• Tim Matheson is a famous actor
  • He is well-known for roles in Animal House and Bonanza
  • Learn more about the star today

Born on December 31, 1947, Tim Matheson is a seasoned actor and director. He is most likely best known for his role as "Eric "Otter" Stratton" in the comedy film Animal House. What else has Tim Matheson been up to? 

Tim Matheson: The Animal House Star Today

After his role in the long-running Bonanza series, the career of a youthful Tim Matheson didn't slow down. In 1976, he starred in a new western series, The Quest, where he starred opposite of his former castmate, Bing Russell's, son Kurt Russell. His big break in film was in the comedy National Lampoon's Animal House with John Belushi, who he would also act with the following year in Steven Spielberg's 1941.

Tim Matheson attends "The Paley Center For Media Presents CNN's The 2000s: A Look Back At The Dawn Of TV's New Golden Age" on June 28, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California.

Tim Matheson is still busy on the red carpet today!

As he acted in a numerous amount of TV series and films throughout the '60s until the '90s, Matheson eventually found himself enjoying work behind the camera. From 1999-2006, Matheson both acted in and directed the hit drama series, The West Wing, which earned him a Primetime Emmy Award nomination. From then on, he directed many more shows, including Cold Case, Criminal Minds, and White Collar... just to name a few.

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Tim Matheson's Recent Work

In 2016, Tim portrayed Ronald Reagan in the television film, Killing Reagan, also starring Sex and the City's Cynthia Nixon. Because of this role, he was nominated for a Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Movie/Miniseries. More recently, Matheson starred as "Doc Mullins" in Netflix's drama, Virgin River, and also had a recurring role as "Dave Malone" on the NBC series, This Is Us

Tim has been married twice, first to Jennifer Leak from 1968 to 1971, and then to Megan Murphy Matheson from 1985 to 2010. With Megan, he has three children, Cooper, Molly and Emma! We can't wait to see what Tim does next!