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June 12, 1957 |
Lansing, Michigan, U.S.
Timothy Busfield (born June 12, 1957) is an American actor and director. He has played Eliot Weston on the television series thirtysomething; Mark, Kevin Costner's brother-in-law in Field of Dreams; and Danny Concannon on the television series The West Wing. In 1991 he received a Primetime Emmy Award as best supporting actor in a drama series. He is also the founder of the 501c3 non-profit children's theatre Fantasy Theatre for Children and B Street Theatre.
Early life and education
In 1981, Busfield had a small part in the blockbuster Stripes with Bill Murray and Harold Ramis. He plays the part of a mortar gunner on the practice range. In 1984 Busfield landed his first major film part, as Arnold Poindexter in Revenge of the Nerds. He reprised the role in the sequel to that movie, Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise.
Busfield's first television series was Trapper John, M.D., in which he played the physician son of the title character. Immediately prior to being cast on the 1980s series thirtysomething, he was still often playing teenagers and young adults, and the producers of the show asked him to grow his beard so he'd look old enough for the role. He would win an Emmy Award for this role. Later he was cast in the lead of other series, although none have lasted very long. Produced by Steven Spielberg, The Byrds of Paradise with Arlo Guthrie may be the most memorable for its setting in Hawaii and its offbeat characters.
In a 1987 episode of Matlock "The Rat Pack," he played a feature role. After appearing in Phil Alden Robinson's Sneakers, Busfield went to London in 1993 to make the television film Wall Of Silence, in which he played Ephraim Lipshitz, a Mossad agent infiltrating a community of Hasidic Jews. Also in that year, he starred in the movie The Skateboard Kid.
Recurring television roles include White House correspondent Danny Concannon on The West Wing; and the title character's incorrigible brother on the sitcom Ed, a show on which he was a co-executive producer and supervising producer.
Busfield also dabbles in directing television and has directed multiple episodes of thirtysomething, Without a Trace (on which he appeared as a divorce lawyer, in a wheelchair, for Jack Malone), and the Sorkin/Schlamme predecessor to The West Wing, Sports Night.
Beginning in September 2006, Busfield was a regular on the short lived Sorkin/Schlamme series, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, where he played Cal Shanley, the fictional show's director. He also directed 6 episodes. After Studio 60, he continued to direct episodes of Las Vegas. He has also appeared in various episodes of Entourage playing himself, directing the fictional series Five Towns.
Stage and theater
Busfield remains a stage actor and director whose Broadway credits include A Few Good Men and Brighton Beach Memoirs were he was star Matthew Broderick's understudy. With elder brother Buck Busfield, he is co-founder of the B Street Theatre in Sacramento, California, where he has appeared in and directed numerous contemporary works. The Busfield brothers also established Fantasy Theatre, a touring troupe that plays to children. Busfield writes children's plays for the Fantasy troupe.
Busfield was married to actress and director Radha Delamarter before divorcing in 1986. The couple had a son, Willy. In 1988 he married fashion designer Jennifer Merwin, with whom he had children Daisy and Samuel. They filed for divorce in 2007.
A representative for Busfield said in January 2013 that Busfield had become engaged to actress Melissa Gilbert over the holiday season. They were married April 24, 2013 in a private ceremony at San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, California. Busfield and Gilbert now reside in Howell, Michigan. 
Television - acting
|1984 – 1986||Trapper John, M.D.||Dr. John 'J.T.' McIntyre, Jr., M.D.|
|1987 – 1991||thirtysomething||Elliot Weston|
|1995||The Outer Limits (1995 series) - S01E11 - Under The Bed||Dr. John Hoffman|
|1999 – 2006||The West Wing||Danny Concannon|
|2006 – 2007||Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip||Cal Shanley|
|2014||Sleepy Hollow||Benjamin Franklin|
Television - directing
- thirtysomething (1987–1991)
- Sports Night (1998–2000)
- Ed (2000–2004)
- Without a Trace (2002–2009 )
- Las Vegas (2003–2004; 2007–2008)
- Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (2006–2007)
- Damages (2007-2011)
- Lipstick Jungle (2008)
- Lie to Me (2009)
- White Collar (2009)
- The Deep End (2010)
- The Glades (2010)
- No Ordinary Family (2010)
- Franklin & Bash (2012)
- Revolution (2013)
- The Fosters (2013)
- Childrens Hospital (2013)
- "Secrets and Lies" (2015)
- "Today in history". ABC News. Associated Press. June 12, 2014.
- "Timothy Busfield Biography (1957 - )". FilmReference.com. Retrieved April 25, 2013.
- ""Thirtysomething" Star Divorcing". TMZ.com. December 11, 2007. Retrieved April 25, 2013.
- Jordan, Julie; Shira, Dahvi (January 29, 2013). "Melissa Gilbert Engaged to Thirtysomething's Timothy Busfield". People. Retrieved April 25, 2013.
- Nudd, Tim; Jordan, Julie (April 25, 2013). "Melissa Gilbert Weds Timothy Busfield". People. Retrieved April 25, 2013.
- Hollywood comes to Howell: Gilbert and Busfield are the biggest stars we’ve had, but not the first | The Livingston Post
- Sleepy Hollow - Season 2 - Casting News - Timothy Busfield to recur as Benjamin Franklin | Spoilers