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1/21/2002 Well, well, well. Sadly, Full Moon never released the Jack Deth action figure. I imagine there were some likeness rights discussions between Charles Band and Tim that prevented it. Thomerson and Band do not appear to be on the best of terms, which is a darn shame.
My sources even tell me that although Trancers 6 has completed principal photography, Tim has yet to film any scenes for it at all. (If Jack Deth is involved at all in the story, it is presumably in an introductory fashion or with a different actor.)
But let's talk about Tim and his work over the last couple of years.
Although Tim has found the time to appear in a few action flicks, the bulk of his time has been spent playing "Oliver Wentworth" on the daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives. I don't know a darn thing about the character or what his role in the plot is, but I keep meaning to get a couple of episodes recorded so I can see the man at work.
Film roles have included appearances in Crawlers with Mickey Rourke, Gale Force with Treat Williams, and Devil's Prey with Jennifer Lyons.
I will continue to update the Tim Thomerson site with the latest info I have.
3/9/2000 I didn't think this would ever really come true, so I'm absolutely astonished and pleased to be able to tell you that FULL MOON HAS UNVEILED A JACK DETH ACTION FIGURE!
While it's not exactly the best character likeness of Tim Thomerson, it is a welcome sight to behold and also a good sign for Trancers 6, which Full Moon has reported they have begun production on. Tim Thomerson has apparently visited the FM offices (see below) and the Video Zone segment at the end of Retro Puppet Master mentions it.
The figure was unveiled recently at the Toyfare toy convention and will be available sometime this year. Put it on your Christmas wish list! Want more info? Try Raving Toy Maniac's page!
10/27/99 Some really interesting news has filtered in over the last two months. First off, there's a really nice links page & picture gallery for Tim related to a Xena site out there. It features pictures from the Ally McBeal episode (They Eat Horses, Don't They?) and Escape from Atlantis, which I keep meaning to rent but it never happens. Soon, I promise myself. Soon.
Also, there are a couple of Tim's films which have started to filter out into video stores, including 1998's Crossfire. In this one Tim plays a sort of underworld boss, dispatching assassins on missions. Haven't seen it yet, but I'll let you know when the review goes up at Stomp Tokyo.
OK, now for the big news. I recently received word from Full Moon exec Bob Langer that Tim was in the Full Moon Studios offices, discussing the possibility of a sixth Trancers film. You heard right, Trancers 6 may be in development. Actually, Bob said if all goes well it may become the pilot for a new Trancers tv series. This agrees with the news we got a couple of years ago, that Tim wanted to take Trancers to TV but was unhappy with his payment for the last 2 films. Perhaps he'll leave that behind for the possibility of doing future work as Jack Deth.
Oh, and one more thing. I heard from a couple of people who attended Brion James' funeral (see below), and met Tim there. He is married, and doing quite well, thank you.
Stop by the Xena page and read the incredibly true story of the time Xena fought Meleager, complete with groovy pictures.
Tim has a few new movies out or due out soon, according to the IMDB entry. New projects since the last entry include: Red Team with Fred "Tremors" Ward and Cathy Moriarty (in production), and Last Chance, which is out. However, Last Chance looks like an independent film and it may be a while before it's widely available.
Still no word on whether Tim is actually married; anyone with actual info, please send mail.
Speaking of mail, I've started a mailing list for updates to the site, so you can be notified when there's news regarding Tim. It's free and easy to sign up.
10/27/98 Did Tim tie the knot? That's what one reader reports -- someone who claims to know Tim. Quoth this reader: "I think he married a producer named Terry Blythe." This all reportedly happened in Las Vegas last month, and I'm sure all you ladies out there are going to go cry in your beers. By the way, the only Terry Blythe I was able to find in the IMDb was an editor who has done some TV work. Any confirmations would be appreciated.
9/18/98 To my eternal shame, it has been almost eight months since I last updated the Tim Thomerson fan site. Still, I've been getting nice mail from folks who seem to appreciate the pages. Lots of anecdotal mail from people who once knew Tim, stuff like that.
If you've visited the page before, you've probably noticed that we're now on a new server. The site finally grew out of its humble AOL housing, and I didn't want to subject it to the banners and frames in the Hometown program. So, it's been moved to the stomptokyo.com server. If you've never visited Stomp Tokyo before, I really think you should.
On to the news: Tim's part in Fear & Loathing was very, very small. He had one line, which was something like: "Is it Sunday yet?" Upon hearing this, I promptly lost all interest in seeing it, although I'll be renting it on video as soon as I can to get screen captures of Tim's appearance. Disappointing, but at least it's there in his filmography.
I still haven't managed to find a video store near me that has a copy of Escape from Atlantis, although I may finally give up and rent or buy it from reel.com.
I did finally manage to get Tim's episode of Lois & Clark on tape from TNT's re-runs. Screen caps will be forthcoming. It's a funny little episode, and I think both Thomerson and Dean Cain (Clark Kent) did a great job of imitating each other.
Recent Tim Thomerson TV appearances: as a bank robber on the short-lived UPN series Three, and Guy Royal on an episode of The Magnificent Seven. Don't forget he'll be on an episode of Sliders in November.
Movie news: Some time next year, Tim will star as Ranger Chuck MacNeil in Unseen, a Sterling/Telecom production, which means it will probably go straight to video.
A side note: I've noticed a lot of the images I've been capturing from tape have been popping up on other Thomerson fan sites. While this isn't a breach of my copyrights, it is rather rude to do it without asking or giving any credit at all. So if you wanna do it, just ask! Also, there's one page out there that actually plagiarizes my bio of Tim! If you see anything like this out there, please let me know.
One final thing: there's a neat interview with Tim at Whoosh.org. Check it out!
1/28/98 Well well, the big news is out. Three pieces of info come to us by way of Greg Bulmash, author/publisher of one of my favorite weekly newsletters, The WASHED-UPdate. Greg saw Tim on a recent visit to the Hollywood Collectors and Celebrities show, and managed to wrangle some info on the latest goings-on in Thomerson's life and career. Visit his site for the full story and the full version of the picture of Tim shown here.
First up, Tim will be appearing in an upcoming episode of SLIDERS on the Sci-Fi Channel. The ep, filmed very recently, is titled "Lipschitz Live!" and should air in November(!). For more info, visit the Ultimate Sliders Companion Web Site.
Greg's next tidbit was particularly exciting: Tim has a (presumably small) part in Terry Gilliam's upcoming film, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. No word on what part he plays, but it's nice to see Tim participating in high-profile projects like this one. Gilliam seems particularly fond of using lesser-known actors (such as Frank Gorshin in 12 Monkeys) in his projects, and Tim is the most recent benefactor of that trait. Congrats, Tim!
Finally, Tim told Greg that he's working on developing Trancers into a tv series. Hopefully it will stick to the future-cop/sci-fi premise, not the Orpheus-fantasy world milieu of Trancers 4 & 5.
Other than that, my only news is that Escape From Atlantis was released to video yesterday (1/27), so hit those video stores for the latest in Thomerson entertainment!
1/20/98 Hi there folks, I realize it's been some time since the last update, but Thomerson news has been kind of hard to come by in the last few months. Tim seems busy appearing at conventions and such, also I've heard that he's been in New Zealand filming for Xena. This last bit is unconfirmed.
However, I do have a little bit of new Thomerson info, which I've recently added to the Hall of Records. This comes from Harold Gue, who writes: "I've been a fan long before he was known for being the King of B movies. As a kid, I saw his stand up act, he does the best Charles Bronson impersonation, and I couldn't stop laughing when he did his story of the date with the 'California Vegetarian'."
Coming soon, I expect to have some exciting info concerning Tim's newest projects, including what I think is a VERY high-profile project. Check back over the next couple of weeks for more!
9/16/97 OK, it's been an interesting month. After the flurry of e-mail regarding the Trancers 6 script (see below), various spies reported pretty much the same thing:
1. Full Moon is back in business. They're updating their web site (supposedly today, but I have yet to see it happen), they're about to release a film entitled Hideous, and they desperately want to do a sixth Trancers film.
2. Unfortunately, Tim's recent success as an actor means that the salary he commands exceeds Full Moon's budget. If they gave him the money he wanted, they wouldn't have enough cash left over to finance the rest of the film. According to these various spies, Tim has already refused their first offer and will probably refuse an expected counter-offer.
3. No one (except Charles Band, of course) knows if there is an existing script for T6 or not. There are conflicting reports.
Please keep in mind that these reports all come from various people who claim to be "in touch" with the folks at Full Moon. I have to take their reports at face value and must convey to you that they are unconfirmed rumors from the net. My thanks, however, to those who write in with these reports. Enough messages have come from different people that I am somewhat confident that the above is fairly accurate.
The only thing of absolute certainty I have to report this month is that Tim is definitely working the sci-fi convention circuits. On the one hand, this is great, because folks in those towns can meet Tim. On the other, a man who is at conventions is not a man who is working as an actor. Hopefully he's balancing these two activities and plans to appear in a new movie or TV episode soon.
In the meantime, watch this site and the Stomp Tokyo site for reviews of Tim's existing work. And thanks for dropping by.
8/20/97 Well, I just got a peek at a strange thing. One Tim Thomerson fan out there sent me a copy of what he claims is the unfinished script to Trancers 6. I have to admit, it's good reading, but I know better than to expect that this is the actual script. I helped this fan out by converting his Word document to Adobe Acrobat for him, but I won't go so far as to endorse it and distribute it from this site.
You can download the script here, from his site. I make no promises that this is the real script for Trancers 6, but go visit the site and have a look anyway!
8/18/97 Well, a quick check of the IMDB reveals a new movie on Tim's roster that I missed before. Kid Cop is apparently a children's comedy with Tim in a supporting role.
Plus, if you've missed him in these roles so far, you can probably catch Tim in re-run episodes of Walker, Texas Ranger, and Legend.
As usual, rumors circulate about a 6th Trancers movie. I seriously doubt this, although Full Moon Video does seem to be making a slow comeback. After the disappointments in Trancers 4 & 5, Trancers 6 would really need to be a return to the classic science fiction premise. Plus, it would need to be well-written. Are these things likely from Full Moon?
I've also heard that Tim will be appearing at a couple of sci-fi conventions in the near future. Specifically:
August 22-24: The Science Fiction Exposition in San Francisco.
August 29-31: The Science Fiction Expostion in Philadelphia.
September 12-14: The Warrior Con in Washington, D.C.
If you live in any of these areas, check your local comic shop or newspaper for info on where to attend these conventions.
Check back here soon for more pictures and a re-organization of the picture pages!
There are some new sites popping up that are directly or indirectly related to Tim. I'll mention them here and they'll also be added to the Hall of Records.
The first is a Full Moon Video fan site, which chronicles the massive film catalog of Full Moon releases, including many of Tim's films.
The second is www.iconfactory.com, a site that creates icons for the Macintosh OS. Their latest set is the Action Pack set, which includes Xena characters. When I asked about the absence of Meleager the Mighty, Tim's character, I was told that he's being held for a second set, should the first set be popular. So go hit that site and ask them for a Meleager icon!
Our third and final site is the Universal Studio site for Tim's new film, Escape from Atlantis. There's even a great Tim bio there, which includes the fact that he and Brion James (of Blade Runner fame) are childhood friends!
Speaking of Escape from Atlantis, it's only showing on the Starz network. Does anyone out there have Starz? I would love to get this on tape, and, as usual, I'll pay for the tape and shipping. E-mail me!
Other new additions to the site include: Pictures from the old Quark tv series, in which Tim played Gene/Jean, pictures from Hong Kong '97, and pictures from The Incredible Hulk Returns. Also, there are reviews at Stomp Tokyo for both of these films. Also, added a snippet about Tim's appearance on a Golden Girls episode.
Stay tuned, there's more to come!
6/4/97 Tim's latest movie in current release is When Time Expires, a Showtime film. When Time Expires stars Richard Grieco, Cynthia Geary, Mark Hamill, and Tim Thomerson, and was released on May 10 1997. If anyone can manage to get this off of cable and on tape for me, I will pay for the tape and shipping. Please email me to arrange details.
Also, I'm looking for info on Tim's upcoming TV movie, entitled Escape from Atlantis. Anyone who has heard anything about this film or when it will air, please get in touch at email@example.com.
Lois & Clark episode pulled! Yep, that's right, ABC pulled the Tim Thomerson L&C episode for the May sweeps period, replacing it with that dumb seal movie, Andre. Tragedy, I tell you, tragedy! We wuz robbed! I imagine we'll see the episode aired this summer during re-runs, so that ABC can say "all new episode!" somewhere during the summer TV doldrums.
However, those of you desperate for a Tim fix can catch one of the following movies on premium cable in the next few weeks. Check your local listings.
Brainsmasher: A Love Story
Tim will also be on an upcoming Lois & Clark episode (5/3), in which (get this) his character switches bodies with Clark! Can't ya just see Tim playing Clark Kent? I'm a pretty big L&C fan, and this just makes me giddy. Click here for ABC's official synopsis. Thanks to Michelle for the tip.
Here's a good tip for you Tim watchers. TV Guide's online site will let you search by actor for tv shows and movies in your local area over a 2-week period. Go there and look up all of Tim's appearances on TV! Pretty cool, huh?
As mentioned elsewhere, Tim's latest film is Back to Back: American Yakuza 2. The film has a semi-official page, including reviews, but Thomerson appears to have only a small part.
In more exciting news, the creator of Tim's Baby Ruth commercials (where he stars under a mask as The Blur, a super-fast superhero) got in touch with me recently.
After looking for confirmation on Usenet that it really was Tim under the cowl, the following e-mail came to me.
From: John Zissimos Subject: OFFICE MEMO The Blur Date:3/18/97 Hi, I saw your question on a newsgroup at Excite about the Blur. I wrote the new Baby Ruth commercial campaign at my ad agency in San Francisco. Tim Thomerson is the Blur. Good work picking him out. He's a blast to work with. Hopefully we'll be coming out with more commercials with him this fall. I'm glad you noticed the commercial, it makes my silly job worthwhile when people notice my work. Thanks. -John
Needless to say, I thought this was pretty cool. I wrote back to John thanking him for the letter and hopefully we'll hear more about future Blur commercials. Interestingly enough, Tim played Jay Allen on the tv series The Flash, the speedy superhero upon whom The Blur is obviously based.