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Who is Timothy Olyphant?

Timothy David Olyphant was born on the 20th May 1968 in Honolulu, Hawaii USA, and is an actor and producer, probably best known to the world for being a part of the TV series “Justified”, in which he played the major role of Deputy US Marshal Raylan Givens, for which he earned a Primetime Emmy Award nomination in 2011.


Although born in Honolulu, Timothy and his family relocated to Modesto in California when he was just two years old. He is the middle child of Katherine and J.V. Bevan Olyphant, who worked as a manager, and later became the vice president of wine production at Gallo Winery, one of the largest exporters of Californian wine. He has an older brother named Andrew, and a younger one named Matthew, who has also became an artist, best known as the leader of the dissolved punk group Fetish. Timothy’s parents divorced shortly after he started high school, and both later remarried.

Of mixed ancestry, Timothy has English, Scottish, Irish, German, Dutch and Russian-Jewish roots. Timothy is a descendant of the Vanderbilt family, an American family of Dutch origin, which was once the wealthiest family in the US, in the time of Olyphant’s paternal fourth great-grandfather Cornelius Vanderbilt, who was the richest American until 1877, who got his fortune through shipping and railroad business. The surname Olyphant is of Scottish origin, from his other paternal fourth great-grandfather Dr. David Olyphant, who was born in Scotland, and served as General during American Revolutionary War.

image source, Timothy Olyphant with wife and three children

Early Life and Education

During his early childhood, Timothy loved to paint and draw, but he was embarrassed by the idea of acting, never showcasing his talents, and instead focusing on sports activities, at which he was quite good, especially in swimming. He was a finalist at the 1986 Nationals in the 200 meters Individual Medley.

While living in Modesto, Olyphant went to Fred C. Bayer High School, and was then recruited by the athletic team “USC Trojans” at the University of Southern California. He wanted to study architecture, but it was difficult to achieve having regard to his training schedule, so instead of doing a lot of accounts, physics and geometry, Timothy decided to go for a degree in fine arts. Olyphant graduated in 1990, then while he was in the process of applying for a master’s degree, he decided to relocate and settle in New York City. In his last year at the university, he finally decided to become an actor, and took some acting classes at UC Irvine, as well as completing a two- year program in acting at William Esper Studio in New York.

Career Beginnings

Olyphant’s first appearance on screen was of less than two minutes in the 1996 comedy film “The First Wives Club”, shortly after which he portrayed Scooby in the pilot of the CBS spy series “Mr. and Mrs. Smith”. Furthermore, in 1997, Timothy appeared as Brett Farraday, the officer, in three episodes of the ABC drama “High Incident”, and also had a minor role in the CBS television film “Ellen Foster”. Timothy’s most dominant role of 1997 was in the  horror film “Scream 2” as a film student, then in 1998 Olyphant appeared in an episode of the famous sitcom “Sex and the City”, as a potential lover of Carrie Bradshaw, Sarah Jessica Parker’s character.

He also secured minor roles in the ensemble drama “1999”. and the HBO war film “When Trumpets Fade”. In 1999 Olyphant starred alongside Christina Ricci in the comedy “No Vacancy”, and later that same year featured as a drug dealer in the comedy “Go”. He almost secured a role in the fantasy film “Practical Magic”, but the film director Griffin Dunne decided to replace him with Aidan Quinn.

Career Uprising

At the beginning of the 2000s, the film producer Mickey Liddell, delighted with Olyphant ’s acting in “Go”, offered him a role in his next film “The Broken Hearts Club”, the romantic comedy about a group of homosexual friends from West Hollywood, in which he showcased his skills portraying Dennis. Furthermore, he portrayed the detective Drycoff in the American action film “Gone in 60 Seconds”, starring alongside Nicolas Cage and Angelina Jolie.

In 2001, Olyphant declined to play Dominic Torreto in the action film “Redline” – for the records later retitled to “The Fast and the Furious”, and the role of Dominic Torreto went to Vin Diesel, which would become one of the most famous roles in his career.

Rise to Fame and “Deadwood”

In 2004 Olyphant secured the role of Kelly, porn film producer, in the romantic comedy “The Girl Next Door” directed by Luke Greenfield, and the same year rose to fame in the HBO western “Deadwood”, in which he featured as Sheriff Seth Bullock, which subsequently aired on HBO from 2004 to 2006, spanning three seasons and 36 episodes. It was a great opportunity for Olyphant to show his full potential, which he did, proving that he can easily play a brooding, serious and righteous man of a law. One of the creators of the series, David Milch had special words of praise for him, as well.

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Further Career and Leading Film Roles

After Deadwood’s great success with the public, in 2007 Timothy continued his featuring in the action film “Hitman” as the assassin Agent 47. He was hired by film director Xavier Gens to replace Vin Diesel around six weeks before filming began, having agreed to shave his head. In the same year, he starred alongside Bruce Willis in “Live Free or Die Hard”, portraying Thomas Gabriel, a former Defense Department analyst who leads a cyber-attack on the entire US infrastructure.

In 2008, Timothy had the supporting role of Boot Miller, a Lieutenant Colonel in the war film “Stop-Loss”, and portrayed Chip Johnson in the comedy film “Meet Bill”. In 2009 he featured as a drug addict in the comedy “High Life”, and in the same year played in 15 episodes of the thriller “Damages”, working alongside Rose Byrne, Glenn Close and many others.

The following year, Timothy secured a major role as town sheriff David Dutton in the horror film “The Crazies”.

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Timothy starred in the TV crime drama series “Justified” that premiered on 16th of March 2010 on the FX channel, in the role of Raylan Givens, the US Deputy Marshal. The series took place in Lexington, Kentucky, Appalachian Mountains area around Harlan, ultimately airing for 78 episodes over six seasons. The role of US Deputy Givens has been described by many television critics as the “defining role” of Timothy’s career. Timothy also worked as a co-executive producer on “Justified”, with the writing team including Graham Yost, the famous Canadian TV and film writer.

Concurrently during “Justified’s” six-season run, Olyphant portrayed a paper salesman in the NBC comedy “The Office”, and also appeared in FX sitcom “The League” in 2012, and secured roles in such films as the comedy “Dealin’ with Idiots” and “This is Where I Leave You”. Also, we need to mention his voice acting career, in the FX animated series “Archer”. Moreover, in 2011 he voiced in the animated film “Rango”, voicing the Spirit of the West a parody of Clint Eastwood’s role in the “Dollars Trilogy” of so-called Spaghetti Western films.

A Career In Recent Years

His performance in the Fox comedy “The Grinder” in 2015 received very positive critiques, including “Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series”. Moreover, in 2016 Timothy starred in Kenneth Lonergan’s comedy “Hold On to Me Darling”, in which he portrayed Strings McCrane, a country singer and actor who returned to Tennessee after his mother passed away. During the same year, he appeared in the romantic comedy “Mother’s Day”, featuring as Henry, the ex-husband of Jennifer Aniston’s character Sandy, and in the biographical thriller “Snowden” directed by Oliver Stone, as CIA Agent Geneva.

Most recently, Olyphant joined the cast of the horror comedy “Santa Clarita Diet”, produced by Netflix, and his latest role is in the American drama film “Behold My Heart”, featuring as Steven Lang, starring alongside Marisa Tomei, Charlie Plummer and others.

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Awards and Nominations

Since making his professional debut, Timothy has received a number of nominations and awards, such as Theatre World Award for “The Monogamist”, Young Hollywood award as the Best Bad Boy for the crime comedy “Go”, as well as Critics’ Choice Television Awards as the Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for “The Grinder”, and of course won a Satellite Award as the Best Actor in Series for “Justified”, plus a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for “Justified”.

Do You Know How Rich Timothy Olyphant Is?

Timothy can boast many TV series and films of which he has been a part, such as “Justified”, “Deadwood”, “The Girl Next Door” and others, which considerably helped him increase his net worth. So, have you ever wondered how rich Timothy Olyphant is? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Timothy’s net worth is now as high as $20 million.

Personal Life and Internet popularity

Timothy married his college girlfriend Alexis Knief when he was 23 years old, in 1991. They have three children, the oldest Grace Katherine, Henry, and the youngest Vivian. They live in Westwood, Los Angeles.

He is a rather good tennis player, and has participated in many tournaments for celebrities. He is also a big fan of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team, and Los Angeles Dodgers, the baseball team which let him throw the ceremonial first pitch at a Dodgers match in 2013.

Not a big fan of the internet and social media in the whole, Timothy has still acquired a decent following on social networks, as his Facebook account has almost 250,000 followers. He has a couple of thousands of followers on Instagram and Twitter as well, not bad for someone who doesn’t like to share too much personal information with the public, don’t you agree? So, if you aren’t a fan of this successful actor, then this is a fantastic opportunity for you. Just skip over to his official pages.

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