Olyphant at the 70th Annual Peabody Awards Luncheon in May 2011
|Born||Timothy David Olyphant
May 20, 1968
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
|Spouse(s)||Alexis Knief (m. 1991)|
Timothy David Olyphant (born May 20, 1968) is an American actor. He is best known for his television work as Sheriff Seth Bullock in Deadwood (2004–2006), and Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens in the series Justified (2010-present). He has also starred in the films Scream 2 (1997), Go (1999), Gone in 60 Seconds (2000), The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy (2000), Dreamcatcher (2003), The Girl Next Door (2004), Live Free or Die Hard/Die Hard 4.0 (2007), Hitman (2007), A Perfect Getaway (2009), The Crazies (2010), I Am Number Four (2011), and Rango (2011).
Olyphant was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Katherine Lyon (Gideon) and John Vernon Bevan Olyphant. His father was a college teacher who worked for a winery. Olyphant is the name of a Highland Scottish Clan. He has Russian Jewish (from a maternal great-grandfather), English, German, Scottish, Dutch, and Irish ancestry, and is a descendent of industrialist Cornelius Vanderbilt through Emily Thorn Vanderbilt. His paternal grandmother was the sister of music producer John Hammond. Olyphant was raised in Modesto, California, and began competitive swimming at the age of 6. At high school, Olyphant started training seriously under swim coach Darrell Lohrke, who came to Modesto via Arden Hills Swimming and Tennis Club. Olyphant became a nationally ranked swimmer. He graduated from Modesto's Fred C. Beyer High School that year.
Olyphant continued swimming competitively at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where he studied fine art. He took a beginning acting class as an elective at UC Irvine in order to fulfill the final credits he needed to graduate from USC. Olyphant then decided to move to New York City to study acting rather than pursue a master's degree in fine arts. He took acting classes with William Esper at William Esper Studio for two years, and then started looking for acting work.
Olyphant made his professional off-Broadway debut in 1995 in the Playwrights Horizons' production of The Monogamist in the role of Tim Hapgood. He received the Theatre World Award for Outstanding Debut Performance for his performance. He subsequently appeared in the one-man play The SantaLand Diaries in 1996, which was written by David Sedaris and adapted and directed by Joe Mantello, and in the play Plunge.
Olyphant returned to Los Angeles and found work in television. In 1995 he landed his first TV role in a pilot for a remake of the series 77 Sunset Strip, produced by Clint Eastwood. He was cast in the pilot of Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1996), a short-lived CBS spy series, as Scooby, Mr. Smith's (Scott Bakula's) assistant. Olyphant appeared in 3 episodes of the acclaimed police drama High Incident and in the 1997 Hallmark Channel TV film Ellen Foster. A role in the HBO movie When Trumpets Fade was next in 1998, which was a dramatization of the 1944 Battle of Hürtgen Forest. This was followed by a guest starring role in the Sex and the City episode "Valley of the Twenty Something Guys" as one of Carrie Bradshaw's boyfriends.
Olyphant made his feature film debut with a small part in The First Wives Club (1996). He appeared briefly in A Life Less Ordinary (1997), which starred Ewan McGregor, but gained notice appearing in the horror film Scream 2 (1997), as a cynical film student, Mickey. He portrayed the drug dealer Todd Gaines in the comedy-drama Go (1999), directed by Doug Liman, which also starred Katie Holmes, Scott Wolf and Sarah Polley, and featured a script by first time screenwriter John August. His next film roles were in Advice from a Caterpillar (1999), No Vacancy (1999), The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy (2000) and Gone in 60 Seconds (2000).
Olyphant played the lead role of Sheriff Seth Bullock in HBO's Deadwood for three seasons from 2004 until 2006. Olyphant considered it to be one of his first lead roles as a "complicated" and "complex" character.
In January 2007, Olyphant appeared in the comedy Catch and Release, playing the love interest of Jennifer Garner. Olyphant was cast in the role over several other known actors, including Matthew Fox. Olyphant had studied acting with Garner when he first moved to New York. He next appeared in Live Free or Die Hard as cyber-terrorist villain Thomas Gabriel, and in Hitman as the title character. Olyphant shaved his head for his role in Hitman. His 2008 roles included Stop-Loss, about the Iraq War in which he played a Lieutenant Colonel, Meet Bill, a comedy co-starring Aaron Eckhart and Jessica Alba, and a voice-acting role in videogame Turok as Cowboy.
In June 2008, he joined the cast of FX's show Damages, starring Glenn Close. He was also cast at the same time in the Christina Applegate sitcom Samantha Who? but his part was recast with Billy Zane. In 2009, he starred with Steve Zahn and Milla Jovovich in the thriller A Perfect Getaway as an Iraq war veteran and possible serial killer of honeymooners on the Hawaii islands. In 2010, he was featured in the lead role of the town sheriff in the remake of the film The Crazies.
In the spring of 2010, Olyphant landed the lead role of Raylan Givens in the FX series Justified. His character is a 21st-century U.S. Marshal who is sent back to his home state of Kentucky for a 'justified', but questionable, shooting of a criminal in Miami. Givens wears a Stetson hat and behaves like an old West sheriff. The show is based on a character created by Elmore Leonard in the novels Pronto and Riding the Rap, and the short story "Fire in the Hole," which served as the basis for the pilot. The same year Olyphant played a paper salesman in two episodes of the seventh season of the NBC comedy The Office. He returned to the role for Steve Carell's penultimate episode, but his scenes were cut. However, they can be seen on the Season 7 DVD. Olyphant's most recent film role was in the 2011 animated feature Rango as the voice of Spirit of the West.
Olyphant lives in Westwood, Los Angeles, with his wife and their three children. His first child, daughter Grace Katherine, was born in 1999 followed by son Henry and daughter Vivian. The couple were married in July 1991.
|1996||First Wives Club, TheThe First Wives Club||Brett Artounian|
|1997||Life Less Ordinary, AA Life Less Ordinary||Hiker|
|1997||Scream 2||Mickey Altieri/Ghostface|
|1998||1999 (Girls and Boys)||Hooks|
|1998||When Trumpets Fade||Lt. Terrence Lukas|
|1999||Advice from a Caterpillar||Brat|
|2000||Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy, TheThe Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy||Dennis|
|2000||Gone in 60 Seconds||Det. Drycoff|
|2001||Head Over Heels||Michael|
|2001||Auggie Rose||Roy Mason|
|2001||Rock Star||Rob Malcolm|
|2003||Safety of Objects, TheThe Safety of Objects||Randy|
|2003||Man Apart, AA Man Apart||Hollywood Jack|
|2004||Girl Next Door, TheThe Girl Next Door||Kelly|
|2007||Catch and Release||Fritz|
|2007||Live Free or Die Hard||Thomas Gabriel|
|2008||Stop-Loss||Lt. Col. Boot Miller|
|2009||Perfect Getaway, AA Perfect Getaway||Nick||Nominated – Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|2010||Crazies, TheThe Crazies||Pierce County Sheriff David Dutten|
|2011||I Am Number Four||Henri|
|2011||Rango||The Spirit of the West||Voice|
|2013||Dealin' with Idiots||Max's Dad|
|2014||Bone Tomahawk||John Brooder|
|2014||This Is Where I Leave You||Horry|
|2011||Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3||Sergeant First Class Alfred "Grinch"|
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