Tim Matheson Net Worth | A Brilliant Producer & Acting Career

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Who is this prolific thespian and what is Tim Matheson’s net worth?

Take a walk with us as we explore the early years, career and personal life of an American favorite. He had his first major role 61 years ago, and this acting and directing dynamo is still going strong… and seems to be getting better with age

Who is Tim Matheson?

Timothy Lewis Matheson entered this world on the last day of 1947. The American actor and director was born to act, and from a very early age he loved to entertain and try and mimic other people and sometimes he would copy people’s voices.

He became famous and started the Tim Matheson net worth under the slightly altered professional name. The famous American actor, director, producer, raconteur, and voiceover creator is known worldwide for playing Eric Stratton, better known as Otter, the infamous womanizer in the movie ‘National Lampoon’s Animal House’.

He grew up in Glendale, California… a city known for producing famous people like Paul Walker and Debra Jo Rupp. People still recognize him as John Hoyes, Vice President in the highly acclaimed and popular TV series ‘The West Wing’. This added a sizeable chunk to the Tim Matheson net worth.

LOS ANGELES - DEC 11: Tim Matheson at the 22nd Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hanger on December 11, 2016 in Santa Monica, CA

LOS ANGELES – DEC 11: Tim Matheson at the 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards at Barker Hanger on December 11, 2016 in Santa Monica, CA. Image Credit: Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock.com

There are a handful of screen and television actors that can boast a resume longer than Matheson’s, and this multifaceted actor has entertained lovers of both the big and small screen for more than half a century. Besides Tim Matheson’s net worth bubbling just under the double figure mark, he has been nominated for several awards for his absolutely gratifying and deeply personal portrayal of characters on television and in films.

A 13-year-old Matheson made his acting debut in 1961 as Roddy Miller in the CBS comedy show, Window on Main Street. Matheson then appeared in:

  • Yours, Mine and Ours
  • The Virginian
  • Night Gallery
  • Magnum Force
  • My Three Sons
  • Three for the Road
  • and Leave It to Beaver.

Matheson’s notable works as a director include:

  • The Twilight Zone
  • Without A Trace
  • The Good Guys
  • Psych
  • White Collar
  • Shark
  • Criminal Minds
  • Burn Notice
  • Ed
  • Suits – appeared on multiple occasions
  • and Third Watch.

Not content to stay in front of the camera, Tim Matheson’s net worth was helped along when the actor turned director, and also later a renowned producer. Matheson has made Contra Costa Country in Hollywood his home and he is still very active in the movie and tv business. He lives in this performers’ paradise with his third wife, and he’s very active in the industry as he still directs, produces and acts in many Hollywood productions.

This Capricorn adores the color black and on any given Sunday you may find him at his favorite sport, a baseball game. He is a bit of a self proclaimed chef and loves spending time cooking with his gorgeous new wife in their California home.

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What is Tim Matheson Net Worth Estimate?

The 73-year old Tim Matheson net worth is said to currently stand at $7 million! This has been accumulated over a career that spans more than five decades and includes sojourns into directing, voice over work and producer.

His acting credits include:

  • Black Sheep
  • Blind Justice
  • No Strings Attached
  • Fast Company
  • Almost Summer, and many more.

His directorial credits include:

  • Drop Dead Diva
  • Lucifer
  • Taken

Have you seen his Netflix series Virgin River? Matheson plays the town doctor. He has been awarded several prestigious accolades and titles for his extensive experience in the film industry and Tim Matheson’s net worth seems to keep growing.

Tim Matheson’s Height, Weight


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Standing 6 foot and two inches tall, Tim Matheson and his dark brown hair and piercing blue eyes leaves an impression wherever he goes. Tim likes to keep fit, although he is not an absolute fanatic. He maintains a weight that is around 165 lbs (75kg) but has been know to adapt for specific roles.

Tim Matheson’s Place of Birth and Early Life

On the last day of December 1947, Timothy Lewis Mattheson saw light for the first time in the affluent city of Glendale, California… a stone’ throw away from the shadow of the Hollywood sign.

Tim was born to Sally and Clifford Matheson ( he was a training pilot, and as a reserve in the US Marine Corp, he served his country on tour of duty). He has a sister, Sue. Although the Tim Matheson net worth may not have featured yet, his parents supported his interest in acting and at ten year sold, he took his first acting class. There is not too much info regarding his school years but Tim did attend the following institutes:

  • High School: Fox Lane High School and John Burroughs High
  • College: Dartmouth College and The Groundlings
  • University: California State University and Northridge

Tim Matheson’s Career

During the 1961–1962 television season, Matheson played Roddy Miller in Window on Main Street, CBS’ nostalgia comedy series created by Robert Young. In the following season, he made two appearances on Leave It to Beaver, playing Beaver’s friend Mike Harmon.

Matheson voiced Jonny Quest in 1964, the lead role in the animated series with the same name. In the 1960s, his voice also featured in Hanna-Barbera’s animated series Sinbad Jr. and his Magic Belt, as well as Sinbad Jr. the Sailor, and as Jace in Space Ghost.

A 1967 pilot episode for a TV series called The Hardy Boys, based on a series of novels of the same name, co-starred him as Joe Hardy and Richard Gates as Frank Hardy. However, the series did not air.

In the 1968 film Yours, Mine, and Ours, starring Lucille Ball and the legendary Henry Fonda, he played the oldest son, Mike Beardsley. Matheson appeared in the eighth season of western The Virginian as Jim Horn, which aired on NBC. In the fourteenth episode of season 2 of Night Gallery, he appeared in the story “Logoda’s Heads” as a guest appearance.

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1972 to 1973:
Tim Matheson’s net worth was starting to take shape and in the last season of Bonanza, he portrayed Griff King. As a worker on the Ponderosa Ranch, King attempts to reinvent his life under the watchful eye of Ben Cartwright
In the Magnum Force film, he played Phil Sweet, a corrupt cop on a motorcycle. Matheson had previously appeared on CBS’s sitcom, My Three Sons.

In 1975, he appeared in Three for the Road, a short-lived family drama.

The Quest was a 15-episode series, that followed two youngsters going into Cheyenne country while looking for their captive sister. Tim Matheson and Kurt Russell were both in their career infancy when they acted together in the show.

He appeared in National Lampoon’s Animal House in 1978. The role he played as Eric Stratton connected with fans, and his partnership with actor John Belushi helped make the film a hit. As a result of the movie’s success, not only did his career flourish, but so did the Tim Matheson net worth. His next appearance with John Belushi was in Spielberg’s, 1941.

Harrison Ford won the role of Indiana Jones for his audition in 1980. Tim had also auditioned.

In 1983, Matheson starred with Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft in the film To Be or Not to Be. In Tucker’s Witch, he played Rick Tucker who runs an agency of detectives in Laurel Canyon with Catherine Hicks.

In 1984 and 1985, Matheson worked on the comedies Up the Creek and Fletch and in 1989, we saw him in the no-longer-running sitcom Nikki and Alexander, which was produced by Reinhold Weege.

In 1989, he bought National Lampoon with Dan Grodnik, his business partner, but sold it again in 1991.

On The West Wing, he played Vice President John Hoynes and earned two Emmy nominations.

Matheson portrayed a crook in 1996’s A Very Brady Sequel who claimed to be Carol Brady’s dead husband.

In the 2002 film, Van Wilder, he played the title character’s as the father. He was inspired by the character he played in Animal House. His appearance in a Volkswagen commercial from 2008 was also well received.

Besides appearing in a commercial, Tim Matheson’s net worth was stimulated when he directed several adverts including doing work for products like Hellmann’s Mayonnaise and Lipton, to name just two of many.

Tim lives by the credo that you are constantly learning and evolving. He once said that whenever he works with someone, be it an actor, director or a producer, he always steals with his eyes and in that way you keep growing your talents… and the Tim Matheson Net Worth.

Matheson directed a variety of shows, including:

  • The pilot episode of Covert Affairs in 2009
  • The pilot of Good Guys in 2010
  • Criminal Behavior – 2011
  • Wild Card – 2011
  • From 2011 to 2015, he appeared on Hart of Dixie as Dr. Brick Breeland.

Matheson has proved that not only does he thrive on hard work, he also never backs down from a challenge. In 2002 he managed to shoot the movie, ‘Behind Enemy Lines’ in the South American country of Colombia. But that is in itself not such a great accomplishment; what makes this movie special was that he managed to shoot it in just two days!

Tim Matheson’s net worth has steadily grown to the seven million dollars of today and starred in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.

Tim Matheson’s Personal Life and Family

When it comes to the ladies, it seems that Tim Matheson’s net worth may not be enough to keep him a one woman man. He has been linked in a romantic way to a number of women and in 1968, he fell in love, and married Jennifer Leak. He met the actress while filming Yours, Mine and Ours, which was what they needed to split up when the couple (apparently happily so) parted ways in 1971.

He started seeing another young actress, Megan Murphy (known for her roles in Brain Donor and Dinner Impossible. Megan Matheson assisted with the choreography for the latter film). The couple got wedded in 1985 and although the relationship ended in divorce in 2010, the Matheson’s had three children:

  • A son – Cooper Matheson born in 1994
  • Emma Matheson born in 1988
  • Molly Matheson Schmidt born in 1986

It is estimated that like her husband Tim  Matheson’s net worth, Megan Matheson currently has a net worth of around $120 000.

After two marriages that followed the Hollywood trend by ending up in divorce court, Tim Matheson net worth, as well as his confidence must have taken a little dip. He had no idea that he would find happiness and love at the age of 70, and with someone who was more than twenty years his junior. Tim and Elizabeth Marighetto met a few years later and the script supervisor from LA wrote her way into the star’s heart and soon he would be Up The Creek with love. They got married in 2018 in a small and intimate ceremony that they shared with his children. The pair posted photographs online and it seems that this may just be the one for Tim.

Tim Matheson Net Worth and Bio Summary

To try and sum up this dynamic actor, producer and director, in a few words is practically impossible. The amount of work he has done since his first role at the lucky age of 13, takes up a fair amount of space. He has kept himself busy with work, but still found time to get married three times. If this influenced the Tim Matheson net worth, it hardly shows. Tim Matheson’s net worth is estimated to be about $7 million—and growing.

NameTim Matheson
Real NameTimothy Lewis Matheson
Place of BirthGlendale, California
Net Worth Estimate73