Timothy Olyphant Biography

Timothy Olyphant, also known as “Olyphantastic,” is a highly talented American actor and producer. With a diverse range of experiences in sports, arts, and acting, Timothy has established himself as a prominent figure in the entertainment industry. Starting his career with theater and earning his first role in a pilot series, he has since gone on to star in acclaimed series such as ‘Justified’ and ‘Deadwood,’ as well as the film ‘Hitman.’ His exceptional performances have garnered him numerous nominations and four prestigious awards, solidifying his brilliance on the screen.

Quick Facts

  • Age: 55 Years
  • Family:
    • Spouse/Ex-: Alexis Knief (m. 1991)
    • Father: John Vernon Bevan Olyphant
    • Mother: Katherine Olyphant (née Gideon)
    • Siblings: Andy Olyphant, Matt Olyphant
    • Children: Grace Olyphant, Henry Olyphant, Vivian Olyphant
  • Born Country: United States
  • Actors
  • American Men
  • Height: 6’0″ (183 cm)
  • Ancestry: Russian American, Dutch American, German American, British American, Irish American
  • U.S. State: Hawaii
  • City: Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Education: University Of Southern California

Childhood & Early Life

Timothy Olyphant was born on May 20, 1968, in Honolulu, Hawaii, to JV Bevan Olyphant and Katherine. He grew up in Modesto, California, with his older brother, Andrew, and younger brother, Matthew. Timothy’s parents divorced when he was a teenager, and they both remarried. He is of English, German, Scottish, Dutch, Irish, and Russian Jewish ethnicity and is a descendant of the Vanderbilt family of New York. Timothy attended Modesto’s ‘Fred C. Beyer High School’ and was interested in art and drawing. He was also a competitive swimmer and reached the finals of the 1986 ‘Nationals’ in the 200-meter individual medley category. He went on to swim for the ‘University of Southern California’ before ultimately choosing to pursue a degree in fine arts.


After graduating with a degree in fine arts, Timothy considered a career in commercial art but was unsure. He applied for a master’s in fine arts at the ‘University of California, Irvine’ and became the swimming coach of ‘Novaquatics’ at the same time. Timothy then moved to New York to explore other career options. He briefly tried stand-up comedy before deciding to pursue acting. He studied acting as an elective subject in his final year at ‘UC Irvine’ and then enrolled in a 2-year acting program at New York’s ‘William Esper Studio.’

Timothy’s first role came in 1995 in a ‘WB’ TV pilot based on the ‘ABC’ private detective series ’77 Sunset Strip.’ He made his stage debut later that year in the ‘Playwrights Horizons’ production ‘The Monogamist,’ which earned him the ‘Theatre World Award.’ He continued to work in theater, including portraying David Sedaris in the one-person play ‘The SantaLand Diaries.’ In 1996, he made his big-screen debut in the comedy film ‘The First Wives Club’ and his TV debut in an episode of ‘Mr. & Mrs. Smith.’

One of Timothy’s notable TV roles was as Seth Bullock in the ‘HBO’ series ‘Deadwood’ from 2004 to 2006. He also played Agent 47 in the 2007 film ‘Hitman’ and received critical acclaim for his performance in the 2009 thriller adventure ‘A Perfect Getaway.’ He earned nominations for his roles in the Canadian film ‘High Life’ and the science-fiction film ‘The Crazies.’ Timothy’s most significant TV role to date has been as Raylan Givens in the crime drama ‘Justified,’ for which he received numerous award nominations.

Currently, Timothy stars in the ‘Netflix’ horror-comedy ‘Santa Clarita Diet’ and serves as an executive producer for some of its episodes.

Family & Personal Life

Timothy has been married to his college sweetheart, Alexis Knief, since 1991. They have three children together. In addition to his acting career, Timothy worked as a radio sports reporter for a morning radio show in Los Angeles. He is also an avid tennis player and has participated in pro-celebrity tournaments.

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