|Timothy Olyphant Quick Info|
|Date of Birth||May 20, 1968|
Timothy Olyphant is an Emmy nominated American actor and producer who is notably known for his important portrayal of the character Mickey Altieri in Scream 2 (1997), Todd Gaines in Go (1999), Hollywood Jack in A Man Apart (2003), Kelly in The Girl Next Door (2004), and Agent 47 in Hitman (2007). He is also known for the roles he played in several other films such as Catch and Release (2006), Live Free or Die Hard (2007), A Perfect Getaway (2009), and The Crazies (2010). Besides his big screen appearance, Timothy garnered a lot of attention through shows with his character as Sheriff Seth Bullock in Deadwood (2004-2006), Raylan Givens in Justified (2010-2015), Rake Grinder in The Grinder (2015-2016), and as Joel Hammond in Santa Clarita Diet. Timothy also had incredible success in theatrical productions and was given a Theatre World Award in 1996, for his performance as Tim Hapgood in The Monogamist (1995). With time, he has also amassed a huge fan base with more than 300k followers on Facebook.
Timothy David Olyphant
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Westwood, Los Angeles, California, United States
Timothy graduated from Fred C. Beyer High School in Modesto, California in 1986. Later, he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Southern California in 1990.
He also went on to enroll for a Master’s in Fine Arts. Then, he attended acting lessons at the University of California in Irvine. Later, he also studied acting for 2 years at the William Esper Studio.
- Father – John Vernon Bevan Olyphant (Corporate Executive)
- Mother – Katherine Lyon Gideon
- Siblings – Andrew Olyphant (Older Brother), Matthew Olyphant (Younger Brother)
- Others – John Kensett Olyphant, Jr. (Paternal Grandfather) (Banker), John Kensett Olyphant (Paternal Great Grandfather), Nannie Humphreys Heilman (Paternal Great Grandmother), Adele Sloane Hammond (Paternal Grandmother), John Henry Hammond (Paternal Great Grandfather), Emily Vanderbilt Sloane (Paternal Great Grandmother), David Bickford Getman-Gideon (Maternal Grandfather), Abraham Getman-Gideon (Maternal Great Grandfather), Edith Mary Young (Maternal Great Grandmother), Virginia Lyon (Maternal Grandmother), Horace Dinsmore Lyon (Maternal Great Grandfather), Katherine Hamilton Sickels (Maternal Great Grandmother), John Hammond (Paternal Great Uncle)
Timothy is represented by –
- United Talent Agency
- Brillstein Entertainment Partners
6 ft or 183 cm
80 kg or 176 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Timothy has dated –
- Alexis Knief (1990-Present) – Timothy met his wife Alexis Knief in the year 1990, at the Univerity of Southern California. They had fallen deeply in love with one another and wasted no further time in tying the knot in July 1991. Despite the fact that they hardly spent a year getting to know one another, they have spent their lives together, happily married. The duo also has 3 children, the first one being a girl named Grace Katherine (b. 1999). Their 2nd child is a boy named Henry (b. 2001) and 3rd is also a girl named Vivian (b. 2003).
Race / Ethnicity
Timothy has English, Scottish, part Ashkenazi Jewish, a bit of German, Dutch, and Irish, and remote French Huguenot ancestry.
Salt and Pepper
- Thin lips
- Perfect jawline
- Has a mole just below his left eye
Timothy has done endorsement work for several brands such as Cingular Wireless.
Best Known For
- Being cast as Mickey Altieri in Scream 2 (1997), Todd Gaines in Go (1999), Hollywood Jack in A Man Apart (2003), Kelly in The Girl Next Door (2004), and Agent 47 in Hitman (2007)
- His appearances in several other films like Catch and Release (2006), Live Free or Die Hard (2007), A Perfect Getaway (2009), and The Crazies (2010)
- Starring in several hit shows as Deadwood (2004-2006), The Grinder (2015-2016), and Santa Clarita Diet
- Being nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series” in 2011 for his character as Raylan Givens in Justified (2010-2015)
Timothy made his debut theatrical film appearance as Brett Artounian in The First Wives Club in 1996.
As a voice actor, he made his theatrical film debut as The Spirit of the West in the hit animated film Rango in 2011.
First TV Show
He made his first TV show appearance as Scooby in Mr. & Mrs. Smith in 1996.
As a voice actor, he made his TV show debut as Lucas Troy on FX’s Archer in 2013.
Timothy developed a lean muscular physique in his teenage years itself, as he was a professional swimmer. Since then, he has always maintained a perfectly toned and conditioned physique.
Timothy Olyphant Favorite Things
- Films – Blue Velvet (1986), Chariots of Fire (1981), Pulp Fiction (1994), Sid and Nancy (1986), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
- Ice Cream Topping – Honey
Timothy Olyphant Facts
- He was 2 years old when his parents moved to Modesto, California.
- His older brother Andrew is an A&R for Warner Bros. Records and his younger brother Matthew was once the lead singer of the pop band Fetish.
- Timothy’s father John, worked as the vice president of E & J Gallo Winery.
- His maternal grandfather Abraham was a Jewish immigrant from Tula, Russia. He also possesses the blood of the prominent Vanderbilt family. His 4-times great grandfather Cornelius Vanderbilt and 3-times great grandfather William Henry Vanderbilt were both wealthy businessmen. The two made an immense amount of fortune through their railroads and shipping business.
- His last name ‘Olyphant’ is said to be of Scottish roots. Also, it is pronounced as “All-uh-fint”.
- During his childhood days, he didn’t seem to find much interest in acting. Besides, he sought to art, drawing, and swimming in his early days. Eventually, in 1986 after taking part in several competitions, Timothy won the United States Swimming National Championship in the ‘200m Individual Medley’. Later, he was taken on to the USC Trojans swim team by coach Peter Daland. Later, in 1990, after he graduated, he worked with the Irvine Novaquatics as their swimming instructor.
- Prior to taking up fine arts at the University of Southern California, Timothy wanted to pursue a degree in architecture. However, due to the busy schedule he would have as a swimmer, he was advised to pick something else and the rest is history.
- Actor Will Ferrell and singer Macy Gray also graduated the same year as Timothy from USC.
- During the early ’90s, Timothy did stand-up comedy for a while. However, he didn’t quite like the idea of being able to spend much time with his family and decided he wanted to get into acting full-time.
- In the past, Timothy felt embarrassed to tell anyone he wanted to be an actor. But, it was the books by Stanislavsky and Meisner that changed his perspective on the profession. Later, he found his inspiration in the work of Chris Burden, John Baldessari, William Wegman.
- Growing up, he loved reading a book by author Salvador Dali. As of 2015, he really took to reading the Bone comic book series.
- Timothy thinks of author and director David Mamet to be his acting guru.
- In the past, he wanted to start a show of his own titled Cooking with Kids.
- Timothy started working as a sports reporter for radio host and musician Joseph Patrick Escalante’s Indie 103.1 morning radio show in 2006. However, he would deliver his part not from the studio, but through the phone. Though after Joseph left, in 2008, Timothy also stopped working for the radio show.
- In 2013, he threw the opening pitch at the Los Angeles Dodgers game.
- He is a huge supporter of the baseball teams Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Dodgers.
- Timothy is also a trained tennis player and he never fails to take part in celebrity tennis tournaments.
- He got his debut salaried job in WB’s pilot show 77 Sunset Strip in 1995.
- In 1995, he made his debut theater appearance as Tim Hapgood in The Monogamist, which was featured at Playwrights Horizons. Then in 1996, he was given the ‘Theatre World Award for his Outstanding Debut Performance’ in the production.
- Timothy’s role as Kelly who was a p*rn film producer in The Girl Next Door (2004) gained him immense recognition.
- In the past, Timothy was chosen to star in the lead role of Dominic Toretto in The Fast and the Furious (2001). However, he denied the role and in an interview, he stated why, by saying “I just thought, well, this will just be stupid, and I thought no one is gonna wanna see this movie eight or nine different times. I mean, by the third or fourth sequel, people are gonna definitely get bored of it. Right?”. Besides that, he was also picked to play Tony Stark in Iron Man (2008).
- Actor Jeremy Renner and Timothy studied at Fred C. Beyer High School.
- He and TV host Conan O’Brien are close friends.
- Besides lending his voice in several films and shows, he has also voiced the character Sergeant First Class ‘Grinch’ in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (2011) and a Cowboy in Turok (2008).
- Timothy relished his mom’s dish ham with banana.
- He loves to begin his day with either a coffee, espresso or cappuccino.
- Timothy uses a rice cooker to make his oatmeal.
- He enjoys the good ol’ American whiskey every once in a while. His go-to-drinks are the Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon and Blanton’s Bourbon.
- While on set, he enjoys munching on Peanut M&M’S.
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