Thomas G. Waites

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Thomas G. Waites
Born (1955-01-08) January 8, 1955 (age 60)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Occupation actor, director, playwright, teacher
Years active 1976–present

Thomas G. Waites (born January 8, 1955) is an American actor and acting instructor born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Waites runs an acting studio in New York City which is named for him. He has been a member of the Actors Studio since 1984.

Early life and education[edit]

Waites was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He studied acting at The Juilliard School in New York City as a member of the Drama Division's Group 7 (1974–1978).[1] He received a B.A. degree in Writing from The New School and a Master of Fine Arts in Playwriting from the University of Iowa.[2]


Since the 1970s, Waites has appeared in over 30 television and film productions. Some of his credits as a television actor include NYPD Blue, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Oz, Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and The Jury. In film, he appeared in Unwed Father, State of Grace, ...And Justice for All, Gangland, An American Affair, the cult-classic filmThe Warriors, and the psychological horror/sci-fi masterpiece, John Carpenter's The Thing.

When originally cast in The Warriors, Thomas was to be the lead in the movie. But after pushing for more improvisation, he was fired. Not only that, he also went uncredited in the original release of the film, and his character is literally thrown in front of a train.[3]

On Broadway, Waites was in Clifford Odets' Awake and Sing! and Howard Korder's Search and Destroy,[4] and off-Broadway he appeared in David Mamet's American Buffalo among other productions.[5]


  1. ^ "Alumni News". The Juilliard School. November 2007. Archived from the original on 2011-11-11. 
  2. ^ "Thomas G. Waites: Resume". Retrieved April 20, 2012. 
  3. ^ "New York Mythology". The Fader. Retrieved 2013-03-20. 
  4. ^ Thomas G. Waites at the Internet Broadway Database
  5. ^ Thomas G. Waites at the Internet Off-Broadway Database

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