Who is Tim Daly?

American actor, producer and director James Timothy Daly was born in Suffern, New York State USA, on 1 March 1956, making Pisces his zodiac sign. He has more than 80 acting credits, but is perhaps still known best for playing Styles in the 2003 crime action movie “Basic”, which starred John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson, and was directed by John McTiernan. It follows a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent as he’s investigating the disappearance of an Army Ranger Drill Sergeant – the film was nominated for two awards.

Tim’s still highly active in the movie industry, and is currently shooting for the upcoming film “Finestkind”.

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Education and early life

Tim was raised in Suffern alongside his three older sisters Glynn, Pegeen Michael and Tyne, by their father Mary Hope Daly (nee Newell) who was an actress and who passed away aged 88 in 2009, and father James Daly who was a famous actor, and who died aged 59 on 3 July 1978.

Having been raised in a family of actors, Tim became passionate about acting at a very early age; he was seven when he appeared in his first theatre play – “Jenny Kissed Me” by Jean Kerr – and was 10 when he made his debut TV series appearance, portraying Morten in the 1966 episode “An Enemy of the People” of the biographical historical drama “NET Playhouse”, then for the  following 15 years, he focused on his education.

Tim studied at The Putney School, and upon matriculating in 1974 enrolled at Bennington College in Vermont, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre and literature in 1978.

Roles in TV series

In 1981, Tim played Dann in the episode “Gatorbait” of the crime mystery “Hill Street Blues”, and the remainder of the decade saw him play Dr. Edward Gillian in five episodes of the 1983 drama “Ryan’s Four”, Toby Amberville in two episodes of the 1987 drama “I’ll Take Manhattan”, and Norma Foley in 13 episodes of the 1989 drama “Almost Grown” (lead role).

What marked the ‘90s for Tim was starring as Joe Montgomery Hackett in all 172 episodes of the critically acclaimed comedy “Wings”, which also starred Crystal Bernard and Steven Weber, and was created by Peter Casey and David Angell. It follows brothers Joe and Brian Hackett as they’re running their own airline, and the series won two of its eight award nominations.

Some of Tim’s TV series roles in the remainder of the ‘90s were in the historical action “From the Earth to the Moon”, the short animated action “Invasion America” (voice role), and the fantasy horror mini-series “Storm of the Century”; from 1996 through 2000, he voiced Superman in all 54 episodes of the action adventure “Superman: The Animated Series”.

From 2005 through 2007, Tim portrayed the lead character Harlan Judd in all 12 episodes of the crime mystery “Eyes”, also starring Garcelle Beauvais and A. J. Langer, and created by John McNamara, which follows the lives of people employed at the private investigative service Judd Risk Management. The remainder of the decade saw Tim appear in an episode or two of the crime mystery “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”, the romantic drama “Grey’s Anatomy”, and the crime drama “The Sopranos”.

From 2007 through 2012, he starred as Dr. Pete Wilder in 98 episodes of the romantic comedy “Private Practice”, which also starred Kate Walsh and Paul Adelstein, and was created by Shonda Rhimes. It follows the life of neonatal surgeon Addison Montgomery, and the series won 11 of its 32 award nominations.

Tim’s also known for starring as Henry McCord in all 120 episodes of the thriller “Madam Secretary”, which co-starred Tea Leoni and was created by Barbara Hall. It follows both private and professional life of the Secretary of State, the series aired from 2014 through 2019 and won two of the nine awards for which it was nominated.

Some of Tim’s most recent TV series roles have been in the 2022 episode “MRI” of the comedy “Life & Beth”, nine episodes of the 2022 romantic comedy “The Game”, and three episodes of the 2023 comedy “Unprisoned”.

Roles in movies

Tim’s debut film role was playing Billy in the 1982 comedy “Diner”, which starred Steve Guttenberg and Mickey Rourke, and was written and directed by Barry Levinson. Set in 1959 Baltimore, the film follows a group of friends who’ve just graduated from college, and it won three of its nine award nominations, including an Oscar nomination for Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen. Some of Tim’s notable performances in the remainder of the ‘80s were in the 1984 comedy “I Married a Centerfold”, the English-language version of the 1988 animated family comedy “My Neighbor Totoro” (voice role), and the 1990 comedy “Love or Money”.

The year 1994 saw him star as Ray in the romantic thriller “Caroline at Midnight”, which also starred Mia Sara and Clayton Rohner, and was directed by Scott McGinnis. It follows the life of con artist Victoria, a married woman who’s now fallen for a journalist. Tim could then have been seen appearing in the 1994 crime drama “Witness to the Execution”, the 1995 romantic science fiction comedy “Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde”, and the 1998 romantic comedy “The Object of My Affection”.

He portrayed the main character Johnny Gault in the popular 2002 romantic western “The Outsider”, which also starred Naomi Watts and Keith Carradine, and was directed by Randa Haines. It follows the forbidden love between a cold-blooded gunslinger and a young widow. The year 2004 saw Tim appear in four movies, including the drama “Edge of America” and the biographical romantic drama “Against the Ropes”. He starred as Bryan Becket in the 2009 horror thriller “The Skeptic”, which also starred Tom Arnold and Zoe Saldana, and was written and directed by Tennyson Bardwell; it follows an attorney who doesn’t believe in ghosts, but who’s now being haunted at his new mansion.

Tim’s since appeared in only a couple of movies, with his three most recent roles having been in the 2019 comedy “Before You Know It”, the 2021 comedy “The Sixth Reel”, and the 2023 short drama “All Through the Night”.

Other credits

Tim directed the 2004 drama movie “Bereft”, and has also produced seven movies, including the 1999 crime drama “Execution of Justice”, the 2000 crime thriller “Tick Tock”, and the 2009 documentary “PoliWood”.

He’s received special thanks for six movies, for the 2003 short documentary “Basic: A Director’s Design”, the 2008 comedy “ABC Wednesday Night Starter Kit”, and most recently the 2018 biographical drama “Mapplethorpe”.

Some of Tim’s most recent talk-show appearances have been in “Celebrity Page”, “Talking Sopranos” and “Really Famous with Kara Mayer Robinson”.

Awards and nominations

Tim’s won five of his 11 award nominations. Some of his wins include a 2001 Online Film & Television Association Award for Best Actor in a New Drama Series and a 2001 Golden Satellite Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Series, both for “The Fugitive”, and a 2008 Vail Film Festival Award for Excellence in Acting.

In 2007, Tim was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series, for “The Sopranos”.

Love life and wife

Tim was married to American actress Amy Van Nostrand; she has 24 acting credits and is perhaps known best for playing Brenda in the 2016 romantic comedy movie “Year by the Sea”. Tim and Amy married on 18 September 1982, and she gave birth to their son Samuel Pierce ‘Sam’ Daly on 24 March 1984, while their daughter Emelyn followed in 1989; Tim and Amy’s divorce was finalized in 2010.

Since December 2014, he’s been in a relationship with famous American actress and producer Tea Leoni, alongside whom he starred in the series “Madam Secretary”; she has 27 acting credits and is perhaps still known best for starring as Kate Reynolds in the 2000 fantasy comedy movie “The Family Man”. They haven’t married.

There are no other women whom Tim’s been with, that we know about; he’s in a long-term relationship with Tea Leoni as of July 2023, and has two children with his former wife Amy Van Nostrand.

Interesting facts and hobbies

Tim’s son Sam is today a successful actor, and is perhaps known best for having played Matt in four episodes of the 2009 comedy series “The Office”.

Tim climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in 2012.

He supported US President Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election; Tim’s an activist in liberal political causes, and in 2007 became a member of the non-profit organization The Creative Coalition.

He taught English language in Europe in 2014.

Tim was in the Virgin American first-class lounge when a gunman opened fire at the Los Angeles International Airport on 1 November 2013, killing a TSA Official.

One of his best friends is American actor, screenwriter and producer Steven Weber.

Anthony Hopkins is one of Tim’s favorite actors, and some of his favorite movies include “The Legend of Zorro”, “Thor: The Dark World”, and “Hearts in Atlantis”.

Height, eyes and wealth

Tim’s age is 67. He has brown eyes and grey hair, is 6ft 1in (1.85m) tall and weighs about 180lbs (82kgs).

Tim’s net worth’s been estimated at over $4 million, as of July 2023.

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