Tim DeKay

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Tim DeKay
Born Timothy Robert DeKay
(1963-06-12) June 12, 1963 (age 55)
Lansing, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Spouse(s) Elisa Taylor m. 1991
Website Tim DeKay's Official Site

Timothy Robert "Tim" DeKay (born June 12, 1963) is an American actor, director and producer. His first on screen acting job was as corporation head Larry Deon on seaQuest 2032. He was a cast member of Party of Five from 1997–1999, Carnivàle from 2003–05 and Tell Me You Love Me in 2007. He has also guest-starred on a number of top-rated television series, including Seinfeld, Friends, CSI, My Name Is Earl, NCIS, The New Adventures of Old Christine, Scrubs, and Chuck. DeKay most recently starred in the USA Network series White Collar, which chronicled the partnership between a con artist (played by Matt Bomer) and an FBI agent (DeKay).[1]

Early life

Tim DeKay was born June 12, 1963 to Jim and Jill DeKay in Lansing, New York, where he and his brother Jamey grew up. Growing up DeKay enjoyed athletics, and he played both varsity basketball and baseball, the latter of which is a generational tradition in his family. He also enjoyed the arts, and performed in his high school's production of Oliver!. He attended Le Moyne College to study Business and Philosophy, where he also played baseball, eventually deciding to pursue a career in theater.[2][3] After graduating with a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1985, he planned for a career in business or law, but eventually realized that the theater was his true calling. After taking a few courses in directing at Syracuse University,[4] he attended Rutgers University, where he received an Master of Fine Arts and met his wife, actress Elisa Taylor.[3]


He appeared in two episodes of Seinfeld: "The Soul Mate" and "The Bizarro Jerry", as Elaine's boyfriend Kevin. He would work with Julia Louis-Dreyfus again in The New Adventures of Old Christine, where he played a temperamental boyfriend of Louis-Dreyfus's character in a three episode story arc. His resume includes numerous theatrical credits, with performances in plays both on and off Broadway, including: Ridiculous Fraud at the McCarter Theatre; Billy Budd at the Circle in the Square Theatre; Someone to Watch Over Me with the Denver Theatre Company; The Merchant of Venice on the Hartford Stage; and the national tour of The Lion in Winter. In 2009, he was both director and producer of the short film This Monday. The film was included in several short film festivals, including Cannes Short Film Corner and The Palm Springs International Short Film Festival (ShortFest).[citation needed]

In 2009, DeKay began starring in the USA Network comedy-drama White Collar as FBI agent Peter Burke. He made his directorial debut in the episode "Stealing Home", which premiered in 2012.[5] In March 2015, it was announced that he will play FBI agent Duval Pritchard in the FOX pilot, Frankenstein.[6]

DeKay returned to Le Moyne College in May 2010 as the commencement speaker, and was awarded the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa.[7][8] He is a member of the Actors Studio. He taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California.[4]



Year Title Role
1996 If These Walls Could Talk Becky's husband in segment - '1952'
1997 Invasion Mike Landry; aka 'Robin Cook's Invasion'
1998 The Pentagon Wars HBO movie; Junior officer at embassy party
Almost Heroes New Bartender
1999 Buddy Boy Ken
2000 The Crow: Salvation Martin Toomey; (credited as Tim DeMay)
Big Eden Dean Stewart
2001 Nice Guys Finish Last Dad
Swordfish Agent
Taking Back Our Town Lifetime Channel Movie
2002 The Third Wheel Speaker
2003 Welcome to the Neighborhood Bill
2004 Control Bill Caputo
2005 The Chumscrubber Mr. Peck
2006 Peaceful Warrior Coach Garrick
The Far Side of Jericho The Stranger
2007 Randy and The Mob Bill
2008 Monster Ark Dr. Nicholas Zavaterro
Get Smart Secret Service Agent
The Russell Girl Tim Russell (Hallmark Channel movie)
2009 Political Disasters Jim
2014 Best Man Wins Edward Stiles

The films Naked Under Heaven and Bee Afraid have been intentionally omitted from the table because they have not been distributed either theatrically or on DVD.


Year Title Role Notes
1995–96 SeaQuest DSV Lawrence Deon 3 episodes
1996 Seinfeld Kevin 2 episodes
The Ring Max Thomas Miniseries; aka Danielle Steel's The Ring
Grace Under Fire Rev. Tom Maxwell Episode: "The Ghost and Mrs. Kelly"
1997 The Larry Sanders Show Gordon Episode: "The Matchmaker"
The Naked Truth John Episode: "We're at NBC Now"
Touched by an Angel J.D. Sinclair Episode: "Smokescreen"
Night Sins Prof. Christopher Priest Miniseries
Diagnosis: Murder Sonny Burnett Episode: "A Mime Is a Terrible Thing to Waste"
1997–99 Party of Five Dr. Paul Thomas 12 episodes (recurring)
1998 Ellen John Episode: "Escape from L.A."
Caroline in the City Brian 2 episodes
Cupid Jennings Crawford Episode: "The Linguist"
Brimstone Prof. John Albright Episode: "Heat"
1999 The Practice Jerry Green Episode: "Split Decisions"
The Pretender Eddie Fontenot Episode: "Pool"
1999–2000 Sports Night Ray Mitchel 2 episodes
2001 Chestnut Hill Peter Eastman Pilot
Murder, She Wrote Robert Mercer Episode: "The Last Free Man"
Thieves Owen Episode: "The General"
2002 Ally McBeal Kendall Willis Episode: "A Kick in the Head"
Friends Marc Episode: "The One Where Rachel Has A Baby: Part 1"
Malcolm in the Middle Matt Episode: "Zoo"
2002–03 Everwood Reverend Keyes 3 episodes
2003–05 Carnivàle Clayton 'Jonesy' Jones 24 episodes (main)
2004 Without a Trace Jim Cooper Episode: "The Season"
2005 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Neal Matthews Season 5 Episode 18: "Spark of Life"
2006 My Name Is Earl Hank Lange 2 episodes
Standoff John Barnes Episode 2: "Circling"
Cold Case Geoff Taylor Episode: "The War At Home"
2007 Hidden Palms Mr. Miller Pilot
The 4400 Drew Imroth 2 episodes
Numb3rs Pete Friscia Episode: "Robin Hood"
Tell Me You Love Me David 10 episodes (main)
2008 NCIS Senator Patrick Kiley Episode: "Capitol Offense"
The Cleaner Neil Mullins Episode: "Lie With Me"
CSI: Miami William Campbell Episode: "Wrecking Crew"
The New Adventures of Old Christine Patrick Harris 3 episodes
2009 Scrubs Rich Hill Episode: "My Nah Nah Nah"
2009–14 White Collar FBI Agent Peter Burke 81 episodes (main), Also director and producer
2011 Law & Order: LA Don Alvin Episode: "Silver Lake"
Chuck Kieran Ryker Episode: "Chuck Versus the Baby"
2012 Hot in Cleveland Buddy Episode: "Two Girls and a Rhino"
2013 Body of Proof Caleb Banks Episode: "Lost Souls"
2014 Revenge Luke Gilliam Episode: "Allegiance"
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Senator Christian Ward 2 episodes
2016 Second Chance Duval Pritchard Main Cast


  1. ‘’Chuck's’’ Matthew Bomer Spies New Series". TV Guide. October 22, 2008; retrieved October 22, 2008.
  2. "Bio of Tim DeKay". timdekay.com. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Tim DeKay Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved 5 November 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Sixtieth Commencement". Le Moyne College. May 16, 2010. Retrieved November 5, 12014.
  5. Tim DeKay on IMDb
  6. "Tim DeKay to Co-Star in Frankenstein". Deadline. March 10, 2015.
  7. "Class of 2010 Graduates as Le Moyne Holds Commencement Ceremony". Le Moyne College. May 14, 2010.
  8. "Le Moyne College Announces Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipients for 60th Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 16", LeMoyne.edu, March 5, 2010.

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