Matthews, Dakin 1933-

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Matthews, Dakin 1933-


Born November 7, 1933, in Oakland, CA; married Anne McNaughton (an actress and director); children: four. Education: Earned a degree in theology; attended Gregorian Pontifical University, Rome.


Actor and writer. City Center Acting Company, New York City, founding member; Antaeus Company, founding member and artistic director, 1991-2003; Andak Stage Company, founder, after 2003; former artistic director of California Actors Theatre and Berkeley Shakespeare Festival. California State University, Hayward, professor of English, now professor emeritus; Juilliard School, New York City, former drama instructor.

Awards, Honors:

Robby Award, 2003, for Major Barbara; St. Clair Bayfield Award, best New York performance in a Shakespearean play, Actors' Equity Foundation, 2003, and Special Drama Desk Award, 2004, both for Henry IV.


Television Appearances; Series:

Herb Kelcher, a recurring role, My Two Dads, between 1987 and 1989.

Walt McCrorey, Down Home, CBS, 1990.

Roscoe Davis, Drexell's Class, Fox, 1991-92.

Harry Polachek, Cutters, CBS, 1993.

Elliot, The Jeff Foxworthy Show (also known as Somewhere in America), NBC, 1995-96.

Frank Gerard, The Office, CBS, 1995.

Bishop Peter Jerome, Soul Man, ABC, 1997.

Headmaster Hanlin Charleston, a recurring role, Gilmore Girls (also known as Gilmore Girls: Beginnings), The WB, between 2000 and 2004, then CW Network, 2007.

Joe Heffernan, a recurring role, The King of Queens, CBS, between 2001 and 2007.

Merle Horstradt, a recurring role, Jack & Bobby, The WB, 2004-2005.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Prosecutor, Fresno, CBS, 1986.

Judge Harvey R. Sorkow, Baby M, 1988.

Hiram Evans, Cross of Fire, NBC, 1989.

(Uncredited) Attorney General Edwin Meese, Guts and Glory: The Rise and Fall of Oliver North, 1989.

Uncle Gene, Blind Faith, NBC, 1990.

Dean Barrow, Menendez: A Killing in Beverly Hills, CBS, 1994.

Ben's father, Nothing Lasts Forever (also known as Sidney Sheldon's "Nothing Lasts Forever"), CBS, 1995.

Wadsworth, Sr., Rough Riders, 1997.

Dr. Floyd Thompson, From the Earth to the Moon, HBO, 1998.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Sam Mitgang, The Silence at Bethany, 1988.

Catlett, Terrorist on Trial: The United States vs. Salim Ajami (also known as Hostile Witness and In the Hands of the Enemy), 1988.

Adam Berger, Naked Lie, CBS, 1989.

Dr. Cutler, Out on the Edge, CBS, 1989.

Charles Rusher, My Brother's Wife, 1989.

Carter Dickson III, Easy Come, Easy Go, 1989.

Judge Aaron S. Mitofsky, Fine Things (also known as Danielle Steel's "Fine Things"), NBC, 1990.

Cox, The Whereabouts of Jenny, ABC, 1991.

Dr. Thomas, The Perfect Tribute, ABC, 1991.

District Attorney Buron Fitts, White Hot: The Mysterious Murder of Thelma Todd, NBC, 1991.

Sheriff Dobbs, Jailbirds, CBS, 1991.

Francis Haynes, … And Then She Was Gone (also known as In a Stranger's Hand), NBC, 1991.

Deputy Director Waugh, Under Cover (also known as The Company), Fox, 1991.

Howards, Murder without Motive: The Edmund Perry Story (also known as Best Intentions), NBC, 1992.

Larry, For Richer, for Poorer (also known as Father, Son, and the Mistress), HBO, 1992.

Roland Strom, Grave Secrets: The Legacy of Hilltop Drive (also known as Grave Secrets), CBS, 1992.

Tom (some sources cite name as Jim) McCall, Revolver, NBC, 1992.

Albee Ferguson, Criminal Behavior, ABC, 1992.

George Durrard, Rio Shannon, ABC, 1993.

Congressman Phil Burton, And the Band Played On, HBO, 1993.

Hart to Hart Returns, NBC, 1993.

Henry Ashley, Staying Afloat, 1993.

Vice President Walter Kelly, The Enemy Within, HBO, 1994.

Andy Thornell, White Mile, HBO, 1994.

Dr. Cyrill Dubcheck, Virus (also known as Formula for Death, Robin Cook's "Formula for Death," Robin Cook's "Outbreak," and Robin Cook's "Virus"), NBC, 1995.

Fred Burnham, Best Friends for Life, CBS, 1998.

R. T. Sloan, Sr., The Big Time, TNT, 2002.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Michael Fleming, "Gourmet Steele," Remington Steele, NBC, 1985.

"Where There's Hope, There's Crosby," St. Elsewhere, NBC, 1986.

Stanley Kunin, "December Bribe," L.A. Law, NBC, 1987.

Prosecutor, "People vs. Matlock," Matlock, NBC, 1987.

Jim, "Newsstruck," Newhart, 1988.

Wyler, "The Men Will Cheer and the Boys Will Shout," Aaron's Way, 1988.

Agent Simon, "Don't Look Back," Something Is Out There, 1988.

Detective Kane, "Carousel," Dallas, 1988.

David, "The Younger Girl," Dear John (also known as Dear John USA), 1988.

Tanner, "Home," TV 101, 1988.

Dr. Harold Stratford, "Patients Are a Virtue," Doctor Doctor, CBS, 1989.

Dr. Harold Stratford, "Pediatricks," Doctor Doctor, CBS, 1989.

"Easy Come, Easy Go," Christine Cromwell, 1989.

Judge, "Tony and Angela Get Divorced," Who's the Boss?, 1991.

Neal Gillen, "The Wind around the Tower," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1992.

Stephen Hygate, "Love in Bloom," L.A. Law, NBC, 1992.

Stephen Hygate, "Helter Shelter," L.A. Law, NBC, 1992.

Stephen Hygate, "Christmas Stalking," L.A. Law, NBC, 1992.

Henry Marshall, "Cross Examination," Picket Fences, 1993.

Mr. Brooks, "Cat's in the Cradle," Herman's Head, Fox, 1993.

Stephen Hygate, "Leap of Faith," L.A. Law, NBC, 1993.

Dennis Moylan, "A Killing in Cork," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1993.

William Thornton, "Pros & Cons," Coach, ABC, 1994.

Elton Malone, "A Very Fatal Funeral," Diagnosis Murder, CBS, 1994.

Buford Hazlitt, "The Scent of Murder," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1995.

"Zodiac," Nash Bridges (also known as Bridges), CBS, 1996.

Ben Braxton, "High Noon," Ink, 1996.

EZ Streets, CBS, 1996.

Governor Luke McElroy, "Ambition," Vengeance Unlimited (also known as Mr. Chapel), 1998.

The colonel, "Seek and Ye Shall Find," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 1998.

Leo Cornell, Sr., Buddy Faro, 1998.

Dick Johnson, "Sisters," Providence, NBC, 1999.

Admiral Patterson, "Relativity," Star Trek: Voyager (also known as Voyager), UPN, 1999.

Judge Langdon, "Decisions," Family Law, CBS, 1999.

Dean Sterrett, "The Yummy Mummy," The Nanny, 1999.

Dick Johnson, "Sisters," Providence, NBC, 1999.

Dick, "Tying the Not," Providence, NBC, 1999.

Mr. Stark, "Tis the Season," Ally McBeal, Fox, 2000.

Mr. Harrison, "Charma Loves Greb," Dharma & Greg, ABC, 2000.

Simon Blye, "Take Out the Trash Day," The West Wing, NBC, 2000.

Max Sheppard, "Cry Me a Liver," City of Angels, CBS, 2000.

Les, "When Nina Met Her Parents," Just Shoot Me, NBC, 2000.

Reverend Meadows, "Motherly Advice," The Geena Davis Show, ABC, 2000.

Steve, "Discrimination," The Michael Richards Show, NBC, 2000.

Judge William Aldrich, "Summary Judgments," The Practice, ABC, 2000.

Judge William Aldrich, "Germ Warfare," The Practice, ABC, 2000.

Judge William Aldrich, "Officers of the Court," The Practice, ABC, 2000.

Monsignor D'Amico, "Confession," Diagnosis Murder, CBS, 2001.

Hal Lainson, "Lost and Found," Citizen Baines, CBS, 2001.

Jameson Bishop, " … And Then You Die," First Years, NBC, 2001.

Uncle Marble, "The Balls Game," Leap fo Faith, NBC, 2002.

Angel of Destiny, "Witch Way Now?," Charmed, The WB, 2002.

Mr. Chandler, "The Frozen Zone," Judging Amy, CBS, 2002.

Reverend Steinflash, "The Wedding Planner," Providence, NBC, 2002.

Judge Lander, "The Making of a Trial Attorney," The Practice, ABC, 2003.

Judge, "Trick or Treat," The Lyon's Den, NBC, 2003.

Simon Clifton, "The Brothers Grim," NYPD Blue, ABC, 2004.

Simon Clifton, "Peeler? I Hardley Knew Her," NYPD Blue, ABC, 2004.

Simon Clifton, "Traylor Trash," NYPD Blue, ABC, 2004.

Marvin/Santa Claus, "Damned if You Do," House M.D. (also known as House), Fox, 2004.

Evander Geddes, "Creed, OK," Carnivale, HBO, 2005.

Mr. Mitchell, "Standards and Practices," The Closer, TNT, 2005.

Jim Sullivan, "Christmas Is Ruined," Huff, Showtime, 2005.

Reverend Sikes, "Live Alone and Like It," Desperate Housewives, ABC, 2005.

Reverend Sikes, "Next," Desperate Housewives, ABC, 2005.

Reverend Sikes, "All the Juicy Details," Desperate Housewives, ABC, 2006.

Reverend Sikes, "It Takes Two," Desperate Housewives, ABC, 2006.

Maz'rai, "Stronghold," Stargate SG-1 (also known as La porte des etoiles), Sci-Fi Channel, 2006.

Jim Sullivan, "Maps Don't Talk 2," Huff, Showtime, 2006.

Jim Sullivan, "Whipped Doggie," Huff, Showtime, 2006.

Governor Reynolds, "Eyebrow Girl vs. Smirkface," Jake in Progress, ABC, 2006.

Dr. Pittman, "Father Knows Best," Dexter, Showtime, 2006.

Judge Harvey Fletcher, "Angel of Death," Boston Legal, ABC, 2007.

Judge Arthur Brock, "Head Games," Medium, NBC, 2007.

Some sources cite appearance as Fletch Porter in an episode of Love & War.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Businessman, Family Affair, The WB, 2002.

Merle Horstradt, Jack & Bobby, The WB, 2004.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Field reporter, The Legend of the Beverly Hillbillies, 1993.

Film Appearances:

Judge Lawrence Box, Nuts, Warner Bros., 1987.

Old Man Morrison, Like Father, Like Son, TriStar, 1987.

Sam Mitgang, The Silence at Bethany, 1987.

Marion Corey, Jr., Funny Farm, Warner Bros., 1988.

William Singer, Sunset (also known as Catalina), TriStar, 1988.

Mr. McBain, Permanent Record, Paramount, 1988.

Bob, Clean & Sober, Warner Bros., 1988.

Mission commander, Body Wars, 1989.

Washington Post editor, Wired, Taurus Entertainment, 1989.

Charlie, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1990.

Mr. Seymour, Ghost Dad, Universal, 1990.

Singleton, Eve of Destruction, Orion, 1991.

Colonel Cochrane, Child's Play 3 (also known as Child's Play 3: Look Who's Stalking), Universal, 1991.

Police captain, Undercover Blues, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1993.

Dr. Feldman, The Temp, Paramount, 1993.

Voice of King William, The Swan Princess (animated), New Line Cinema, 1994.

Intervention counselor, Stuart Saves His Family (also known as Stuart Stupid—Eine familie zum kotzen), Paramount, 1995.

Passenger Tucker, Bean (also known as Bean: The Movie and Bean: The Ultimate Disaster Movie), Gramercy, 1997.

Minister, Flubber (also known as Disney's "Flubber: The Absent Minded Professor"), Buena Vista, 1997.

Senator Wright, The Siege, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1998.

Voice, The Swan Princess: Sing Along (animated), 1998.

Dr. Jacobson, The Muse, October Films, 1999.

(Uncredited) Voice of race judge, An Extremely Goofy Movie (animated), Buena Vista, 2000.

Arthur Lundhal, Thirteen Days, New Line Cinema, 2000.

Mr. Fairchild, The Fighting Temptations, Paramount, 2003.

Film Work:

Additional voices, Gen 13, 1999.

Stage Appearances:

Sir Oliver Surface and a gentleman, The School for Scandal, City Center Acting Company, Theatre of Good Shepherd-Faith Church, New York City, 1972.

Pat, The Hostage, City Center Acting Company, Theatre of Good Shepherd-Faith Church, 1972.

Fabritio and member of ensemble, Women Beware Women, City Center Acting Company, Theatre of Good Shepherd-Faith Church, 1972.

Bubnov, The Lower Depths, City Center Acting Company, Theatre of Good Shepherd-Faith Church, 1972.

Coriolanus, 1988.

Mrs. Warren's Profession by George Bernard Shaw (staged reading; also recorded for future radio broadcasts), L.A. Theatre Works, Los Angeles, 1996.

State of the Union (staged reading; also recorded for future radio broadcasts), L.A. Theatre Works, 1996.

Noah, Freedomland, Playwrights Horizons Theatre, New York City, 1998-99, and South Coast Repertory Theatre, Costa Mesa, CA.

Falstaff, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, CA, 1999.

Augie Belfast, Man Who Had All the Luck, Ivy Substation Theatre, Culver City, CA, 2000.

Capulet and member of chorus, Romeo and Juliet, Center Theatre Group, Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, 2001.

Mercadet the Napoleon of Finance, Ivy Substation Theatre, 2001.

Arnolphe, The School for Wives, South Coast Repertory Theatre, 2002.

Andrew Undershaft, Major Barbara, South Coast Repertory Theatre, 2002.

The Proof of the Promise, Antaeus Theatre Company, El Paso, TX, 2002.

Henry IV, Lincoln Center Theatre, New York City, 2003.

The Prince of L.A., Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, CA, 2005.

Dick Cheney, Stuff Happens, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 2005.

The fixer, Water & Power, Mark Taper Forum, 2006.

Also appeared in Legal Briefs and as C. S. Lewis, Shadowlands, both South Coast Repertory Theatre, Costa Mesa, CA.

Stage Director:

Henry V, Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, CA, 1998.

(With John Achorn) Mercadet the Napoleon of Finance, Antaeus Company, Ivy Substation Theatre, Culver City, CA, 2001.


Audio Books; Reader:

Ravelstein by Saul Bellow, Highbridge, 2000.



Agustin Moreto, Spite for Spite, Smith & Kraus, 1995.

Juan Ruiz de Alarcon, The Truth Can't Be Trusted; or, The Liar, University Press of the South, 1997.

Juan Ruiz de Alarcon, The Walls Have Ears, University Press of the South, 1998.

Also translated the Ruiz de Alarcon play The Proof of the Promise.


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