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Timothy Busfield



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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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
38% 23 Blast
  • Duncan
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
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
33% Little Big League
  • Lou Collins
1994
No Score Yet Murder Between Friends
  • John Thorn
1994
14% Striking Distance
  • Tony Sacco
1993
No Score Yet The Skateboard Kid
  • Frank
1993
No Score Yet Fade to Black
  • Professor Del Calvin
1993
81% 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
69% Revenge of the Nerds
  • Poindexter
1984
86% Stripes
  • Soldier with Mortar
1981

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet The Night Shift
2014
  • Director
  • Shane
No Score Yet Psych
2006-2014
  • Director
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Ray Backlund
25% Mind Games
2014
  • Director
No Score Yet The West Wing
1999-2006
  • Danny Danny Concannon Concannon, Danny
67% Entourage
2004-2011
  • Guest
  • Director Himself
7% The Deep End
2010
  • Director
96% Damages
2007-2012
  • Director
68% Revolution
2012-2014
  • Dr. Stephen Camp
36% Secrets and Lies
2015
  • Executive Producer
  • Director
  • Producer
  • John Garner
45% The Client List
2012-2013
  • Director
100% Sports Night
1998-2000
  • Director
No Score Yet The Fosters
2013
  • Director
23% The Mob Doctor
2012-2013
  • David Ellis
7% Rosewood
2015
  • Director
68% No Ordinary Family
2010-2011
  • Director
No Score Yet Without a Trace
2002-2009
  • Director
  • Ed Felder
No Score Yet Blue Bloods
2010
  • Charles Bynes
29% Mercy
2009-2010
  • Director
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Actor
No Score Yet Franklin & Bash
2011-2014
  • Director
73% The Defenders
2010-2011
  • Director
Nuits blanches à l'urgence
2014-2016
  • Director
82% Sleepy Hollow
2013
  • Benjamin Franklin
No Score Yet Lie to Me
2009-2011
  • Director
100% White Collar
2009-2014
  • Director
30% Second Chance
2016
  • Director

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