Timothy Olyphant was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, but moved to Modesto, California, at the age of two. He is of English, German, Scottish, Dutch, Irish, and one eighth Russian-Jewish ancestry. He made his acting debut in an off-Broadway theater in 1995, in The Monogamist. His best-known performance to date has been as Deputy U. S. Marshal Raylan Givens in FX’s Justified.
About Timothy Olyphant in brief
Timothy Olyphant was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, but moved to Modesto, California, at the age of two. He is of English, German, Scottish, Dutch, Irish, and one eighth Russian-Jewish ancestry. He made his acting debut in an off-Broadway theater in 1995, in The Monogamist, and won the Theatre World Award for his performance. His best-known performance to date has been as Deputy U. S. Marshal Raylan Givens in FX’s modern-day Kentucky southern gothic Justified, for which he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 2011. In 2020, he played himself in a brief cameo, parodying his Justified character, in the NBC award-winning show The Good Place. He also starred in the Netflix comedy series Santa Clarita Diet and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood as James Stacy. He had starring roles in such films as Catch and Release, Hitman, A Perfect Getaway, and The Crazies. He played the main antagonist, Thomas Gabriel, in Live Free or Die Hard. He has an older brother, Andrew, and a younger brother, Matthew. His parents divorced when he was a teenager; both remarried. His paternal fourth great-grandfather was family patriarch Cornelius Vanderbilt; his third great- grandfather was William Henry Vanderbilt, who doubled the family’s railroad fortune. His great-uncle was music producer John Hammond.
The surname Olyphant is of Scottish origin. His grandfather was Dr. David Olyrophant, who served as director-general of the Southern hospitals during the American Revolutionary War. He has a brother and a sister, Andrew and Matthew Olyophant, both of whom are also actors. He was a finalist at the 1986 Nationals in the 200m Individual Medley. He attended the University of Southern California, where he studied fine arts and swam competitively. After graduating in 1990, he half-heartedly considered a career in commercial art. In his final year of college, he had taken an acting class as an actor as an elective. His first acting job was a pilot based on WB’s 77 Sunset Strip, but he did not have an opportunity to meet Clint Eastwood, who cast him in the role. He then moved to New York to explore other options. He initially performed stand-up comedy and then there was a six-month period where he’d dabbled in acting. Then he decided to become an actor, and he completed a two-year acting program at New York’s William Esper Studio and began auditioning for roles. In 1995, he won a Critics’ Choice Award for a role in WB’s television pilot, The Grinder. In the same year, he guest starred in season 10 of Curb Your Enthusiasm, as well as in the fourth season of Fargo and the second season of The Mandalorian.