Timothy Busfield

Timothy Busfield

Highest Rated: 88% Stripes (1981)

Lowest Rated: 7% Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise (1987)

Birthday: Jun 12, 1957

Birthplace: Lansing, Michigan, USA

Character actor Timothy Busfield was already a veteran of two television series by the time he rose to fame with his Emmy-winning performance as Elliot Weston, who struggled with infidelity and his wife's cancer on "thirtysomething" (ABC, 1987-1991). In its wake, Busfield starred and/or guested on several more programs; some notable - "The West Wing" (NBC, 1999-2006) - and others less than memorable - "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" (NBC, 2006-07). In many cases, however, his easygoing flair for both high drama and comedy were often the show's best asset. Along the way, Busfield developed into a dependable TV director and a likable lead in several features and made-for-TV movies.

Highest rated movies

Stripes Field of Dreams Sneakers
Revenge of the Nerds
Save the Date
Restless Virgins
23 Blast
Little Big League

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
63% 25% Guest Artist Director,
Producer
$7.0K 2019
36% 66% 23 Blast Jasper A. Duncan (Character) $485.1K 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Nightcomer Marty (Character) - 2013
40% 24% Restless Virgins Senator Whitman (Character) - 2013
47% 36% Save the Date Benjie (Character) $3.8K 2012
No Score Yet 81% Beyond the Blackboard School district's HR representative (Character) - 2011
No Score Yet 34% Maneater Director - 2009
11% 45% National Security Charlie Reed (Character) $35.8M 2003
No Score Yet 60% Dead in a Heartbeat Franklin (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet 48% Terminal Error Elliot (Character) - 2001
No Score Yet 43% Wanted Fr. Donnelly (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet 71% Time at the Top Frank Shawson (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Darklings Clayton Shepherd (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Erasable You Brian (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet 9% Dream House Richard Connor Thornton (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet 80% The Souler Opposite Robert Levin (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet 54% Buffalo Soldiers Maj. Robert Carr (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet 30% Trucks Ray (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet When Secrets Kill Det. Walter Ferrence (Character) - 1997
20% 32% First Kid Woods (Character) $26.5M 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Unspeakable Matthew Grissom (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet In the Shadow of Evil Det. Walt Keller (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet In the Line of Duty: Kidnapped Pete Honeycutt (Character) - 1995
35% 53% Little Big League Lou Collins (Character) $12.1M 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder Between Friends John Thorn (Character) - 1994
17% 35% Striking Distance Tony Sacco (Character) $23.8M 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wall of Silence Ephraim Lipshitz (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fade to Black Professor Del Calvin (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet 53% The Skateboard Kid Frank (Character) - 1993
79% 80% Sneakers Dick Gordon (Character) $50.6M 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Calendar Girl, Cop, Killer? The Bambi Bembenek Story Fred Schultz (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet 37% Strays Paul Jarrett (Character) - 1991
87% 86% Field of Dreams Mark (Character) $61.8M 1989
7% 34% Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise Arnold Poindexter (Character) $25.5M 1987
69% 73% Revenge of the Nerds Arnold Poindexter (Character) - 1984
88% 79% Stripes Soldier with mortar (Character) - 1981

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 64% Chicago Med Director 2021
No Score Yet 61% FBI Director 2021
86% 74% For Life Henry Roswell (Character) 2020-2021
93% 40% The Conners Director 2020
32% No Score Yet Almost Family Ron Doyle (Guest Star) 2019-2020
50% 94% Dolly Parton's Heartstrings Logan Cantrell (Character) 2019
No Score Yet 89% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Daniel Carter (Guest Star),
Director
2011 2019
No Score Yet 67% The Rookie Director 2018
71% 53% Designated Survivor Dr. Adam Louden (Guest Star),
Director
2018
86% 83% Graceland Director 2015
35% 75% Secrets and Lies Unknown (Guest Star),
Director
2015
No Score Yet 77% The Night Shift Shane (Guest Star) 2015
76% 76% Sleepy Hollow Unknown (Guest Star) 2014-2015
28% 42% Mind Games Director 2014
68% 78% The Client List Director 2012-2013
67% 66% Revolution Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
61% 91% Franklin & Bash Director 2012
No Score Yet 89% Blue Bloods Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
74% 73% The Defenders Director 2010
71% 78% No Ordinary Family Director 2010
No Score Yet 96% Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
16% No Score Yet The Deep End Director 2010
No Score Yet 88% Lie to Me Director 2009
66% 83% Entourage TV Director (Guest Star) 2005 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Maneater Director 2009
19% 100% Lipstick Jungle Executive Producer 2008-2009
65% No Score Yet The Ex List Director 2008
74% 100% Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip Cal Shanley (Character) 2006-2007
75% 95% The West Wing Danny Concannon (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
1999-2000 2002-2003 2005-2006
No Score Yet 66% Without a Trace Unknown (Guest Star),
Director
2004-2006
20% No Score Yet Summerland Director 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ed Unknown (Guest Star) 2002 2004
96% 57% Joan of Arcadia Director 2004
83% No Score Yet That's Life Director 2002
90% 100% Sports Night Director 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Champs Tom McManus (Character) 1996
No Score Yet 100% The Outer Limits Unknown (Character) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Byrds of Paradise Sam Byrd (Character) 1994
83% No Score Yet thirtysomething Elliot Weston (Character) 1987-1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock Unknown (Guest Star) 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D. Dr. John 'J.T.' McIntyre (Character) 1984-1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hotel Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
No Score Yet 100% Family Ties Unknown (Guest Star) 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Danny Director