T. J. Thyne is an American actor who is best known as the humorous 'Dr. Jack Hodgins' from 'Bones.' A 'University of Southern California School of Theatre' alumnus, he had harbored a passion for the craft when he was just 6. By his teenage years, Thyne had several advertisement projects and lead roles in plays. He has had over 50 guest and recurring roles on television shows, several substantial parts in films, and a number of commercial appearances. To support the upcoming artists and filmmakers, Thyne founded a production house that has produced many award-winning shorts. He has also written and directed a few of them. Apart from acting, Thyne has been active in organizing workshops and has worked with many acting mentors, including Larry Moss, Lesly Kahn, and Rod Menzies.
Childhood & Early Life
Thyne was born Thomas Joseph Thyne on March 7, 1975, in Boston, Massachusetts to John J. Thyne II and Catherine. He has five siblings: John, Tone, Hazel, Katie, and Shelly.
Thyne attended high school in Plano, Texas, and graduated in 1993. He completed BFA in acting from the 'University of Southern California' in 1997. He simultaneously worked as an extra in films such as 'Forrest Gump,' which was filmed at the university premises, and performed in several students produced plays. He appeared in lead roles in 'The Secret Garden' at the 'Dallas Theater Center' and in an off-Broadway production of 'Van Gogh' at New York's 'Mint Theater Company.'
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Thyne began his career in 1998, playing the role of 'Doctor Oberman,' a young and inexperienced doctor in the 'NBC' sitcom 'Friends' and subsequently landed bit parts in the 'ABC' sitcom 'Home Improvement,' 'Fox' teen drama 'Party of Five,' and 'Dharma and Greg.' The following year, he made his film debut with the satirical comedy 'EDtv.'
Following single-episode appearances in several TV series, Thyne landed his first brief-recurring role (4 episodes) as 'Wallace ''The Wizard'' Slausen' in the 'CBS' action crime drama 'Walker, Texas Ranger' (2000).
He was seen as 'David Foil,' an assistant to a lawyer who tries to intimidate the main character (Julia Roberts) in the biographical film 'Erin Brockovich.'
Thyne appeared as 'Stu Lou Who,' one of 'Lou' and 'Betty's troublesome sons in the 2000 Christmas fantasy comedy film 'How The Grinch Stole Christmas,' adapted from Dr. Seuss' classic children's story of the same name.
In 2001, Thyne founded 'Theatre Junkies Productions' to provide a platform to budding artists and actors. It expanded to a school, offering on-camera, career, and acting classes and eventually had two branches - one for classes and studio work and one for live theatre all over the Los Angeles area.
Thyne's production house is known for producing short and feature-length films. Some of the short films produced by the production company include 'Slow,' 'The Phone Book,' and the critically acclaimed 'Validation,' starring Thyne as a kind-hearted man with a motive to make the world a better place. 'Validation' has won over 20 film festival awards, including 'Best Comedy Short' and 'Audience Choice' and has had over nine million "views" on 'YouTube.'
Thyne played 'Neil,' a troubled psychiatric patient with a weird painful condition in three episodes of the 'Showtime' drama 'Huff' (2004–2005). He was seen as 'Jonathan "Jack" Stanley Hodgins IV,' Ph.D., a funny forensic scientist with three doctorates, who is secretly a billionaire, in 'Fox' crime procedural comedy-drama 'Bones' (2005–2017). He reprised the role in an episode of another 'Fox' drama 'The Finder.'
In 2008, he played 'Greg ' in 'The Human Contract' and starred in the short 'The Phone Book.'
Thyne directed and also acted in the 2010 short 'One Dry Run,' and appeared in the lead as 'Lovell Milo' in 'Theatre Junkies' first full-length feature production, 'Shuffle' (2011). He wrote and directed the short 'Stop.'
His last film appearance to date was as 'Father Richard' in the 2013 independent drama 'The Pardon.'
Family & Personal Life
Thyne is engaged to actor-model Leah Park. He proposed to her outside a German castle on December 30, 2013, while vacationing in Cologne, Germany.
His brother, Tone, is the vice president of creative at 'FableVision' and had served as a production manager for 'Walt Disney Animation Studios.'
Thyne has always resisted auditioning for any regular role on TV shows, as he wants to explore a variety of characters. However, he changed his mind and took the risk when 'Bones' was offered.