Tim Matheson is an American actor, director and producer, best known for his portrayal of the smooth talking 'Eric "Otter" Stratton' in the 1978 comedy "Animal House," but has had a variety of other well-known roles both before and since including critical accolades for his playing 'Vice President John Hoynes' on the television series, "The West Wing," which garnered him two Primetime Emmy award nominations for Best Guest Star in a Drama Series. From 2011 0 2015, Matheson starred as 'Dr. Brick Breeland' in The CW series, "Hart of Dixie," opposite Rachel Bilson. He has and continues to direct several episodes each season throughout the series. Not limited to "Hart of Dixie," Matheson has made a career of directing an array of episodic projects on some of television's most prominent shows, including "The Last Ship," "Burn Notice," "Criminal Minds," "Without a Trace," "Cold Case," "Numbers," "Drop Dead Diva," "Suits," "Eureka" and "White Collar," as well as pilots for Fox's "The Good Guys" and the USA Network successful original series "Covert Affairs."