean there isn't resistance, which is crystallized these days in "gay wedding cakes," and while we could easily continue to deal with a guerilla war, we're now facing a significant counteroffensive. We've recently scored a major victory in Indiana, which I detailed in my most recent column. Before I expand on the significance of the national turning point that is Indiana, which I will do in an upcoming column, and address the "Utah compromise," which has received relatively little attention, I'd like to review the recent past and set the table for the events of this past month. In addition, the indefatigable reporter/radio host Michelangelo Signorile has just published a book covering in detail this very topic: It's Not Over: Getting B ...
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'Burn Notice' Finale: Seven Things We'll Miss About The Spy Drama
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"When you're a spy, it can be hard to accept that the mission is over." That isn't a line from the "Burn Notice" series finale, which airs Thursday on USA; it sprang from my own brain. I've heard Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan) do that kind of narration so often that it was hard to resist the urge to channel that deadpan voice one more time before it's time to say goodbye to the show. There was a lot of USA Network DNA in this show from the moment it debuted: It had the blue skies that the network's shows are known for, and the Miami setting allowed for a lot of skimpy bikinis, palm trees and mojitos. But the show's deeper arc -- which told the story of a spy who had to learn how to dismantle the mental compartments he'd so diligently built and reconnect to the people in his life while he rebuilt his professional reputation -- was what gave the show its heft and texture. You could also argue that it paved the way for "Suits," "Covert Affairs" and "Graceland," which tend to ...
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Hart of Dixie ‘Bachelorette & Bullets’ Episode Review
Beleb Dirty Laundry - almost 5 years
  The CW’s Hart of Dixie is really heating up.  The Rachel Bilson drama featured a guest appearance by Smallville’s Justin Hartley and Lemon’s hilarious bachelorette party. Get the full episode review below.   After waiting since midway through the start of the season it looks like Lemon haters and team Zoe fans  got their wish, in a sense anyways.  If you didn’t tune into last night’s episode of hart of Dixie you missed a big one.  Not only does George now know that what he saw in the street last week was in fact Lavon and Lemon sharing an intimidate moment, he’s fully aware of their previous affair and has called off the wedding.   Fans were treated of course to the main event until the very end of the episode entitled Bachelorette and Bullets, but that’s not to say the episode’s start wasn’t just as exciting.  Justin Hartley showed up and sparks were flying between Zoe and his character Wade, a soldier of sorts who shows up in town referring to himself as a ninja.  After ...
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‘Hart of Dixie’ co-star teases tonight’s ‘rewarding’ episode, the crazy finale
Entertainment Weekly - almost 5 years
Hart of Dixie‘s Tim Matheson has a knack for quietly taking control. Take, for instance, our chat with him two
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DVD Review - Sometimes They Come Back (1991)
Flickering Myth - almost 5 years
Sometimes They Come Back, 1991. Directed by Tom McLoughlin. Starring Tim Matheson, Brooke Adams, Matt Nolan, Chad Nyerges, Nicholas Sadler, William Sanderson and Robert Rusler. SYNOPSIS: A teacher with a troubled past returns to his hometown with his family to start a new beginning. However, his past soon comes back to haunt him as he remembers the traumatic event of his older brother’s death. Based on a Stephen King short story, Sometimes They Come Back is a classic horror story of a tormented man who is revisited by his past in an all too vivid manner. The film opens with a voiceover narration, a technique I have my gripes with. However, I have come to accept that it is mostly necessary with literary adaptations, and in the case of Sometimes They Come Back, it actually works quite well in establishing the character of Jim Norman, a father who is returning to his home town, Stratford, Connecticut, to live with his family. He tells us, the audience, that he has not been bac ...
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BLOG: Broadway adaptation of 'Animal House' in the works
The Dartmouth - almost 5 years
Welcome to Broadway, Bluto, Otter and Boon! National Lampoon’s 1978 gross-out classic "Animal House" (1978) is the latest film set to be adapted into a Broadway musical. So far, the Canadian alt-rock band Barenaked Ladies has signed on to score the musical while Tony winner Casey Nicholaw of "The Book of Mormon" and "The Drowsy Chaperone" will provide direction and choreography. Playwright Michael Mitnick will adapt the screenplay. Universal Pictures Stage Productions will produce the musical along with Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel and James L. Nederlander. Set at a college based off our very own bucolic campus in 1962, the original film begins as "Dean Wormer is determined to expel the entire Delta Tau Chi Fraternity, though the frat's misfit group of troublemakers has other plans." The original producer of the film, Matty Simmons — a founding publisher of National Lampoon magazine — will serve as executive producer. Chris Miller '63 co-wrote the film, which ...
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A Good Old Fashioned Orgy Review - Digitaltrends.com
Google News - over 5 years
He is the Tim Matheson from Animal House, the Luke Wilson role from Old School, Alan Covert from Grandma's Boy and a dozen others. Whatever the movie, the character always has his (and it is almost always a he) unique quirks and motivations,
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Burn Notice, "Army of One": who's that guy? - TV Geek Army
Google News - over 5 years
I just wasn't prepared for Larry Sizemore (Tim Matheson) or Tom Strickler (Ben Shenkman) to make a surprise return visit. Even though we don't know who killed Max, at least one vital question got answered. Whatever happened to "The Pretender?
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Salmon Row tells epic fish tale - Vancouver Courier
Google News - over 5 years
Tim Matheson projects archival photos against the old exterior cannery walls, adding a sense of actual history to the dramatization. The play is set in motion by the T'skaya (Coastal Wolf Pack) Dancers from the Musqueam First Nation on whose ancestral
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Listen to Your Heart - Sky Movies
Google News - over 5 years
Former Charlie's Angels star Kate Jackson joins Animal House graduate Tim Matheson in a lightweight look at the pressures of modern-day relationships. Back in the early Fifties, the director Don Taylor was a contract actor at MGM, best-known for his
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Extra Iddings: Theater company casts its 'Bus Stop' (column) - MLive.com
Google News - over 5 years
Movie actors Tim Matheson ("Animal House") as Bo Decker and Margot Kidder ("Superman") as Cherie starred in a 1982 televised production of "Bus Stop." Hull did the role with his script in his cowboy hat, and played guitar a whole lot better than Extra
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Step aside, Steinbeck - here's Salmon Row - Vancouver Sun
Google News - over 5 years
He's thankful for the steady hand of a veteran technical team, including Yvan Morissette (set), Gerald King (lighting), Barbara Clayden (costumes), Frank Rader (masks and puppets) and Tim Matheson (video projection), as well as the helping hand of
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Generate's Jordan Levin: How Hollywood's 'Decision by Committee' Climate ... - Hollywood Reporter
Google News - over 5 years
These days, the former WB honcho-turned-Generate chief executive is busy managing a multi-platform studio and talent management firm that counts actor-director Tim Matheson, director-producer Emile Levisetti and comedian Charlie Todd among its clients
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ANIMAL HOUSE and THE BLUES BROTHERS Blu-ray Reviews - Collider.com
Google News - over 5 years
Here it's the Delta House frat brotehrs that are the slobs, led by Otter (Tim Matheson) and Boone (Peter Riegert) – the smart ones – and are joined by mercurial troublemakers like Bluto (Belushi) and D-Day (Bruce McGill). Pinto (Thomas Hulce) and
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Tim Matheson
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 67
    Matheson is set to play President Ronald Reagan in a television film adaptation of 2015 novel Killing Reagan set to be premiering on October 16, 2016.
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  • 2011
    Age 63
    He played Dr. Brick Breeland on Hart of Dixie from 2011 to 2015.
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  • 2010
    Age 62
    Matheson was born in Glendale, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. In 2010, he was divorced from Megan Murphy Matheson after a 25-year marriage and three children.
    More Details Hide Details He was previously married 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.
  • 2009
    Age 61
    In 2009, Matheson directed the pilot episode of Covert Affairs, premiered on USA Network in 2010.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 2008
    Age 60
    He also appeared in a Volkswagen commercial in 2008.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1996
    Age 48
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Matheson 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 based is rumored to have "had a strong tradition of existence". He appeared in the auto-racing film Redline.
  • 1989
    Age 41
    Matheson, along with business partner Dan Grodnik, bought National Lampoon in 1989 when the magazine was facing financial decline.
    More Details Hide Details They were unable to reverse the magazine fortunes, however, and sold it in 1991. Matheson 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 1989, he starred in the short-lived sitcom Nikki and Alexander produced by Reinhold Weege.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1982
    Age 34
    Matheson 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.
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  • 1978
    Age 30
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Matheson starred in the comedy films Up the Creek (1984) and Fletch (1985). Matheson appeared in the film To Be or Not to Be (1983) starring Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1976
    Age 28
    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.
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  • 1975
    Age 27
    In 1975, he guest starred in CBS's short-lived family drama Three for the Road.
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  • 1972
    Age 24
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 1969
    Age 21
    In 1969, Matheson joined the cast of NBC's television western The Virginian in the eighth season as Jim Horn.
    More Details Hide Details He had a guest role in the 14th episode of the second season of Night Gallery, in the story "Logoda's Heads".
  • TEENAGE
  • 1964
    Age 16
    In 1964, he provided the voice of the lead character in the animated series Jonny Quest.
    More Details Hide Details He also supplied the voices of Sinbad Jr. the Sailor in the 1960s Hanna-Barbera animated series Sinbad Jr. and his Magic Belt 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 also starred Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda.
  • 1961
    Age 13
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1947
    Born
    Born on December 31, 1947.
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