Tim Bagley

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Tim Bagley
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Bagley (far left) in 2010
Born Timothy Hugh Bagley
(1957-08-17) August 17, 1957 (age 61)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1992–present

Timothy Hugh "Tim" Bagley (born August 17, 1957) is an American character actor who has appeared in numerous films and television programs. He had recurring roles on the TV series Hope & Gloria, Strip Mall, Will & Grace, According to Jim, The King of Queens, Monk, Help Me Help You, 10 Items or Less, $h*! My Dad Says, and portrayed Richard Pratt on the Showtime series, Web Therapy. Currently, Bagley has a recurring role as Principal Toby Pearson on the American sitcoms Teachers, and Peter on Grace and Frankie.

Early life[edit]

Bagley was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Carol and Elwyn Bagley. He has four siblings. The family also lived in Madison, Wisconsin and Niles, Michigan.

After high school, he moved to Southern California to perform with the singing group, The Young Americans. During this time, he also attended California State University Fullerton, where he majored in Art with a Psychology minor. At some point he began taking acting classes with Nina Foch and Howard Fine, and began training and working with The Groundlings. In 1994, Fern Champion and Mark Paladini cast Bagley in his first feature film role as Irv the mechanic in the hit film The Mask.

Start in comedy[edit]

In 1989, Bagley began studying with The Groundlings, and was soon writing and performing with their prestigious Main Stage Company. Although he retired from the theatre's Main Company in the mid 1990s, Bagley still comes back regularly to perform in The Groundlings’ all-improv show Cookin' with Gas. In 1995, Bagley left the Groundlings and turned his attention to television. After guest appearance on Diagnosis: Murder and Seinfeld, he landed his first regular role on the Showtime series Howie Mandel's Sunny Skies.[1]

Television career[edit]

Since breaking into television in the early 1990s, Bagley has become a familiar face on primetime television. He has guest starred on such shows as Seinfeld, Wings, Dharma & Greg, According to Jim, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The X Files, Suddenly Susan, ER, Ellen, 3rd Rock from the Sun, The Nanny, and Desperate Housewives.

He has also had regular and recurring roles in such hit shows as The King of Queens, Hope & Gloria, Strip Mall, and 7th Heaven, and portrayed fellow OCD sufferer Harold Krenshaw on Monk for several episodes, often antagonizing the titular character, Adrian Monk and his assistants, Sharona Fleming and Natalie Teeger. He also appeared in "Grimm" as a blutbad.

But he is perhaps best known on television for his appearances as Larry, one half of a married gay couple with an adopted daughter, on the hit sitcom Will & Grace.

He also starred with Lisa Kudrow and Victor Garber on Web Therapy, the series of online vignettes developed by Kudrow which was adapted into a half-hour show by Showtime. He can also be seen as Principal Pearson on the 2016 TV Land comedy Teachers.

Film career[edit]

In addition to his work in independent films, Bagley has appeared in big-budget movies like The Mask, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and Knocked Up. Other high-profile films include Employee of the Month, Happy, Texas and Mistress, starring Robert De Niro. He appeared briefly at the beginning of the 2006 film Accepted.

He also had a memorable monologue in The Day After Tomorrow as TV news reporter Tommy Levinson, first seen trapped at the Santa Monica Pier during a hailstorm, and later reporting live as tornadoes strike Los Angeles (being killed when he is hit by flying debris). Bagley delivered his lines with a helicopter hovering a mere 10 feet above his head, only to discover years later that director Roland Emmerich describes it as one of the most dangerous and terrifying shots he's ever done.

Theatre awards[edit]

Bagley won two LA Weekly Theater Awards for best solo comedy performance in Groundlings, Pretty Groundlings, and best ensemble for Groundlings, Good and Twenty. He later won the Jury Award at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado for his one-man show, Happy Hour, a poignant comedy about his family and personal tragedy. Additionally, Bagley created a successful one man show based on his experiences as a butler at the Playboy Mansion. Clean Boy, Dirty Stories, first presented at The Groundlings, went on to achieve great critical acclaim at Aspen Comedyfest.[citation needed]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1992 Mistress Mitch's Singing Student
1994 The Mask Irv Ripley
1995 The Crazysitter Mr. White
1998 The Chosen One: Legend of the Raven Ricky Dean Direct-to-video
1999 Happy, Texas David, Pagent Professional
1999 Turkey. Cake. Pete
1999 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Friendly Dad
2001 The Fluffer Alan Dieser
2004 Memron Dr. Shue TV movie
2004 The Day After Tomorrow Tommy Levinson
2005 The Storyteller Pete
2005 Stephen's Life Dick Silver TV movie
2006 The Enigma with a Stigma Mayor Ken Polk
2006 The Room Ben Ackerman TV movie
2006 Accepted Vice Principal Matthews
2006 Employee of the Month Glen Gary
2007 Case Closed Ernie TV movie
2007 Jesus People Rod Carmichael
2007 Totally Baked: A Pot-U-Mentary Rusty Polten
2007 The Captain The Captain
2007 Knocked Up Dr. Pellagrino
2007 Goldfish Mr. Jenkins
2007 Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story Engineer
2008 Precious Meadows Gordon Carroll TV movie
2009 Finding Bliss Alan Balaban
2009 Jesus People: The Movie Rod Carmichael
2009 Wig Kent
2009 Kevin Nealon: Now Hear Me Out! Man in Stall
2009 Dick Tracy Special Security Guard TV movie
2010 Operation: Endgame Carl
2012 This Is 40 Dr. Pellagrino
2017 The Evil Within Pete
2018 Only Humans Dan
2018 Fishbowl California Woody
2019 Otherhood Miles Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1993 Coach Cousin Roy Episode: "Christmas of the Van Damned"
1994 Diagnosis: Murder Questioner / Lance 2 episodes
1995 Howie Mandel's Sunny Skies Various 2 episodes
1995 Seinfeld Evan Fane Episode: "The Maestro"
1995 Night Stand with Dick Dietrick Marvin / Hubie 2 episodes
1995–1996 Hope & Gloria Ed 3 episodes
1996 Wings Luke Episode: "Sons and Lovers"
1996 The Nanny Flight Attendant Episode: "A Pup in Paris"
1996 3rd Rock from the Sun Frank Episode: "Hotel Dick"
1997 Ellen The Wine Maker Episode: "Makin' Whoopie"
1997 Moloney Collin Episode: "Damage Control"
1997 ER Archie Papion Episode: "Whose Appy Now?"
1997 The Jeff Foxworthy Show DMV Man Episode: "Foxworthy Shall Rise Again"
1998 The Closer Brother Xavier Episode: "The Rebound"
1999 Suddenly Susan Don Episode: "Sometimes You Feel Like a Nut"
1999 The X-Files Gordy Episode: "Arcadia"
2000 V.I.P. Renard Bouvoire Episode: "Miss Con-Jeannie-Ality"
2000 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Mr. Cornwallis Episode: "The End of an Era"
2000 Curb Your Enthusiasm Shoe Salesman Episode: "Ted and Mary"
2000–2001 Strip Mall Dwight 22 episodes
2000–2006; 2018 Will & Grace Larry 15 episodes
2001 One on One Phantom Episode: "Phantom Menace"
2001 Dharma & Greg Nelson Episode: "Wish We Weren't Here"
2002 So Little Time Real Estate Agent Episode: "The Flat Tire"
2002 The Court Gregg Willis 5 episodes
2003 Hidden Hills Steven Haley 2 episodes
2003 I'm with Busey Episode: "Learning and Knowledge"
2003 Wanda at Large Bill Episode: "Where's Roger?"
2003–2007 According to Jim Tim Devlin 4 episodes
2004 Las Vegas Stan Putasca Episode: "You Can't Take It with You"
2004 Pilot Season Jack Hiting TV Mini-series, 2 episodes
2004 Wanda Does It Tim Brewer 6 episodes
2004–2007 The King of Queens Neil / Glenn 4 episodes
2004–2009 Monk Harold Krenshaw 9 episodes
2005 7th Heaven Vincent’s Father 2 episodes
2005 Father of the Pride Voice Episode: "Stage Fright"
2005 Joey Leonard Episode: "Joey and the House"
2006–2007 Help Me Help You Pat Weiner 2 episodes
2006–2009 10 Items or Less Don 'The Bag' Bagley 3 episodes
2007 The New Adventures of Old Christine Dr. Mike Episode: "Sleepless in Mar Vista"
2007 Jimmy Kimmel Live! The Captain "July 19, 2007"
2007 The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman Dean Episode: "Dykes Like Us"
2008 Miss Guided Peter 2 episodes
2008 Desperate Housewives Dr. Wagner Episode: "Mirror, Mirror"
2008 Pushing Daisies Colonel Likkin Episode: "Comfort Food"
2008–2013 Web Therapy Richard Pratt 3 episodes
2009 Me First! Jeffrey Wise
2009 Kath & Kim Claude Episode: "Home"
2009 Southland Stanley Sidelsky Episode: "Two Gangs"
2010 Funny or Die Presents... Mr. Stern Episode: #1.3
2010 Accidentally on Purpose Gavin Episode: "Speed 2"
2010 True Jackson, VP Edward 'Ed' Wheeler Episode: "True Drive"
2010–2011 $h*! My Dad Says Tim 3 episodes
2010–2012 Hot in Cleveland Larry Episode: "Pilot"
2011 Shameless Mike Episode: "Casey Casden"
2011 Grimm Postman Episode: "Pilot"
2011–2015 Web Therapy Richard Pratt Main cast
2012 Shake It Up Principal Rabinoff Episode: "Protest It Up"
2013 Quick Draw Mayor Dodge Episode: "Railroad Spur"
2013 Wedding Band Randy Lee Episode: "Personal Universe"
2013 Happily Divorced Michael Episode: "Peter's Boyfriend"
2013 1600 Penn Mr. Norgel Episode: "Live from the Lincoln Bedroom"
2013 Ben and Kate Mr. Caruthers Episode: "Father-Daughter Dance"
2013 Trainers Male Client Episode: "The Predicament"
2013 2 Broke Girls Dennis Endicott III Episode: "And the Window of Opportunity"
2013 Anger Management Zac Episode: "Charlie Gets the Party Started"
2013 The League Mr. Browner 2 episodes
2014 Dads Ken Episode: "Bully Gene"
2014 Kirstie Robber Episode: "When They Met"
2014 The Soul Man Frederick Episode: "Moving on Up"
2014 Bad Teacher Greg Episode: "Divorced Dudes"
2014 Young & Hungry Reverend Episode: "Young & Thirty (and Getting Married!)"
2014 The Comeback Frank Episode: "Valerie Is Taken Seriously"
2014–2016 You're the Worst Caseworker 2 episodes
2015 Bad Judge Episode: "Naked and Afraid"
2015 Episodes Another Executive Episode: "Episode Two"
2015 Workaholics Party Host Scott Episode: "Gayborhood"
2015 Cristela Mr. Lathrop Episode: "Gifted and Talented"
2015 Glee Elementary Teacher Episode: "Dreams Come True"
2015 Your Family or Mine Man Nurse Episode: "Christmas in July"
2015 Hot Girl Walks By Jeffrey Episode: "Visitors in a Hospital"
2015 Mr. Robinson Supervisor Dalton 5 episodes
2015 Transparent Wedding Planner Episode: "Kina Hora"
2015–present Grace and Frankie Peter 9 episodes
2016–present Teachers Principal Pearson Recurring; 15 episodes
2016 Baby Daddy Stanley Dexenberry Episode: "Not So Great Grandma"
2016 New Girl Lorne Episode: "House Hunt"
2016 Mom Dr. LaSalle Episode: "Xanax and a Baby Duck"
2018 Roseanne Jonathan Episode: "Netflix and Pill"

Written works[edit]

Year Film
2007 The Captain

Produced[edit]

Year Film
2007 The Captain

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mandel's Sunny Skies does nothing for CBC credibility". Ottawa Citizen, October 11, 1995.

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