Thomas Gibson

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Thomas Gibson
Thomas Gibson by Dan Huse (2010).jpg
Gibson on the set of Criminal Minds, 2010
Born Thomas Ellis Gibson
(1962-07-03) July 3, 1962 (age 54)
Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.
Occupation Actor, film director
Years active 1987–present
Spouse(s) Christine Gibson (1993–2015) (divorced)[1]
Children 3

Thomas Ellis Gibson (born July 3, 1962) is an American actor and director. He is known for having portrayed Daniel Nyland in the CBS series Chicago Hope, Greg Montgomery on the ABC series Dharma & Greg, and Aaron Hotchner on the CBS series Criminal Minds.

Early life[edit]

Gibson was born in Charleston, South Carolina, the youngest of four children of Charles M. "Mac" and Beth Gibson.[2] His mother was a social worker, and his father was a lawyer and liberal Democrat who served in the South Carolina state Senate and House.[3][4] He was raised Roman Catholic.[5] Gibson's 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 sing along with a Dixieland band, complete with his attempt at a Louis Armstrong voice.[6]

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),[7] where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1985.[8]


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Charleston's historic Dock Street Theatre

Gibson started acting when 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.[9] As a teenager, he began his classical theater training by becoming a member of the Young Charleston Theater Company and the Footlight Players,[10] 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 appeared in more plays for producer Joe Papp, both in Public Theater and in Central Park. He worked on and off Broadway for the next ten years in a diverse range of plays by Shakespeare, Christopher 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.[6]

Gibson's first television appearance was in 1987 in 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 was in 1993 as David, a homosexual waiter, in Denys Arcand's Love and Human Remains. Gibson later reunited 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 returned to television when portraying Dr. Danny Nyland in the CBS medical drama Chicago Hope from 1994 to 1998, starring alongside future Criminal Minds costar Mandy Patinkin. From 1997 to 2003, Gibson portrayed "Greg Montgomery" in the ABC sitcom Dharma & Greg, for which he was twice nominated for a Golden Globe Award.[11]

After Dharma & Greg, Thomas appeared in various TV movies. In 2005, he was cast in the role as Supervisory Special Agent Aaron "Hotch" Hotchner, the Unit Chief of the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) team, in the CBS series Criminal Minds.

On August 11, 2016, Gibson was suspended from appearing in two episodes of the upcoming twelfth season of Criminal Minds, following an on-set altercation with a writer-producer; he apologized for the confrontation in a statement, claiming the dispute arose from creative differences in an episode he was directing (Gibson had previously directed six episodes of Criminal Minds since 2013, along with two last season episodes of Dharma & Greg in 2001). Gibson had a prior altercation with an assistant director and underwent anger-management counseling.[12]

The following day, ABC Studios and CBS Television Studios (which co-distribute Criminal Minds) issued a statement announcing that Gibson's contract with the series had been terminated. The statement included the information that the exit storyline of the Aaron Hotchner character from the series had yet to be determined.[13] In the October 12, 2016 episode, 'Taboo', the absence of Gibson's character is explained as being away on special assignment.

Personal life[edit]

Gibson and his wife Christine have three children: James Parker, Travis Carter and Agatha Marie.[14] They reside in San Antonio, Texas. Travis Carter was featured in the season 10 episode "Boxed In" (#5) of Criminal Minds as a friend of the Kidnapped Kid in that episode.[15] Gibson and his wife separated in 2011 and in 2014 he filed for divorce.[16] The divorce was finalized in late December 2015.[1]

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.[17]



Year Title Role Notes
1992 Far and Away Stephen Chase
1993 Love and Human Remains David
Age of Innocence, TheThe Age of Innocence Stage Actor
1994 Barcelona Dickie Taylor
Men of War Warren
Sleep with Me Nigel
1997 Next Step, TheThe Next Step Bartender
1999 Eyes Wide Shut Carl
2000 Psycho Beach Party Kanaka
Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, TheThe Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas Chip Rockefeller
Stardom Renny Ohayon
2001 Jack the Dog Faith's Attorney
2003 Manhood Faith's attorney
2005 Come Away Home Gary
Berkeley Thomas
2007 I'll Believe You Kyle Sweeney
2014 Son of Batman Slade Wilson / Deathstroke Voice


Year Title Role Notes
1987 Leg Work Robbie Episode: "All This and a Gold Card Too"
Guiding Light Peter Latham
1988 Lincoln William Sprague Television film
1988–1990 As the World Turns Derek Mason
1990 Kennedys of Massachusetts, TheThe Kennedys of Massachusetts Peter Fitzwilliam Miniseries
Another World Sam Fowler
1993 Tales of the City Beauchamp Day Miniseries
1994–1997 Chicago Hope Daniel Nyland 70 episodes
1995 Secrets Hailus Tuckman Television film
1996 Night Visitors Ross Williams Television film
To Love, Honor and Deceive Matthew Carpenter
Stuart Buchanan
Television film
Caroline in the City Willard Stevens Episode: "Caroline and the Nice Jewish Boy"
Real Adventures of Jonny Quest, TheThe Real Adventures of Jonny Quest Paul Mornay Voice
Episode: "Ghost Quest"
1997 Inheritance, TheThe Inheritance James Percy Television film
Devil's Child, TheThe Devil's Child Alexander Rotha Television film
1997–2002 Dharma & Greg Greg Montgomery 119 episodes
1998 More Tales of the City Beauchamp Talbot Day Miniseries
Sin City Spectacular Episode: "1.6"
Will of their Own, AA Will of their Own James Maclaren Episode: "1.1"
Nightmare Street Dr. Matt Westbrook
Joe Barnes
Television film
2001 Lost Empire, TheThe Lost Empire (a.k.a. The Monkey King) Nicholas Orton Television film
2003 Brush with Fate Richard Television film
Evil Never Dies Detective Mark Ryan Television film
2004 Raising Waylon Reg Television film
Category 6: Day of Destruction Mitch Benson Television film
2005–2016 Criminal Minds Aaron Hotchner Lead role; 254 episodes
2006 In from the Night Aiden Byrnes Television film
2011 Two and a Half Men Greg Episode: "Nice to Meet You, Walden Schmidt"
2015 Hot In Cleveland Tom Episodes: "Vegas Baby"[18] and "I Hate Goodbyes"[19]


Year(s) Title Episode(s) Notes
2001 Dharma and Greg "The Story of K", "A Fish Tale" Season 4 and 5
2013–2016 Criminal Minds "All That Remains", "Gabby", "Boxed In", "Lockdown", "The Night Watch", "Derek" Season 8, 9, 10 and 11

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
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
Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series - Comedy/Musical Dharma & Greg Nominated
2010 Entertainment Weekly online poll[20] Under-appreciated Entertainer of the Year Criminal Minds Won


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  6. ^ a b "Bonnie Hunt Interview" (Video). 
  7. ^ "Alumni News". The Juilliard School. November 2007. Archived from the original on 2011-11-11. 
  8. ^ "Thomas Gibson". All Movie Guide. The New York Times. Retrieved April 4, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Charleston Stage". 
  10. ^ "Footlight Players". 
  11. ^ "Thomas Gibson". Retrieved August 12, 2016. 
  12. ^ CNN, Sandra Gonzalez. "Thomas Gibson suspended from 'Criminal Minds' after on-set altercation". Retrieved August 12, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Thomas Gibson fired from 'Criminal Minds'". Retrieved August 12, 2016. 
  14. ^ Donahue, Steve (2012-04-30). "My Town: Thomas Gibson's Charleston". Golf Digest. Condé Nast. Retrieved 2013-06-26. 
  15. ^ "Interview: Thomas Gibson". Retrieved 2012-05-10. 
  16. ^ By  Evan Real (2016-08-22). "Thomas Gibson Secretly Filed for Divorce Two Years Ago - Us Weekly". Retrieved 2016-10-01. 
  17. ^ SAG Foundation Golf Classic Archived October 21, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  18. ^ "Vegas Baby/I Hate Goodbyes". June 3, 2015. Retrieved August 12, 2016 – via IMDb. 
  19. ^ "Episode #6.24". January 1, 2000. Retrieved August 12, 2016 – via IMDb. 
  20. ^ "Under-Appreciated Entertainer of the Year 2010". PopWatch. December 3, 2010. 

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