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Timothy Lewis Mathieson was born on 31 December 1947, and is an American actor, producer and director, who became famous for his roles in the movie “National Lampoon’s Animal House”, and also from the series “The West Wing”.

So how much is Matheson’s net worth? As of late 2016, based on authoritative sources it is reported to be $7 million, acquired from his more than 50 years in Hollywood.

Tim Matheson Net Worth $7 million

Born in Glendale, California, Matheson entered the world of acting at a very early age. When he was 13 years old, he was cast to become part of the show “Window on Main Street”, and his career as an actor had officially started.

After two years in the show, Matheson also did a short stint as a voice talent, lending his voice to a number of animated series in the ‘60s including “Jonny Quest”, “Sinbad Jr. and his Magic Belt” and “Space Ghost”. His early projects as a young actor helped his career and also his net worth.

In 1968, he went back to acting and starred alongside Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda in the movie “Yours, Mine and Ours”. During this time he also became a frequent face on television and appeared in a number of series, including “The Virginian”, “The Quest” and “Bonanza” to name a few. His net worth grew steadily.

During the late ‘70s, Matheson had a career breakthrough when he appeared in the movie “National Lampoon’s Animal House”; his role as Eric “Otter” Stratton hit the right cord with fans, and his partnership opposite actor John Belushi made the movie a hit. The success of the movie not only improved his career but also increased his wealth.

Matheson continued on as an actor, and appeared in many more projects including the series “Tucker’s Witch”, “To Be or Not to Be”, “Fletch” and “Up the Creek”. He was also cast in the movie “A Very Brady Sequel”, one of the movies in the Brady Bunch franchise.

Up until the early 2000s, Matheson was still very much active in acting. He even garnered an Emmy Award nomination for his portrayal of Vice President John Hoynes in the series “The West Wing”.

Aside from acting, Matheson also ventured into directing, being responsible for episodes of some of the most well-known series on television, including “Without a Trace”, “Burn Notice”, “The Last Ship”, “Drop Dead Diva”, “Numbers”, “Cold Case”, “White Collar”, and “Eureka” to name a few. His directorial work also helped in his career and net worth.

Today, Matheson is still active as an actor, in the series “Hart of Dixie” as one of his most recent projects, playing Dr. Brick Breeland in the show which lasted for four seasons ending in 2015.

In terms of his personal life, Matheson has been married twice, firstly to Jennifer Leak from 1968 to 1971, and later on to Megan Murphy from 1985 to 2010. Despite his failed marriages, he is the father of three children from his marriage with Murphy.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Batman: The Brave and the Bold2009TV SeriesJarvis Kord
Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia2009VideoCarl Dobbs
Body Politic2009TV MovieSenator Webster
To Love and Die2008TV MovieJames White
Entourage2008TV SeriesSteve Parls
The Prince2008TV MovieSoloman
The World According to Barnes2007TV Movie
Redline2007Jerry Brecken
Shark2007TV SeriesJudge Andrew Bennett
The West Wing1999-2006TV SeriesVice President John Hoynes John Hoynes Senator John Hoynes
Augusta, Gone2006TV MovieBen Dudman
Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D2005Documentary shortHouston Capcom (voice)
Don't Come Knocking2005Producer 1
Justice League2004TV SeriesMaxwell Lord
Judas2004TV MoviePontius Pilate
The King and Queen of Moonlight Bay2003TV MovieAl Dodge
Martha, Inc.: The Story of Martha Stewart2003TV MovieAndy Stewart
Ed2003TV SeriesPeter Evashavik
Without a Trace2003TV SeriesDr. Aaron Morrison
Where Are They Now?: A Delta Alumni Update2003Video shortDr. Eric 'Otter' Stratton, OB / GYN
Breaking News2002TV SeriesBill Dunne
The King of Queens2002TV SeriesDr. Farber
Wolf Lake2001-2002TV SeriesSheriff Matthew Donner / Sheriff Jack Kohanek
Van Wilder2002Vance Wilder Sr.
Mom's on Strike2002TV MovieAlan Harris
Second Honeymoon2001TV MovieGeorge Weston
Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis2000TV MovieJohn F. Kennedy
Sharing the Secret2000TV MovieJohn Moss
Chump Change2000Simon 'Sez' Simone
Hell Swarm2000TV MovieKirk Bluhdorn
Navigating the Heart2000TV MovieJohn Daly
At the Mercy of a Stranger1999TV MovieJohn Davis
The Story of Us1999Marty
She's All That1999Harlan Siler
Catch Me If You Can1998TV MovieNorm
The New Batman Adventures1998TV SeriesMichael Vreeland
Forever Love1998TV MovieAlex Brooks
Rescuers: Stories of Courage: Two Families1998TV MovieAdolf Althoff (segment "We Are Circus")
A Very Unlucky Leprechaun1998Howard Wilson
Dead Man's Gun1998TV SeriesReverend Jeremiah Early
Buried Alive II1997TV MovieClint Goodman
Sleeping with the Devil1997TV MovieDick Strang
The Legend of Calamity Jane1997TV SeriesCapt. John O'Rourke
A Holiday for Love1996TV MovieJacob (Jake) Peterson
Buried Secrets1996TV MovieClay Roff
A Very Brady Sequel1996Roy Martin Trevor Thomas
Twilight Man1996TV MovieJordan P. Cooper
An Unfinished Affair1996TV MovieAlex Connor
Black Sheep1996Al Donnelly
Jonny Quest Versus the Cyber Insects1995TV Movie4-DAC (voice)
Midnight Heat1995Tyler Grey
Tails You Live, Heads You're Dead1995TV MovieDetective McKinley
Fast Company1995TV MovieDet. Jack Matthews
Cybill1995TV SeriesTeddy
While Justice Sleeps1994TV MovieWinfield 'Win' Cooke
Target of Suspicion1994TV MovieNick
Harmful Intent1993TV MovieDr. Rhodes
A Kiss to Die For1993TV MovieWilliam Tauber
Shameful Secrets1993TV MovieDaniel
Fallen Angels1993TV SeriesHoward Hughes
Batman: The Animated Series1993TV SeriesGil Mason
Dying to Love You1993TV MovieRoger Paulson
Trial & Error1993TV MoviePeter Hudson
Relentless: Mind of a Killer1993TV MovieDr. Peter Hellman
Quicksand: No Escape1992TV MovieScott Reinhardt
Charlie Hoover1991TV SeriesCharlie Hoover
The Woman Who Sinned1991TV MovieMichael Robeson
The Legend of Prince Valiant1991TV SeriesMarcus
Drop Dead Fred1991Charles
Sometimes They Come Back1991TV MovieJim Norman
Joshua's Heart1990TV MovieTom
Solar Crisis1990Steve Kelso
Buried Alive1990TV MovieClint Goodman
Nikki and Alexander1989TV MovieAlexander
Little White Lies1989TV MovieDr Harry MacRae
Body Wars1989ShortCaptain Braddock
The Littlest Victims1989TV MovieDoctor James Oleske
Speed Zone1989Jack O'Neill
Just in Time1988TV SeriesHarry Stadlin
Trying Times1987TV SeriesMitch
Bay Coven1987TV MovieJerry Lebon
Warm Hearts, Cold Feet1987TV MovieMike Byrd
Blind Justice1986/ITV MovieJim Anderson
George Burns Comedy Week1985TV Series
Fletch1985Alan Stanwyk
Obsessed with a Married Woman1985TV MovieTony Hammond
The Best Legs in Eighth Grade1984TV MovieMark Fisher
The House of God1984Roy Basch
Impulse1984Stuart
Up the Creek1984Bob McGraw
To Be or Not to Be1983Lt. Andre Sobinski
Tucker's Witch1982-1983TV SeriesRick Tucker
Listen to Your Heart1983TV MovieJosh Stern
Bus Stop1982TV MovieBo Decker
A Little Sex1982Michael Donovan
19411979Capt. Loomis Birkhead
The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again1979Pvt. Jeff Reed aka Capt. Phillips
Dreamer1979Dreamer
Almost Summer1978Kevin Hawkins
Animal House1978Eric Stratton
Insight1972-1978TV SeriesKevin Crowley / Chris (Jesus) / Don Talbot / ...
How the West Was Won1978TV SeriesCurt Grayson
Black Sheep Squadron1978TV SeriesLt. Cmdr. Bud Warren
What Really Happened to the Class of '65?1977TV SeriesJay Miller
Mary White1977TV MovieWilliam L. White
Hawaii Five-O1977TV SeriesBrent Saunders
The Captive: The Longest Drive 21976Quinton Bodeen
The Quest: The Longest Drive1976TV MovieQuentin Beaudine
The Quest1976TV SeriesQuentin Beaudine
Visions1976TV SeriesAmy's Husband
The Quest1976TV MovieQuinton Beaudine
The Hemingway Play1976TV Movie
Jigsaw John1976TV SeriesNick Pappas
Rhoda1976TV SeriesMichael Stearns
Petrocelli1976TV SeriesMike Fisher
Three for the Road1975TV SeriesTom Aberling
The Runaway Barge1975TV MovieDanny Worth
The Last Day1975TV MovieEmmet Dalton
Remember When1974TV MovieWarren Thompson
Police Story1974TV SeriesAllen Rich
The Magician1974TV SeriesJerry Purcell
Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law1971-1974TV SeriesJohn Peterson / Gerry Collier / Jim McGuire
Magnum Force1973Sweet
Kung Fu1973TV SeriesLt. Bill Wyland
Medical Center1973TV SeriesSam Miller
The Wide World of Mystery1973TV SeriesTommy
Bonanza1972-1973TV SeriesGriff King
The Smith Family1972TV SeriesMark
Ironside1972TV SeriesDarryl Podell
Here's Lucy1972TV SeriesPeter Sullivan
Night Gallery1971TV SeriesHenley (segment "Logoda's Heads")
The Bold Ones: The Lawyers1971TV SeriesMiles Baker
The D.A.1971TV SeriesHoward Goodman
Lock, Stock and Barrel1971TV MovieClarence Bridgeman
Hitched1971TV MovieClare Bridgeman
Room 2221971TV SeriesJerry Cates
Matt Lincoln1971TV Series
Bracken's World1970TV SeriesTeek Howell
San Francisco International Airport1970TV Series
The Virginian1969-1970TV SeriesJim Horn
How to Commit Marriage1969David Poe (as Tim Matthieson)
Adam-121969TV SeriesLeroy Samuel Rutherford
Trial Run1969TV MovieDelivery Person
Yours, Mine and Ours1968Mike Beardsley (as Tim Matthieson)
Young Samson & Goliath1967-1968TV SeriesSamson
NBC Children's Theatre1967TV SeriesRandy
The Hardy Boys: The Mystery of the Chinese Junk1967Joe Hardy (as Tim Matthieson)
Divorce American Style1967Mark Harmon (as Tim Matthieson)
Space Ghost1966TV SeriesJace
Summer Fun1966TV SeriesEddie Thompson
Thompson's Ghost1966TV MovieEddie Thompson
O.K. Crackerby!1965TV SeriesHuntington Hawthorne III
Jonny Quest1964-1965TV SeriesJonny Quest
Sinbad Jr.1965TV SeriesSinbad Jr.
The Farmer's Daughter1964TV SeriesJimmy
My Three Sons1962-1963TV SeriesWheels / Gibbs / Alan Edgerton
Leave It to Beaver1962-1963TV SeriesMichael Harmon
Ripcord1963TV SeriesDavid
Window on Main Street1961TV SeriesRoddy Miller (1961-1962)
Fantasia1940Narrator (1985 version) (voice, uncredited)
6 Balloons2017post-production
Snowfall2016TV Movie filmingGeorge Miller
Killing Reagan2016TV MovieRonald Reagan
Motive2016TV SeriesBrent Rodman
Last Chance for Christmas2015TV MovieReginald Buckley
Tom and Jerry: Spy Quest2015VideoThe President (voice)
Hart of Dixie2011-2015TV SeriesDr. Brick Breeland
Tom Green Live2014TV Series
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation2013TV SeriesOliver Tate
Burn Notice2008-2013TV SeriesLarry Sizemore
Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated2012-2013TV SeriesBrad Chiles / Deputy / Evil Fred / ...
Talker2011TV MovieRonald Reagan
No Strings Attached2011/IEli's Dad #2
White Collar2010TV SeriesEdward Walker
American Pie Presents the Book of Love2009VideoAlumnus Guy #4 - Special Appearance

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Taken2017TV Series 1 episode
Person of Interest2016TV Series 1 episode
Lucifer2016TV Series 1 episode
The Last Ship2015TV Series 1 episode
Hart of Dixie2012-2015TV Series 8 episodes
Wild Card2014TV Series episode director - 1 episode
Drop Dead Diva2011-2012TV Series 2 episodes
Criminal Behavior2011TV Movie
Suits2011TV Series 1 episode
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior2011TV Series 1 episode
Persons Unknown2010TV Series 1 episode
Covert Affairs2010TV Series 1 episode
White Collar2010TV Series 1 episode
Burn Notice2007-2010TV Series 5 episodes
The Good Guys2010TV Series 1 episode
Greek2009TV Series 1 episode
Dirty Sexy Money2009TV Series 1 episode
Psych2007-2009TV Series 3 episodes
Criminal Minds2006-2009TV Series 2 episodes
Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia2009Video
True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet2008TV Movie
Bionic Woman2007TV Series 1 episode
Eureka2007TV Series 1 episode
Traveler2007TV Series 1 episode
Just Legal2006TV Series 1 episode
The West Wing2006TV Series 1 episode
Augusta, Gone2006TV Movie
Killer Instinct2006TV Series 1 episode
E-Ring2005TV Series 1 episode
Threshold2005TV Series 1 episode
Las Vegas2005TV Series 2 episodes
Cold Case2004-2005TV Series 4 episodes
Numb3rs2005TV Series 1 episode
Without a Trace2003-2004TV Series 3 episodes
Third Watch2003-2004TV Series 3 episodes
Ed2003TV Series 1 episode
Threat Matrix2003TV Series
The Twilight Zone2003TV Series 1 episode
Hell Swarm2000TV Movie
In the Company of Spies1999TV Movie
Buried Alive II1997TV Movie
Tails You Live, Heads You're Dead1995TV Movie
Breach of Conduct1994TV Movie
St. Elsewhere1984TV Series 1 episode

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Augusta, Gone2006TV Movie executive producer
Cold Case2004-2005TV Series producer - 11 episodes
Breach of Conduct1994TV Movie executive producer
Blind Fury1989producer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Entertainment Tonight2016TV SeriesHimself
The Doctors2016TV SeriesHimself
Home & Family2013-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Today2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD: The Story of the National Lampoon2015DocumentaryHimself / Actor / Director / ...
National Geographic Explorer2011TV Series documentaryNarrator
John Belushi: Dancing on the Edge2010Himself
Texas Monthly Talks2010TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
Biography2010TV Series documentaryHimself
15 Unforgettable Hollywood Tragedies2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
To Be or Not to Be: Brooks and Bancroft - A Perfect Pair2009Video documentary short
Animal House: The Inside Story2008TV MovieHimself
Dinner: Impossible2007TV SeriesHimself
Nature2005TV Series documentaryNarrator
101 Most Unforgettable SNL Moments2004TV MovieHimself
Unseen + Untold: National Lampoon's Animal House2003TV Movie documentaryHimself - Interviewee
VH1 Goes Inside2003TV Series documentaryHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn2002-2003TV SeriesHimself
E! News Live2002TV SeriesHimself
Telling the Story of Us1999TV Short documentaryHimself
Sam Kinison: Why Did We Laugh?1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Yearbook: An 'Animal House' Reunion1998Video documentaryHimself
E! True Hollywood Story1998TV Series documentaryHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1996TV SeriesHimself
Showbiz Today1996TV SeriesHimself
One on One with John Tesh1992TV SeriesHimself
CBS This Morning1989-1991TV SeriesHimself
Into the Night1991TV SeriesHimself
The Horror Hall of Fame1990TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter
Steven Spielberg: An American Cinematheque Tribute1989TV MovieHimself
The Pat Sajak Show1989TV SeriesHimself
Stand-up Comics Take a Stand1988TV Special documentaryHimself
The Merv Griffin Show1985TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
The Making of 'Up the Creek'1984TV Short documentaryHimself
Dinah!1979TV SeriesHimself
The 5th Annual People's Choice Awards1979TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Favourite Non-Musical Motion Picture
The Hollywood Squares1976TV SeriesHimself
Battle of the Network Stars1976TV SpecialHimself - NBC Team
Shindig!1964TV SeriesHimself - Commercial Spokesman

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
What If...?2009TV SeriesVoice Talent
The Making of '1941'1996Video documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1982TV SeriesPrivate Jeff Reed

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2003Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actor in a Drama SeriesThe West Wing (1999)
2002Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actor in a Drama SeriesThe West Wing (1999)


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#Fact
1He played Lieutenant Andrei Sobinski in To Be or Not to Be (1983) while his 1941 (1979) co-star Robert Stack played him in the original version To Be or Not to Be (1942).
2Shot his entire part in Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia in two days.
3Lives in Los Angeles, California.
4He met his first wife Jennifer Leak when they were co-stars in the movie Yours, Mine and Ours (1968).
5When he originally auditioned for Animal House (1978), the producers wanted him to play one of the no-nonsense. straight-laced Omegas. However, he adamantly refused, saying, "I'm tired of playing it straight," and sought a role as one of the hard-partying, fun-loving Deltas. He succeeded and got the role of Otter, one of the most fun-loving Deltas of the whole film.
6Shares his birthday with Val Kilmer.
7Played a character with the surname Stratton in National Lampoon's Animal House (1978) and then a character trying to romance a beautiful young woman whose surname was Stratton in 1941 (1979).
8Worked with John Belushi, John Candy, Sam Kinison, and Chris Farley, all (legendary) overweight comic actors who died at a young age
9For years after playing ladies'-man Otter in Animal House (1978), he had to explain to disappointed fans that, no, that was only a character he played, and he couldn't really offer them sexual advice.
10Son: Cooper Matthieson (b. 1994).
11Daughters: Molly Matthieson (b. 1986), Emma Matthieson (b. 1988).
12Served in the USMC reserves.
13Was the voice of Jonny Quest in the Jonny Quest (1964) series.
14Born at 9:00pm-PST.

#Quote
1(2009, on The West Wing) So dear to my heart. The finest group of actors, the best directors, the best writers... as good as any that I've ever worked with. The funny thing about it is-and I don't know what Aaron Sorkin says about it-but I'm convinced it was a comedy. It's a very intellectual and cerebral comedy, but it was SportsNight in the White House. It had an energy and a vitality and an intelligence and a passion that's rare. And it was extremely difficult to do, because they were so demanding about the dialogue. You had to say it exactly as written, to the punctuation. And if you didn't, you'd do it again. But it was so worthwhile. It was one of the few times you realize, "I should say this dialogue the way it's written, because it's exactly right."
2(2009, on The Quest) I learned a hell of a lot from my co-star, Kurt Russell. He's one of my closest friends and was one of my best teachers. He was the pro. He approached it like a baseball player. Acting is a contact sport to him. He's one of the most optimistic, fun, wiseacre type of guys I've ever have run into. You can't be pompous around him. I used to take acting so seriously, but after we did the Quest pilot and the show sold, Kurt said, "You know, you work too hard. You'll make yourself sick. You can't work that hard doing a series, because it goes on so long. It's like a baseball season. You've got 162 games. You can't just go all-out the first week or two. You can't maintain that pace." And it's true. Then he said another brilliant thing. He had starred in umpteen movies by that point. And he said, "Generally speaking, in every film I've done, there are only about three or four scenes that I can really do something with. For the rest of it, it's not so much that you don't have to prepare, but there's not much you can really do. You just do what is asked of you in those scenes. You don't want to do too much." He's so smart. It was a great insight. You don't hear technical stuff like that taught in acting school. It's the kind of sage wisdom coming from a guy who was 25 at the time, but already had 20 years of experience. He's a wonderful actor and a great guy. The Quest was a treat.
3(2009, on Charlie Hoover) That could've been a good show if we'd done it before an audience. Sam Kinison was so charismatic, but he needed an audience. It would've been so much better if we'd gotten away from all this special-effects nonsense of having him be on my shoulder. It was cute, and maybe they used that device to sell it, but we should've just done it with a live audience, because Sam was amazing in front of a live audience. What a tragic character. I just adored him, but you could just see the train wreck coming. He was one of the most compulsive people I'd ever seen. Belushi was that way, and Chris Farley was that way. He was incredibly talented and made me laugh so hard, and there was nothing he wouldn't say. Such a unique, amazing, cynical, realistic, but still optimistic look at life he had. It was great fun to get to know him.
4(2009) I was born and raised in L.A. My father was born and raised in L.A. So we're old hands here... I always wanted to be an actor. I was one of those lucky kids-or cursed kids-who always knew what he wanted to do. My wife too. She's a ballet dancer, and she's known what she wanted to do since she was 5. My mother used to tell this story about how our TV set had been taken to be repaired, and back then, they took the set out of the console. So there was this empty console with an empty TV screen in it, and I would climb inside and be like, "I'm on TV!"
5(2009, on Animal House) That wasn't too long after The Quest. I was just dying to get out of the constraints of television, and the constraints of the parts I'd been playing. I had taken a bunch of improv classes and was performing with The Groundlings. I wanted to get into more adult, risky stuff. I had read the Animal House script, and by hook and crook, I finally got an audition. I'd been turned down by them a couple of times, and offered a lesser role as one of the asshole Omegas. I said, "No way." Then I finally got the audition, and it was a great one. John Landis followed me out into the hallway afterward and said, "I've never done this before, but you've got the job. Now don't tell anyone!" I've never had a director do that. It was one of those Hollywood-dream-come-true stories. They saw me as a surfer or cowboy, not a preppie, but someone begged and borrowed me an audition, and I went in and got it. And it was one of those dream jobs where the cast came together and you looked around and were like, "Wow, this is great."
6(2009, on Leave It To Beaver) I was so star-struck, meeting Jerry Mathers. He invited me to his house for a party after I did like three episodes over the course of a season, and I remember thinking, "This is it, man. This is the Hollywood life! I'm an actor and I'm going to Jerry's party. This is how it begins!" I was 13 or 14, and I thought this was the beginning of something. And I kept thinking that with all those first jobs, "This is the beginning of something!" And then nothing would happen. That's the real Hollywood.
7(2009, on Jonny Quest) That was one of the most fun things I ever did, and I gotta tell you, I worked with some of the best actors I've ever worked with: Mel Blanc and Don Messick. They could play a scene against themselves. Think of the characters that Mel created, and they're as good or better than any performance anyone has ever given. I mean: Daffy Duck! Think of the specific voice Mel gave Daffy Duck or Bugs Bunny or Porky Pig... It's just astonishing. When I did Jonny Quest, I was in that gawky stage between kid and adult. I wasn't working much. So I focused on studying, and I really learned what it means to be an actor. And here I was on Jonny Quest,working with all these great people from back in the golden age of Hollywood, who came up doing radio. These were journeymen, working actors. It made me proud, and gave me some insight into what acting was really about if you weren't a star. Though you know, they used to send a car for Mel and Don every day. Don lived up here in Santa Barbara. They would drive him down and he would go from studio to studio and job to job all day long. Then the limo would drive him home at night, because he was such a valuable commodity. Mel was equally as talented or even better. It was a great education.
8(2009, on 1941) It had a lot of us Animal House guys in it. And working with Spielberg, how bad could it be? But it was one of those excessively big movies where every action scene was done and re-done and re-done again. It was so overproduced and overly expensive. And it wasn't terribly funny. I must say Steven was great to me, and I loved working with him. He called me up on the phone and was like, "I want you to be in this movie. There are a couple of parts. You can take whichever one you want. One of them is a main character who is involved in everything, and there's another character who has his own storyline and goes off on his own. He's probably the funnier, more unique character." I said, "Well let me do that second one."When we started shooting and I read the script, I realized "They could cut this part out in a second." But he's great. Steven's one of the most visually talented and character-oriented directors I've ever worked with. And I learn from him every time I watch one of his movies. Good or bad-and he has made some awful movies-they're never uninteresting. He's made four or five of the greatest movies of all time. Perfect movies, like E.T. or Schindler's List or Saving Private Ryan. I also think Duel is perfect for a television movie. I liked Munich a lot too. So whenever I study a genre of filmmaking, he's the first guy I go to. Even Catch Me If You Can, which is a very lightweight kind of thing, if you just look at the economy of the way he designs his shots and works around actors, the craft is amazing.
9(2009, on Fletch) I got to work with one of my dear friends, Michael Ritchie, who ended up being my next-door neighbor for several years. And Chevy Chase, finally. I'd known Chevy a bit, but I'd never gotten to work with him. Chevy had been a bad boy with a drug problem, and had never really realized his potential. Fletch was the first movie he sort of straightened up on. And Michael was Harvard-educated, 6'6", a brilliant director and political thinker. He was the guy the studio thought could handle Chevy, and keep him in check. And he could. He'd shoot the movie the way he wanted it, then do one take for Chevy. When I worked with Chevy, he'd say, "Just ad lib and try to break me up. Just insult me. Anything." When we were doing his close-up, or when my back was to the camera, I would come up with jokes or quips or anything, to get a real reaction out of him. He was smart enough to know that was gold. So it was great fun working with him and Michael, and getting to see how the two worked together. I think Fletch and Clark Griswold were Chevy's two best roles. He's so incredibly talented and still vastly underused. I don't even know what he's doing now.
10Some directors just shoot characters walking around a set, and they think that's all they have to do. That's not it. Howard Hawks and John Ford knew where to put the camera. They knew if the camera was here or there, it tells the story better. And, early on as an actor, I remember sometimes thinking that I'd given a good performance in certain shows, but then when I finally saw my work, it wasn't particularly dynamic. There were flat shots, the directing wasn't very good ... But when I'd work with better directors, who'd stage my scenes differently, who use stronger camera angles, and -- perhaps even though I didn't give what I thought was the best performance -- the result was more dynamic and effective. And I thought, "Ah-ah! He made me a better actor by what he did as a director." So I think my job as a director is to help the actor give his or her best performance, as well as frame it in such a way to enhance whatever they do to create a stronger impact.
11[on starting out in his career as a child actor] Kurt [Kurt Russell] taught me a lot. Basically, Kurt left the business for about five years. He made a lot of money as a kid, then sort of went to be a baseball player. And after that he focused on skiing ... bought a house in Aspen and skied ... And he didn't care about it. My point is that you have to have a real life. I also think one has to reinvent oneself as a performer every five to seven years. I look at my career, and I was a kid actor who did cartoons, then I was a Western actor as a young man, then I was a comedy actor in movies, then a TV-movie actor, then a TV director ... There are different phases ... But I think one has a shelf life of about five to seven years where you're in a series, or you play a character, or you hit in a movie -- and that sort of wears out its welcome after a certain point. Then you've got to put it on its head, reinvent it, find a new approach, otherwise you're just stuck being that guy who did that thing back then. So I've always sought out new challenges. Also, I've tried to have a home life and a family. I raised my kids up in Santa Barbara and got away from the city of Los Angeles so that [the environment] wasn't so crazy for them to grow up in.
12I've stolen something from every director I've worked with. As an actor and a director, you steal from the best. And there's no reason why any shame should be attached to it.


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