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Joseph Timothy "Tim" Thomerson (born April 8, 1946) is an American actor and comedian.
Joseph Timothy Thomerson
April 8, 1946
Coronado, California, U.S.
Tim Thomerson was born in Coronado, California. He was brought up in Hawaii and in San Diego. Following a stint in the Army National Guard where he served as a cook in a tank company with actor Brion James, Thomerson chose to become an actor, while taking a job as a set builder and prop man at the Old Globe Theatre, which is famous for its Shakespearean productions. After meeting character actor Anthony Zerbe, he took Anthony's advice and studied acting, at the Herpolscheimer School of Performing Arts, with Stella Adler in New York City.
After his college tenure had ended, Thomerson began a career as a stand-up comedian, honing his skills. He appeared in clubs that included The Bitter End in Greenwich Village, The Improv in Los Angeles, Catch a Rising Star, and the Catskills.
When Thomerson moved into comedy, he found himself in a boom alongside the likes of David Letterman, Jay Leno, and Freddie Prinze. In L.A., he became a regular at the Comedy Store and the Improv as well as making numerous appearances on television variety shows and in Las Vegas.
Thomerson has had a very long career in television and in film, appearing in scores of films since the 1970s. He had a memorable minor role in Car Wash. He played criminal psychologist Jerry Moriarity in the 1980 slasher film Fade to Black.
In 1985, Thomerson starred as the time-traveling future cop Jack Deth in the low budget science fiction film Trancers which was produced by Charles Band and Empire Pictures. The role made him an icon of the B-movie genre, and led to Thomerson building a working relationship with the Bands. He was supposed to appear in Pulse Pounders which was ultimately never completed.
In 1986, Thomerson would reunite with a few of his Trancers co-stars for Zone Troopers, and he appeared in the vampire film Near Dark. He also appeared as a villain opposite Melanie Griffith's heroine in Cherry 2000 and as Major Dan Hackett in the Disney made-for-TV movie, The B.R.A.T. Patrol starring opposite Sean Astin, Nia Long and Brian Keith.
When Charles Band started up Full Moon Features in the late 1980s, one of his first projects was Trancers II (released in 1991), in which he reunited Thomerson with much of the cast from the first film. Thomerson would appear in every sequel thereafter, with the exception of Trancers 6, which instead starred Zette Sullivan in her only lead role, and used archive footage of Thomerson to enhance the story. Thomerson is considering returning in another Trancers sequel.
Another movie role that made Thomerson popular with fans of science-fiction was that of Brick Bardo in the 1991 film Dollman, a Dirty Harry-like alien cop who is 13 inches tall, and uses his blaster gun to take on gangsters and devil-possessed toys in two obscure feature films. The character also appeared very briefly in Bad Channels.
Thomerson has had many memorable roles in feature films, including Uncommon Valor, Air America, Volunteers, Who's Harry Crumb?, Iron Eagle, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, just to name a few, as well as numerous television roles such as Tour of Duty and 21 Jump Street. He also played Colonel Savage of the Missouri Militia on The Young Riders in 1989. In the '90s he was a series regular on the television police drama Sirens followed by a regular, co-starring role on the series Land's End starring Fred Dryer.
Thomerson has been fortunate enough to have worked with some of his favorite actors, which include Gene Hackman, Clint Eastwood, Wilford Brimley, and Richard Farnsworth. His personal comic hero is Richard Pryor.
One of Thomerson's early acting breaks came from director Robert Altman who, after seeing Thomerson's stand-up act, cast him in the film A Wedding. At this early stage of Thomerson's movie career he found himself surrounded by the likes of Vittorio Gassman, Carol Burnett, Geraldine Chaplin, and a very young Dennis Franz.
Thomerson first came to prominence in the short-lived comedy science-fiction TV series Quark in 1977–78, as Gene/Jean, a character of dual gender who randomly switched from a macho to a feminine personality.
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Thomerson's most famous role is that of Jack Deth, the hero of Charles Band's Trancers series. Playing against his comedic roots, Thomerson played Deth as a hard-nosed epitome of machismo, like the science fiction equivalent of Clint Eastwood in the Dirty Harry series. The character continued in four more sequels throughout the 1990s. A fifth sequel, Trancers 6, was released in 2002 but Thomerson was not involved.
Other career highlights include Babo in the adventure film Air America with Mel Gibson and Robert Downey, Jr., grimy mercenary Rhodes in Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn, demented cult leader Lester in Cherry 2000, Loy in the horror classic Near Dark, diminutive lawman Brick Bardo in Dollman and Dollman vs. Demonic Toys, and a scruffy motorcyclist in Terry Gilliam's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Thomerson is a stock player in the films of actor/director Michael Worth (DUAL, Devil on the Mountain, God's Ears) and a favorite of director Albert Pyun (Dollman, Knights, Nemesis, Nemesis 3: Prey Harder).
In addition, Thomerson has made guest appearances on TV shows such as The Golden Girls, Walker, Texas Ranger, The Young Riders, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Xena, Warrior Princess, Viper, The District, and Silk Stalkings.
|1975||A Shadow in the Streets||Chick||Television movie|
|1976||Car Wash||Kenny||As Timmothy Tomerson|
|1977||Benny And Barney: Las Vegas Undercover||Barney Tuscom||Television movie|
|All That Glitters||Sonny Packer||TV series|
|Which Way Is Up?||Tour Guide||As Timothy Thomerson|
|1977-1978||Quark||Gene/Jean||TV series regular|
|1978||Remember My Name||Jeff||As Timothy Thomerson|
|A Wedding||Russell Bean|
|1978||Hawaii Five-O||Mik Chandler||Episode: "Death Mask"|
|1979||Mork & Mindy (ep. 13)||Sergie||Guest in TV series|
|The Associates||Johnny Danko||TV series regular|
|Angie||Gianni||TV series regular|
|1980||Getting There||Lester||Television movie|
|Fade to Black||Jerry Moriarty|
|1981||Take This Job and Shove It||Ray Binkowski|
|In Trouble||Mr. Damrush||Television movie|
|Golden Gate||Frank Nightingale||Television movie|
|St. Helens||Sheriff Dwayne Temple|
|1981-1982||The Two of Us||Reggie Cavanaugh||TV series regular|
|1982||Some Kind of Hero||Cal|
|Bare Essence||Billy||Television movie|
|Jekyll and Hyde... Together Again||Dr. Knute Lanyon|
|Honkytonk Man||Highway Patrolman|
|1983||Likely Stories, Vol. 2||TV series|
|Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn||Rhodes|
|The Osterman Weekend||Motorcycle cop|
|Gun Shy||Theodore Ogilvie||TV series|
|His Mistress||Tom Goodman||Television movie|
|1984-1988||Hunter||Mule Mulelowski / Police Sgt. Harry Traynor / Police Det. Gil Glasgow||Episodes "Honorable Profession" (1988) ... Mule Mulelowski|
"Change Partners and Dance"(1986) ... Police Sgt. Harry Traynor
"Pen Pals" (1984) ... Police Det. Gil Glasgow
|Murder, She Wrote||Lt. Clyde Pitts|
|1986||Iron Eagle||Col. Ted Masters|
|Zone Troopers||The Sergeant|
|The B.R.A.T. Patrol||Maj. Dan Hackett||Television movie|
|1987||Glory Years||Jack Sanders||Television movie|
|Near Dark||Loy Colton|
|Tour of Duty||Sgt. Aubrey Decker.||1 episode. The Good, the Bad, and the Dead|
|Down and Out in Beverly Hills||Jerry Baskin||TV series|
|1988||A Tiger's Tale||Lonny|
|The Wrong Guys|
|The Incredible Hulk Returns||Jack LeBeau||Television movie|
|1989||Who's Harry Crumb?||Vince Barnes|
|1990||Vietnam, Texas||Max Heron|
|The Flash||Jay Allen||Television movie|
|Murder, She Wrote||Bert Rogers||TV series|
|Midnight Caller||Perry Fine||TV series|
|1991||Trancers II||Jack Deth|
|1992||Eddie Presley||Shock Comic|
|Intimate Stranger||Malcolm Henthoff||Television movie|
|Bad Channels||Brick Bardo|
|Trancers III||Jack Deth|
|1993||Die Watching||Detective Lewis|
|Dollman vs. Demonic Toys||Brick Bardo|
|The Harvest||Steve Mobley|
|Brainsmasher... A Love Story||Black|
|Natural Causes||The Westerner|
|Trancers 4: Jack of Swords||Jack Deth|
|The Cisco Kid||Lundquist||Television movie|
|Hong Kong 97||Jack McGraw|
|Trancers 5: Sudden Deth||Jack Deth|
|Sirens||Sgt. James "Buddy" Zunder||TV series|
|Walker Texas Ranger||Mitch Bolton||TV series|
|1996||Back to Back||Thomas|
|Nemesis 3: Prey Harder||Farnsworth 2|
|Pacific Blue||The Angel||TV series|
|Land's End||Dave "Thunder" Thornton||TV series|
|Kid Cop||Arnold Downey|
|Xena: Warrior Princess||Meleager the Mighty||TV series|
|When Time Expires||Rifkin Koss||Television movie|
|The Angry Beavers||Leonard Beaver (voice)||TV series|
|Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman||Woody Sams||TV series|
|Together & Alone||Daddy|
|Escape from Atlantis||Liam Gallagher||Television movie|
|Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas||Hoodlum|
|Border to Border||Poet|
|1999||Red Team||William Heywood|
|Unseen Evil||Ranger Chuck Macneil|
|The Magnificent Seven||Guy Royal||TV series|
|Sabrina, the Teenage Witch||Mr. Alcerro||TV series|
|The Princess & the Barrio Boy||Monsignor O'Dell||Television movie|
|Devil's Prey||Sheriff Harry|
|2002||Gale Force||Phillip Edwards|
|Shoot or Be Shot||Uncle Bill|
|The Killing Point||Mr. Banyon|
|Project Viper||Sheriff Morgan||Television movie|
|Con Express||Bill Barnes|
|The District||Colonel Carl||TV series|
|Days of Our Lives||Oliver Wentworth||TV series|
|Air Marshal||Sen. Chambers|
|A Lousy Ten Grand||Judge|
|2005||The Nowhere Man|
|Swarmed||Phineas Washburn||Television movie|
|Hell to Pay||Reverend|
|Junior Pilot||Captain Noonan||also known as Final Approach|
|2006||The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde||Arnie Swift|
|To Kill a Mockumentary||Will|
|Forget About It||Arizona Al|
|A.I. Assault||Admiral Harrison||Television movie|
|Bottoms Up||A.J. Mancini|
|Left in Darkness||Joe|
|Evil Bong||Jack Deth|
|Christmas Do-Over||Arthur||Television movie|
|2007||God's Ears||Uncle Steve|
|Urban Decay||Det. Thompson|
|Blue Lake Massacre||Marshall Lex|
|Good God Bad Dog||Bill Monahan|
|Live Evil||The Priest|
|2009||War Wolves||Frank Bergman|
|2011||Shameless||A.B. Fisher||TV series|
|2012||Season of Darkness||Detective Kesler|
|2013||The Silicon Assassin Project||Freddy Jones||TV series|
|2017||Asylum of Darkness||Det. Kesler|
|2011||Homefront||Voice of Freedom|
|Saints Row: The Third||Cyrus Temple|
|2013||Saints Row IV|