Tommy Hinkley

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Tommy Hinkley
Tommy Hinkley (1987).jpg
Hinkley in Hard Knocks, 1987
Hiram Thomas Hinkley, Jr.

(1960-05-31) May 31, 1960 (age 61)
Years active1986-Present
(m. 1995)

Hiram Thomas Hinkley[1] (born May 31, 1960) is an American actor. He made his feature film debut in the comedy Back to the Beach (1987), and subsequently appeared in the Academy Award-winning short film Ray's Male Heterosexual Dance Hall (also 1987). The same year, he appeared as a lead character opposite Bill Maher in the short-lived Showtime series Hard Knocks.

Hinkley later had supporting roles in Men at Work (1990), the horror film Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: Initiation (also 1990), and the comedy The Little Vampire (2000).

Life and career[edit]

Hinkley was born Hiram Thomas Hinkley, Jr. on May 31, 1960 in El Centro, California.[a] He attended Culver High School in Culver, Oregon.[3][4]

Hinkley's on-screen career began in the 1980s, including television guest roles, and periodic regular turns on TV series, including the short-lived Showtime series Hard Knocks (1987), that also featured Bill Maher. Having appeared in the Academy Award-winning Ray's Male Heterosexual Dance Hall, he has also been known for his roles in such popular box office draws as The Cable Guy (1996), The Little Vampire (2000), Ocean's Thirteen (2007) and Leatherheads (2008).

He also made several appearances in the first season of the sitcom Mad About You as Jay Selby, the best friend of Paul Buchman (played by Paul Reiser). He also voiced Earl Grunewald on the animated series Life with Louie. In 1995, he co-starred in the short-lived Fox TV sitcom The Preston Episodes with David Alan Grier.

That same year, Hinkley married actress Tracey Needham.[5] In 1999, Needham gave birth to their daughter.[6]

As of 2010, Hinkley worked as a teacher, teaching theatre arts to children in Boulder, Colorado.[7]



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1987 Back to the Beach Michael [2]
1987 Ray's Male Heterosexual Dance Hall Andrew Northfield Short film [2]
1989 The Terror Within Neil [2]
1989 Lethal Weapon 2 Cop #2 [2]
1990 Watchers II Lab Assistant
1990 Men at Work Jeff [2]
1990 Silent Night, Deadly Night 4: Initiation Hank [2]
1990 Naked Obsession Mitch [2]
1990 Angel of Death Rak Slade Television film
1991 Earth Angel Val Boyd Television film
1991 L.A. Story Ted [2]
1991 The Human Shield Ben Matthews [2]
1992 Maid for Each Other Ted Knowland Television film [2]
1994 Star Trek Generations Journalist #1 [2]
1996 The Cable Guy Basketball Player [2]
1997 Buried Alive II Sheriff Jim Puller Television film [2]
1998 Anarchy TV Ralph Greed [2]
1999 Dirt Merchant Mort Huskins
1999 Pinot Grigio
2000 Escape Under Pressure Carl
2000 Fail Safe Senior Master Sergeant Collins Televised play
2000 The Little Vampire Bob Thompson [2]
2002 Confessions of a Dangerous Mind Hambone Man [2]
2003 Save It for Later Rick O'Connor [2]
2004 Angel in the Family Joe
2007 Ocean's Thirteen Roulette Dealer [2]
2008 The Flyboys John McIntyre
2008 Leatherheads 'Hardleg' [2]
2009 Bob Funk Over Eaters Anonymous Guy


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1987 Brothers Jim Grant / Jim Dintzman 3 episodes
1987 Hard Knocks Nick Bronco 13 episodes
1988 Empty Nest The Bartender Episode: "Harry's Vacation" [8]
1989 Something Is Out There Ricky Episode: "A Hearse of Another Color"
1989 Who's the Boss? Kyle Fletcher Episode: "In Search of Tony" [8]
1990 China Beach Simon Episode: "Warriors"
1990 Get a Life Morgan Episode: "A Family Affair" [8]
1991 The Golden Girls Andy Episode: "Melodrama" [8]
1991 Night Court Curtis Episode: "Harry's Fifteen Minutes" [8]
1991 Jake and the Fatman Eddie Episode: "Street of Dreams"
1991 MacGyver Neil Episode: "Deadly Silents" [8]
1992–1993 Mad About You Jay Selby 13 episodes [8]
1993 Murphy Brown Tucker Episode: "Ben Humboldt" [8]
1994 Ellen Steve Episode: "The Boyfriend Stealer"
1994–1995 The 5 Mrs. Buchanans Jesse Buchanan 4 episodes
1995 Robin's Hoods Chad Owens Episode: "If Looks Could Kill"
1995 The Preston Episodes Derek Clooney 2 episodes
1997 Tracey Takes On... Randy Amsterdam Episode: "Movies"
1995–1997 Life with Louie Earl Grunewald 11 episodes
1997 The Secret World of Alex Mack Mr. Carrington 2 Episode: "The Creeper" & "24 Hours"
1998 Teen Angel Casey Beauchamp 6 episodes [8]
1998 ER Mr. Ellis 2 episodes
1999 Martial Law Don Turlington Episode: "Call of the Wild"
2000 Judging Amy Mr. Saunders Episode: "The Wee Hours" [8]
2000 Angel C. Mulvill Episode: "Are You Now or Have You Never Been"
2000 That '70s Show Cop Episode: "Ice Shack" [8]
2001 The Division Alan DeLorenzo / Paul DeLorenzo 4 episodes [8]
2002 Boomtown Mr. Flannery Episode: "Reelin' in the Years" [8]
2003 NCIS Deer Hunter Episode: "The Curse"
2004 Cold Case Billy Berkenpass Sr. (1987) Episode: "The Lost Soul of Herman Lester"
2004–2006 The Shield Captain Steve Briggs 2 episodes
2005 The Inside Detective Douglas Price Episode: "Everything Nice"
2010 Zeke and Luther Agent Episode: "Old Nasty"


  1. ^ AllMovie notes Hinkley's birthdate as May 31, 1960 in El Centro, California.[2] The California Birth Index corroborates a Hiram Thomas Hinkley, Jr. born this same date in Imperial County, California.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Hiram T. Hinkley". California Birth Index. Retrieved December 28, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "Tommy Hinkley". AllMovie. Retrieved December 28, 2019.
  3. ^ Hinkley, Tommy (October 17, 2013). "Culver High ID". Archived from the original on December 29, 2019.
  4. ^ Hinkley, Tommy (September 26, 2013). "Oregon. Culver H.S. Junior Year 76-77 Varsity Basketball". Archived from the original on December 29, 2019.
  5. ^ "Amy Yasbeck is a Movie Veteran". Orlando Sentinel. Orlando, Florida. November 26, 1995. p. 177 – via
  6. ^ "Needham Fans Need Patience". Orlando Sentinel. Orlando, Florida. August 27, 2000. Archived from the original on December 29, 2019.
  7. ^ Heckel, Aimee (October 2, 2011). "Ex-Hollywood film actors teach kids how to get real". Daily Camera. Boulder, Colorado. Archived from the original on December 24, 2011.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Tommy Hinkley Credits". TV Guide. Archived from the original on December 29, 2019.

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