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      Dakin Matthews

      Dakin Matthews

      Highest Rated: 100% Waitress: The Musical (2023)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Nov 7, 1940

      Birthplace: Oakland, California, USA

      Acting in Hollywood seems a far-flung alternative to becoming a Roman Catholic priest, but at one time Dakin Matthews seriously considered both. The man who portrayed a dismayed shopkeeper in the Coen brothers' 2010 version of "True Grit" studied theology at Gregorian University in his early years. But his inseparable fascination with the dramatic arts ultimately propelled him toward more secular successes. As a teacher at New York's Juilliard School, Matthews instructed actor Kevin Kline and singer Patti LuPone. It wasn't until the mid '80s however, when Matthews was well into his 40s, that he achieved stardom in his own right, having had experience only as a Shakespearean actor and scholar. He appeared in guest roles on dozens of popular televisions series, and popped up in several films, including the Oscar-nominated "Fabulous Baker Boys" in 1989, where he played a sleazy hotel manager. Matthews's most distinctive parts continued to come from television, a short-form medium that allowed him to pursue his many other interests, including writing and directing theater. He has memorably appeared as Headmaster Charleston in many episodes of "Gilmore Girls" and played Kevin James's father in the sitcom "The King of Queens." Matthews displayed a proclivity for portraying religious figures as well, and he memorably played a reverend on the quirky drama series "Desperate Housewives."

      Highest rated movies

      Waitress: The Musical
      The Fabulous Baker Boys
      True Grit Bridge of Spies
      Thirteen Days
      Zero Charisma
      The Big Time
      Clean and Sober

      Photos

      The Mentalist, Owain Yeoman (L), Dakin Matthews (R), 'Red in Tooth and Claw', Season 5, Ep. #14, 02/17/2013, ©CBS

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      100% 97% Waitress: The Musical Joe/Josie (Character) $4.8M 2023
      91% 87% Bridge of Spies Judge Byers (Character) $72.3M 2015
      77% 55% Zero Charisma Greg Goran (Character) - 2013
      39% 41% The Eagle Claudius (Character) $19.5M 2011
      95% 85% True Grit Colonel Stonehill (Character) $171.0M 2010
      71% No Score Yet The Big Time Unknown (Character) - 2002
      83% 80% Thirteen Days Arthur Lundhal (Character) $34.6M 2000
      52% 34% The Muse Dr. Jacobson (Character) $11.6M 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Best Friends for Life Mr. Burnham (Character) - 1998
      44% 53% The Siege Senator Wright (Character) $40.9M 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Nothing Lasts Forever Unknown (Character) - 1995
      0% 34% Virus Dr. Dubcheck (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet 34% The Enemy Within Vice President Walter Kelly (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet 25% White Mile Andy Thornell (Character) - 1994
      50% 66% The Swan Princess King William (Voice) $9.8M 1994
      32% 19% The Temp Dr. Feldman (Character) $6.0M 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Revolver Tom McCall (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder Without Motive: The Edmund Perry Story Howards (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Criminal Behavior Albee Ferguson (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet 60% ... And Then She Was Gone Francis Haynes (Character) - 1991
      19% 40% Child's Play 3 Col. Cochrane (Character) $13.5M 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jailbirds Sheriff (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet White Hot: The Mysterious Murder of Thelma Todd D.A. Buron Fitts (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet 46% Fine Things Judge Aaron S. Mitofsky (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet My Brother's Wife Charles Rusher (Character) - 1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Naked Lie Adam Berger (Character) - 1989
      97% 70% The Fabulous Baker Boys Charlie (Character) $18.1M 1989
      53% 62% Clean and Sober Bob (Character) $8.6M 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Silence at Bethany Sam Mitgang (Character) - 1988
      41% 71% Nuts 1st Judge (Character) $29.5M 1987

      TV

      Credit
      36% 89% Bluff City Law Buzzy Bedford (Guest Star) 2019
      95% 84% Evil Father Augustus (Guest Star) 2019
      54% 59% Instinct Judge Brooks (Guest Star) 2018
      No Score Yet 75% The Resident Howie Green (Guest Star) 2018
      77% 67% Gotham Niles Winthrop (Guest Star) 2017
      55% 76% Doubt Judge Halloran (Guest Star) 2017
      No Score Yet 79% Madam Secretary Ambassador Roy Curtis (Guest Star) 2016
      65% 91% BrainDead Unknown (Guest Star) 2016
      No Score Yet 80% Blue Bloods Judge Wilson (Guest Star) 2016
      93% 90% Veep Balloon Salesman (Guest Star) 2015
      95% 88% Elementary James Connaughton (Guest Star) 2015
      81% 83% The Big Bang Theory Santa (Guest Star) 2012 2014
      No Score Yet 89% The Mentalist Christo Papadakis/Professor Papadakis (Guest Star) 2011 2013
      82% 87% Castle Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
      93% 90% The Good Wife Dr. David Zarevich (Guest Star) 2012
      72% 88% Desperate Housewives Reverend Sikes (Guest Star) 2005-2006 2008 2011-2012
      65% 65% Two and a Half Men Father Shaunassey (Guest Star) 2011
      89% 95% Better Off Ted Arthur Wells (Guest Star) 2010
      68% 72% True Blood Dr. Robideaux (Guest Star) 2010
      93% 90% Parks and Recreation David (Guest Star) 2010
      No Score Yet 95% Cold Case Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
      60% 100% Eli Stone Banker (Guest Star) 2008
      52% 50% Shark Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
      No Score Yet 81% The King of Queens Unknown (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      2001-2007
      No Score Yet 88% Gilmore Girls Hanlin Charleston (Guest Star) 2000-2004 2007
      86% 94% Boston Legal Judge Harvey Fletcher (Guest Star) 2007
      71% 81% Dexter Dr. Pittman (Guest Star) 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Jake in Progress Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
      No Score Yet 88% Stargate SG-1 Maz'rai (Guest Star) 2006
      83% 85% The Closer Mr. Mitchell (Guest Star) 2005
      90% 96% House Marvin - Santa Claus (Guest Star) 2004
      83% No Score Yet NYPD Blue Simon Clifton (Guest Star) 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Practice Unknown (Guest Star) 2000 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Judging Amy Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
      No Score Yet 90% Charmed Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Citizen Baines Unknown (Guest Star) 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Diagnosis Murder Unknown (Guest Star) 1994 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dharma & Greg Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
      11% No Score Yet The Geena Davis Show Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Just Shoot Me Les (Guest Star) 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Law Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
      20% No Score Yet City of Angels Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
      81% 95% The West Wing Simon Blye (Guest Star) 2000
      76% 78% Star Trek: Voyager Adm. Patterson (Guest Star) 1999
      No Score Yet 71% The Nanny Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Providence Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
      8% No Score Yet Holding the Baby Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      92% No Score Yet Buddy Faro Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      19% No Score Yet Vengeance Unlimited Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Soul Man Bishop Jerome (Character) 1997-1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Touched by an Angel Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      44% No Score Yet Ink Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Nash Bridges Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
      15% No Score Yet The Jeff Foxworthy Show Unknown (Character) 1995-1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Office Frank Gerard (Character) 1995
      No Score Yet 89% Murder, She Wrote Dennis Moylan (Guest Star) 1992-1993 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Coach William Thornton (Guest Star) 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cutters Harry Polachek (Character) 1993
      14% No Score Yet Drexell's Class Roscoe Davis (Character) 1991-1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Who's the Boss? Unknown (Guest Star) 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet My Two Dads Unknown (Guest Star) 1987-1989
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Aaron's Way Unknown (Guest Star) 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Newhart Unknown (Guest Star) 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock Unknown (Guest Star) 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Easy Street Unknown (Guest Star) 1987