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Also Known As: Died:
Born: June 12, 1957 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Lansing, Michigan, USA Profession: actor, theatrical producer, director, minor league baseball pitcher

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Character actor Timothy Busfield was already a veteran of two television series by the time he rose to fame with his Emmy-winning performance as Elliot Weston, who struggled with infidelity and his wife's cancer on "thirtysomething" (ABC, 1987-1991). In its wake, Busfield starred and/or guested on several more programs; some notable - "The West Wing" (NBC, 1999-2006) - and others less than memorable - "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" (NBC, 2006-07). In many cases, however, his easygoing flair for both high drama and comedy were often the show's best asset. Along the way, Busfield developed into a dependable TV director and a likable lead in several features and made-for-TV movies.

Character actor Timothy Busfield was already a veteran of two television series by the time he rose to fame with his Emmy-winning performance as Elliot Weston, who struggled with infidelity and his wife's cancer on "thirtysomething" (ABC, 1987-1991). In its wake, Busfield starred and/or guested on several more programs; some notable - "The West Wing" (NBC, 1999-2006) - and others less than memorable - "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" (NBC, 2006-07). In many cases, however, his easygoing flair for both high drama and comedy were often the show's best asset. Along the way, Busfield developed into a dependable TV director and a likable lead in several features and made-for-TV movies.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Maneater (2009)

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 23 Blast (2013)
2.
3.
 National Security (2003) Charlie Reed
4.
 Terminal Error (2002) Elliott Nesher
5.
 Dead in a Heartbeat (2002) Zachary Franklin
6.
 Time at the Top (1999) Frank Shawson
7.
 Erasable You (1998) Brian
8.
 Dream House (1998) Connor Thornton
9.
 Souler Opposite, The (1998) Robert Levin
10.
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Milestones close milestones

1975:
Landed first acting job in a children's theater in Johnson City, TN at age 18 playing Puck in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" adaptation titled "Robin Goodfellow" (date approximate)
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Started theater company with some friends, touring areas of Appalachia, especially with children's theater programs
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Worked as apprentice and resident actor with Actors Theatre of Louisville, KY; traveled through Europe and Israel with the Actors Theatre production of "Getting Out"
1981:
Moved to NYC; joined Circle Repertory Company for production of "Talley and Son" by Lanford Wilson
1981:
Feature film debut, "Stripes"
1982:
Understudied Matthew Broderick and Zeljko Ivanek in Broadway production of Neil Simon's comedy-drama "Brighton Beach Memoirs" (date approximate)
1983:
Moved to Los Angeles, CA
1983:
TV series debut, playing Reggie Potter's (Richard Mulligan) son Mark on short-lived ABC sitcom "Reggie"
1984:
Joined cast of CBS medical drama "Trapper John, M.D."; played title character's son Dr. J.T. McIntyre during show's last two seasons
1984:
Played supporting role of Poindexter in comedy sleeper "Revenge of the Nerds" (1984) and its sequel "Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise" (1987)
1986:
Moved to Sacramento, CA (date approximate)
1986:
Co-founded with brother Buck the Fantasy Theatre in Sacramento, a professional touring acting company for young audiences, which performed in Northern California schools and sponsored an annual Young Playwrights contest
1987:
Co-starred as Elliot Weston on acclaimed ABC yuppie serial drama "thirtysomething"
1990:
Hosted made-for-cable TV documentary "Don't Divorce the Children"
1990:
Broadway debut, "A Few Good Men"
1990:
TV directorial debut, helmed episode "Her Cup Runneth Over" for "thirtysomething"
1991:
TV-movie debut, "Strays" (USA Network)
1993:
Co-founded with brother Buck another small professional theater in Sacramento, the "B" Street Theater (date approximate)
1993:
Played first leading, top-billed role in "The Skateboard Kid"
1994:
Played Sam Byrd on ABC drama series "The Byrds of Paradise"
1996:
Returned to series TV on short-lived ensemble comedy "Champs" (ABC)
1997:
Starred in USA Network movie "Trucks"
1997:
Acted in "Buffalo Soldiers" (TNT)
1998:
Played lead role in UPN movie "Dream House"
1999:
Cast in recurring role as reporter Danny Concannon on "The West Wing" (NBC); joined as regular cast member in 2004-05 season as White House deputy press secretary
2000:
Directed two episodes of ABC's "Sports Night"
2001:
Executive produced and directed several episodes of NBC comedy "Ed"; also had recurring role as Lloyd Stevens
2004:
Directed episodes of NBC drama "Las Vegas"
2004:
Directed and appeared on several episodes of "Without a Trace" (CBS); also co-executive produced
2006:
Re-teamed with Aaron Sorkin for NBC drama "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip," playing the control-room director
2007:
Directed several episodes of FX legal drama "Damages"
2008:
Executive produced short-lived NBC series "Lipstick Jungle"
2011:
Co-starred in Hallmark Hall of Fame drama "Beyond the Blackboard" (CBS)
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Education

East Tennessee State University: Johnson City , Tennessee -

Notes

Busfield was sued for by a teenage girl who accused him of sexual harrassment on the set of the feature "Little Big League" (1994). The suit was settled out of court. Busfield was later ordered to pay a Minneapolis law firm close to $150,000 in lawyers' fees after he unsuccessfully sued the law firm for defamation. The actor filed an appeal.

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wife:
Radha Delamarter. Actor, director. Divorced in 1986.
wife:
Jennifer Merwin. Fashion designer. Born c. 1961; married in September 1988.

Family close complete family listing

sister:
Terry Schmit.
brother:
Buck Busfield. Born c. 1952; co-founded Fantasy Theater, a children's theater, with Timothy c. 1986.
son:
Wilson Busfield. Born c. 1982; mother, Radha Delamarter.
daughter:
Daisy Merwin Busfield. Born on March 6, 1989; mother, Jennifer Merwin.
son:
Samuel Clark Busfield. Born on July 16, 1991; mother, Jennifer Merwin.
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