David Tom

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David Tom
Born (1978-03-23) March 23, 1978 (age 41)
Years active1988–present

David Tom (born March 23, 1978) is an American actor.


In 1993, Tom was nominated for two Young Artist Awards for his roles in Stepfather III and Stay Tuned. In 1994, he was again nominated for "Outstanding Youth Ensemble in a Motion Picture" for Swing Kids, alongside co-stars Robert Sean Leonard, Christian Bale and Frank Whaley.

He portrayed Billy Abbott on the CBS soap opera, The Young and the Restless, from 1999 to 2002. Tom received two Daytime Emmy nominations for "Outstanding Younger Actor" in 2000 and 2001, winning in the former year.[1] He also won a Soap Opera Digest Award for "Outstanding Male Newcomer" in 2000 and was consecutively nominated in 2001 for "Outstanding Younger Lead Actor". It was announced in November 2013 that Tom would be reprising the role of Billy, taking over the role from Billy Miller, who had portrayed the character since 2008. Tom returned as Billy on Y&R in February 2014. Four months later, Tom was fired from the show and the role of Billy was recast yet again with primetime television actor Burgess Jenkins.

In 2004, Tom portrayed Paul Cramer (the half-brother of Kelly Cramer, portrayed by his sister, Heather) on the ABC soap opera, One Life to Live,[2] a role he played from March of that year to October 2004. His character was crucial to a year-long baby-switch storyline on One Life to Live and its sister series, All My Children. He played Whitey, Tobey Maguire's adversary in the Reese Witherspoon/Tobey Maguire movie Pleasantville in 1998. He also had a small role in the made-for-TV movie The 60s in 1999, and a recurring role on The CW television network in its series Veronica Mars in 2006.

Personal life[edit]

Tom was born in Hinsdale, Illinois to Charles and Marie Tom. He has a twin sister, Nicholle Tom, who is also an actress. He and Nicholle guest-starred together as siblings in a 2008 episode of Criminal Minds. His other sister, Heather Tom, appeared on The Young and the Restless as well, as Victoria Newman, but the two almost never appeared together in the same scene. (After other actors assumed the roles, their characters were married for a time.)

Tom's musical background includes formerly being the lead singer of the indie rock band Eudora.



Year Title Role Notes
1992 Stepfather III Andy Davis TV Movie
1992 Stay Tuned Darryl Knable
1993 Swing Kids Willi Müller
1993 A Place to Be Loved Brian Russ TV Movie
1994 Summertime Switch Todd TV Movie
1995 Roommates Michael (age 15)
1997 Walking Thunder Jacob McKay
1998 Pleasantville Whitey
1999 The '60s Tommy TV Movie
1999 Holy Joe David Cass TV Movie
2003 Titletown TV Movie
2004 The Hazing Jacob
2008 Good Behavior Cozy Boy TV Movie
2011 Love Begins Daniel Whittaker TV Movie
2013 Pendejo George
2015 Chasing Yesterday Tobey


Year Title Role Notes
1989 Just the Ten of Us Kid Episode: "A Couple of Swells"
1989–1990 Brand New Life Bart McCray 6 episodes
1990 Get a Life Otto Episode: "Dadicus"
1993 Quantum Leap Daniel Burke Episode: "The Beast Within"
1993 Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman Lewis Bing 3 episodes
1995 Sister, Sister Denny Episode: "Private School"
1998 Nothing Sacred Rudy Episode: "Sex, God and Reality"
1998 Maggie Billy Dreyer Episode: "The Other Woman"
1999 Party of Five Heath 2 episodes
1999 Cousin Skeeter Joe Steele Episode: "Dirty Laundry"
2004 All My Children Paul Cramer 16 episodes
2007 Supernatural Curtis Episode: "Tall Tales"
2006–2007 Veronica Mars Chip Diller 7 episodes
2008 Criminal Minds Georgie Galen Episode: "Damaged"
2010 Roommates Brady 6 episodes
2011 CSI Allen Krick Episode: "73 Seconds"
2012 90210 Club Manager Episode: "Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot?"
The Young and the Restless Billy Abbott 243 episodes
57 episodes
2015 NCIS: New Orleans Phil Burke Episode: "Rock-a-Bye-Baby"
2015 NCIS Maple Episode: "Lockdown"


  1. ^ "Nicholle Tom and David Tom" Archived 2011-11-17 at the Wayback Machine, Lifetime (TV network). Accessed 9 April 2010.
  2. ^ "A Q&A With David Tom (Paul, OLTL)"[permanent dead link], By Naomi Rabinowitz, Soap Opera Digest. Retrieved Apr 8, 2010.

3. from the DVD liner notes for 'Walking Thunder' 1994 as Jacob McKay

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