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Short Info

Net Worth$16 Million
Date Of BirthMay 20, 1968
SpouseAlexis Knief, Timothy Olyphant
MarkUnusual posture
FactHis maternal great-grandfather, Abraham Gideon, was a Jewish immigrant from Tula, Russia. Timothy's other ancestry is mostly English, along with German, Scottish, Dutch, and Irish. Through his father, Timothy is a four times great-grandson of industrialist Cornelius Vanderbilt, and a three times great-grandson of his son, William Henry Vanderbilt, who vastly expanded the Vanderbilt family fortune. Timothy's paternal grandmother, Adele Sloane Hammond, was the sister of music producer John Hammond and the sister-in-law of musician Benny Goodman. Another of Timothy's four times great-grandfathers, Dr. David Olyphant, born in Scotland, served as director-general of Southern hospitals during the American Revolutionary War. His third great-grandfather, David Olyphant, and great-great-grandfather, Robert Morrison Olyphant, were both prominent businessmen.


Who is Alexis Knief?

Born under the earth sign of Capricorn on 1 January 1970, at an unspecified location in California, USA, Alexis Knief is a 49-year-old American actress, but is perhaps best known for being the better half of actor/producer Timothy Olyphant. Upon meeting the love of her life, she developed an interest in acting, but never actually landed any major roles that would make her a star. Timothy, on the other hand, is known for being featured in several popular movies and TV shows, such as “Deadwood”, “Gone in 60 Seconds”, “Rango”, “Catch and Release” and others. Alexis’ love for Timothy dates back to their high school days, when they first became friends. Eventually their love grew, culminating in marriage in 1991, with their beautiful children joining them later on. Despite being the wife of a famous actor, Alexis prefers to stay out of the public eye, which is why not much is known about her.

Early Life and Education: Growing Up in California

Alexis was born into an American family in The Golden State. There is not much information about her parents and early life across any credible sources, a clear sign of professionalism by Knief, as she refuses to let anything from her private life be revealed. Ever since it became known that she and Timothy were a couple, she has been bombarded with inquiries about the early years of her life, but has politely refused to give an answer to any and all questions involving said matter. There is also no available information about her high school education, but we do know that she matriculated from an unspecified institution near her birthplace in 1988. The same year, she enrolled at the University of Southern California, where she majored in an undisclosed subject. It is unclear whether she completed her studies or if she dropped out.

How Did She and Timothy End Up Meeting?

There are conflicting reports on this subject, but the most credible story is that the two met in high school. Initially, they were just friends for several years, however, at a certain point they realized it was futile to deny the mutual attraction which had already become more than evident. They officially started dating in 1990 and it didn’t take them long to realize they were meant for each other, and just a few months later they entered matrimony in a private ceremony, held on a beach at sunset, with only their families and closest friends being in attendance. It seems fitting that they chose this approach to marriage, given the fact that they are both private people. Even though they wanted to have children immediately, they decided to wait because Timothy had a hectic work schedule during the 1990s, rendering him unable to spend time with his children. In 1999 they had their first child, a girl they named Grace Catherine. Two years later, Alexis gave birth to their son Henry, and in 2003 they had another daughter they named Vivian.

Timothy Olyphant and Alexis Knief

Rumors of Divorce

Even though there wasn’t a shred of evidence suggesting that their marriage was falling apart, the media began spreading rumors about their imminent divorce. As the gossip became unbridled, Timothy voiced his concerns and told them to stop it. So, what was the reason for this malicious wave of false news? Did they cheat on one another or was there something else? Funnily, nothing actually happened. The whole thing started when reporters and paparazzi noticed that Timothy was wearing his wedding ring on his right hand, in contrast with the custom that says it is to be worn on the left. Because of that small detail, some thought that they were having problems. ‘Even though I found it annoying at first, Alexis and I shared a laugh about the whole situation’, said Timothy. ‘I just find it more comfortable on my right hand, that’s all there is to it.’

Even More Rumors About Divorce!

After the whole ruckus with Timothy’s wedding ring being on the wrong hand, one would think that these two have had enough of the word “divorce”. However, he and Alexis are known jokesters, so they weren’t going to let it go. When Timothy was nominated for an Emmy Award for his role of Raylan Givens in “Justified”, Alexis helped him prepare a speech. Unfortunately for him, Kyle Chandler ended up winning the award, in spite of the fact that Timothy was the favorite. Thus, the world was robbed of a chance to hear Olyphant joking about, you’ve guessed it – divorce! If he had won, he would have started the speech with the following line: ‘I’m going to look at [the trophy] and then look out at my wife of twenty years and say – Well, honey, this is it. I’m finally leaving you.’ This was clearly an attempt to fool around with the media, and who can blame them? If reporters can spread false rumors about their private lives, they have the right to mess with them as well.

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What About Timothy’s Sex Scene?

In one of his movies, Timothy had to do a sex scene. Of course, the media saw this as another opportunity to “poke the sleeping bear” and start asking questions about his and Alexis’ marriage. When asked about the matter at a formal event, Timothy stated: ‘Alexis is a very smart woman and she really understands that my on-screen works are just professional things and such moments are not a big deal to make a big issue.’ These two have been an excellent example of how powerful love is when two people work hard at bettering themselves and their relationship on a daily basis. On another occasion, Timothy had the following to say about his beau: ‘It’s really hard to find such a perfect bonding like they have in Hollywood world.’

Body Measurements: How Tall is Alexis Knief?

Alexis Knief is 5ft 8in (173cm) tall, and while there is no information about her other measurements, by looking at all the photos of her and Timothy from various formal events, it’s obvious that she works out, given the fact that she has a slim build. With blonde hair and dark brown eyes, Alexis makes regular appearances on “The most beautiful celebrity spouses”, and rightfully so.

Net Worth: How Rich is Alexis Knief?

Have you ever wondered how affluent Alexis really is? According to several authoritative sources, she has a net worth of approximately $1 million, as of mid-2019. There is no information on how she managed to accumulate this wealth, but it’s most likely that she invested funds in various projects. Being a private person, Alexis never talks about her wealth, nor the origin of it. Her husband, on the other hand, has a whopping $20 million to his name.

Social Media Presence

Thanks to the ever expanding grasp that social media has on worldwide audiences, it is in the best interests of most celebrities to keep their fans informed about their activities and thus maintain and potentially increase their ratings and profit. However, it doesn’t appear as though Alexis is at all preoccupied with maintaining her involvement in this trend, seeing as her presence on social networks is all but ubiquitous at the moment – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts in her name don’t exist. She can be seen on her husband’s various profiles, and when there is a formal event. Various magazines and tabloids have complimented her fashion style, with images of her subsequently flooding social media.

General Info

Full NameTimothy Olyphant
Net Worth$16 Million
Date Of BirthMay 20, 1968
Height1.83 m
ProfessionTelevision producer, Voice Actor
EducationUniversity of Southern California, Fred C. Beyer High School, University of Southern California
NationalityAmerican

Family

SpouseAlexis Knief, Timothy Olyphant
ChildrenVivian Olyphant, Grace Olyphant, Henry Olyphant, Grace Olyphant, Vivian Olyphant, Henry Olyphant
ParentsKatherine Olyphant, John Vernon Bevan Olyphant
SiblingsMatt Olyphant, Andy Olyphant

Accomplishments

AwardsSatellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama, Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series, Young Hollywood Award for Best Bad Boy
NominationsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, TCA Award for Individual Achievement in Drama, Genie Award for Best Performanc...
MoviesHitman, The Crazies, I Am Number Four, Live Free or Die Hard, A Perfect Getaway, Catch and Release, The Girl Next Door, Mother's Day, Rango, Snowden, A Man Apart, Scream 2, Dreamcatcher, Gone in 60 Seconds, This Is Where I Leave You, Stop-Loss, Rock Star, The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy, E...
TV ShowsJustified, Damages, Deadwood, High Incident, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Santa Clarita Diet, Fire in the Hole

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Marks

#Marks / Signs
1Grits his teeth when he speaks
2Unusual posture

Quotes

#Quote
1[on his unique walk] I think people talking about the way I walk sounds great. Me talking about the way I walk sounds moronic.
2[on Justified (2010), which ran for six seasons] I have a very healthy understanding of how good a gig this is. You're never quite sure, when you first get something if you really have a sense of what an opportunity it is. I think I've learned, over the years, that this is about as good as it gets, as far as working in show business.
3[on room service] I'll admit a little something: If I go to one of those hotels where there's like a $50 omelet, I'm taking the silverware home with me. I'm not saying it's right. I just feel like it's an unspoken agreement where the mug and the silverware are just part of the deal.
4[on late writer Elmore Leonard, who created the Raylan Givens character in Justified (2010)] The guy was genuinely cool. It was never a pose with him. You can go into any party or public gathering, and you'll see lots of people trying to act cool, and then there's always one person off in the corner, not doing much, who's the real deal. That was Elmore.
5[on playing a fictionalized version of himself on The Grinder (2015) and being portrayed as a philanderer] I said (to the people behind the show), "This is a little bit of an issue because I'm playing Timothy Olyphant and Timothy Olyphant has been married for 25 years... and you've got him showing up and he's going to have this affair with this girl, and that's not really 'me,'" and they said, "Well, that's not the way we see the character." I actually said to my wife at one point, "Are we OK with this?" and she said, "Tim, nobody takes this shit seriously."
6[on the the strong dialogue on Justified (2010), inspired by the writing of Elmore Leonard] It's a joy, you know, it's a pleasure to be able to speak these lines and have such good dialogue. It's hard to get your hands on that and I feel like I get to do it week in and week out. And it's not lost on me and what an opportunity it is and I'm enjoying every second of it. But, my contribution to that... you know, very little. I'm not sure it's my greatest strength. The word "dude" comes out of my mouth a lot and so my contributions need to be translated and rearticulated in Elmore speak.
7[on fandom and being recognized] I know the difference between someone coming up to you on the street and saying, "Hey, you're that dude, right. Yes, that's what I thought," and somebody coming up and saying, "Big fan of the show. Big fan of that character." And that's nice. You're out there telling stories, you're hoping to find an audience, and it's very appreciated.
8I trust that I know a good part when I see one and usually, when I see one, I have to wait for seven people to pass, in order for me to get it.
9[on Deadwood (2004)] I think that after 9/11 there was a feeling in this country that people felt that their enemies were everywhere and around the corner, and were looking at their neighbors differently. That feeling seemed to be very much alive in our show. That capacity for violence was everywhere. So, as much as it was about the 1800s, it felt very much like we were doing something contemporary.
10[Joking about why he was passed over as Best Actor in a Dramatic Series for his show Justified (2010)] As I understand it, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is fifty people from around the world that make that vote, and I slept with three of them. I don't know if that helps me or hurts me, but it just shows you it could turn pretty quick.
11[on committing to a TV series] I can't speak for everybody, but for me, if you told actors that you wanted to do a TV series and it was going to run three years and that's it, you're done, I think the line would get a lot longer, without question. It's really easy to fall into this habit of, "Ahh, I don't know what I'm going to do next." You think every job is your last job, but there's another side to that, which is that it never gets any better than when you first get a new job. It's the most fun. When somebody says, "You got the job," that's the most fun, and from that point forward, it's so exciting, but part of the fun is when the job is over and you move on. The danger with success in television is "Haven't we shot this episode before? Didn't we shoot this scene two years ago?" I think it's really hard to just take the risk from season to season and not be afraid to give the audience something completely different, and trust that they'll come with you.
12Well, bottom line with A Perfect Getaway (2009) was, I thought "I'm going to have a lot of fun at work". That part was gonna get me an opportunity to play and have fun. There's something great when you read something and you have some sense of, "I know what to do here. Give me a little room. This is going to be a lot of fun". And then when we got Steve [Steve Zahn], "Well, now it's going to be a ton of fun, because there's somebody who's going to be so fun to bounce off of". The quality of the actors I got to work with on that made it seem like I was getting away with something.
13[on Deadwood (2004)] The fact is, this job is always fun, always a good time, but it's not that often that you can be as proud of it as I am of this experience. We just had a great time making it too.
14Istanbul was unbelievable! What a city! I could go back there again and again. That was a fascinating place. It was a very foreign experience. But yeah, that is one of the perks of the job. You get to go places that you'd never imagine and see a part of the world you hadn't considered before. It was great. (On filming portions of Hitman (2007) in Istanbul).

Facts

#Fact
1Before he got work as an actor, he started his career performing stand-up comedy in New York City and Boston, where Dave Attell, Louis C.K., Sarah Silverman, Jay Mohr and Dave Chappelle were other new comedians on the scene.
2Is very good friends with Conan O'Brien and is a frequent guest on his talk show.
3He is a third cousin, once removed, of journalist Anderson Cooper, a second cousin, twice removed, of Anderson's mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, and a fourth cousin of filmmaker James Vanderbilt. Timothy's three times paternal great-grandparents, William Henry Vanderbilt and Maria Louisa Kissam, were also the two times maternal great-grandparents of Anderson Cooper and the three times paternal great-grandparents of James Vanderbilt.
4His maternal great-grandfather, Abraham Gideon, was a Jewish immigrant from Tula, Russia. Timothy's other ancestry is mostly English, along with German, Scottish, Dutch, and Irish. Through his father, Timothy is a four times great-grandson of industrialist Cornelius Vanderbilt, and a three times great-grandson of his son, William Henry Vanderbilt, who vastly expanded the Vanderbilt family fortune. Timothy's paternal grandmother, Adele Sloane Hammond, was the sister of music producer John Hammond and the sister-in-law of musician Benny Goodman. Another of Timothy's four times great-grandfathers, Dr. David Olyphant, born in Scotland, served as director-general of Southern hospitals during the American Revolutionary War. His third great-grandfather, David Olyphant, and great-great-grandfather, Robert Morrison Olyphant, were both prominent businessmen.
5Timothy was classmates with actor Jeremy Renner during their high school years, in Modesto, Ca. Both attended Beyer High School, during the 1980s, although they were not in the same graduating class.
6He was considered for the role of Tony Stark in Iron Man (2008).
7Last name is pronounced "Ol-uh-fint" and rhymes with "flint" (not "plant").
8Has three children with his wife Alexis: a daughter Grace (born 1999), a son named Henry (born 2001) and a daughter named Vivian (born 2003).
9Read sports for Los Angeles radio station Indie 103.1 on its morning show until the departure of Joe Escalante in 2008.
10While at the University of Southern California, he studied fine art and theater.
11Lives in Los Angeles, California, USA.
12Swam competitively while attending the University of Southern California (US National Finalist in the 200m individual medley)
13His older brother, Andy Olyphant, is an A & R executive for Warner Bros. Records. His younger brother, Matt Olyphant, was the lead singer for Fetish.
141986 graduate of Fred C. Beyer High School, Modesto, California.
15He was raised in Modesto, California and attended the University of Southern California.

Pictures

Movies

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Santa Clarita Diet2017TV Series pre-productionJoel
Behold My Heart2017post-productionSteven Lang
Snowden2016CIA Agent Geneva
Mother's Day2016Henry
The Grinder2015-2016TV SeriesTimothy Olyphant / Rake Grinder
Justified2010-2015TV SeriesRaylan Givens
This Is Where I Leave You2014Horry Callen
The Mindy Project2013TV SeriesGraham
Dealin' with Idiots2013Max's Dad
Archer2013TV SeriesLucas Troy
The League2012TV SeriesWesley
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 32011Video GameGrinch (voice)
I Am Number Four2011Henri
Rango2011Spirit of the West (voice)
The Office2010TV SeriesDanny Cordray
Damages2009-2010TV SeriesWes Krulik
Elektra Luxx2010Dellwood Butterworth
The Crazies2010David
A Perfect Getaway2009Nick
High Life2009Dick
Samantha Who?2008TV SeriesWinston Funk
Stop-Loss2008Lt. Col. Boot Miller
Turok2008Video GameCowboy (voice)
Hitman2007/IAgent 47
Gag Reel2007Video shortThomas Gabriel
Meet Bill2007Chip Johnson
Live Free or Die Hard2007Thomas Gabriel
Catch and Release2006/IIFritz
Deadwood2004-2006TV SeriesSeth Bullock
My Name Is Earl2006TV SeriesBilly Reed
The Girl Next Door2004Kelly
A Man Apart2003Hollywood Jack
Dreamcatcher2003Pete
Night Visions2002TV SeriesEli
Shadow Realm2002TV MovieEli West
Coastlines2002Sonny Mann
Rock Star2001Rob Malcolm, Blood Pollution Guitarist
The Safety of Objects2001Randy
Doppelganger2001ShortBrian
Head Over Heels2001Michael
Gone in Sixty Seconds2000Detective Drycoff
Auggie Rose2000Roy Mason
The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy2000Dennis
Advice from a Caterpillar1999Brat
No Vacancy1999Luke
Go1999Todd Gaines
Sex and the City1998TV SeriesSam
When Trumpets Fade1998TV MovieLt. Lukas
19991998Hooks
Ellen Foster1997TV MovieRoy Hobbs
Scream 21997Mickey
A Life Less Ordinary1997Hiker
High Incident1997TV SeriesBrett Farraday
The First Wives Club1996Brett Artounian
Mr. & Mrs. Smith1996TV SeriesScooby
77 Sunset Strip1995TV Movie

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Santa Clarita Diet2017TV Series executive producer pre-production
JustifiedTV Series co-executive producer - 26 episodes, 2013 - 2014 producer - 26 episodes, 2011 - 2012 executive producer - 13 episodes, 2015
Justified: Sneak Peek2013Short co-executive producer

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2016TV Series performer - 1 episode

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Chelsea Lately2013-2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Justified: Sneak Peek2013ShortHimself
The Office: The Farewells2013TV Series documentary
Live with Kelly and Michael2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2011-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Wild West2013TV Series documentaryNarrator (voice)
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2011-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Sesame Street2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Rachael Ray2010-2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Late Show with David Letterman2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards2011TV SpecialHimself - Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Made in Hollywood2011TV SeriesHimself
ES.TV HD2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Bonnie Hunt Show2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Entertainment Tonight2010TV SeriesHimself
The Hour2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Attack of the Show!2007TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2007TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1997-2007TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Analog Hero in a Digital World: Making of 'Live Free or Die Hard'2007Video documentaryHimself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2007TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Amazon Fishbowl with Bill Maher2006TV SeriesHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Dinner for Five2005TV SeriesHimself
Making 'Deadwood': Season Two2005TV Short documentaryHimself (as Tim Olyphant)
Making 'Deadwood': The Show Behind the Show2004TV Short documentaryHimself
HBO First Look2003TV Series documentaryHimself / Pete
Film-Fest DVD: Issue 2 - Cannes1999Video documentaryHimself
Conan2012-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Late Night with Seth Meyers2014-2016TV SeriesHimself - Complaining About Cancelled Appearance / Himself - Guest
Today2014-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Mixing It Up with Timothy Olyphant2015TV ShortHimself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2013-2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Chelsea Lately2014TV SeriesHimself

Awards

Won Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2016Critics' Choice TV AwardCritics Choice Television AwardsBest Guest Actor/Actress in a Comedy SeriesThe Grinder (2015)
2011Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actor in a Series, DramaJustified (2010)
2000Young Hollywood AwardYoung Hollywood AwardsBest Bad BoyGo (1999)

Nominated Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2015Critics' Choice TV AwardCritics Choice Television AwardsBest Actor in a Drama SeriesJustified (2010)
2015Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsDrama Lead ActorJustified (2010)
2013Critics' Choice TV AwardCritics Choice Television AwardsBest Actor in a Drama SeriesJustified (2010)
2013IGN AwardIGN Summer Movie AwardsBest TV HeroJustified (2010)
2013OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Actor in a Drama SeriesJustified (2010)
2013TV Guide AwardTV Guide AwardsFavorite ActorJustified (2010)
2012Critics' Choice TV AwardCritics Choice Television AwardsBest Actor in a Drama SeriesJustified (2010)
2012OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Actor in a Drama SeriesJustified (2010)
2012Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actor in a Series, DramaJustified (2010)
2011Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Drama SeriesJustified (2010)
2011Critics' Choice TV AwardCritics Choice Television AwardsBest Actor in a Drama SeriesJustified (2010)
2011GenieGenie AwardsBest Performance by an Actor in a Leading RoleHigh Life (2009)
2011Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsDrama Lead ActorJustified (2010)
2011IGN AwardIGN Summer Movie AwardsBest TV HeroJustified (2010)
2011OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Actor in a Drama SeriesJustified (2010)
2011TCA AwardTelevision Critics Association AwardsIndividual Achievement in DramaJustified (2010)
2010IGN AwardIGN Summer Movie AwardsBest TV HeroJustified (2010)
2010Scream AwardScream AwardsBest Horror ActorThe Crazies (2010)
2010TFCA AwardToronto Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActorA Perfect Getaway (2009)
2007ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesDeadwood (2004)
1999OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Guest Actor in a Cable SeriesSex and the City (1998)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia
Author

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