Known for: Emmy-winning actor Timothy Busfield founded the Fantasy Theatre in Sacramento and with his older brother, Buck, the B Street Theatre. He has appeared in more than 40 films, including "Field of Dreams," and 20 television shows, including most recently "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip." He has directed many plays and more than 50 TV episodes.
Background: A Lansing, Mich., native, Busfield attended East Tennessee State University. His early film roles included "Stripes" and "Revenge of the Nerds," along with television roles in "The Paper Chase" and "Trapper John, M.D." In 1986, he created Fantasy Theatre, a touring group that performs for 200,000 students annually in Northern California. In 1991, he and Buck opened the B Street Theatre, where he has appeared in and directed numerous contemporary works. The theater has premiered original or West Coast productions by Aaron Sorkin, Kenneth Lonergan and other noted playwrights.
A highlight: Timothy Busfield has been nominated four times for television's Emmy Award, winning in 1991 for his work in "thirtysomething."
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