Tim Van Patten
Born
Timothy Van Patten

(1959-06-10) June 10, 1959 (age 64)
Occupation(s)Director, actor, screenwriter, producer
Years active1978–present
ChildrenGrace Van Patten
RelativesDick Van Patten (half-brother)
Joyce Van Patten (half-sister)
Vincent Van Patten (nephew)
Nels Van Patten (nephew)
Talia Balsam (niece)
AwardsFull list

Timothy Van Patten (born June 10, 1959) is an American director, actor, screenwriter, and producer. He has received numerous accolades including two Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award, and two Directors Guild of America Awards as well as nominations for two BAFTA Awards.

Patten received two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Limited Series for the HBO limited series The Pacific (2010), and Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for the HBO drama series Boardwalk Empire episode "To the Lost" (2012). He also received Emmy nominations for his work on Sex and the City, The Sopranos, and Game of Thrones. Patten also directed episodes for Deadwood, Rome, and The Wire. He directed the Netflix series Black Mirror episode "Hang the DJ" (2018), and the HBO legal drama series Perry Mason (2020).

Patten started his career as an actor portraying Mario "Salami" Pettrino on The White Shadow from 1978 to 1981. He also played the villainous teenager Peter Stegman in Class of 1984 (1982), Max Keller on The Master (1984), and Sergeant Andy Wojeski in True Blue (1989–1990).

Personal life

Van Patten was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Richard Byron Van Patten and his second wife Eleanor della Gatta Van Patten and grew up in Massapequa, New York. He is the half-brother of Dick Van Patten and Joyce Van Patten, and the uncle of Vincent Van Patten and Talia Balsam. He graduated from Massapequa High School in 1977, in the same class as musician Brian Setzer and football player Brian Baldinger. His daughter is actress Grace Van Patten.

Career

1978–1990: Acting career

Patten started his career as an actor in film and television. He first gained prominence for his role as Mario "Salami" Pettrino in the CBS drama series The White Shadow from 1978 to 1981 appearing in 54 episodes. He made his feature film debut in the Mark Lester directed crime thriller Class of 1984 portraying Peter Stegman, the villainous teenager. He acted alongside Michael J. Fox and Roddy McDowell. The film received positive reviews with Roger Ebert writing, "[the film] is raw, offensive, vulgar, and violent, but it contains the sparks of talent and wit, and it is acted and directed by people who cared to make it special."[1] Patten then played Max Keller in the NBC action-adventure series The Master (1984). His other film roles include Joey in the World War II science fiction film Zone Troopers (1985), J.T. in the comedy film The Wrong Guys (1988), and Father John Durham in the horror film Catacombs (1988). He played Andy Wojeski in the NBC crime drama series True Blue from 1989 to 1990.

1991–2001: Early directing work

Patten made his directorial film debut with the series Home Fries in 1991. His other early credits include directing two episodes of the primetime soap opera Central Park West (1995-1996), an episode of the Fox science fiction series The Visitor (1998), four episodes for the UPN action crime drama series The Sentinel from 1996 to 1998, and the CBS drama series Promised Land also 1996 to 1998. He gained prominence directing episodes for the NBC police drama Homicide: Life on the Street (1995-1999), and for the Fox police drama New York Undercover (1997-1998), both of which were critically acclaimed. Patten directed 31 episodes of the CBS drama series Touched by an Angel from 1994 to 2000. Ed,

2002–present: Work with HBO

Patten gained greater prominence as a director for a string of critically and commercially successful HBO projects. He received four nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for the HBO crime drama series The Sopranos (1999-2007) episodes "Amour Fou" (2001), "Whoever Did This" (2002), "Long Term Parking" (2004), and "Members Only" (2006).[2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21] During this time he received acclaim for directing numerous episodes of the David Simon crime series The Wire, the Darren Star created romantic comedy series Sex and the City, the John Milius created historical drama series Rome, and the David Milch created Western series Deadwood.

He was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie HBO miniseries The Pacific (2009) for which he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Limited Series alongside producers Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg. During this time he directed two episodes for the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones, "The Kingsroad" and "Winter is Coming" receiving a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for the later. Patten went on to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for directing the 2011 Boardwalk Empire episode "To the Lost". He was also nominated for the episodes "Margate Sands" (2012), "Farewell Daddy Blues" (2013), "Eldorado" (2014).

He directed the critically acclaimed episode of Black Mirror, "Hang the DJ" (2017). He also directed and served as an executive producer of the HBO legal drama series Perry Mason (2020).

Filmography

Director

Year Title Notes Refs.
1994–2000 Touched by an Angel 31 episodes
1995–1999 Homicide: Life on the Street 2 episodes
1996–1998 Promised Land 3 episodes
1997–1998 New York Undercover 3 episodes
1999 Now and Again Episode: "Nothing to Fear, But Nothing to Fear"
1999–2007 The Sopranos 20 episodes
Writer: "Pine Barrens"
[22][23]
2001–2003 Ed 5 episodes
2002 Pasadena Episode: "Puppy Love"
2002–2004 The Wire 3 episodes [24][25]
2003–2004 Sex and the City 3 episodes
2003 Keen Eddie Episode: "The Amazing Larry Dunn"
2005 Into the West Miniseries; Episode: "Casualties of War
2005 Deadwood Episode: "Childish Things" [26]
2005–2007 Rome 2 episodes
2010 The Pacific 3 episodes; also supervising producer
2011 Game of Thrones 2 episodes: "The Kingsroad" / "Winter Is Coming"
2010–2014 Boardwalk Empire 10 episodes
Writer: "Home"
Executive producer 2010-2014
[27][28]
[29][30]
[31][32]
2017 Black Mirror Episode: "Hang the DJ"
2020 Perry Mason 5 Episodes; Executive producer

Actor

Year Title Role Notes Refs.
1978–1981 The White Shadow Mario "Salami" Pettrino 54 episodes
1982 Class of 1984 Peter Stegman Film
1984 The Master Max Keller 13 episodes
1984 Escape from El Diablo Pauli Film
1985 Zone Troopers Joey Film
1988 The Wrong Guys J.T. Film
1988 Catacombs Father John Durham Film
1989–1990 True Blue Sergeant Andy Wojeski 12 episodes

Awards and nominations

Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Tim Van Patten

In 2001, together with Terence Winter, Van Patten won both the Edgar Award and Writers Guild of America Award for Episodic Drama for The Sopranos episode "Pine Barrens," directed by Steve Buscemi.[33]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2001 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series "Pine Barrens", The Sopranos Nominated
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series "Amour Fou", The Sopranos Nominated
2003 "Whoever Did This", The Sopranos Nominated
2004 "Long Term Parking", The Sopranos Nominated
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series "An American Girl in Paris", Sex and the City Nominated
2006 Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series "Members Only", The Sopranos Nominated
2010 Outstanding Limited Series The Pacific Won
Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series "Okinawa", The Pacific Nominated
2011 Outstanding Drama Series Boardwalk Empire Nominated
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series "Winter Is Coming", Game of Thrones Nominated
2012 Outstanding Drama Series Boardwalk Empire Nominated
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series "To the Lost", Boardwalk Empire Won
2013 "Margate Sands", Boardwalk Empire Nominated
2014 "Farewell Daddy Blues", Boardwalk Empire Nominated
2015 "Eldorado", Boardwalk Empire Nominated

References

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  2. ^ "Tim Van Patten". Television Academy.
  3. ^ HBO. "The Sopranos episode "Soprano Home Movies" synopsis". Retrieved February 21, 2010.
  4. ^ HBO. "The Sopranos episode "Cold Stones" synopsis". Retrieved February 21, 2010.
  5. ^ HBO. "The Sopranos episode "Johnny Cakes" synopsis". Retrieved February 21, 2010.
  6. ^ HBO. "The Sopranos episode "Live Free or Die" synopsis". Retrieved February 21, 2010.
  7. ^ HBO. "The Sopranos episode "Members Only" synopsis". Retrieved February 21, 2010.
  8. ^ HBO. "The Sopranos episode "Long Term Parking" synopsis". Retrieved February 21, 2010.
  9. ^ HBO. "The Sopranos episode "Unidentified Black Males" synopsis". Retrieved February 21, 2010.
  10. ^ HBO. "The Sopranos episode "Two Tonys" synopsis". Retrieved February 21, 2010.
  11. ^ HBO. "The Sopranos episode "Calling All Cars" synopsis". Retrieved February 21, 2010.
  12. ^ HBO. "The Sopranos episode "Whoever Did This" synopsis". Retrieved February 21, 2010.
  13. ^ HBO. "The Sopranos episode "Christopher" synopsis". Retrieved February 21, 2010.
  14. ^ HBO. "The Wire episode "Sentencing" synopsis". Retrieved February 21, 2010.
  15. ^ HBO. "The Sopranos episode "Amour Fou" synopsis". Retrieved February 21, 2010.
  16. ^ HBO. "The Sopranos episode "Second Opinion" synopsis". Retrieved February 21, 2010.
  17. ^ HBO. "The Sopranos episode "Proshai, Livushka" synopsis". Retrieved February 21, 2010.
  18. ^ HBO. "The Sopranos episode "House Arrest" synopsis". Retrieved February 21, 2010.
  19. ^ HBO. "The Sopranos episode "Big Girls Don't Cry" synopsis". Retrieved February 21, 2010.
  20. ^ HBO. "The Sopranos episode "Commendatori" synopsis". Retrieved February 21, 2010.
  21. ^ HBO. "The Sopranos episode "The Legend of Tennessee Moltisanti" synopsis". Retrieved February 21, 2010.
  22. ^ HBO. "The Sopranos episode "The Second Coming" synopsis". Retrieved February 21, 2010.
  23. ^ HBO. "The Sopranos episode "Chasing It" synopsis". Retrieved February 21, 2010.
  24. ^ HBO. "The Wire episode "Back Burners" synopsis". Retrieved February 21, 2010.
  25. ^ HBO. "The Wire episode "Stray Rounds" synopsis". Retrieved February 21, 2010.
  26. ^ Tim Van Patten (director), Regina Corrado (writer) (April 24, 2005). "Childish Things". Deadwood. Season 2. Episode 8. HBO.
  27. ^ HBO. "Boardwalk Empire episode "Erlkönig" synopsis". Retrieved October 9, 2013.
  28. ^ HBO. "Boardwalk Empire episode "New York Sour" synopsis". Retrieved October 9, 2013.
  29. ^ HBO. "Boardwalk Empire episode "21" synopsis". Retrieved September 28, 2011.
  30. ^ HBO. "Boardwalk Empire episode "A Return to Normalcy" synopsis". Retrieved December 19, 2010.
  31. ^ HBO. "Boardwalk Empire episode "Broadway Limited" synopsis". Retrieved October 19, 2010.
  32. ^ HBO. "Boardwalk Empire episode "The Ivory Tower" synopsis". Retrieved October 17, 2010.
  33. ^ "The Sopranos: Cast & Crew". HBO. Retrieved August 6, 2014.