Gibson on set of Criminal Minds, 2010
|Born||Thomas Ellis Gibson
July 3, 1962
Charleston, South Carolina, United States
|Education||Juilliard School (BFA 1985)|
|Spouse(s)||Christine Gibson (1993–present)|
Thomas Ellis Gibson (born 3 July 1962) is an American actor and director. His best known roles include Daniel Nyland on CBS's Chicago Hope, Greg Montgomery on ABC's Dharma & Greg, and Aaron Hotchner on CBS's Criminal Minds.
Early life and education
Gibson was born in Charleston, South Carolina, and is the youngest of four. His interest in the performing arts began at a young age. Gibson was fascinated with Louis Armstrong. He and his sister were on a swim team together and they frequented a pizza parlor after their swim meets. It was at this pizza parlor that Gibson would then sing along with a Dixieland band, complete with his attempt at a Louis Armstrong voice.
As a child, Gibson enrolled in Little Theater School and later graduated from Bishop England High School. He then attended the College of Charleston (1979–1981) and became an intern at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, where he was encouraged to apply to the prestigious Juilliard School. After a year and a half at Charleston, Gibson won a scholarship to Juilliard's Drama Division (Group 14: 1981–1985), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1985.
Gibson's career in acting had an early start, beginning at just nine years of age in children's theater. He appeared in Julian Wiles' Seize the Street: the Skateboard Musical, a Young Charleston Theater Company (now Charleston Stage) production. As a teenager, he began his classical theater training by becoming a member of the Young Charleston Theater Company and the Footlight Players, often performing at the historic Dock Street Theatre. During his time at College of Charleston, Gibson was an intern at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Gibson made his stage debut in David Hare's A Map of the World in the New York Shakespeare Festival. He subsequently did many more plays for producer Joe Papp, both in Public Theater and in Central Park. He worked on and off Broadway for the next 10 years in a diverse selection of plays by Shakespeare, Marlowe, Molière, Tennessee Williams, Howard Brenton, Romulus Linney, Noël Coward, Alan Ball and many others before turning to the small screen. Gibson also waited tables at Tavern on the Green, though it is not known what years this occurred.
Gibson broke onto the small screen in 1987 by landing a guest role on CBS' legal drama Leg Work, followed by stints on the daytime dramas As the World Turns (CBS) and Another World (NBC). In 1992, Gibson made his big screen debut in Ron Howard's Far and Away, in which he portrayed Stephen Chase. Chase was the villainous rival of Joseph Donnelly (Tom Cruise) for Shannon Christie's (Nicole Kidman) affections. His next lead role in a film came the following year (1993) in Denys Arcand's Love and Human Remains, in which he portrayed David, a homosexual waiter. Gibson later re-united with Arcand in Stardom (2000). Also in 1993, he played the slimy misanthrope Beauchamp Day in the Tales of the City miniseries (1993). Gibson then turned his attention back to the small screen and portrayed Dr. Danny Nyland in the CBS medical drama Chicago Hope from 1994 to 1998, starring alongside future Criminal Minds costar Mandy Patinkin. Then, in a comic turn, and in what is perhaps his best known work, Gibson portrayed "Greg Montgomery" in the ABC sitcom Dharma & Greg from 1997 to 2002, for which he was twice nominated for a Golden Globe Award.
After Dharma & Greg, Thomas did a string of TV movies. Then, in 2005, he landed the role as Supervisory Special Agent Aaron "Hotch" Hotchner, the Unit Chief of the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) team, on the critically acclaimed TV drama series, Criminal Minds, airing on Wednesday nights at 9pm on CBS.
Gibson met his wife Christine in Paris and they were married in 1993. They have three children: James Parker or "J.P." (born April 28, 1999), Travis Carter (born July 1, 2002) and Agatha Marie (born April 28, 2004). He and his family reside in San Antonio, Texas. Gibson loves golf. He plays at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am every year, as well as other golfing events, and is friends with golfer Corey Pavin. He served as part of the 2010 Host Committee for the Inaugural SAG Foundation Golf Classic, and co-hosted the 2nd Annual SAG Foundation Golf Classic with Criminal Minds castmate Joe Mantegna.
On January 6, 2013, Gibson drove through a Los Angeles area closed for a half marathon despite being told to stop by police. Gibson declined to take a breathalyzer test at the scene and was arrested on suspicion of DUI. He paid a $15,000 bail and was released on January 7.
|1992||Far and Away||Stephen Chase|
|1993||Love and Human Remains||David|
|1993||The Age of Innocence||Stage Actor|
|1994||Men of War||Warren|
|1994||Sleep with Me||Nigel|
|1997||The Next Step||Bartender|
|1999||Eyes Wide Shut||Carl|
|2000||Psycho Beach Party||Kanaka|
|2000||The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas||Chip Rockefeller (voice)|
|2001||Jack the Dog||Faith's Attorney|
|2005||Come Away Home||Gary|
|2005||Berkeley||Thomas the Valet|
|2007||I'll Believe You||Kyle Sweeney|
|1987||Leg Work||Robbie||Episode: "All This and a Gold Card Too"|
|1987||Guiding Light||Peter Latham||Recurring role|
|1988||Lincoln||William Sprague||TV Film|
|1988–1990||As the World Turns||Derek Mason||Recurring role|
|1990||The Kennedys of Massachusetts||Peter Fitzwilliam||TV miniseries|
|1990||Another World||Sam Fowler||Recurring role|
|1993||Tales of the City||Beauchamp Day||TV miniseries|
|1994–1998||Chicago Hope||Daniel Nyland||Recurring role (70 episodes)|
|1995||Secrets||Hailus Tuckman||TV film|
|1996||Night Visitors||Ross Williams||TV film|
|1996||Caroline in the City||Willard Stevens||Episode: "Caroline and the Nice Jewish Boy"|
|1996||To Love, Honor and Deceive||Matthew Carpenter / Stuart Buchanan||TV film|
|1996||The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest||Paul Mornay (voice)||Episode: "Ghost Quest"|
|1997||The Inheritance||James Percy||TV film|
|1997||The Devil's Child||Alexander Rotha||TV film|
|1997–2002||Dharma & Greg||Greg Montgomery||Main role (119 episodes)|
|1998||Nightmare Street||Dr. Matt Westbrook / Joe Barnes||TV film|
|1998||More Tales of the City||Beauchamp Talbot Day||TV miniseries|
|1998||Sin City Spectacular||Episode: "1.6"|
|1998||A Will of their Own||James Maclaren||Episode: "1.1"|
|2001||The Lost Empire||Nicholas Orton||TV film|
|2003||Brush with Fate||Richard||TV film|
|2003||Evil Never Dies||Det. Mark Ryan||TV film|
|2004||Raising Waylon||Reg||TV film|
|2004||Category 6: Day of Destruction||Mitch Benson||TV Film|
|2005–present||Criminal Minds||Aaron Hotchner||Main role (185 episodes)|
|2006||In from the Night||Aiden Byrnes||TV film|
|2011||Two and a Half Men||Greg||Episode: "Nice to Meet You, Walden Schmidt"|
Awards and nominations
|1995||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Chicago Hope||Nominated|
|1996||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Chicago Hope||Nominated|
|1997||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Chicago Hope||Nominated|
|1998||Q Awards||Best Actor in a Quality Comedy Series||Dharma & Greg||Nominated|
|1999||Golden Globe||Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series - Comedy/Musical||Dharma & Greg||Nominated|
|2000||Satellite Award||Best Performance by an Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical||Dharma & Greg||Nominated|
|2000||Golden Globe||Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series - Comedy/Musical||Dharma & Greg||Nominated|
|2010||EW.com Online Poll||Under-appreciated Entertainer of the Year||Criminal Minds||Won|
- Bonnie Hunt Interview
- "Alumni News". The Juilliard School. November 2007.
- "Thomas Gibson". All Movie Guide. The New York Times. Retrieved April 4, 2012.
- Charleston Stage
- Gibson's award list at IMDB.com
- Criminal Minds Wiki
- Thomas Gibson fan
- "Interview: Thomas Gibson". ShaveMagazine.com. Retrieved 2012-05-10.
- SAG Foundation Golf Classic
- Gibson, Thomas. "Gibson Arrested For DUI". TMZ. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
- EW.com Under-Appreciated Entertainer of the Year 2010