|Born||Timothy John McIntire
July 19, 1944
Los Angeles, California, USA
|Died||April 15, 1986
Los Angeles, California
|Cause of death||Congestive heart failure|
Tim McIntire (July 19, 1944 – April 15, 1986) was an American character actor, probably most famous for his portrayal of disc jockey Alan Freed in the film American Hot Wax (1978). He portrayed country music singer George Jones in the 1981 television movie Stand By Your Man, which was based on the best-selling autobiography by country music singer Tammy Wynette.
McIntire co-starred in the 1968 pilot Justice For All (which later became All In The Family) as Dickie. After it became a series with Carroll O'Connor as Archie Bunker, the part of the son-in-law was renamed Mike and played by Rob Reiner.
McIntire appeared in the 1965 episode "The Lawless Have Laws" of the syndicated series, Death Valley Days, in the role of Lorenz Oatman, a young man seeking his long lost sister, Olive Oatman, played by Shary Marshall. In the story line, Oatman obtains the help of an Army officer, Lieutenant Colonel Burke, played by Ronald W. Reagan, also the series host. The siblings were separated five years earlier when Apaches killed their parents in a raid. Olive was subsequently sold to the Mohave.
McIntire composed music for the soundtracks of such films as Jeremiah Johnson (1972) and A Boy and His Dog (1975), for which he also provided the voice of the titular dog, played by Tiger. He provided the devil's voice for the demon baby on Soap (1979). He did many voice-overs for television and radio commercials in his native Los Angeles, California.
McIntire, along with six studio musicians, formed the band Funzone, which released one eponymous album in 1977. McIntire is credited with lead vocal, guitar, and fiddle on the album. When the record label behind the band collapsed, so did the band, and McIntire focused his musical energies on soundtracks.
McIntire was the son of actors John McIntire of the television westerns Wagon Train and The Virginian fame and Jeanette Nolan, who made more than three hundred television appearances and was nominated for four Emmy Awards. McIntire twice appeared with his both parents on television, first on the March 1966 episode "Ill Wind" of the series The Fugitive, then in the November 1966 episode "Old Charlie" of the series Bonanza. He appeared with his father in the 1966 episode "The Cave-In" of the series The F.B.I.. However, producer James B. Harris (Fast-Walking) said it was widely thought in the industry that McIntire's biological father was Orson Welles, who had worked with Nolan in the 1940s and whom McIntire resembled physically and vocally.
McIntire long struggled with alcohol and drug problems, which combined with his heavy build in his later years contributed to his death at the age of forty-one from congestive heart failure in Los Angeles. He was survived by his sister, actress Holly McIntire-Wright (born 1946), father John McIntire, who was then 79, and mother Jeanette Nolan, who was 74.
- "The Lawless Have Laws on Death Valley Days". Internet Movie Data Base. October 1, 1965. Retrieved August 26, 2015.