Timothy Olyphant - Biography

Last Modified: Sep 25, 2022

Timothy Olyphant
Nick Name: Olyphantastic
Profession: Actor, Producer
Best Known For: Live Free or Die Hard (film)
Salary: Under Review
Net Worth: $20 million

Personal Details

Born on : May 10, 1968 (age 55)
Birth Name /
Full Name:
Timothy David Olyphant
Birth Place: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Horoscope: Taurus
Father's Name: J.V. Bevan Olyphant
Mother's Name: Katherine Gideon
Siblings: 2

Andrew Olyphant (older brother)
Matthew Olyphant (younger brother)

High School: Modesto's Fred C. Beyer High School
University: University of Southern California
Ethnicity: Multi-ethnic (English, German, Scottish, Dutch, Irish, Russian)
Nationality: American


Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Wife's Name: Alexis Knief
Children: 3

Grace Katherine Olyphant (daughter)
Henry Olyphant (son)
Vivian Olyphant (daughter)

Body Measurements

Height: 1.83 meter (6 feet 0 inch)
Weight: 77 kg (169.76 lb)
Hair Color: Brown/Grey
Eye Color: Brown
Shoe Size: 11 US
Bicep Size: N/A
Chest Size: N/A
Waist Size: N/A

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Who is Timothy Olyphant?

Timothy Olyphant is an actor and producer. He has been active in theatre and TV since 1996.

Timothy Olyphant Age, Parents, Siblings

Timothy Olyphant’s birth took place on May 20, 1968, in Honolulu, Hawaii, the U.S.A. as Timothy David Olyphant. His mother is Katherine Gideon and his father is J.V. Bevan Olyphant, vice president of production at Gallo Winery. He has two siblings- an older brother named Andrew Olyphant, now an A & R executive for Warner Bros, and a younger brother named Matthew Olyphant, former lead singer for Fetish.

When Timothy Olyphant was two years old, the family moved to Modesto, California. All three boys were raised there. Growing up, he competitively swam and even reached the finals of 1986’s Nationals in the 200m Individual Medley.

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Education, Ethnicity

For education, he attended Modesto's Fred C. Beyer High School. After graduation in 1986, Olyphant joined the University of Southern California after being recruited byPeter Daland, USC Trojans’ swimming coach. 

In the beginning, he had hoped to study architecture but due to his busy training schedule, Olyphant opted for a degree in fine arts and theater. He graduated in 1990 and was the classmate of Will Ferrell and Macy Gray. He thought of earning a master’s degree in fine arts while working as a swimming coach at Irvine Novaquatics. Instead, he moved to New York to pursue his career.

His ethnicity includes English, German, Scottish, Dutch, Irish, and Russian.

Timothy Olyphant Girlfriend, Wife, Children, Affair, Divorce

Timothy Olyphant began a relationship with his girlfriend Alexis Knief, his college sweetheart. Olyphant was 23 years old when he married her in July 1991. The couple has three children together. 

Their first child, a daughter named Grace Katherine Olyphant was born in 1999. Olyphant’s wife gave birth to their son Henry Olyphant in 2001 and daughter Vivian Olyphant in 2003.

Currently, the family resides in Westwood, Los Angeles, California, United States. The husband-wife is living in a blissful marriage which no rumors of divorce or affairs.

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Source: Getty Images (Timothy Olyphant with wife Alexis Knief on January 8, 2017)

Timothy Olyphant Career

Early Days

While in school, Timothy Olyphant loved drawing and art but was “embarrassed” by the idea of acting. And while in College, he did think of pursuing commercial art as a career. After moving to New York, Olyphant he began working as a stand-up comedian.

As a struggling actor, Olyphant landed his first paid acting job in 1995. He was featured in 77 Sunset Strip and was cast by Phyllis Huffman. This was followed by supporting roles in The First Wives Club (1996), Scream 2 (1997), Gone in 60 Seconds (2000), Head Over Heels (2000), Dreamcatcher (2003), among others. 

During these times, he also starred in the series Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1996), High Incident (1997-1998), and Sex and the City (1998).

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Films, Series

In 2004, Timothy Olyphant was cast as Sheriff Seth Bullock in HBO’s series Deadwood which ran from 2004 to 2006, and is also considered his breakthrough role. The series was reprised again in 2019, in which he is also an executive producer. In Coastlines (2006)he starred alongside Josh Brolin.

He then went on to portray roles in The Girl Next Door (2004), Live Free or Die Hard (2007), Elektra Luxx (2010), Rango (2011), I Am Number Four (2011), This Is Where I Leave You (2014), Snowden (2016), Missing Link (2019), Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019). 

In the field of series, Olyphant has shown his acting skills in Damages (2009-2010), Justified (2010-2015), The Office (2010), The Mindy Project (2013), The Grinder (2015-2016), Santa Clarita Diet (2017- present).

In addition to being a successful actor, Olyphant is also a tennis player.

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On the set of Santa Clarita Diet, Olyphant has worked with Skyler Gisondo, Nathan Fillion, Natalie Morales, Ramona Young, and Leo Howard.

Timothy Olyphant Awards, Nominations

Over the years, Timothy Olyphant has been nominated for numerous awards including Theatre World Award (1996), Young Hollywood Award (2000), Screen Actors Guild Award (2007), Satellite Award (2010, 2012), Primetime Emmy Award (2011), Critics' Choice Television Award (2011, 2013, 2016).

Among all the nominations, Olyphant has won Theatre World Award (1996), Young Hollywood Award (2000), Satellite Award (2010), Critics' Choice Television Awards (2016).

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Timothy Olyphant Net Worth, Salary

His net worth has been estimated to be around $20 million while the figure on his annual salary is under review.

Timothy Olyphant Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

Among social media handles, Timothy Olyphant is active on Facebook but is absent from Twitter and Instagram.

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