Here are a few of the eclectic characters TJ has portrayed:
- Troubled psychiatric patient with an unusually painful condition (Huff)
- Slippery weasel of a lawyer who tries to intimidate Albert Finney and Julia Roberts (Erin Brockovich)
- Young, inexperienced doctor who gets himself kicked out of the delivery room (Friends)
- Innocent civilian forced into helping Jack Bauer in a tense terrorist battle over nuclear codes (24)
- Stu Lou Who, older brother to Cindy Lou Who “who was no more than two” (How The Grinch Stole Christmas, the Jim Carrey/Ron Howard film version of Dr. Seuss’ classic holiday tale)
- Kind-hearted man who tries to make the world a better place, one encouraging comment at a time (Validation)
- Forensic scientist with three doctorates, a sarcastic sense of humor, a penchant for conspiracy theories and an underlying secret: that he’s a billionaire without any need for a day job (Bones)
After having played over 50 guest star and recurring roles on television shows, as well as memorable parts in films and commercials, TJ still considers himself to be a student of acting, always eager to learn and fine-tune.
“You must be scrupulously truthful, TJ. Find the truth…”
~ acting teacher Larry Moss to TJ Thyne **
Not content to wait for others to give him those roles, TJ is also driven to create them for himself.
I want it to stop…”
TJ Thyne as Lovell Milo in Shuffle
Eventually, Theatre Junkies formed two branches, one for classes and studio work and one for live theatre in and around the Los Angeles area, including Lee Blessing’s Two Rooms at the McCadden Place Theater and Craig Lucas’s Blue Window at the Stella Adler Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. The company has since shifted its focus to primarily producing short and feature-length films.
The first major effort involved a number of short films, such as Slow, The Phone Book, and Validation. The critically acclaimed Validation, in which TJ Thyne starred, has won over 20 film festival awards including “Best Comedy Short” and “Audience Choice” and so far (as of this writing) has had over 9 million hits on YouTube. Director/writer Kurt Kuenne wrote Hugh Newman, Validation’s lead role, specifically for TJ, basing the cheery character on him because TJ is “the most positive individual [Kurt has] met in his entire life.” ***
Portraying Hodgins as a little bit conspiracy theorist and a whole lot romantic, TJ’s enthusiastic approach to the character helps to break the sidekick stereotype of the socially inept lab geek, even managing — as PopGurls.com stated in a 2006 interview — to make “science a little bit sexy.”
Currently, Thyne continues to portray Jack Hodgins, and pursues film projects in his off-season time. He recently took on independent films: The Pardon, with Jaime King; and Ball Don’t Lie, with Rosanna Arquette and Ludacris. Another challenging project, Shuffle, is Theatre Junkies’ first full-length feature presentation, an independent film about a man named Lovell who begins to experience his life out of order. The film — a Twilight Zone-meets-Frank Capra kind of tale — features the Theatre Junkies players and some very familiar faces to the TV world, including Bones stars Tamara Taylor, Patricia Belcher, and our very own TJ Thyne.