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Tim Bagley

Tim Bagley guest stars on this week's episode of Monk "Mr. Monk and the Daredevil" as Monk's nemesis Harold Krenshaw. It will be Tim's fourth appearance on the show.

Fellow fan Diana and I had the chance to visit the set during the filming of this episode and the first Monk star we had the honor to meet was Tim.

I dropped his agent an email a few weeks ago and heard from him shortly thereafter. I didn't mention that we'd met on the set, but he remembered nonetheless and graciously agreed to answer questions by email.

"It was a pleasure meeting you," he wrote "and of course I remembered meeting you! In your last email you wondered how I remembered. Whoever introduced me to you, I don't remember now, mentioned to me that you were a big fan of the show and asked if I would meet you. I'm also a big fan of the show, and was very happy to meet another fan. I'll try to answer your questions briefly. They are good questions."

Did you have to audition for Monk or did they have you in mind for the role?

Yes, I did audition for the role. It was written for an older man. If I remember correctly he was supposed to be in his 70s. I remember sitting in a room waiting to audition with a bunch of older men. A casting assistant, Cheryl Kloner, had recommended me to the director of the episode, Jerry Levine, and it just so happened that he had worked with me on Will and Grace, and agreed that I might be good for the role, so they called me in to audition with these older men.

Larry (Tim Bagley, Left) and Joe (Jerry Levine, Right)
on Will and Grace

Did you know the role would be a recurring one?

I did not know the role was going to recur. That was not planned. That was a thrill.

How do you see the character of Harold Krenshaw?

I see Harold Krenshaw as a very sad little needy man who sees a lot of himself in Adrian Monk, and instead of being best of friends with him, he chooses to compete, and undermine, and loathe him.

Harold really seems to bring out Monk’s negative emotions. Why do you think that is?

I think they see things in each other that they dislike about themselves, and so they are disgusted by each other's behavior.

Harold Krenshaw
Tim Bagley as Harold Krenshaw

Is Tony Shalhoub fun to work with?

Yes!!! Tony Shalhoub is fun to work with. He is an actor's actor. Very generous, kind, and really funny to play with. He makes you want to step up and be the best you can be. Very inspiring.

Do you have any funny anecdotes about filming any of your four episodes?

Harold and Monk
Harold and Monk on a rooftop in
"Mr. Monk and the Daredevil"

Every time Tony and I do a scene where we squabble and bicker, one of us at some point will break and start laughing. I really try to stay focused, but he always throws something in there that catches me completely by surprise. He never gives the exact same reading. It's always different, which is very refreshing, because you don't know what to expect, but sometimes, it makes me laugh out loud.

What was the most memorable part of filming the most recent episode?

I had to wear a lime green unitard for many of the scenes. Not something you want to wear at my age, when you have a few unkind areas you usually try to hide.

Also, at one point, I was walking to the sound stage and I walked past Chris Rock, whose comedy I love. He shoots Everybody Hates Chris right next door, and I had met him once before with my friend, Wanda Sykes. When I walked past him I nodded a hello, and he looked at that lime green unitard, and cautiously nodded back, not too sure who I was, or why he should speak to a grown man in a lime green unitard.
Tim Bagley as Harold

Chris Rock
from "Everybody Hates Chris"
Monk's studio next door neighbor

I didn't stop to remind him where we met, because I was embarrassed of the unitard. You may wonder why I was wearing a unitard. That will be revealed when you see the show.

Have you been asked back for future episodes?

No, I have not been asked back to do another episode yet, but they know that when they say 'jump' I say 'how high!' They all know how much I love doing the show.

Compared to other work you've done was Monk a challenge?

Is Monk a challenge? Yes, they always write scenes for me that are challenging in some personal way. As an actor that's what you pray for. Whether it's something that feels scary, like jumping off a trampoline, through the air, taking a bullet in my shoulder, and landing on a mat, or if it's an emotional scene in an area I rarely get to explore as an actor, the writers always throw something challenging at me, and I absolutely love stepping up to the challenge.
Daredevil 2
The Frisco Fly?

Professionally, is there anything you wish you hadn't done?

Professionally, is there anything I wish I hadn't done. Oh my God, yes. Sometimes I've taken jobs to pay the rent, and then regretted them later when they are being played over and over in syndication. I've got a list of them, but I can't share them with you, because I don't want anyone to know! Let's just say, when I see myself late at night playing an international terrorist, serial killer of super models on VIP reruns, a little piece of me dies each time it airs. I've said too much.

Do you prefer film or television or stage work? And why?

I enjoy film, TV and stage work. I love it all.

When did you first know you wanted to be an actor?

I first knew I wanted to be an actor when I was a kid and saw Sidney Poitier in To Sir With Love. I studied Art and Psychology in college, but I took an acting class as an elective, and found that I really enjoyed it. After college I took acting classes in Los Angeles, got involved with an improv company called The Groundlings, and one thing led to another. My first professional job was Irv the mechanic in The Mask.

Tim Bagley 2

What is it about acting that attracts you the most?

What attracts me about acting? The personal challenges. Conquering fears I may have, like having to wear a lime green unitard on national television.

Harold in the Hospital
Harold in the hospital
Mr. Monk and the Daredevil

You’re also a writer, correct? What, if anything do you get out of writing that you can’t get from acting?

Yes, I am a writer. What I love about writing is the creative control. As an actor I perform words that others have written, and the challenge is to make it seem like it's flowing naturally from me. As a writer, I can say exactly what I want to say in the way I wish to say it.

I’ve heard you’d written a one man show about your experience working in the Playboy Mansion. Do I have that right?

Yes, I did write a one person show about being a butler at the Playboy mansion called, "Clean Boy, Dirty Stories." It was one of my first jobs out of college, and it was quite an education. I also wrote another one person show called, "Happy Hour," which won the Jury Award for best one person show at the Aspen Comedy Festival.

What are you working on now?

Please encourage people to check out what I'm up to on my website - I hope this is helpful, and that it works into what you're doing on The Monk Fun Page. Good luck with everything.

Knocked Up
Tim Bagley in the summer sleeper hit Knocked Up

The Beard
Tim Bagley in a skittles commercial,
one of those things he may wish he hadn't done.

Harold Sketch


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