Cavanagh at the premiere of War, Inc. at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival, April 28, 2008
|Born||Thomas Patrick Cavanagh
October 26, 1963
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
|Alma mater||Queen's University|
|Spouse(s)||Maureen Grise (m. 2004)|
Thomas Patrick Cavanagh (born October 26, 1963) is a Canadian actor and director best 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. Since 2014, Cavanagh has served as a series regular on The Flash, portraying various versions of Harrison Wells.
In his teens, the family moved to Lennoxville, Quebec where he started high school. 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 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 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 Dog Boy 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 ("My Big Brother") where he was cast as Dan Dorian, the brother of lead character J.D., because of his resemblance to Zach Braff. He returned for one episode in 2003 ("My Brother, Where Art Thou?"), for a two-episode arc in 2004 ("My Cake" and "My Common Enemy"), for one episode in April 2006 ("My New Suit") and then on November 8, 2007 ("My Inconvenient Truth"). He took the role for one last time in 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 through April 2009, Cavanagh starred in the television drama Trust Me, co-starring Eric McCormack, which aired weekly on TNT until the network cancelled it 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 appeared in Lifetime's A Killer Among Us.
Since 2014, Cavanagh has been a series regular on The CW's live-action television series The Flash, portraying the various doppelgängers of Dr. Harrison Wells. He first played Eobard Thawne/Reverse-Flash while genetically disguised as Earth-1's Wells in season one, also playing this character in The CW's Superhero Fight Club promotional video, and later reprising the role in the 2017 four-part crossover event "Crisis on Earth-X". Throughout subsequent seasons, Cavanagh would also play "Harry" Wells of Earth-2 since season two, "H.R." Wells of Earth-19 during season three. Also in season three, he played three other doppelgängers (a steampunk-styled, British-accented doppelganger from Earth-17, a hillbilly from an unnamed Earth and a French-speaking mime from another unnamed Earth) as cameos, and had his directorial debut with the season three episode "The Once and Future Flash". In season four, Cavanagh also portrayed four other versions of Wells: Harrison Wolfgang Wells of Earth-12, H. Lothario Wells of Earth-37, the half-man, half-machine Wells 2.0 of Earth-22, and the wizard "Wells the Grey" from Earth-13.
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 instalment 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).
Cavanagh has an older brother who is a Crown Attorney and three sisters. One of his sisters teaches Religious Education (RE) and is a chaplain in Ontario; another is an autism specialist in Toronto, and a third sister is a London, Ontario-based writer.
Cavanagh married Maureen Grise, a photo 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|
|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–present||The Flash||Eobard Thawne / Reverse-Flash; Dr. Harrison Wells||Main role|
|2015||Robot Chicken||Eobard Thawne||Voice role; episode: "Ants on a Hamburger"|
|2016||Van Helsing||Micah||1 episode|
|2017||Darrow & Darrow||Miles||Main role; Television film|
|2017||Supergirl||Dr. Harrison Wells / Reverse-Flash||Guest; Crossover event "Crisis on Earth-X"|
|Legends of Tomorrow|
|2010||Yogi Bear: The Video Game||Ranger Smith||Voice|
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