Timothy "Tim" Burd is a Canadian actor, best known for his roles in Deacons For Defense and the Saw franchise.

He played Obi Tate in Saw II, Saw III, and Saw V.

Early Life

Timothy Burd was born in Sudbury, Ontario, the second youngest of five children. He attended classes on improvisation at the Firehall Second City in Toronto, the Sherwood Oaks Experimental College in Hollywood, and at HB Studios in NYC. With 55 cents, Burd left home and hitch-hiked to LA at the age of 15. He served eight months in the Canadian Armed Forces as a military policeman, was stationed in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and received an honorable discharge.


Burd's first guest appearance in a television series was in Sidestreet, starring Donelly Rhodes. He also appeared in the second installment of the Saw franchise, Saw II, and had two cameo appearances in Saw III and Saw V. Furthermore, Burd appeared in Deacons For Defense, starring Forest Whitaker, and Sandra Oh's first film The Diary Of Evelyn Lau.



Year Title Role
1977 The Ugly Little Boy Medical Assistant
1980 Chairman of the Board Moonie
1982 Murder by Phone Passer-by
1986 The Truth About Alex Bartender
1987 Prettykill Cab Driver
City of Shadows Billy
Last Man Standing Angry Man
1988 Drop-Out Mother Mugger
Murder One Angel
Dreams Beyond Memory Arcade Attendant
1995 Heart of a Child Delivery Man
The Diary of Evelyn Lau Michael
1999 Snow Falling on Cedars Reporter
2000 The Spreading Ground Stubby Styles
Harlan County War Dillard Ball
Quints Commercial Director
2001 Glitter Engineer
2002 One for the Money
2003 Deacons for Defense Lester Conley
DC 9/11: Time of Crisis Burned Man
2004 Resident Evil: Apocalypse Refugee #1
Perfect Strangers Speed Dater
Anonymous Rex Henchman
2005 Ice Age Columbus: Who Were the First Americans? Makai
Looking for Angelina Foreman
Cinderella Man Man in Soup Line
Saw II Obi Tate
2006 Saw III Obi Tate
2008 Repo! The Genetic Opera Night Surgeon Victim
Saw V Obi Tate
2013 Septic Man Lord Auch
2015 The Hexecutioners Edgar Birde


Year Title Role
1975 Sidestreet Art Kalman
1985-1987 Night Heat Spindle / Guthrie
1985 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Andrew
The Edison Twins Newspaper Vendor
1987-1989 Friday the 13th: The Series Andrew / Teddy
1990 Top Cops Killer
The Hitchhiker Dealer
1991 The Commish Thief
1992 Secret Service Stan Degnan
1993 Family Passions Inmate
Cobra Danny Demeo
1995 TekWar Holman
1997 Dead Man's Gun Bar Fly #2
1999 Twice in a Lifetime Robber
2001 Exhibit A: Secrets of Forensic Science Wayne Judge
2002 Street Time The Smiler
Odyssey 5 Luther
Monk Participant #2
2004-2005 72 Hours: True Crime Weasely Man / Homeless Man
2004 Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye Bufford Harris
Mutant X The Guardian
Blue Murder Front Desk Clerk
1-800-Missing The Imposter
2005-2006 This Is Wonderland Dickie / Homeless Man #2
2005 Tilt Card Player #1
Kojak John


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