Gary Tomlin is an American soap opera actor, writer, producer and director.
Tomlin's career on daytime serials began in 1973 when he was cast on CBS's Search for Tomorrow as Bruce Carson. He also made a guest appearance on "The Nightwalker" episode of the Waltons (1976). He later appeared as Morgan Simpson on the NBC soap opera Another World in 1979. Both series were produced in New York City by Procter and Gamble Productions.
Tomlin served as the Co-Head Writer of NBC's Days of Our Lives, which tapes in Los Angeles, from 1980 to 1981. He then returned to New York as the Head Writer for Another World from 1984 to 1985 (at times sharing the position with others). Tomlin next wrote scripts for the Los Angeles serial Santa Barbara (NBC) from 1987 to 1990.
Tomlin became a producer in New York for All My Children from 1995 to 1996, next rising to Executive Producer for the Los Angeles-based NBC serial Sunset Beach from its debut in 1997 until its cancellation in 1999. He also directed episodes of the series during its run. Following Sunset Beach, Tomlin directed episodes of NBC's new series Passions in Los Angeles from 2000 until he was hired by ABC as the new Executive Producer of One Life To Live in January 2001, replacing Jill Farren Phelps. He also directed episodes of One Life to Live during his stint there.
Tomlin's time at One Life to Live saw the return of 1980s villains Allison Perkins and Mitch Laurence in a storyline creating a secret history for events from 1986 and 1987, as well as a renewal of the on-again, off-again multiple personality storyline of character Victoria Lord, as played by multiple Emmy-winning actress Erika Slezak. The series won its first and only Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series for the 2001-2002 season. In late 2002, ABC announced that it was replacing Tomlin with Frank Valentini.
In April 2012, Tomlin was named co-headwriter with Christopher Whitesell of Days of our Lives. He was previously co-executive producer from 2008-2011, before being let go from that position. 
- Producer (1995–1996)
- Actor: Morgon Simpson (1979)
- Associate Head Writer (1984)
- Co-Head Writer (July 1984-January 1985)
- Head Writer (January 1985)
- Director (1987–1991)
- Head Writer (with Michelle Poteet Lisanti; October 20, 1980–October 20, 1981)
- Co-Executive Producer (hired by Ken Corday; September 17, 2008 – September 2, 2011)
- Co-Headwriter (with Christopher Whitesell; hired by Ken Corday; August 17, 2012 – Present)
- Director (1992–1995; 2001–2003)
- Executive Producer (January 2001 to February 2003)
- Script Writer (December 2007 - February 2008; May 2008 - 2008)
- Head Writer (February 15, 2008 - May 1, 2008)
- Director (2000–2001; April 2003 - December 2007)
- Script Writer (1987–1990)
- Actor: Bruce Carson (#3) (1973–1974)
- Head Writer (1983–1984; 1985–1986)
- Executive Producer (entire run, 1997–1999)
- Director (entire run, 1997–1999)
Awards and nominations
- Daytime Emmy: Win (2002; Best Drama; One Life To Live)
- Daytime Emmy: Nomination (2001; Best Directing; Passions)
- Daytime Emmy: Nomination (1995; Best Directing; One Life To Live)
- Directors Guild of America: Nomination (2001; One Life To Live)
|Head Writer of Days of Our Lives
Michelle Poteet Lisanti (co-head writer)
Pat Falken Smith
|Head Writer of Another World
Sam Hall and Gillian Spencer
Jill Farren Phelps
|Executive Producer of One Life to Live
|Head Writer of One Life to Live
February 15, 2008 - May 1, 2008
Edward J. Scott
|Co-Executive Producer of Days of Our Lives
September 17, 2008-September 2, 2011
Noel Maxam and Greg Meng
Marlene Clark Poulter and Darrell Ray Thomas Jr.
|Head Writer of Days of Our Lives (with Christopher Whitesell)
August 17, 2012-Present
Notes and references
- Because of DirecTV's extended broadcast schedule for new Passions episodes, shows directed by Tomlin will continue to air through Summer 2008.