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The story of a good and morally upstanding man working alongside a bad guy is a time-tested storyline in Hollywood, but very few have been able to surpass the excellence at which Tim DeKay and portrayed it in White Collar. While the show lasted, it was considered one of the best shows on television.
The show’s popularity was down to the many excellent performances rolled out by Tim, a talented actor whose credits, especially in television, are quite extensive. The actor has made appearances in several top shows from Seinfeld to Scrubs and Chuck. Since he made his debut in 1995, Tim DeKay has become one of the best actors around. Here is a quick look at his life and career.
Age, Early Life, and Rise to Fame
He was born Timothy Robert DeKay on the 12th of June, 1963. The actor was born to Jim and Jill DeKay in Lansing, New York. Tim grew up in a modest family, where he was raised alongside his brother, Jamey. In the DeKay family, sports were highly encouraged, with baseball particularly being a family tradition. Although he later committed to the arts, for the early parts of his life, Tim was a dedicated sportsman, playing basketball and baseball in high school.
However, while he made jump shots and hit home runs, Tim also enjoyed acting. While he was in high school, he performed in the school’s production of Oliver!. Although he did not immediately commit to his passion for the arts when he left high school, choosing instead to study Business and Philosophy alongside playing baseball at Le Moyne College, Tim DeKay eventually found his way to his passion in the theater.
After he finished from Le Moyne College, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Tim shelved plans of a career in law or business to become an actor. He enrolled at Syracuse University where he took courses on directing and later attended Rutgers University where he graduated as a Master of Fine Arts.
With the academics behind him, Tim DeKay set out into the world to put to use what he had learned in the classroom and his first chance was on the set of SeaQuest DSV. He starred in three episodes of the show as Lawrence Deon in 1995. His next appearance was in Seinfeld, where he put his comedic skills to test, starring in two episodes of the comedy series.
Tim DeKay’s entrance into professional acting was a smooth ride. His talents shined through and in a very short space of time, he racked up a number of credits in several television shows. He even made his film debut within a year of his on-screen debut.
Tim’s resume features a long lineup of amazing shows such as Ellen, Murder, She Wrote, Friends, Party of Five, Malcolm in the Middle and one of his notable roles, as FBI Agent Peter Burke in White Collar. In films, his credits include movies like Big Eden, Buddy Boy, Control, The Far Side of Jericho and many more.
Tim DeKay excellent acting skills have also been deployed in theatre. The actor has stamped his name as an all-around versatile actor by appearing in plays in various notable theatres across the country, such as the McCarter Theatre, Circle in the Square Theatre, and a couple of others. Tim is also a director and a producer. As part of the recognition of his dedication to acting, Tim DeKay is a member of the Actors Studio and was an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California.
His Net Worth
With a career that began in 1995 with credits in television, film, and theatre, Tim DeKay has been able to accrue a sizeable net worth of $3 million. It is believed that a considerable part of his net worth is down to his appearance on White Collar where he appeared in a total of 81 episodes. He was also a lead character throughout the show’s run.
Tim Dekay Wife and Family, Is He Gay?
Tim DeKay is currently married to Elisa Taylor and there is nothing to suggest that the actor is gay. He has been married to his wife, Elisa, who is also an actress since 1991 and they share two children, Danna and Jamis. The couple is living happily together and they currently reside in California.
Height and Weight
Apart from being a notable actor who has appeared in several major projects, one of the standout features of Tim DeKay is his height. He stands at an impressive 6 feet 2 inches with a body weight of 65 kg. He also has blue eyes and dark brown hair.