Thomas McCarthy (actor)

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Thomas McCarthy
Born Thomas Joseph McCarthy
(1966-06-07) June 7, 1966 (age 49)
New Jersey, United States
Occupation Actor, film director, screenwriter
Years active 1992–present

Thomas Joseph McCarthy[1] (born June 7, 1966)[2] is an American actor, writer, and film director who has appeared in several movies, including Meet the Parents and Good Night, and Good Luck, and television shows such as The Wire, Boston Public, Law & Order, and the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation of Saint Maybe. McCarthy has received critical acclaim for his writing/direction work for the independent films The Station Agent, The Visitor, Win Win, and Spotlight.

Life and career[edit]

McCarthy was raised in New Providence, New Jersey, one of five children of Carol and Eugene F. "Gene" McCarthy.[3][4] His father worked in the textile industry.[5] McCarthy is a graduate of New Providence High School in New Providence, New Jersey; Boston College, Class of 1988; and the Yale School of Drama, where he studied under Earle R. Gister. McCarthy also starred in Flags of Our Fathers as James Bradley. McCarthy starred in the final season of The Wire as a morally challenged reporter named Scott Templeton. He made his Broadway debut in the 2001 Revival of Noises Off! [6]

McCarthy's directorial debut, The Station Agent, which he also wrote, won the Audience Award and the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. The film also won the BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay and the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay and the Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award. The Station Agent also won awards at film festivals ranging from San Sebastian to Stockholm, Mexico City, and Aspen.[7]

McCarthy's second feature film was The Visitor, which premiered at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival. For The Visitor, McCarthy won the 2008 Independent Spirit Award for Best Director.[8] McCarthy appeared in the 2009 dramas The Lovely Bones and 2012.[9][10] In 2010, McCarthy was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the animated film Up.

He also co-wrote and directed 2011's Win Win based on his experiences as a wrestler at New Providence High School.[11]


Director/writer credits[edit]

Acting credits in film[edit]

Acting credits in television[edit]


  1. ^ Thomas McCarthy Biography ((?)-)
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  6. ^ Wiltz, Teresa (September 3, 2001). "Down to "The Wire": It's a Wrap for Gritty TV Series". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2007-09-03. 
  7. ^ "The Station Agent – Awards". Retrieved 2008-03-14. 
  8. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (2009-02-23). "'The Wrestler' tops Spirit Awards". Variety. Retrieved 2009-04-02. 
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  11. ^ Angelo, Megan. "Just Like the Good Old Days in the Ring", The New York Times, March 18, 2011. Accessed July 25, 2012. ""I just called Joe and said, ‘Let’s develop a movie based on New Providence wrestling,’ " Mr. McCarthy said.... Because of tax credits, they shot on Long Island rather than in New Providence. But they scouted locations tirelessly, most notably the office and home that Mr. Giamatti’s character shuttles between.... Though the locations might have been fudged, the filmmakers kept New Providence High School in the film by using its banners, uniforms and wrestling mats, an effort facilitated by one of their former classmates, who’s now the school’s principal."
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