Timothy Busfield

Highest Rated: 96% Quiz Show (1994)
Birthday: Jun 12, 1957
Birthplace: Not Available
Red-haired, occasionally bearded American actor Timothy Busfield was a stage professional virtually from the moment he left East Tennessee State University. His earliest regular TV work was on the short-lived 1983 sitcom Reggie, playing the layabout aspiring-actor son of Richard Mulligan. One year later, Busfield was cast as Pernell Roberts' intern son on Trapper John, MD. He also appeared as Poindexter in Revenge of the Nerds and its sequel. In 1987, Busfield was fortuitously cast on the "yuppie" TV weekly thirtysomething, playing Elliot Weston, the business partner and best friend of series lead Michael Steadman (Ken Olin). From this point onward, Busfield was able to secure choice film supporting roles, generally as a stuffy, snotty "upwardly mobile" type. In addition to being honored with Emmy nominations from 1988-1990 for his work on thirtysomething, Busfield won a Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Emmy in 1991. His most likeable screen portrayal was as Kevin Costner's uptight, money-conscious, and essentially decent brother-in-law in the 1989 blockbuster Field of Dreams.Busfield forged a career behind the scenes as well, starting with directing episodes of thirtysomething while he was acting on that show. Among the series for which he has directed episodes are Sports Night, Ed, Las Vegas, and Joan of Arcadia. He also took on co-executive producing with the shows Ed and Without a Trace. Busfield still acted regularly throughout the '90s and into the new millenium in both film and television, but his more major roles tended to be on the small screen. He starred in the family drama Byrds of Paradise and the sitcom Champs, also making guest-starring appearances on numerous shows, including Ed and Without a Trace. But Busfield's most memorable and notable TV role of this period was that of White House reporter Danny Concannon on the critically acclaimed series The West Wing. Busfield played the character off-and-on through the whole series, appearing in the second-to-last episode, wooing Allison Janney's C.J. Cregg. Busfield worked on Aaron Sorkin's follow-up series, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, playing director Cal Shanley on the show, and also helmed six episodes. Studio 60 was canceled after only one season, and since then, Busfield has alternated between guest spots and directing gigs.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Guest Artist Producer Director 2019
38% 23 Blast Duncan $0.5M 2014
No Score Yet Restless Virgins Actor 2013
No Score Yet Maneater Director 2009
91% A League of Ordinary Gentlemen Actor 2005
11% National Security Charlie Reed $35.8M 2003
No Score Yet Terminal Error Elloit Nesher 2002
No Score Yet Dead in a Heartbeat Zachary Franklin 2002
No Score Yet Wanted Fr. Donnelly 1999
No Score Yet Time at the Top Frank Shawson 1999
No Score Yet The Souler Opposite Robert 1998
No Score Yet Erasable You Brian 1998
No Score Yet Dream House Connor 1998
No Score Yet Buffalo Soldiers Carr 1997
No Score Yet Trucks Ray 1997
23% First Kid Woods 1996
No Score Yet In the Line of Duty: Kidnapped Pete Honeycutt 1995
96% Quiz Show Fred 1994
31% Little Big League Lou Collins 1994
No Score Yet Murder Between Friends John Thorn 1994
17% Striking Distance Tony Sacco 1993
No Score Yet The Skateboard Kid Frank 1993
No Score Yet Fade to Black Professor Del Calvin 1993
78% Sneakers Dick Gordon 1992
No Score Yet Calendar Girl, Cop, Killer? Bambi Bembenek Fred Schultz 1992
No Score Yet Strays Paul 1991
86% Field of Dreams Mark 1989
7% Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise Arnold Poindexter 1987
70% Revenge of the Nerds Poindexter 1984
86% Stripes Soldier with Mortar 1981

TV

CREDIT
73% Designated Survivor
2016-2018
Director Dr. Adam Louden
  • 2018
  • 2017
92% This Is Us
2016
Producer
  • 2017
No Score Yet Nuits blanches à l'urgence
2014-2017
Director Shane
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Night Shift
2014-2017
Director Shane
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
30% Second Chance
2016
Director Producer
  • 2016
77% Aquarius
2015-2016
Producer
  • 2016
  • 2015
36% Secrets and Lies
2015-2016
Executive Producer Director Producer John Garner
  • 2016
  • 2015
9% Rosewood
2015-2017
Director Producer
  • 2015
77% Sleepy Hollow
2013-2017
Benjamin Franklin
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
28% Mind Games
2014
Director
  • 2014
70% Revolution
2012-2014
Dr. Stephen Camp
  • 2013
97% The Fosters
2013-2018
Director
  • 2013
61% Franklin & Bash
2011-2014
Director
  • 2012
93% Psych
2006-2014
Director
  • 2012
68% The Client List
2012-2013
Director
  • 2012
22% The Mob Doctor
2012-2013
David Ellis
  • 2012
No Score Yet Blue Bloods
2010
Charles Bynes
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • 2011
59% The Glades
2010-2013
Director
  • 2011
  • 2010
93% Damages
2007-2012
Director
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2007
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
Ray Backlund
  • 2010
27% Mercy
2009-2010
Director
  • 2010
73% No Ordinary Family
2010-2011
Director
  • 2010
7% The Deep End
2010
Director
  • 2010
72% The Defenders
2010-2011
Director
  • 2010
79% Lie to Me
2009-2011
Director
  • 2009
97% White Collar
2009-2014
Director
  • 2009
No Score Yet Lipstick Jungle
2008-2009
Executive Producer Director
  • 2009
  • 2008
66% Entourage
2004-2011
Guest Director Himself
  • 2009
  • 2005
83% Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
2006-2007
Director Cal Shanley
  • 2007
  • 2006
No Score Yet Without a Trace
2002-2009
Director Ed Felder
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
75% The West Wing
1999-2006
Danny Danny Concannon Concannon, Danny
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2000
  • 1999
100% Joan of Arcadia
2003-2005
Director
  • 2004
No Score Yet Summerland
2004-2005
Director
  • 2004
No Score Yet Ed
2000-2004
Director Lloyd Stevens Lloyd
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
No Score Yet Danny
2001
Director
  • 2001
100% Lizzie McGuire
2001-2004
Director
  • 2001
92% Sports Night
1998-2000
Director
  • 2000
86% Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
1993-1997
Spy Guy
  • 1996
No Score Yet The Outer Limits
1995-2002
  • 1995
85% Thirtysomething
1987-1991
Director Elliot Weston
  • 1991
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1988
  • 1987
No Score Yet Family Ties
1982-1989
Doug
  • 1984

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