Tim says that the only thing he didn't like about the experience of guest starring on Xena was his costume. In an interview he said said of it, "It was the most uncomfortable costume in the world. The show shoots in New Zealand, where it`s always summertime. On that side of the world, there`s a hole in the Ozone layer... Right under that hole is New Zealand, with the hottest sun in the world. And underneath this sun, I`m wearing spandex pants, as well as leather shoes and a top made out of rubber, leather and metal!"But the costume designers said that if he ever returned to the show (which he sadly didn't) they'd adjust it so that it would be less uncomfortable for him.
Tim describes himself as a journeyman actor, because he's gotten quite a bit of work over the years, but none that made him a household name. Over the course of his career, he's traveled to Mexican jungles, the slums of Manila and in Bangkok. In Air America he worked in on the Burmese border for about three months. He's also worked in Montreal, Italy, Rumania, and Africa, as well as all over the US.
In 1977, Tim starring in the pilot episode of Benny & Barney: Las Vegas Undercover. Unfortunately the show was never picked up by a network.
For several years before becoming an actor, Tim was a stand up comedian who performed all over New York and in Las Vegas. He has appeared at some of the best known comedy clubs including Catch a Rising Star, The Bitter End, and Bud Friedman's Improvisation.
Tim became interested in acting while working backstage as a set builder and prop man at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre.
Tim says that his favorite guest starring roles were on Hill Street Blues, Major Dad, and The Twilight Zone. He also had a great time in New Zealand when he guest starred on two episodes of Xena: Warrior Princess, the first season's "The Prodigal" and season two's "The Execution".
In the late 1980s, producers Danny Bilson and Paul De Meo began working on a pilot for the series The Flash entitled "Unlimited Powers." Tim was hand picked by the producers to play the title role. Eventually they took the show in another direction, casting John Wesley Shipp as "The Flash," and casting Tim as his brother in the new pilot episode.
Tim's hobbies include fishing and surfing.
Tim is a fan favorite at many Science Fiction and Xena conventions all over the world, where he signs autographs and gets the chance to interact with his viewing public.
Tim originally had no plan to become an actor, but instead wanted to be a football player. When that didn't pan out, he worked as a ski patrolman and spent time in the Army Reserves where he was a tank driver.
Tim starred in a television commercial for Baby Ruth candy bars in which he played an "over the hill action hero." It was the first commercial he ever did. He says he only actually saw the finished footage once because he doesn't generally watch much TV.
Tim is married to Teri Blythe who has worked in Hollywood since the late 80s. The couple has one son.
Tim studied acting with Stella Adler in New York City, and earned a certificate from her conservatory in New York.
Tim: (on guest starring on "Xena") My fight with Lucy was great fun; she beats me up! She`s very handy at hand-to-hand combat. It`s all `Movie Karate` and stunt fighting, but it`s huge fun! Xena`s production company (Renaissance Pictures) make it easy on the actor. You go down there, do your job and work hard. You laugh, have fun and swordfights.
Tim Thomerson: Stand-up was something I originally did for myself, just to see if I could pull it off. If I could get five minutes together maybe I could do Carson [The Tonight Show]. Everybody's dream at the time was to do Carson or Griffin [The Merv Griffin Show] back then. And I did that. I did Carson twice. He was really nice to me. He's a really nice guy. He kept mispronouncing my name. (laughs) It was a real treat for me to do. I was able to do it for myself and I pulled it off.
Tim Thomerson: The world will take care of itself, it's the people that you got to keep your eye on.
Tim Thomerson: I've been an actor for 25 years, so there's certainly a bag of tricks that each of us have. It's just what I do for a living. It depends on the character I'm playing at the time. I try to live up to the way I was trained as an actor. I figure I owe the audience a good performance.