Dakin Matthews

Dakin Matthews

Highest Rated: 96% The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)

Lowest Rated: Not Available

Birthday: Nov 7, 1940

Birthplace: Oakland, California, USA

Acting in Hollywood seems a far-flung alternative to becoming a Roman Catholic priest, but at one time Dakin Matthews seriously considered both. The man who portrayed a dismayed shopkeeper in the Coen brothers' 2010 version of "True Grit" studied theology at Gregorian University in his early years. But his inseparable fascination with the dramatic arts ultimately propelled him toward more secular successes. As a teacher at New York's Juilliard School, Matthews instructed actor Kevin Kline and singer Patti LuPone. It wasn't until the mid '80s however, when Matthews was well into his 40s, that he achieved stardom in his own right, having had experience only as a Shakespearean actor and scholar. He appeared in guest roles on dozens of popular televisions series, and popped up in several films, including the Oscar-nominated "Fabulous Baker Boys" in 1989, where he played a sleazy hotel manager. Matthews's most distinctive parts continued to come from television, a short-form medium that allowed him to pursue his many other interests, including writing and directing theater. He has memorably appeared as Headmaster Charleston in many episodes of "Gilmore Girls" and played Kevin James's father in the sitcom "The King of Queens." Matthews displayed a proclivity for portraying religious figures as well, and he memorably played a reverend on the quirky drama series "Desperate Housewives."

Highest rated movies

The Fabulous Baker Boys
True Grit
Bridge of Spies
Thirteen Days
Zero Charisma
The Muse
Clean and Sober
The Siege




91% 87% Bridge of Spies Judge Byers (Character) $72.3M 2015
77% 55% Zero Charisma Greg Goran (Character) - 2013
39% 41% The Eagle Claudius (Character) $19.5M 2011
95% 85% True Grit Colonel Stonehill (Character) $171.0M 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Big Time Unknown (Character) - 2002
83% 80% Thirteen Days Arthur Lundhal (Character) $34.6M 2000
53% 34% The Muse Dr. Jacobson (Character) $11.6M 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Best Friends for Life Mr. Burnham (Character) - 1998
44% 53% The Siege Senator Wright (Character) $40.9M 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nothing Lasts Forever Unknown (Character) - 1995
0% 34% Virus Dr. Dubcheck (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet 34% The Enemy Within Vice President Walter Kelly (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet 11% White Mile Andy Thornell (Character) - 1994
50% 66% The Swan Princess King William (Voice) $9.8M 1994
32% 17% The Temp Dr. Feldman (Character) $6.0M 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Revolver Tom McCall (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder Without Motive: The Edmund Perry Story Howards (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Criminal Behavior Albee Ferguson (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet ... And Then She Was Gone Francis Haynes (Character) - 1991
23% 33% Child's Play 3 Col. Cochrane (Character) $13.5M 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jailbirds Sheriff (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet White Hot: The Mysterious Murder of Thelma Todd D.A. Buron Fitts (Character) - 1991
No Score Yet 46% Fine Things Judge Aaron S. Mitofsky (Character) - 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Brother's Wife Charles Rusher (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Naked Lie Adam Berger (Character) - 1989
96% 70% The Fabulous Baker Boys Charlie (Character) $18.1M 1989
53% 62% Clean and Sober Bob (Character) $8.6M 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Silence at Bethany Sam Mitgang (Character) - 1988
41% 71% Nuts 1st Judge (Character) $29.5M 1987


36% 89% Bluff City Law Buzzy Bedford (Guest Star) 2019
95% 83% Evil Father Augustus (Guest Star) 2019
54% 62% Instinct Judge Brooks (Guest Star) 2018
No Score Yet 77% The Resident Howie Green (Guest Star) 2018
77% 67% Gotham Niles Winthrop (Guest Star) 2017
55% 76% Doubt Judge Halloran (Guest Star) 2017
No Score Yet 79% Madam Secretary Ambassador Roy Curtis (Guest Star) 2016
65% 91% BrainDead Unknown (Guest Star) 2016
No Score Yet 88% Blue Bloods Judge Wilson (Guest Star) 2016
93% 90% Veep Balloon Salesman (Guest Star) 2015
95% 89% Elementary James Connaughton (Guest Star) 2015
81% 83% The Big Bang Theory Santa (Guest Star) 2012 2014
No Score Yet 89% The Mentalist Christo Papadakis/Professor Papadakis (Guest Star) 2011 2013
82% 87% Castle Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
93% 91% The Good Wife Dr. David Zarevich (Guest Star) 2012
72% 88% Desperate Housewives Reverend Sikes (Guest Star) 2005-2006 2008 2011-2012
65% 66% Two and a Half Men Father Shaunassey (Guest Star) 2011
89% 94% Better Off Ted Arthur Wells (Guest Star) 2010
68% 73% True Blood Dr. Robideaux (Guest Star) 2010
93% 89% Parks and Recreation David (Guest Star) 2010
No Score Yet 93% Cold Case Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
60% No Score Yet Eli Stone Banker (Guest Star) 2008
52% 60% Shark Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
No Score Yet 80% The King of Queens Unknown (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
87% 86% Gilmore Girls Hanlin Charleston (Guest Star) 2000-2004 2007
86% 92% Boston Legal Judge Harvey Fletcher (Guest Star) 2007
71% 81% Dexter Dr. Pittman (Guest Star) 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jake in Progress Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
83% 85% The Closer Mr. Mitchell (Guest Star) 2005
90% 96% House Marvin - Santa Claus (Guest Star) 2004
83% 83% NYPD Blue Simon Clifton (Guest Star) 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Practice Unknown (Guest Star) 2000 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Judging Amy Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet 91% Charmed Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Citizen Baines Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Diagnosis Murder Unknown (Guest Star) 1994 2001
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dharma & Greg Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
11% No Score Yet The Geena Davis Show Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet 33% Just Shoot Me Les (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Law Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
20% No Score Yet City of Angels Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
75% 95% The West Wing Simon Blye (Guest Star) 2000
76% 77% Star Trek: Voyager Adm. Patterson (Guest Star) 1999
No Score Yet 69% The Nanny Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Providence Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
8% No Score Yet Holding the Baby Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
92% No Score Yet Buddy Faro Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
15% No Score Yet Vengeance Unlimited Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Soul Man Bishop Jerome (Character) 1997-1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Touched by an Angel Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
44% No Score Yet Ink Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nash Bridges Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
15% No Score Yet The Jeff Foxworthy Show Unknown (Character) 1995-1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Office Frank Gerard (Character) 1995
No Score Yet 66% Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1992-1993 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cutters Harry Polachek (Character) 1993
14% No Score Yet Drexell's Class Roscoe Davis (Character) 1991-1992
No Score Yet 0% Who's the Boss? Unknown (Guest Star) 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Two Dads Unknown (Guest Star) 1987-1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Aaron's Way Unknown (Guest Star) 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Newhart Unknown (Guest Star) 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock Unknown (Guest Star) 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Easy Street Unknown (Guest Star) 1987