Tim Choate

Tim Choate


Tim Choate was born on Oct 11, 1954 in USA. Tim Choate's big-screen debut came with The Europeans directed by James Ivory in 1979, strarring Clifford. Tim Choate is known for Gunsmoke: The Long Ride directed by Jerry Jameson, James Arness stars as Matt Dillon and James Brolin as John Parsley. The upcoming new movie Tim Choate plays is Hungry Hearts which will be released on Oct 05, 2002.

Dallas-born Tim Choate considered himself better qualified as a theatrical performer than as a screen actor. The University of Texas graduate had indeed a solid background in stagecraft, having performed on Broadway (including 3oo performances in the Pulitzer prize-winning 'Crimes of the Heart') and the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut, where he starred in 'The Philanthropist'. He also appeared alongside Stacy Keach in Peter Sellars's 1986 New York production of Robert E. Sherwood's 'Idiot's Delight', as a French communist (according to the New York magazine reviewer, sporting an impenetrable 'nouvelle' accent!).On screen, Tim had a long association with Merchant/Ivory films, making his debut in Les Européens (1979). However, it was in a TV production, where he was to have a singularly popular impact. In an interview, he explained, that he felt comfortable in heavy make-up and using diverse accents, citing actors Paul Muni and Robert De Niro as among his role models. He added, that, by becoming chameleon-like, it became easier to 'take risks' with his performances. Thus he developed the character of Zathras in Babylon 5 (1993), a pivotal recurring role (with full prosthetic make-up) which did much to illuminate the complex story arc of the series between seasons one and three. According to Choate, he 'channelled' the accent of Zathras within minutes of the audition while waiting in a parking lot. Zathras was also played with a wonderful sense of impromptu humour which endeared this character to audiences worldwide. Sadly, Tim Choate died aged just 49 as a result of a motorcycle accident while on his way to rehearsals for the play 'Macbeth' at the Globe Playhouse.

  • Birthday

    Oct 11, 1954
  • Place of Birth

    Dallas, Texas, USA

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