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Timothy Busfield Biography

Birth Place:
Lansing, Michigan, United States
Actor, director, producer

Fast Facts

  • Played semipro baseball
  • Made his movie debut in 1981's Stripes
  • Grew a beard to look older (he was 29 at the time) when he auditioned as Elliot in thirtysomething
  • Made his Broadway debut in Aaron Sorkin's A Few Good Men in 1990
  • Later worked with Sorkin on Sports Night (as a director), The West Wing and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
  • Played himself on several 2009 episodes of Entourage
  • West Wing castmate Joshua Malina was previously his brother-in-law


  • 1991Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: winner
  • 1990Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 1989Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 1988Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: nominated


  • Buck Busfield -- Brother
  • Daisy Busfield -- Daughter
  • Jennifer Merwin -- Ex-wife
  • Radha Delamarter -- Ex-wife
  • Roger Busfield -- Father
  • Virginia Busfield -- Mother
  • Julia Busfield -- Sister
  • Terry Schmit -- Sister
  • Samuel Clark Busfield -- Son
  • Willy Busfield -- Son
  • Dakota Brinkman -- Stepson
  • Michael Boxleitner -- Stepson
  • Melissa Gilbert -- Wife