Tom McGowan

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Tom McGowan
Born Thomas McGowan
(1959-07-26) July 26, 1959 (age 54)
Belmar, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1991 – present

Thomas "Tom" McGowan (born July 26, 1959) is an American actor, known for his recurring roles on Frasier, as KACL station manager Kenny Daly, Everybody Loves Raymond, as Ray's friend Bernie, and on The War at Home, as Dave Gold's friend Joe. McGowan also appeared on Curb Your Enthusiasm as a disgruntled fan of Larry's. He has also appeared as a sleazy tabloid editor in an episode of Disney Channel's Hannah Montana.

On Broadway he appeared in La Bête (1991), for which he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Play. Off Broadway, he won an Obie Award for his performance in Nicky Silver's play The Food Chain. He played the role of Pat Finley in the 1995 movie Heavyweights and the role of Patrick Fisher in the 2006 movie Twelve and Holding.

McGowan has been playing The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in various companies of Wicked since 2009. He first played the Wizard in the original 2nd National Touring production, beginning 7 March 2009.[1] He finished on 6 December 2009, and transferred to San Francisco, playing the Wizard from 22 December 2009 through 5 September 2010, when the production closed. He then went back to the 2nd National Tour, beginning 11 January 2011. He ended his run on tour on 17 April 2011, and as of 3 May 2011, he began playing the Wizard on Broadway.[2] He exited the Broadway company on 5 February 2012. He played the role on the musical's 1st National Tour, his fourth Wicked company from August 2012 to April 2013. McGowan returned to the role on Broadway for the musical's 10th Anniversary from 13 August 2013 through 22 February 2014. He has recently returned as of 15 July 2014.

Personal life[edit]

McGowan grew up in Belmar, New Jersey.[3] He graduated from Belmar's St. Rose High School in 1977.[4] Upon graduation from high school, he attended Hofstra University and the Yale School of Drama, from which he graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1988. He and his wife, Cathy, have a son, Mark, born May 5, 1992, and a daughter, Mary, born February 10, 1995.

Appearances[edit]

TV credits[edit]

Starring roles[edit]

Show Role
Down the Shore Eddie Cheever
Monty Clifford Walker
The Show George Hart

Recurring roles[edit]

Show Role
Everybody Loves Raymond Bernie
Frasier Kenny Daly
The War at Home Joe

Guest Star[edit]

Show Episode Role
8 Simple Rules "Thanksgiving Guest" Frank
Boston Legal "Green Christmas" Noris Milk
Bull "In The Course of Human Events" Johnny Walker
Coach "Be A Good Sport" Edgar
Complete Savages "Carnival Knowledge" Reverend Dave
Curb Your Enthusiasm "The Thong" John Tyler
Desperate Housewives "Down the Block There's a Riot" Mayor Franklin
ER "Viable Options"
"The Peace of Wild Things"
Joe Bernero
Hannah Montana "Don't Stop 'Til You Get the Phone" Leo
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show "Honey, I Shrunk the Science Dude" Randy
Judging Amy "Picture of Perfect" Mr. Moran
King of the Hill "Hank's Back Story" David
Modern Family "Schooled" Principal Roth
Oliver Beene "Catskills" Bob "Simon Says" Brooks
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch "The Great Mistake"
"Bundt Friday"
"Terrible Things"
Principal Larue
Snoops "Pilot"
"A Criminal Mind"
UNKNOWN
The Huntress "With Great Power" Ollie Drake
The Pitts "Squarewolves" Officer Peltz
The Practice "The Pursuit of Dignity" Wright
The War at Home "Take This Job and Bleep It" Joe
Welcome to New York "The Brother" Joe Gaffigan

Reba as an inspector.

Movie credits[edit]

Film Release Date Role
12 and Holding 2005 Patrick Fisher
After the Sunset 2004 Ed
Dog Gone Love 2004 Star
Bad Santa 2003 Harrison
Ghost World 2001 Joe
The Family Man 2000 Bill
True Crime 1999 Star
As Good as It Gets 1997 Maitre D'
Bean: The Movie 1997 Walter Huntley
The Birdcage 1996 Harry Radman
Heavyweights 1995 Pat Finley
Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle 1994 Alexander Woollcott
Searching for Bobby Fischer 1993 Reporter
Sleepless in Seattle 1993 Keith
Captain Ron 1992 Bill

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dodd, Yorke, Caskey and McGowan to Star in Wicked's Second North American Tour", playbill.com, February 9, 2009
  2. ^ Broadway's Wicked Will Welcome Tom McGowan Beginning May 3
  3. ^ Marks, Peter. "On Stage, and Off", The New York Times, September 8, 1995. Accessed August 9, 2008. "Fortunately, the 36-year-old actor, a native of Belmar, N.J., needs a lot of padding on his 200-plus-pound frame to play Otto, whose eating compulsion feeds into one of the central themes of Nicky Silver's new comedy, which opened last month to largely enthusiastic reviews."
  4. ^ Mann, Virginia. "PRESERVING A DISTINCTIVE NEW JERSEY FLAVOR", The Record (Bergen County), June 19, 1992. Retrieved August 9, 2008.

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