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Timothy David Olyphant (born May 20, 1968) is an Americanmarker television and film actor. His notable roles include the television drama series Deadwood and Damages, and the films Scream 2, Catch and Release, Live Free or Die Hard, and Hitman.

Early life

Olyphant was born in Honolulu, Hawaiimarker and raised in Californiamarker. He attended Fred C.marker Beyer High Schoolmarker in Modesto, Californiamarker. He was a competitive swimmer in high school and at the University of Southern Californiamarker in L.A.marker, where he studied fine art and theater; he was a finalist at the U.S. National Swimming Championships in the 200 Individual Medley. After being dropped, Olyphant moved to New York Citymarker, where he was acquainted with actress Jennifer Garner and attended William Esper's acting program.

Career

Olyphant began acting onstage, and received the Theatre World Award for Outstanding Debut Performance for his performance as "Tim Hapgood" in The Monogamist. Olyphant subsequently appeared in SantaLand Diaries and Plunge on stage. He made his film debut in 1996's The First Wives Club. He followed the role up with parts in the films Scream 2 (1997), Go (1999), The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy (2000) and Gone In Sixty Seconds (2000). During this time, Olyphant also guest starred in an episode of Sex and the City.

Olyphant played the lead role of Sheriff Seth Bullock on HBO's Deadwood from March 2004 until the series' end. Olyphant considered it to be one of his first leading roles as a "complicated" and "complex" character. Prior to that he had roles in Rock Star (2001) and Dreamcatcher (2003). He played a porn film producer alongside Emile Hirsch and Elisha Cuthbert, in The Girl Next Door in 2004.

In January 2007, Olyphant appeared in the comedy Catch and Release, playing the love interest of Jennifer Garner's character; Olyphant was cast in the role over several other known actors, including Matthew Fox. He next appeared in Live Free or Die Hard, as the villain, a cyber-terrorist and in Hitman, as the title character. His 2008 roles include Stop-Loss, about the Iraq War, playing a Lieutenant Colonel, Meet Bill, a comedy co-starring Aaron Eckhart and Jessica Alba, and a voice-acting role in Turok as Cowboy.

Olyphant serves as the sports reporter for Joe Escalante's morning show on LA radio station Indie 103.1, every Monday through Friday.

In 2008, he appeared on a recurring basis on ABC's comedy series, Samantha Who?, starring as Samantha's ex-boyfriend. In June 2008 he joined the cast of FX's show Damages, starring Glenn Close. As a result, his part in Samantha Who? was recast and filled by Billy Zane.

In late November 2008, it was announced that he had officially signed on for the lead role of the town sheriff in the remake of George A. Romero's 1973 film, The Crazies.

In 2009, he starred with Steve Zahn and Milla Jovovich in the paranoia-inspiring thriller A Perfect Getaway as a possible Iraq war veteran and possible serial killer of honeymooners on Hawaii islands.

In spring of 2010 he will play the lead role of Rayland Givens in the FX series Lawman. His character is a 21st century US Marshal who, for his questionable tactics, is banished to the part of Kentucky he was born and raised in. Givens wears a Stetson and somewhat acts in the manner of an old west sheriff. It is based on a character created by Elmore Leonard in the novels "Pronto", "Riding the Rap", and "Fire in the Hole". The pilot episode will be an adaptation of the latter.

Filmography

Film
Year Film Role Notes
1996 The First Wives Club Brett Artounian
1997 A Life Less Ordinary Hiker
Scream 2 Mickey Altieri
1998 1999 (Girls and Boys) Hooks
Sex and the City Sam
1999 No Vacancy Luke
Go Todd Gaines
Advice from a Caterpillar Brat
2000 Gone in Sixty Seconds Det. Drycoff
The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy Dennis
2001 Head Over Heels Michael
Auggie Rose Roy Mason
Rock Star Rob Malcolm - Guitarist, Blood Pollution
Doppelganger Brian
2002 Coastlines Sonny Mann
2003 The Safety of Objects Randy
Dreamcatcher Pete Moore
A Man Apart Hollywood Jack
2004 The Girl Next Door Kelly
2004-2006 Deadwood Sheriff Seth Bullock
2006 My Name Is Earl Billy Reed - season 1 - Dads Car
2007 Catch and Release Fritz
Live Free or Die Hard Thomas Gabriel (also known as Die Hard 4.0)
Hitman Agent 47
2008 Stop-Loss Lt. Col. Boot Miller
Meet Bill Chip
Samantha Who? Winston Funk
High Life Dick
2009 Damages Wes Krulik
A Perfect Getaway Nick
2010 The Crazies David Dutton post-production
Elektra Luxx TBA post-production
Hitman 2 Agent 47 being scripted


References

  1. Timothy Olyphant Biography | TVGuide.com
  2. "Sam Who" Recast Scoop: Zane In, Olyphant Out Entertainment Weekly, December 19, 2008


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