Timothy Busfield was born in Lansing Michigan. His mother, Jean was the director for Michigan State University Press, and his father, Roger once taught theater arts in university.
He attended East Tennessee State University, where he appeared in his first production as Puck, in Robin Goodfellow a…more
Timothy's Broadway work includes Brighton Beach Memoirs, in the mid 1980s, and A Few Good Men in 1990, where he played Lt. Daniel A. Kaffee.
When he auditioned for the part of Elliot in thirtysomething, Tim, who was 29 then, grew a beard to make himself look older.
Tim's favorite episode in thirtysomething is "Therapy". His least favorite was the one with Gary's funeral.
When Timothy played in Celebrity Poker Showdown, he was playing for Planned Parenthood, the charity his wife chose for him.
One of Tim's interests is standard-bred harness horse racing. He can be sometimes spotted at the Golden Bear racetrack at Cal Expo in Sacramento, California, watching races with his children.
One of the things he would really like to do creatively as an actor is to direct a Broadway play.
Timothy loves baseball and is an amateur athlete. He has moonlighted as a semi-pro pitcher.
Timothy is five feet and ten inches tall.
Playing Arnold Poindexter in Revenge of the Nerds was Timothy's favorite role in a movie. He found it so different from the other roles he has played.
Tim started the Fantasy Theatre in 1986, a traveling group that goes to schools in Northern California. It reaches about 200,000 students a year.
Tim and his brother Buck opened The B Street Theatre in 1991. It is located in Sacramento, CA.
Timothy Busfield's first starring television role was on Trapper John, M.D. (1984-1986), as Dr. John 'J.T.' McIntyre.
Timothy: Show me an actor who isn't willing to not be likable all the time and I'll show you an actor that's going to screw up the production, whatever it is.
Timothy: My personality has always been to be the class clown. I'm not overly ambitious.
Timothy: (on learning directing from Marshall and Ed in "thirtysomething") We all learned about film and story telling from them. I took much away from my time on the show, but nothing greater than learning to direct. I've always had a good relationship with actors and they tend to trust my direction.
Timothy: (on choosing a project after doing "thirtysomething") I'm just biding my time until "fiftysomething". I look for a good role, a good story, and a good director in that order.
Timothy: (on doing the show "thirtysomething") If TV was pro baseball they would have been championship seasons. Those are the ones you play for. Maybe you'll get a bunch, maybe none. I hope I get a chance to get back to high level of appreciation, but if not then yes thirtysomething will forever be the highlight.
Timothy: (on what the most challenging characters to play are) The most challenging are the ones that are the least well written. It makes it very hard to act well when the writing is weak.