October 26, 1963
Thomas Cavanagh (born October 26, 1963) is a Canadian actor. He is known for a variety of roles on American television, including starring roles in Ed (2000–2004), Love Monkey (2006) and Trust Me (2009), and recurring roles on Providence and Scrubs. From 2014 to 2021, he portrayed Eobard Thawne / Reverse-Flash, and the various versions of Harrison Wells, on The CW television series The Flash; Cavanagh also directed several episodes of The Flash.
Thomas Cavanagh was born on October 26, 1963, in Ottawa, Ontario, to a Roman Catholic family of Irish descent. Cavanagh moved with his family to Winneba, a small city in Ghana when he was a child.
In his teens, the family moved to Lennoxville, Quebec when his father became the Academic Dean of Champlain College. He attended the Séminaire de Sherbrooke, where he studied in French and played basketball for the Barons. He later studied at Champlain College in Lennoxville at the CEGEP level. While attending Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, he became interested in theatre and music and played ice hockey and varsity basketball. He graduated in 1987 with degrees in English, biology and education.
Cavanagh acted in his native Canada for many years, appearing on television dramas such as Jake and the Kid in the late 1990s, and television commercials, appearing for Oh Henry! chocolate bars and Labatt Blue Light beer commercials in the 1990s and for CIBC.
In 1989, he was cast in the Broadway revival of Shenandoah. Other stage credits include productions of A Chorus Line, Cabaret, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Urinetown and Grease. He appeared in the 2008 production of Some Americans Abroad at Second Stage Theatre in New York City.
After gaining notice for his recurring role as Doug the Dog Guy in the NBC television program Providence, Cavanagh was cast as the title character in the NBC program Ed. Cavanagh received a Golden Globe nomination and a TV Guide Award for his work on Ed, which ran for four seasons beginning in October 2000 and concluding in February 2004.
Cavanagh first guest starred on the sitcom Scrubs in 2002’s "My Big Brother" where he played Dan Dorian, the brother of lead character J.D., cast because of his resemblance to Zach Braff. He made six subsequent appearances in the series, culminating with Braff's final episode as a series regular, the eighth season finale, "My Finale".
In 2005, Cavanagh filmed a pilot, Love Monkey, with Jason Priestley, Judy Greer and Larenz Tate. The show was selected by CBS as a midseason replacement and debuted on January 17, 2006. Love Monkey was given an eight-episode order, but only three aired on CBS before the show was placed on indefinite hiatus due to low ratings. VH1 bought all eight episodes and played them in their entirety in the spring of 2006.
He starred in the Lifetime Movie Network television miniseries The Capture Of The Green River Killer in which he portrayed King County sheriff David Reichert. In March 2006, Cavanagh filmed My Ex-Life, a comedy pilot for CBS about a divorced couple who remain friends. The pilot featured Lost actress Cynthia Watros as his ex-wife. CBS did not select the show for its fall 2006 schedule. Cavanagh portrayed the lead role Nick Snowden (the heir to the Santa Claus identity) in the made-for-TV movie Snow in 2005, which is shown annually on the Family Channel.
In 2008, Cavanagh appeared in the short-lived ABC series Eli Stone, playing the father of the title character. From January to April 2009, Cavanagh starred in the television drama Trust Me, co-starring Eric McCormack, which aired on TNT until cancellation due to low ratings.
Cavanagh hosted Stories from the Vaults on Smithsonian Networks from 2008 to 2009. He made a guest appearance in the mid-season premiere of the USA Network show Royal Pains as former professional golfer Jack O'Malley. In 2012, he starred in Lifetime's A Killer Among Us remake.
Since 2014, Cavanagh was a series regular on The CW's live-action television series The Flash, portraying both Eobard Thawne / Reverse-Flash and the various versions of Harrison Wells. He left the series after the seventh season concluded.
Cavanagh starred in the 2002 film Bang Bang You're Dead. Prior to Ed, Cavanagh's film appearances were mainly in supporting roles. After that series ended, he had his first starring role as an escaped convict in the thriller Heart of the Storm. In 2005, he starred in the romantic comedy Alchemy, opposite Sarah Chalke; in 2006, he appeared in another romantic comedy, Gray Matters.
In 2006, Cavanagh began filming Breakfast with Scot, in which he plays a gay retired hockey player who becomes an adoptive father to a young boy. The film, released in 2007, drew attention as the first gay-themed film ever to win approval from a major league sports franchise to use its real name and logo; Cavanagh's character formerly played for the Toronto Maple Leafs. In 2007 he starred in the second installment of the direct-to-DVD Raw Feed horror film series from Warner Home Video, Sublime. He starred as Ranger Smith in the feature film Yogi Bear (2010).
From 2010 until 2016, Cavanagh co-hosted the podcast Mike and Tom Eat Snacks, with his Ed castmate Michael Ian Black, on the Nerdist Podcast Network. They re-launced the podcast in August, 2021 on the Starburns Audio podcast network.
Cavanagh married Maureen Grise, an image editor for Sports Illustrated, on July 31, 2004, in a Catholic ceremony on Nantucket, Massachusetts. The couple have two daughters and two sons. Cavanagh ran the 2006 New York City Marathon.
In summer 2008, he founded the Cavanagh Classic, an annual celebrity basketball tournament in Rucker Park in Harlem to raise money and awareness for Nothing But Nets. The charity's goal is to combat malaria by sending mosquito nets to families that need them. Cavanagh travelled to Rwanda on a March 2009 United Nations Foundation trip to distribute the nets and educate the recipients in their use.
|1991||White Light||Ella's Secretary|
|1995||Magic in the Water||Simon|
|1996||Mask of Death||Joey|
|1996||Profile for Murder||Tim Jonas|
|2003||Freddy vs. Jason||Will's Father|
|2006||How to Eat Fried Worms||Mitch Forrester|
|2006||Two Weeks||Barry Bergman|
|2006||Gray Matters||Sam Baldwin|
|2007||The Cake Eaters||Lloyd|
|2007||Breakfast with Scot||Eric McNally|
|2010||Yogi Bear||Ranger John Smith|
|2013||The Birder||Ron Spencer|
|2014||The Games Maker||Mr. Drago|
|2016||Offer and Compromise||Henry Warner|
|2018||Tom and Grant||Tom||Short film[better source needed]|
|2019||Love & Debt||Henry Warner|
|2022||Corrective Measures||Gordon Tweedy|||
|1993||Secret Service||Charlie||1 episode|
|1993||Beyond Reality||1 episode|
|1993||Sherlock Holmes Returns||Rookie Cop||Television film|
|1993||Other Women's Children||Marco||Television film|
|1994||Street Legal||Dr. Peter Shenfield||1 episode|
|1995, 1999||The Outer Limits||Carl Toman / Vance Ridout||2 episodes|
|1995||Hawkeye||Corporal Charles Sykes||1 episode|
|1995||A Vow to Kill||Jacey Jeffries||Television film|
|1996||Jake and the Kid||1 episode|
|1996||Bloodhounds II||Levesh||Television film|
|1997||The Sentinel||Bill Collins||1 episode|
|1997||Northern Lights||Frank||Television film|
|1998||Cold Squad||Spencer Taggart||1 episode|
|1998||Viper||Charles Bennett||1 episode|
|1998||Eyes of a Cowboy||Lonesome Cooper||1 episode|
|1998||Twisteeria||Live Action Man||Television film|
|1998||The 900 Lives of Jackie Frye||Jackie Frye||Television film|
|1999||Mentors||Lewis Carroll||1 episode|
|1999–2000||Providence||Doug Boyce||Recurring role, 8 episodes|
|1999||Oh, Grow Up||Bruce||1 episode|
|1999||Anya's Bell||Patrick Birmingham||Television film|
|1999–2000||Sports Night||Howard||2 episodes|
|2000–2004||Ed||Ed Stevens||Lead role, 83 episodes|
|2002||Bang Bang You're Dead||Val Duncan||Television film|
|2002–2009||Scrubs||Dan Dorian||Recurring role, 7 episodes|
|2004||Jack & Bobby||Jimmy McAllister||2 episodes|
|2004||Heart of the Storm||Simpson||Television film|
|2004||Snow||Nick Snowden||Television film|
|2006||Love Monkey||Tom Farrell||Lead role, 8 episodes|
|2006||My Ex Life||Nick||Television film|
|2008||Snow 2: Brain Freeze||Nick Snowden||Television film|
|2008||The Capture of the Green River Killer||Dave Reichert||Television miniseries|
|2008–2009||Eli Stone||Jeremy Stone||Recurring role, 7 episodes|
|2009||Trust Me||Conner||Lead role, 13 episodes|
|2009||Christmas Dreams||Eli||Television film|
|2010||Edgar Floats||Edgar Floats||Television film|
|2011||Trading Christmas||Charles Johnson||Television film|
|2011–2012||Royal Pains||Jack O'Malley||Recurring role, 7 episodes|
|2012||A Killer Among Us||Nick Carleton||Television film|
|2013||Doc McStuffins||Big Jack||1 episode, voice role|
|2013||The Goldbergs||Charles Kremp||1 episode|
|2013||Blue Bloods||Mickey||1 episode|
|2014||Lucky Duck||Snap||Television film; voice role|
|2014||The Following||Kingston Tanner||4 episodes|
|2014–2021||The Flash||Eobard Thawne / Reverse-Flash,
|Main role (season 1-7); guest role (season 8)|
|2015||Robot Chicken||Harrison Wells||Voice role; episode: "Ants on a Hamburger"|
|2016||Van Helsing||Micah||1 episode|
|2017||Darrow & Darrow||Miles||Television film|
|2017, 2019||Supergirl||Harrison Wells, Eobard Thawne||Crossover episode: "Crisis on Earth-X"|
|Pariah / Nash Wells||Crossover episode: "Crisis on Infinite Earths"|
|2017–2018||Arrow||Harrison Wells, Eobard Thawne||Crossover episodes: "Crisis on Earth-X", "Elseworlds"|
|2017, 2020||Legends of Tomorrow||Harrison Wells, Eobard Thawne||Crossover episode: "Crisis on Earth-X"|
|Nash Wells||Crossover episode: "Crisis on Infinite Earths"|
|2018||Darrow & Darrow: In the Key of Murder||Miles||Television film|
|2018||Darrow & Darrow: Body of Evidence||Miles||Television film|
|2019||Witness to Murder: A Darrow Mystery||Miles||Television film|
As a director
- Ed (2000–2004) – three episodes
- The Flash (2017–2018) – episodes: "The Once and Future Flash", "Elongated Journey Into Night" and the 100th episode, "What's Past Is Prologue".
- Superman & Lois (2021) - episode: "Last Sons of Krypton"
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That was the start of it, so to speak, and we're Irish Catholic and Notre Dame, well, they're the Irish...
- Blackman, Lori (November 15, 2000). "Tom Cavanagh of 'Ed'". CNN. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
My parents are educators, and they were over there putting in teaching systems in Africa
- Lambie, Gordon (May 27, 2020). "Townships community mourns Tom Cavanagh". The Record. Retrieved March 21, 2021.
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- Ouzounian, Richard (July 11, 2014). "Canadian actor known for Ed grateful for a string of "great jobs," including The Following, The Flash and animated series on Disney Junior". The Toronto Star. ISSN 0319-0781. Retrieved March 18, 2016.
- Oh Henry! commercial (1995). Some Old Videos. February 21, 2020. Archived from the original on December 21, 2021. Retrieved November 5, 2021 – via YouTube.
- Labatt Blue Commercial. VideoCassettes. July 25, 2008. Archived from the original on December 21, 2021. Retrieved July 8, 2016 – via YouTube.
- "Shows: Season 29 2007–2008". Retrieved August 13, 2014.
- Frankel, Daniel (February 4, 2009). "TNT's 'Trust Me' tumbles: USA's original series fare well against networks". Winnipeg Free Press.
- Andreeva, Nellie (April 12, 2009). "TNT cancels ad-agency drama "Trust Me"". Reuters. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
- Lewis, Errol (August 14, 2012). "Lifetime Premieres 'Killer Among Us' Starring Tom Cavanagh And Boris Kodjoe". Soap Opera Network. Retrieved January 28, 2012.
- Abrams, Natalie (February 10, 2014). "Ed's Tom Cavanagh Joins The CW's The Flash Pilot". TV Guide. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
- Vary, Adam B. (May 4, 2021). "'The Flash' Stars Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanagh Leaving After Season 7". Variety. Retrieved May 5, 2021.
- Mike and Tom Eat Snacks on Apple Podcasts
- "Cage Nuptials Kick Off a Week of Weddings". People. August 5, 2004. Retrieved October 22, 2019.
- "My Sundance Experience in Full". Retrieved December 31, 2017.
- Peterson, Erin (October 29, 2008). "I'm a Runner: Tom Cavanagh". Runner's World. Archived from the original on February 13, 2012. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
- Cavanagh, Tom (March 25, 2009). "Trust me, Nets Save Lives". Nothing But Nets.
- "A Conversation with Grant Gustin: The Flash — Hosted by Kevin Smith!". YouTube. June 24, 2018. Archived from the original on December 21, 2021. Retrieved June 26, 2018.
- "Bruce Willis and Michael Rooker to Star in Tubi's Adaptation of 'Corrective Measures'". September 8, 2021.
- "Flash's Tom Cavanagh Directing Time Travel Episode". CBR. March 21, 2017. Retrieved December 30, 2018.
- "The Flash: The Once And Future Flash Review & Discussion". Screen Rant. April 25, 2017. Retrieved August 14, 2017.
- Keene, Allison (October 25, 2017). "New 'The Flash' Images Introduce Danny Trejo's Breacher". Collider. Retrieved May 11, 2019.
- Agard, Chancellor (December 4, 2018). "'The Flash' recap: A poignant (and twisty!) journey to the past worthy of 100 episodes". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 11, 2019.