Tim Heidecker (born February 3, 1976) is an American actor, comedian, musician, writer and director. He is one half of the comedy team of Tim and Eric. Heidecker, along with Eric Wareheim, created the television shows Tom Goes to the Mayor and Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!.

Career

Heidecker and Wareheim first became known as the makers, writers, and stars of Tom Goes to the Mayor, a limited animation series that originally aired from November 2004 to September 2006 on Adult Swim. Tim plays "Tom," the confused and optimistic protagonist of the show. He is presented as something of a pushover, a "nice guy who wants to do good things." He continually brings his ideas to the Mayor (played by Wareheim), who ends up thwarting them in most cases and leaving Tom worse off than when he started. Heidecker has said that he is not much like Tom in reality.

Heidecker and Wareheim's latest show, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, premiered February 11, 2007 on Adult Swim. The eleven minute show features "live action, sketch, animation, emotions, phone calls, love, etc.", according to their website. Wareheim and Heidecker had mailed copies of an early version of the show to comedian Bob Odenkirk, who agreed to take on the project as the executive producer of the series and sold it to Cartoon Network. The series has developed a strong following.

Heidecker starred in a series of films for Absolut Vodka's website with Wareheim and Zach Galifianakis. He also starred in Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie.

Heidecker along with Eric Wareheim appeared on Fox's Talkshow with Spike Feresten on February 16, 2008 and May 16, 2009 and on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on April 14, 2009.

Wareheim and Heidecker appeared together as Debt Collectors on the Adult Swim special, The Young Persons Guide to History and have made guest appearances in the movie Let's Go to Prison, as well as the Scottish video game series VideoGaiden and a Version 2 episode of Mega64. Heidecker also had a small role in the 2011 film Bridesmaids.

In March 2010, Heidecker and Wareheim directed a series of Old Spice commercials starring actor Terry Crews.

Using characters and skits from Awesome Show, Heidecker and Wareheim (via their Abso Lutely production company) created a online-only show called Tim and Eric Nite Live!, originally broadcast on the website SuperDeluxe.

In July 2008, the New York Times reported that an Awesome Show spin-off, Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule, would air on Cartoon Network beginning some time in 2009. The show parodies local newscasts, and as Heidecker briefly described it: "It's like his half-hour to go around town and interview the local beer-maker or whatever." The show will have an episode run time of approximately 11 minutes, and it will feature John C. Reilly reprising his role as Dr. Steve Brule. According to Heidecker, Reilly had the original idea of giving the Dr. Brule character an entire show.Vanity Fair reported that the program would begin airing on August 23, 2009; however, the program did not air on that date, and LA Weekly reported in September 2009 that Check It Out! is currently "forthcoming." The show's only season began on May 16, 2010, and ended on June 20, 2010.

In the same July 2008 New York Times article, it was reported that the duo was in the process of developing a surreal game show series starring Neil Hamburger, titled The New Big Ball with Neil Hamburger. Wareheim described it as a mix between "Japanese bizarre game show and The Price Is Right." In late July 2009, Neil Hamburger posted a blog on MySpace stating that a pilot had been filmed, but that Adult Swim was not satisfied and had "pulled the plug on the project."

On March 15, 2011, Heidecker released a music album as part of the duo Heidecker & Wood. The album, Starting From Nowhere, is inspired by 70's soft rock. In October of the same year he also contributed a parody campaign jingle for Herman Cain's 2012 presidential bid titled "Cain Train". This was the first of nine songs which would eventually become a full album, titled Cainthology: Songs in the Key of Cain. All of the proceeds from the album's sales go to benefit the Violence Intervention Program. The number nine was chosen as the number of songs, and $9.99 the original price, in reference to Herman Cain's 9-9-9 financial plan.

Tim Heidecker also hosts a podcast, On Cinema, where he and a guest (Gregg Turkington) discuss films from past and present. Episodes are fairly short, finishing in just a few minutes.

Heidecker starred in the 2012 independent drama The Comedy, directed by Rick Alverson.

Personal life

Heidecker was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He attended Allentown Central Catholic High School and Temple University.

Heidecker is married to Marilyn Porayko. She has appeared on Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!''

In 2006, Tim was stabbed twice in the upper back while attempting to protect an elderly neighbor who was being attacked by her son (who was believed to be under the influence of PCP). The wounds were not life threatening.