Tim DeKay

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Tim DeKay
Born Timothy Robert DeKay
(1963-06-12) June 12, 1963 (age 51)
Lansing, New York, U.S.

Timothy Robert "Tim" DeKay (born June 12, 1963) is an American actor, director and producer. His first on screen acting job was as corporate giant Larry Deon on seaQuest 2032. He was a cast member of Party of Five from 1997–1999, Carnivàle from 2003–05 and Tell Me You Love Me in 2007. He has also guest-starred on a number of top-rated television series, including Seinfeld, Friends, CSI, My Name Is Earl, NCIS, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Scrubs, and Chuck.

DeKay most recently starred in the USA Network series White Collar, which chronicled the partnership between a con artist (played by Matt Bomer) and an FBI agent (DeKay).[1]

Early life[edit]

Tim DeKay was born June 12, 1963 to Jim and Jill DeKay in Lansing, New York, where he and his brother Jamey grew up. Growing up DeKay enjoyed athletics, and he played both varsity basketball and baseball, the latter of which is a generational tradition in his family. He also enjoyed the arts, and performed in his high school's production of Oliver!. He attended Le Moyne College to study Business and Philosophy, where he also played baseball, eventually deciding to pursue a career in theater.[2][3] After graduating with a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1985, he planned for a career in business or law, but eventually realized that the theater was his true calling. After taking a few courses in directing at Syracuse University,[4] he attended Rutgers University, where he received an Master of Fine Arts and met his wife, actress Elisa Taylor.[3]


He appeared in two episodes of Seinfeld: "The Soul Mate" and "The Bizarro Jerry", as Elaine's boyfriend Kevin. He would work with Julia Louis-Dreyfus again in The New Adventures of Old Christine, where he played the temperamental boyfriend of Louis-Dreyfus's character "Old" Christine Campbell for three episodes.

In addition to his roles in film and television, his resume includes numerous theatrical credits, with performances in plays both on and off Broadway, including: Ridiculous Fraud at the McCarter Theatre; Billy Budd at the Circle in the Square Theatre; Someone to Watch Over Me with the Denver Theatre Company; The Merchant of Venice on the Hartford Stage; and the national tour of The Lion in Winter. In 2009, he was both director and producer of the short film This Monday. The film was included in several short film festivals, including Cannes Short Film Corner and the The Palm Springs International Short Film Festival (ShortFest).[citation needed]

In 2009, DeKay began starring in the USA Network comedy-drama White Collar as FBI agent Peter Burke. He made his directorial debut in the episode "Stealing Home", which premiered in 2012.[5]

DeKay returned to Le Moyne College in May 2010 as the commencement speaker, and was awarded the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa.[6][7] DeKay is a member of the Actors Studio. He has also taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California.[4]



Year Title Role
1996 If These Walls Could Talk Becky's husband in segment - '1952'
1997 Invasion Mike Landry; aka 'Robin Cook's Invasion'
1998 The Pentagon Wars HBO movie; Junior officer at embassy party
Almost Heroes New Bartender
1999 Buddy Boy Ken
2000 The Crow: Salvation Martin Toomey; (credited as Tim DeMay)
Big Eden Dean Stewart
2001 Nice Guys Finish Last Dad
Swordfish Agent
Taking Back Our Town Lifetime Channel Movie
2002 The Third Wheel Speaker
2003 Welcome to the Neighborhood Bill
2004 Control Bill Caputo
2005 The Chumscrubber Mr. Peck
2006 Peaceful Warrior Coach Garrick
The Far Side of Jericho The Stranger
2007 Randy and The Mob Bill
2008 Monster Ark Dr. Nicholas Zavaterro
Get Smart Secret Service Agent
The Russell Girl Tim Russell (Hallmark Channel movie)

The films Political Disasters, Naked Under Heaven, and Bee Afraid have been intentionally omitted from the table because they have not been distributed either theatrically or on DVD.


Year Title Role Notes
1995–1996 SeaQuest DSV Lawrence Deon 3 Episodes: Season 3 Episodes 2, 4 and 11.
"Brainlock"; "Destination Terminal"; "In the Company of Ice and Profit"
1996 Seinfeld Kevin 2 episodes: Season 8 Episodes 2 and 3.
"The Bizarro Jerry"; "The Soul Mate"
The Ring Max Thomas Mini-series; aka Danielle Steel's The Ring
Grace Under Fire Rev. Tom Maxwell Season 4 Episode 6
"The Ghost and Mrs. Kelly"
1997 The Larry Sanders Show Gordon Season 5 Episode 6
 "The Matchmaker"
The Naked Truth John Season 2 Episode 1
"We're at NBC Now"
Touched by an Angel J.D. Sinclair Season 3 Episode15 "Smokescreen"
Night Sins Prof. Christopher Priest Mini-Series
Diagnosis: Murder Sonny Burnett Season 5 Episode 11

"A Mime Is a Terrible Thing to Waste"

1997–1999 Party of Five Dr. Paul Thomas 12 episodes, recurring character
1998 Ellen John Season 5 Episode 14

"Escape from L.A."

Caroline in the City Brian 2 episodes: Season 3 Episodes 21 and 25

"Caroline and the Secret Bullfighter - Part 1"; "Caroline and the Killer Dad"

Cupid Jennings Crawford Season 1 Episode 2

"The Linguist"

Brimstone Prof. John Albright Season 1 Episode 2


1999 The Practice Jerry Green Season 3 Episode 11
"Split Decisions"
The Pretender Eddie Fontenot Season 3 Episode 13
1999–2000 Sports Night Ray Mitchel 2 episodes: Season 2 Episodes 3 and 19

"April is the Cruelest Month"; "Cliff Gardner"

2001 Chestnut Hill Peter Eastman Pilot
Murder, She Wrote Robert Mercer TV movie 3rd

"The Last Free Man"

Thieves Owen Season 1 Episode 5
"The General"
2002 Ally McBeal Kendall Willis Season 5 Episode 11
"A Kick in the Head"
Friends Marc Season 8 Episode 23
"The One Where Rachel Has A Baby: Part 1"
Malcolm in the Middle Matt Season 4 Episode 1


2002–2003 Everwood Reverend Keyes 3 episodes: Season 1 Episodes 8 and 15 ; Season 2 Episode 6 "Blind Faith"; "Snow Job"; "Till Death Do Us Part"
2003–2005 Carnivàle Clayton 'Jonesy' Jones Main cast 24 episodes
2004 Without a Trace Jim Cooper Season 2 Episode 22

"The Season"

2005 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Neal Matthews Season 5 Episode 18
"Spark of Life"
2006 My Name Is Earl Hank Lange 2 episodes: Season 1 Episodes 14 and 17
"Didn't Pay Taxes"; "Monkeys In Space"
Standoff John Barnes Season 1 Episode 2


Cold Case Geoff Taylor Season 4 Episode 2

"The War At Home"

2007 Hidden Palms Mr. Miller Pilot
The 4400 Drew Imroth 2 episodes: Season 4 Episodes 6 and 11
"Ghost in the Machine"; "The Marked"
Numb3rs Pete Friscia Season 4 Episode 5

"Robin Hood"

Tell Me You Love Me David 10 episodes

Main cast

2008 NCIS Senator Patrick Kiley Season 6 Episode 3
"Capitol Offense"
The Cleaner Neil Mullins Season 1 Episode 13

"Lie With Me"

CSI: Miami William Campbell Season 7 Episode 6
"Wrecking Crew"
The New Adventures of Old Christine Patrick Harris 3 episodes: Season 4 Episodes 6, 7 and 9

"Rage Against the Christine"; "Tie Me Up, Don't Tie Me Down"; "So You Think You Can Date"

2009 Scrubs Rich Hill Season 8 Episode 11
"My Nah Nah Nah"
2009–2014 White Collar FBI Agent Peter Burke Main cast, also director and producer
2011 Law & Order: LA Don Alvin Season 1 Episode 10 :
"Silver Lake"
Chuck Kieran Ryker Season 5, Episode 8
"Chuck Versus the Baby"
2012 Hot in Cleveland Buddy Season 3, Episode 7
"Two Girls and a Rhino"
2013 Body of Proof Caleb Banks Season 3, Episode 3
"Lost Souls"
2014 Revenge Luke Gilliam Season 3, Episode 19 "Allegiance"
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Senator Christian Ward 2 episodes: Season 2 Episodes 6 and 8

"A Fractured House"; "The Things We Bury"


  1. ^ ‘’Chuck's’’ Matthew Bomer Spies New Series". TV Guide. October 22, 2008. Retrieved on October 22, 2008.
  2. ^ "Bio of Tim DeKay". timdekay.com. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Tim DeKay Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved 5 November 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Sixtieth Commencement". Le Moyne College. May 16, 2010. Retrieved November 5, 12014.
  5. ^ Tim DeKay at the Internet Movie Database
  6. ^ "Class of 2010 Graduates as Le Moyne Holds Commencement Ceremony". Le Moyne College. May 14, 2010.
  7. ^ "Le Moyne College Announces Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipients for 60th Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 16". Le Moyne College. March 5, 2010.

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