Hamish Linklater (born July 7, 1976) is an American actor, known for playing Matthew Kimble in The New Adventures of Old Christine and Andrew Keanelly in The Crazy Ones. He is the son of dramatic vocal trainer Kristin Linklater.
Linklater was born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, the son of Kristin Linklater and James Lincoln Cormeny. His mother is a Scottish-born Professor of Theatre and Chair of the Acting Division at Columbia University and a renowned teacher of vocal technique. A single mother, Kristin raised her son partly in the Berkshires, where she was a founder of the Shakespeare & Company drama troupe. Her son was eight years old when he began doing small Shakespearean roles.
His maternal grandparents were Marjorie (MacIntyre) and Eric Linklater, who was a Scottish novelist of part Swedish origin and one of the founders of the Scottish National Party. His uncles are journalist Magnus Linklater and writer Andro Linklater.
Linklater graduated in 1994 from Commonwealth School in Boston, and attended Amherst College.
While first establishing himself on the stage, he made his big-screen debut in 2000's Groove. That was followed by his role as CNN correspondent Richard Roth in the HBO movie Live from Baghdad. He has since appeared in numerous movies, including Fantastic Four (2005). He had a recurring role on the television show American Dreams as well as Gideon's Crossing. He was second-in-line to play Logan on Dark Angel, but the role went to Michael Weatherly.
From 2006 until 2010 he was a main cast member in the CBS sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine, as the brother of Christine, played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
In July 2006, Linklater appeared in Keith Bunin's The Busy World Is Hushed opposite Jill Clayburgh off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons. He played Hamlet at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, California and the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, Connecticut.
On Halloween 2007, Linklater appeared in an episode of Pushing Daisies on ABC, entitled "Girth". He also completed the film The Violent Kind.
He appeared in The Public Theater's 2009 production of Twelfth Night at Shakespeare in the Park as Sir Andrew Aguecheek, opposite Anne Hathaway, Audra McDonald and Raul Esparza.
In 2011, he starred with Miranda July in The Future. He made his Broadway debut in October 2011 in Theresa Rebeck's new play Seminar opposite Alan Rickman, Jerry O'Connell, Lily Rabe, and Hettienne Park.
In 2013, he played Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca in the Jackie Robinson biopic film 42. Linklater also joined the cast of Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom in a recurring role, playing senior producer Jerry Dantana. He remained for six episodes, until earning the role of Andrew Keanelly on the CBS series The Crazy Ones, which premiered in September 2013.
Linklater married playwright Jessica Goldberg in January 2002; they divorced in 2012. They have one daughter. In 2014, Linklater began dating actress Lily Rabe.