Tim Matheson, an American actor who began his profession as a teenager, has charmed audiences for the past 50 years. The seasoned actor is still going strong on and off the screen, perhaps best recognized for his performance of Eric “Otter” Stratton in the 1978 comedy.
How Did Matheson’s Professional Career Began?
At the age of 13, Matheson began his acting career in Robert Young’s CBS nostalgia comedy series Window on Main Street (1961-1962). He next played Mike Harmon in two episodes of Leave It to Beaver during the 1962–1963 season, following his debut.
Matheson’s schedule became busier by the day as he gained notoriety. He portrayed Jonny Quest’s voice in the Jonny Quest (1964) series and also played the oldest son in Yours, Mine, and Ours (1968) when he met his first wife, Jennifer Leak since they were co-stars in the movie. In 1969, he joined the eighth season of the television show The Virginian, and in 1973, he appeared in the film, Magnum Force. Then, in 1976, Matheson co-starred in the NBC series The Hunt with Kurt Russell.
After a string of supporting appearances, the actor secured a leading role in the film Animal House
Matheson’s Notable Roles in ‘Animal House’ and ‘The West Wing’ Matheson starred as Eric “Otter” Stratton in National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978), a well-received comedy film.
The film came in fifth place on Bravo’s ‘100 Funniest Movies list and 36th place on AFI’s ‘100 Years… 100 Laughs list of the top 100 American comedies. In 2008, Empire magazine placed it 279th on their list of “The 500 Best Movies of All Time.”
The 73-year-old actor portrayed Vice President John Hoynes in the NBC drama The West Wing (1999–2006), for which he garnered two Primetime Emmy Award nominations for ‘Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series.’ It was another of his notable Hollywood roles.
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Recent Works by Matheson
Matheson is still going strong in Hollywood at the age of 73. White Collar, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The Good Fight, This Is Us, and Fast & Furious Spy Racers are just a few of the projects he’s worked on.
As an actor, he has been credited with 190 film projects in total.
Behind the TV Screen: Matheson
He enjoys directing and producing as much as he enjoys being in front of the camera. Matheson joined the cast of Hart of Dixie on The CW in 2011, where he also directed eight episodes.
Burn Notice, Criminal Minds, Cold Case, Suits, White Collar, and many others are among Matheson’s directing credentials. He’s also worked on FOX’s The Good Guys pilot and USA Network’s hit original series Covert Affairs.
He has been recognized as a director on 45 productions and as a producer on four.