Thomas Haden Church

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Thomas Haden Church
Thomas Haden Church at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.jpg
Church at the 2009 premiere of Don McKay
Born Thomas Richard McMillen[1][2]
(1960-06-17) June 17, 1960 (age 53)
Woodland, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, Director, Writer
Years active 1990–present
Children 1

Thomas Haden Church (born June 17, 1960) is an American actor. After co-starring in the 1990s sitcom Wings, Church became known for his film roles, including his Academy Award–nominated performance in Sideways and his role as the Sandman in Spider-Man 3. He also made his directorial debut in Rolling Kansas.

Early life[edit]

Church was born Thomas Richard McMillen on June 17, 1960, in Woodland, California, to Maxine (Sanders) and Carlos "Carl" Richard McMillen,[1][3] who served for eight years in the Marines and saw action in the Korean War; after 1962, Carlos worked as a surveyor for Yolo County.[4] Church's mother divorced and moved to Texas. She remarried in 1969, to widower George A. Quesada, a veteran of an Army Air Forces reconnaissance unit which served in Guam in World War II.[5] Church took his stepfather's surname, "Quesada".[1] He was raised in Laredo, Texas, then in Harlingen. He left high school in 1977 to work the oil fields of Louisiana, but he returned to graduate Harlingen High School in 1979. He attended the University of North Texas while living in Dallas.[1]

Career[edit]

Church started in the entertainment business as a radio personality and doing voice-over work.[6] He changed his name to "Thomas Haden Church", taking "Haden" and "Church" from his ancestry.[1] A part in an independent film convinced him to move to California to pursue an acting career. He played the part of slow-witted aircraft mechanic Lowell Mather for six seasons (1990–1995) on the NBC sitcom Wings. He worked in television for two more seasons with a lead role on Ned and Stacey opposite Debra Messing. He has had supporting roles in films such as Tombstone, George of the Jungle, and The Specials. Church often plays villains or comic relief in films, most evident by turns in Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight and Over the Hedge.

Church bought a Texas ranch in 1998. In late 2000 he took a break from films and spent time at his ranch.[6] After having small roles in films such as Monkeybone and 3000 Miles to Graceland, he made his directorial debut with Rolling Kansas in 2003. He has also done voiceover work in commercials, such as for Merrill Lynch and Icehouse beer.

In 2003, director Alexander Payne called him regarding the role of "Jack", the selfish best friend to Paul Giamatti's character, in Sideways. During the audition, Church stripped naked to read the audition scene, later saying "To me it was painfully obvious... I was reading the scene where Jack comes in naked and there has to be in-born vulnerability in the scene."[6] (He later found that he was the only actor to strip down for the audition).[7] Sideways earned acclaim for Church, for which he won an IFP Independent Spirit Award and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Church at the Spider-Man 3 (2007) premiere in New York City

He has since appeared in films such as Idiocracy, done voice-over work on films such as Over the Hedge and starred in one of AMC's highest rated television productions, Broken Trail, with Robert Duvall, in 2006, for which he won an Emmy. In 2007, he appeared as the villain Sandman in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3 starring Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst.

In 2005, he was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.[8] On September 16, 2007, he won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for his role of Tom Harte on AMC's Broken Trail.

In October 2008, Church appeared as "Joe Six-Pack" in a video on funnyordie.com, challenging Joe the Plumber by drinking more beer.[9] Church stars also in the FEARnet webseries Zombie Roadkill alongside David Dorfman and under the direction from producer David Green.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Church lives on his 2,000-acre (810 ha) ranch in Bandera County, Texas.[6][11] Church and actress Mia Zottoli have a daughter, born in late 2004. He has never been married.[11] Church's biological father died in 2008,[4] and his stepfather in 2012.[5]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1993 Tombstone Billy Clanton
1995 Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight Roach
1997 One Night Stand Don
1997 George of the Jungle Lyle van de Groot
1998 Susan's Plan Drew Oslett Jr.
1998 Free Money Larry
1999 Goosed Steven Troy
2000 The Specials The Strobe
2001 3000 Miles to Graceland Quigley
2001 Monkeybone Death's Assistant Uncredited
2002 The Badge David Hardwick
2002 Lone Star State of Mind Killer
2003 Rolling Kansas Agent Madsen/Trooper Uncredited; also director and co-writer
2003 George of the Jungle 2 Lyle Van de Groot Direct-to-video
2004 Serial Killing 4 Dummys Vince Grimaldi
2004 Spanglish Mike the Realtor
2004 Sideways Jack Cole Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cast
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Iowa Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Seattle Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
2006 Over the Hedge Dwayne Voice
2006 Idiocracy Brawndo CEO
2006 Charlotte's Web Brooks the Crow Voice
2007 Spider-Man 3 Flint Marko / Sandman Nominated - Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Rumble (with Tobey Maguire, James Franco and Topher Grace)
Nominated – Scream Award for Best Villain
2008 Smart People Chuck Wetherhold
2009 Imagine That Johnny Whitefeather
2009 Don McKay Don McKay
2009 All About Steve Hartman Hughes
2009 Aliens in the Attic Tazer Voice
2010 Easy A Mr. Jack Griffith
2011 Another Happy Day Paul
2011 Killer Joe Ansel
2011 We Bought a Zoo Duncan Mee
2012 John Carter Tal Hajus Performance capture
2013 Lucky Them Charlie
2013 Whitewash Bruce
2014 Big Eyes Walter Keane
2014 Heaven Is for Real Jay Olson Post-production
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1990–1995 Wings Lowell Mather TV series
1995–1997 Ned and Stacey Ned Dorsey TV series
1998 Mr. Murder Drew Oslett Jr. TV movie
2004 Teen Titans Killer Moth Episode: "Date with Destiny"
2006 Broken Trail Tom Harte TV miniseries

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie

2012 Regular Show Quillgin Episode: "Christmas Special"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Buck, Jerry (August 3, 1992). "'Wings' Character Stumbles, But He's Not Stupid, Star Says". Deseret News. Associated Pres. Retrieved March 1, 2013. "His birth name was McMillen, but he took his stepfather's name of Quesada. He changed it to Thomas Haden Church 'because nobody could spell Quesada or pronounce it.'" 
  2. ^ "Thomas Haden Church". TV Guide. Retrieved September 14, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Thomas Haden Church Profile". E! Online. 2007. Archived from the original on December 21, 2007. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Carl Richard McMillen, 71". Bonner County Daily Bee. April 11, 2008. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "George A. Quesada". Denton Record-Chronicle. July 18, 2012. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c d Ed Pilkington (May 16, 2008). "Naked ambition". The Guardian. Retrieved May 17, 2008. 
  7. ^ Rebecca Ascher-Walsh (April 10, 2008). "Thomas Haden Church's choice career". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 17, 2008. 
  8. ^ Academy Invites 112 to Membership[dead link]
  9. ^ "Thomas Haden Church vs Joe the Plumber"
  10. ^ FEARnet Goes to Church for Zombie Roadkill
  11. ^ a b Goldman, Andrew (May 23, 2007). "Church's Doctrine: Thomas Haden Church tells us why he loves older women and making out". Elle. 

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