Timothy “Tim” Van Patten is an actor, television director, scriptwriter, and showrunner from America. He is known for his directorial work on HBO shows like ‘Boardwalk Empire’, ‘Game of Thrones’, ‘Rome’, ‘The Sopranos’, and ‘Sex and the City’. Originally from Brooklyn, Van Patten was raised in Massapequa. Several of his relatives are also involved in the industry, including his half-siblings Dick Van Patten and Joyce Van Patten. In 1977, he obtained his high school degree from Massapequa High School. Van Patten began his career in the entertainment industry as an actor, making his debut in an episode of the ABC comedy-drama series ‘Eight Is Enough’. He subsequently portrayed various memorable roles in ‘The White Shadow’, ‘Class of 1984’, and ‘True Blue’. His first directorial venture was the 1992 episode, ‘A Bench Too Far’, of the TV series ‘Home Fires’. In the ensuing years, Van Patten has established himself as a prolific TV director. He has been nominated for Primetime Emmy Awards ten times, winning once. As a scriptwriter, he has contributed to ‘The Sopranos’ and ‘Boardwalk Empire’. He has served as a supervising producer on ‘The Pacific’ and an executive producer on ‘Boardwalk Empire’.
Tim Van Patten had his acting debut in the season-two episode, ‘The Lost Weekend’, of ‘Eight Is Enough’ in 1978. Later that year, he began portraying Mario 'Salami' Pettrino in the sports-drama television series ‘The White Shadow’ (1978-81). He debuted on the big screen in the action crime-drama film ‘Class of 1984’, portraying a character named Peter Stegman. That year, he also appeared in the short film ‘The Silence’ and the telefilm ‘High Powder’.
In 1983, he was cast as Pauli in his second cinematic feature, the Spanish-British-American action-adventure drama film ‘California Cowboys’. He played a drifter named Max Keller in the short-lived NBC action-adventure series ‘The Master’ in 1984. In 1985, he had a recurring role in another NBC series ‘St. Elsewhere’. In the same year, he shared the screen space with Tim Thomerson and Art LaFleur in writer-director Danny Bilson’s sci-fi action film ‘Zone Troopers’.
Between 1989 and 1990, he starred as Sergeant Andy Wojeski in the NBC crime-drama series ‘True Blue’. He also appeared in the comedy film ‘The Wrong Guys’ (1988) and horror thriller ‘Catacombs’ (1988). His most recent outing as an actor was as the narrator of the 2001 comedy short ‘Water with Food Coloring’.
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Career as a Television Director
In 1992, Tim Van Patten made his debut as a director with the episode, ‘A Bench Too Far’, of the short-lived NBC family drama series ‘Home Fires’. Between 1994 and 2000, he directed 31 episodes of the CBS supernatural drama series ‘Touched by an Angel’. During this period, he also directed several episodes of the UPN fantasy action crime adventure show ‘The Sentinel’, CBS drama series ‘Promised Land’, Fox’s police drama series ‘New York Undercover’, and NBC police procedural drama series ‘Homicide: Life on the Street’.
Between 2001 and 2003, he directed five episodes of the NBC comedy-drama series ‘Ed’. Between 2003 and 2004, he directed four episodes of the HBO comedy-drama series ‘Sex and the City’. He served as the director on three episodes of the HBO crime-drama show ‘The Wire’ between 2002 and 2004.
The first episode of ‘The Sopranos’ he directed was season one’s ‘The Legend of Tennessee Moltisanti’, which aired on February 28, 1999, on HBO. In the ensuing eight years, he served as the director on 19 other episodes of the show, of which four garnered him Primetime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series.
He co-produced the 2010 war miniseries ‘The Pacific’ and directed three out of its ten episodes, including ‘Okinawa’, for which he received a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special.
Van Patten directed two episodes of the historical drama series ‘Rome’ between 2005 and 2007. In 2011, he served as the director on the pilot episode (‘Winter Is Coming’) and the second episode (‘The Kingsroad’) of the epic fantasy series ‘Game of Thrones’. For the former, he received yet another Primetime Emmy nomination.
Van Patten accumulated four Primetime Emmy nominations for ‘Boardwalk Empire’ (2010-14), a show he also executive-produced, and won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for the second-season finale, ‘To the Lost’ (2011). He also wrote the season-one episode, ‘Home’ (2010), of the show.
In 2017, he was the director of ‘Hang the DJ’, the season-four episode of the Netflix sci-fi anthology series ‘Black Mirror’. Some of his upcoming works are the TV series ‘Perry Mason’ and the miniseries ‘Black Flags’.
Family & Personal Life
Born on June 10, 1959, in Brooklyn, New York, USA, Tim Van Patten is the son of the late Eleanor Marie della Gatta and the late Richard Byron Van Patten. His father was a renowned designer. He has three paternal half-siblings: actor Dick Van Patten, actress Joyce Van Patten, and sound engineer John Van Patten.
He was brought up in Massapequa, New York and received his high school diploma from Massapequa High School in 1977. Two of his former classmates there are musician Brian Setzer and football player Brian Baldinger.
On May 23, 1996, Van Patten exchanged wedding vows with Wendy Rossmeyer. They have three daughters together, including Grace Van Patten and Anna Van Patten.