Biography Of Actor/Director Tim Matheson & His 3 Marriages

Timothy Lewis Mathieson is an American actor and director better known as Tim Matheson. The man without an i. 

He is the actor who portrayed the VP John Hoynes in the NBC drama “The West Wing”; the lead character in the animated series “Jonny Quest”; and President Ronald Reagan in the movie “Killing Reagan”. 

Acting Career Of Tim Matheson

His Beginnings 

At the age of 13, Timothy has featured in a nostalgia comedy film called “Window On Main Street” as Roddy Miller, during the two seasons of the movie. His next appearance as a teenager was in two episodes of the series “Leave it on Beaver” as Mike Harmon. In 1964, Tim borrowed the voice of the lead character in the animated series “Jony Quest”, and later in “Sinbad Jr. And His Magic Belt” and in “Space Ghost”.

His first movie appearance was in 1968 portraying the role of the oldest son, Mike Beardsley in the film “Yours, Mine & Ours” (onset he met his first wife), alongside the well-renowned actor Henry Fonda. 

The 21 years old Matheson ensured his name in the film industry by the positive critics as an actor in his youth, Tim’s acting career was surely on the rise.  

Tim As Well-Known Actor 

In 1969, Tim Matheson joined the cast of the NBC western “The Virginian” for 8 seasons as Jim Horn. The series was already airing when they decided to bring him as part of the cast. In the 70’s Tim had a few guest role appearances, some of which to mention are “My Three Sons”, and a starring role in the series “The Quest”. His breakout role was with the smooth-talking Eric “Otter” Stratton, in the fraternity-house comedy film “National Lampoon’s Animal House”.

In 1980 Tim auditioned for the role of Indian Jones, for which Harrison Ford won the role. From 1982 to 1984 he performed in movies like “To Be or Not To Be”, and “Up The Creek”. He also played one of the two lead characters in the comedy detective series “Tucker’s Witch”, and made his directorial debut for an episode of the medical drama series “St. Elsewhere”, and later in “Buried Alive II”.

The most prestigious role of his TV career was the role as Vice President John Hoynes, in the hit political drama “The West Wing” for which he received two Emy Awards nominations as An Oustanding Guest Actor in Drama Series. 

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As he was gaining more experience as a director, he took a few episodic directing jobs and narrated for TV documentaries such as “Nature” and “National Geography”. In 2007, he was part of the auto racing film “Redline”, then in 2009 he directed and acted in “Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia”. As his very rich acting career never stoped, Tim Matheson gave an award-nominated performance as Ronald Reagan in the film “Killing Reagan”. 

His latest appearances were in the movies “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle”, the Netflix drama film “6 Ballons”, and in the horror movie “Chil’s Play”.

Tim Matheson has an estimated net of $7 million. Doesn’t feel justified, does it?

Early Life And Later His 3 Marriages  

Tim was born on New Year’s day in 1947, in Glendale, California which is a suburb of LA, to a mother Sally, father Clifford (training pilot), and a sister called Sue. His parents saw an interest in acting in their young boy and signed him up for classes when he was only 10 years old. Tim started his career at an early age and while still studying. He later graduated from the California State University, Northridge, and also served in the US Marine Corps Reserve. Adding a fact, Tim is fluent in French.

Tim Matheson has been married 3 times. His first failed marriage was with the actress Jennifer Leak. This couple stayed together for 4 years, from 1968 to 1971. Jennifer and Tim met on set while filming the movie “Yours, Mine and Ours” and the chemistry between them resulted in marriage. Their relationship started falling apart not long after getting married. The difference between them and the nonability to keep the relationship alive, was enough for this couple to announce a split a few years after in 1971. 

His second failed marriage lasted a bit longer. In 1979 Tim met Megan Murphy with whom he immediately fell in love. However, Megan at that time was not attracted to him, thus she was refusing his adventures. It took 6 years for Megan to accept him, and he finally became her husband in 1985. Megan is a former ballerina dancer. She and Tim together have 3 children. They became parents to their first daughter Molly in 1987. A year later in 1988, they welcomed their second daughter Emma and in 1994 their only son Cooper Matheson. The couple ended the 25 years marriage in 2010 not revealing the reasons behind it. The custody of the kids was not part of the separation process, as they were all older than 18 at the time of the divorce. 

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Did he really found his true love, is something we all need to be awaiting? Trying his luck for the third time, Tim married Elizabeth Marighetto in a private ceremony in Arts District, California, on 10th March 2018. Wishing all the best to the newlyweds!

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