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Actor, director and producer, TIM MATHESON has come a long way since his break-out role in the timeless comedy classic, “Animal House.” Through a succession of challenging film and television acting roles, as well as helming numerous directing and producing projects, Matheson has successfully embraced his, craft, both in front of and behind the camera.


Matheson is earning praise for his continued role as Vice President John Hoynes in NBC’s drama series “West Wing.” He can currently be seen in Artisan’s “Van Wilder: Party Liason” as well as a role in the NBC mini-series “Judas and Jesus.” He starred as John F. Kennedy in the CBS miniseries, “Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis.” The telefilm was based on best-selling author Donald Spoto’s book, “Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis: A Life,” which examined Kennedy’s private and public life from childhood on.


A true hyphenate, Matheson continues to distinguish himself behind the camera. His film for Showtime, “In The Company of Spies,” premiered last fall, and had him directing stars Tom Berenger and Ron Silver. This motion picture gave a detailed and accurate look inside the ambiguous Central Intelligence Agency. The cast and crew were given unprecedented access to CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, and received a great deal of support and input for their movie from the CIA. “It [was] our intent to tell the true story of this organization - which never receives credit for the good things it does,” states Matheson.


Matheson’s other roles include the motion pictures, The Story of Us, She’s All That, A Very Brady Sequel and Black Sheep, and for television, he starred opposite Daryl Hannah in the Showtime drama Rescuers: Stories of Courage-Two Families, which was executive produced by Barbara Streisand and Cis Corman. In addition, he starred in the CBS telefilm, Forever Love, opposite Reba McEntire, Christmas in My Home Town with Melissa Gilbert and Travis Tritt and An Unfinished Affair with Jennie Garth.


Raised in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley by a family far removed from the workings of the entertainment industry, Matheson immersed himself in his own world of entertainment, writing and performing mini-plays at home with friends. At a very young age, he enrolled in an acting class and immediately earned the attention of an agent.