Tom Verica

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Tom Verica
Born Thomas Verica
(1964-05-13) May 13, 1964 (age 51)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Occupation
  • Actor
  • Television director
  • Producer

Tom Verica (born May 13, 1964) is an American actor, television director and producer, best known for his role as Jack Pryor in the NBC drama American Dreams (2002-2005). As director, he is known for Shonda Rhimes' dramas. As of 2012, Verica is co-executive producer of Scandal, and in 2014 he returned to acting in How to Get Away with Murder.

Life and career[edit]

Verica was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to real estate agent parents, of Italian descent on his father's side.[1][2][3] His first television role was on the ABC daytime soap opera, All My Children, in 1987. He later had a recurring role in L.A. Law and guest-starred on Home Improvement, Picket Fences and NYPD Blue. In film, he appeared in Die Hard 2, Fathers' Day, Red Dragon and Zodiac.

Verica was regular cast member of CBS primetime soap opera, Central Park West from 1995 to 1996. He played Astronaut Dick Gordon in the HBO miniseries From The Earth To The Moon in 1998. He also appeared in The Naked Truth and Providence, and from 2002 to 2005 starred opposite Gail O'Grady in the NBC family drama, American Dreams.[4] After the series was canceled, Verica guest-starred on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, House, Boston Legal, Grey's Anatomy and The Closer, and well had a recurring roles in The 4400 and The Nine.

In the early 2000s, Verica began his career as a television director. He directed the episodes of over 20 television shows, like American Dreams, Boston Legal, Dirty Sexy Money, Ugly Betty, Army Wives, The Mentalist and Body of Proof. He was a recurring director of Shonda Rhimes' dramas Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice and Scandal.[5] In Scandal he serves as co-executive producer as of 2012. In 2014, Verica was cast opposite Viola Davis in the Shonda Rhimes-produced series, How to Get Away with Murder.[6]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1990 Die Hard 2 Kahn
1993 Eight Hundred Leagues Down the Amazon Manoel
1993 Donato and Daughter Bobby Keegan Television film
1994 The Babymaker: The Dr. Cecil Jacobson Story Greg Bennett Television film
1994 Breach of Conduct Lt. Ted Lutz Television film
1995 Not Our Son Randy Litchfield Television film
1996 The Assassination File Jack Byrne Television film
1997 Fathers' Day Peter
1997 Loose Women Detective Laurent
1998 Lost in the Bermuda Triangle Brian Foster Television film
1999 Love American Style Ron Segment: "Love and the Heimlich Maneuver"
2002 Murder by Numbers Asst. D.A. Al Swanson
2002 Red Dragon Charles Leeds
2006 Flags of Our Fathers Lieutenant Pennell
2007 Zodiac Jim Dunbar
2009 Princess Protection Program Joe Mason Television film

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1987 All My Children Duncan Unknown episodes
1989 Quantum Leap Impala Episode: "Camikazi Kid - June 6, 1961"
1991 L.A. Law Bill Castroverde 9 episodes
1992 Home Improvement Home Improvement Episode: "Luck Be a Taylor Tonight"
1992 Picket Fences Brian Ronick Episode: "The Snake Lady"
1993 South Beach Brooke Wyatt Episode: "Stake Out"
1993 Moon Over Miami Jake Episode: "Black River Bride"
1993 Seinfeld Doctor Episode: "The Conversion"
1995 NYPD Blue Dr. Paul Druzinski Episode: "Travels with Andy"
1995 Matlock Craig Browning Episode: "The Scam"
1995–1996 Central Park West Mark Merrill 18 episodes
1996 The Big Easy Tyrell Episode: "Hotshots"
1997 Gun The Quick Talking Agent Episode: "The Shot"
1997–1998 The Naked Truth Jake Sullivan 22 episodes
1997 Almost Perfect Steven Ecstacy Episode: "This Is What Happens When You Don't Watch PBS"
1998 From the Earth to the Moon Dick Gordon 3 episodes
1999–2002 Will & Grace Danny 2 episodes
1999 Providence Kyle Moran 13 episodes
2001 Frasier Jim Episode: "A Day in May"
2001 Citizen Baines Andy Carlson 4 episodes
2001–2004 State of Grace Tommy Austin 6 episodes
2002 Crossing Jordan Mitch Weyland Episode: "Blood Relatives"
2002 Baby Bob Jake Episode: "The Tell-Tale Art"
2002 Touched by an Angel Brian Episode: "The Bells of St. Peters"
2002–2005 American Dreams Jack Pryor 61 episodes
2005 The Bad Girl's Guide Keith Episode: "The Guide to in and Out"
2005 The 4400 Dr. Max Hudson 3 episodes
2006 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Jake Hunter Episode: "Blast"
2006 House Martin Episode: "Skin Deep"
2006 Boston Legal A.U.S.A. Carl Newell Episode: "Trick or Treat"
2006–2007 The Nine Ed Nielson 10 episodes
2008 Grey's Anatomy Michael Norris Episode: "Rise Up"
2009 Lie to Me Paul Aronson Episode: "Love Always"
2009 Medium Detective Aaron Carver Episode: "The Future's So Bright"
2010 The Closer Det. Steve Hayward Episode: "Jump the Gun"
2014–present How to Get Away with Murder Sam Keating 10 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tom Verica Biography ((?)-), Film Reference
  2. ^ "Tom Verica | Movies and Biography - Yahoo Movies". Movies.yahoo.com. Retrieved May 20, 2014. 
  3. ^ Sklar, Ronald (June 13, 2003). Tom Verica "Tom Verica". Popenterinment.com. Retrieved November 28, 2014. 
  4. ^ 06/10/2013 11:56 am EDT (June 10, 2013). "'American Dreams' Reunion: Unaired Alternate Ending Showed Where The Pryors Ended Up". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved May 20, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Tom Verica: Director, ABC’s Scandal". The New Potato. October 5, 2013. Retrieved May 20, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Tom Verica Cast In ABC Pilot 'How To Get Away'; Morgan Spector In NBC's 'Coercion'". Deadline.com. Retrieved May 20, 2014. 

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