DOB: May 20, 1968
Background: Olyphant was born in Hawaii but raised in California, where as a child he began seriously pursuing a swimming career. He was nationally ranked by the time he was in high school and continued swimming when he attended college, where he studied fine art. But after he graduated, he decided to move to New York to study acting rather than pursue a master's degree in fine art.
Filmography: Olyphant's early stage work includes a production of the one-man play "The SantaLand Diaries," written by David Sedaris and directed by Joe Mantello. Later he was featured in the pilot of the CBS spy series "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" (1996). And had guest-starring roles on "High Incident" and "Sex and the City." On the big screen he achieved success in the horror sequel "Scream 2," followed by the indie films "Go" and "The Broken Hearts Club."
He was featured in the Stephen King film adaptation "Dreamcatcher" (2003) and "The Girl Next Door" (2004) before being cast as Sheriff Seth Bullock in HBO's acclaimed western "Deadwood." Afterwards he appeared as a crooked cop in the second season of FX's "Damages," and currently he plays another lawman, US marshal Raylan Givens on the FX series "Justified," which is based on a short story by Elmore Leonard.
Best Drama Actor Nomination
"Justified" (2011) - episode "Reckoning"; lost to Kyle Chandler ("Friday Night Lights")
Best TV Drama Ensemble Nomination
"Deadwood" (2007); lost to ("Grey's Anatomy")
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