Timothy Busfield Biography (1957-)

Born June 12, 1957, in Lansing, MI; son of Roger (a drama professor) and Jean(a secretary) Busfield; married Radha Delamarter (an actress and director; divorced, 1986); married Jennifer Merwin (a fashion designer), 1988; children:(first marriage) Willy; (second marriage) Daisy, Samuel. Addresses: Agent: c/o William Morris Agency, 151 South El Camino Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212-2704; Brad Slater, Creative Artists Agency, 9830 Wilshire Blvd., BeverlyHills, CA 90212.

Actor, producer, director
Birth Details
June 12, 1957
Lansing, Michigan, United States

Famous Works

  • Film Appearances
  • Soldier with mortar, Stripes, Columbia, 1981
  • Arnold Poindexter, Revenge of the Nerds, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1984
  • Arnold Poindexter, Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1987
  • Mark, Field of Dreams, Universal, 1989
  • Dick Gordon, Sneakers, Universal, 1992
  • Frank, The Skateboard Kid, Concorde/New Horizons Corp., 1993
  • Tony Sacco, Striking Distance, Columbia, 1993
  • Lou Collins, Little Big League, Columbia, 1994
  • Fred, Quiz Show, Buena Vista, 1994
  • Woods, First Kid, Buena Vista, 1996
  • Robert Levin, The Souler Opposite, Curb Entertainment, 1997
  • Brian, Erasable You, Dorian Productions, 1998
  • Voice of heart, Heartbeat, 2000
  • Charlie Reed, National Security, Columbia, 2003
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Mark Potter, Reggie, ABC, 1983
  • Dr. John "J. T." McIntyre, Jr., Trapper John, M.D., CBS, 1984-1986
  • Elliot Weston, thirtysomething, ABC, 1989-1991
  • Sam Byrd, The Byrds of Paradise, ABC, 1994
  • Tom McManus, Champs, ABC, 1996
  • Danny Concannon, a recurring role, The West Wing, NBC, 1999-2000,2002-2003
  • Movies
  • Paul Jarrett, Strays, USA Network, 1991
  • Elfred Schultz, Calendar Girl, Cop Killer? The Bambi Bembenek Story (also known as The Heart of the Lie), ABC, 1992
  • Del Calvin, Fade to Black, USA Network, 1993
  • Assistant District Attorney John Thorn, Murder between Friends, NBC, 1994
  • Detective Walt Keller, In the Shadow of Evil, CBS, 1995
  • Pete Honeycutt, In the Line of Duty: Kidnapped (also known as In the Line of Duty: Taxman), NBC, 1995
  • Matthew Grissom, Shadow of a Scream (also known as The Unspeakable, Criminal Pursuit, and Roger Corman Presents The Unspeakable),1997
  • Major Robert Carr, Buffalo Soldiers, TNT, 1997
  • Ray, Trucks, USA Network, 1997
  • Walter Ference, When Secrets Kill, ABC, 1997
  • Connor Thornton, Dream House, UPN, 1998
  • Henry, Carson's Vertical Suburbia, 1998
  • Clayton Shepherd, The Darklings, Fox Family, 1999
  • Frank Shawson, Time at the Top, Showtime, 1999
  • Father Donnelly, Wanted, Cinemax, 2000
  • Elliott Nesher, Terminal Error (also known as Peace Virus),PAX, 2001
  • Franklin, Dead in a Heartbeat, TBS, 2002
  • Episodic
  • (As Tim Busfield) Doug, "Little Man On Campus," Family Ties, 1984
  • (As Tim Busfield) Doug, "Best Man," Family Ties, 1984
  • Robert Bianca, "Imperfect Union," Hotel, ABC, 1985
  • Young Matt, "My Back Pages," Family Ties, 1986
  • Adam Gardner, "The Rat Pack," Matlock, 1987
  • Saturday Night Live, 1989
  • Spy Guy, "Seconds," Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, 1995
  • Dr. Jon Hoffman, "Under the Bed," The Outer Limits, Showtime, 1995
  • Businessman #2, "Food," Tracey Takes On ... , HBO, 1997
  • John, "If I Could See Me Now: Part 2," Rude Awakening, Showtime, 2000
  • Lloyd Stevens, "Lloyd," Ed, NBC, 2002
  • Lloyd Stevens, "Makeovers," Ed, NBC, 2002
  • Also appeared in After M*A*S*H, CBS; The Paper Chase, Showtime; and Love American Style, ABC.
  • Specials
  • Host, "Don't Divorce the Children," Your Family Matters, Lifetime,1990
  • The Search for the New Ideal Man, ABC, 1992
  • "Addicted to Fame," First Person with Maria Shriver, NBC, 1994
  • The ESPY Awards, ESPN, 1996
  • Walter Gordon, What's Right with America, CBS, 1997
  • Celebrity Profile: Jennifer Love Hewitt, 2000
  • Interviewee, Intimate Portrait: Patricia Heaton, Lifetime, 2001
  • Inside "thirtysomething", Bravo, 2001
  • Interviewee, Initmate Portrait: Jane Kaczmarek, Lifetime, 2002
  • I Love the `80s, VH1, 2002
  • Pilots
  • Matt, Stuck in the Middle with You, NBC, 2003
  • Television Director
  • Episodic
  • "Her Cup Runneth Over," thirtysomething, ABC, 1990
  • "The Difference between Men and Women," thirtysomething, ABC, 1991
  • "A Stop at Willoughby," thirtysomething, ABC, 1991
  • " ... And Then You Die," First Years, NBC, 2001
  • "There's No Place Like Homo," First Years, NBC, 2001
  • "Come Fly with Me," Lizzie McGuire, The Disney Channel, 2001
  • (And co-executive producer and supervising producer) Ed (also known as Stuckeyville), NBC, 2001-2003
  • "Momento," That's Life, ABC, 2002
  • Also directed "Forget about Your Boss," Danny, and "This Life," First Years, NBC, both unaired episodes; episodes of Rude Awakening, Showtime; Sports Night, ABC; Cover Me: Based on the True Life of an FBI Family (also known as Cover Me), USA Network.
  • Stage Appearances
  • Puck, Robin Goodfellow, Johnson City, TN, 1975
  • Talley and Son, Circle Repertory Company, New York City, 1981
  • A Life, Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1981
  • Hotspur, Richard II, Circle Repertory Company, Entermedia Theatre,New York City, 1982
  • Understudy for the roles of Eugene and Stanley, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Alvin Theatre, New York City, 1983
  • (Broadway debut) Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee, A Few Good Men, Music Box Theatre, New York City, 1990
  • Also appeared in Young Playwrights Festival, Circle Repertory Company; Richard II; A Tale Told; Mass Appeal; The Tempest; Getting Out; Founder; A Life.
  • Major Tours
  • Toured in Getting Out, Actors Theatre of Louisville, European andIsraeli cities.

Further Reference


    • Playboy, June, 1990, pp. 57-76

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