Tom Everett Scott

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Tom Everett Scott
Scott in 2010
Thomas Everett Scott

(1970-09-07) September 7, 1970 (age 53)
Alma materSyracuse University
Years active1993–present
Jenni Gallagher
(m. 1997)

Thomas Everett Scott (born September 7, 1970)[1] is an American actor. His film work includes a starring role as drummer Guy Patterson in the film That Thing You Do!, the protagonist in An American Werewolf in Paris, and notable roles in Boiler Room, One True Thing, Dead Man on Campus, The Love Letter, Because I Said So, Danger One, La La Land, and Clouds.

In television, he played the roles of Detective Russell Clarke in the series Southland, Charles Garnett in Z Nation, and played the recurring roles of Eric Wyczenski in ER, Sam Landon in Beauty & the Beast, Kevin Duval in the series Scream, William in Reign, and Mr. Down in 13 Reasons Why. He also co-starred in the truTV sitcom I'm Sorry.

Early life[edit]

Scott was born in East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, the son of Cynthia "Cindy" (née Pierce), an insurance sales representative, and William Joseph "Bill" Scott (died 2007),[2] a civil engineer.[3][4] He graduated from Syracuse University in 1992, where he started out as a communications major, but eventually majored in drama.[5]


After appearing in an episode of Law & Order and a commercial for Crest toothpaste in 1993, Scott's first notable role was as Matthew for several seasons on the television situation comedy Grace Under Fire. He played the title character's illegitimate son, whom she had placed for adoption. In 1996, Scott landed the role of Guy Patterson in the film That Thing You Do! He was almost passed over because of his resemblance to the film's director, actor Tom Hanks, but Hanks's wife, Rita Wilson, encouraged Hanks to cast Scott in the role.[6]

Scott has had several other roles; he was the lead in the films An American Werewolf in Paris and Dead Man on Campus, and co-starred with Kate Capshaw and Tom Selleck in The Love Letter. He starred in the cult film Boiler Room and made an uncredited cameo in Van Wilder. He played Bert Cates in the film Inherit the Wind (1999) with George C. Scott and Jack Lemmon. He has had recurring roles on the television series ER in 2002 and 2003 and has played numerous minor parts in other films and television shows such as Will & Grace and Sons of Anarchy. He co-starred in the series Philly as a lawyer, partnering with Kim Delaney. The show was a critical success but suffered poor ratings and was cancelled after one season. He also starred in Saved, a medical drama series on TNT. He starred in the television film Surrender Dorothy. He appeared as one of Mandy Moore's character's boyfriends in the comedy Because I Said So,[7] and starred in a Broadway theatre comedy, The Little Dog Laughed, as closeted film star Mitchell Green, written by Douglas Carter Beane. He starred as Jack Cutting on the ABC's brief comedy drama series Cashmere Mafia (2008). In 2009, he appeared in four episodes of Law & Order playing the fictional Governor of New York, Don Shalvoy. He also played Detective Russell Clarke in the seven episodes of the first season of Southland, which was dropped by NBC and subsequently picked up by TNT.[8] At the start of second season, he became a recurring character appearing in three of six episodes. In the third and fifth seasons, he continued to appear in selected episodes.

Scott had supporting roles in other films such as Race to Witch Mountain, Tanner Hall, Mars Needs Moms, Parental Guidance, Enemies Closer, Sister Cities, and portrayed an affable but amoral paramedic in Danger One. His former television roles include Sam Landon in Beauty and the Beast, Kevin Duval in Scream, Charles Garnett in Z Nation, and William in Reign. In 2016, he appeared in the film La La Land. In 2017, he co-starred in the film Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, and was a series regular on the TruTV sitcom I'm Sorry, starring alongside Andrea Savage for two seasons.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Scott married Jenni Gallagher, whom he met at Syracuse University, on December 13, 1997. They have two children.[10]



Year Title Role Notes
1996 That Thing You Do! Guy Patterson
1997 An American Werewolf in Paris Andy McDermott
1998 One True Thing Brian Gulden
Dead Man on Campus Josh Miller
River Red Dave Holden Also producer
1999 The Love Letter Johnny Howell
Top of the Food Chain Guy Fawkes
2000 Attraction Garrett
Boiler Room Michael Brantley
2002 Van Wilder Elliot Grebb
2005 Sexual Life Todd
2006 Air Buddies Buddy Voice
2007 Because I Said So Jason Grant
2008 Snow Buddies Buddy Voice
2009 Race to Witch Mountain Mr. Matheson
Tanner Hall Gio
2011 Mars Needs Moms Milo's Dad Voice
2012 Parental Guidance Phil Simmons
Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups Santa Paws Voice
2013 Enemies Closer Henry Taylor
2015 Bravetown Jim
Forever Fred
2016 La La Land David
Vanished – Left Behind: Next Generation Damon
2017 The Last Word Ronald Odom
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul Frank Heffley
2018 Collusions Martin
Danger One Dean
Back Roads Brad Mercer
2019 I Hate Kids Nick Pearson
2020 Clouds Rob Sobiech
2020 Sister of the Groom Ethan
2021 Finding You Montgomery Rush
2023 One True Loves Michael


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Law & Order Charles Wilson Episode: "Pride and Joy"
1994 CBS Schoolbreak Special Matt Hansen Episode: "Love in the Dark Ages"
1995–1997 Grace Under Fire Matthew 5 episodes
1999 Inherit the Wind Bertram Cates Television film
2000–2001 The $treet Jack T. Kenderson 12 episodes
2001–2002 Philly Will Froman Main role, 22 episodes
2002–2003 Do Over Adult Joel Larsen Voice, 13 episodes; uncredited
ER Eric Wyczenski 8 episodes
2003 Will & Grace Alex Episode: "Strangers with Candice"
2004 Justice League Unlimited Booster Gold Voice, episode: "The Greatest Story Never Told"
Karroll's Christmas Allen Karroll Television film
2005 Stacked Gavin P. Miller Episode: "Unaired Pilot"
2006 Saved Wyatt Cole Main role, 13 episodes
2008 Cashmere Mafia Jack Cutting 3 episodes
Sons of Anarchy Rosen 3 episodes
2008–2009 Law & Order Governor Donald Shalvoy 4 episodes
2009 Batman: The Brave and the Bold Booster Gold Voice, 8 episodes
2009–2013 Southland Detective Russell Clarke Main role, 17 episodes
2010 The Devil's Teardrop Parker Kincaid Television film
2011 Bad Mom Ted Lacey Television film
2012 GCB Andrew Remington 3 episodes
2013 Independence Daysaster Sam Garsette Television film
Bloodline Dr. Christopher Benson Television film
2014 Love Finds You in Sugarcreek, Ohio Joe Matthews / Micah Matthias Television film
Beauty and the Beast Sam Landon 5 episodes[11]
Z Nation Charles Garnett 6 episodes
2015 How to Get Away with Murder Father Andrew Crawford Episode: "The Night Lila Died"
Criminal Minds Greg Sullivan Episode: "Beyond Borders"
2015–2016 Scream Kevin Duval 6 episodes
Reign William Cecil 6 episodes
2016 Elementary Henry Baskerville Episode: "Hounded"
2016 Sister Cities Chief Barton Brady Television film
2017–2019 13 Reasons Why Mr. Down 8 episodes
2017 Christmas Connection Jonathan Murphy Television film
2017–2019 I'm Sorry Mike Harris Main role, 20 episodes
2019 God Friended Me Paul Levine Episode: "Prophet and Loss"
2020 The Healing Powers of Dude Marvin Ferris Main role
2020 Council of Dads Scott Perry Guest role
2021 Rise and Shine, Benedict Stone Ben Stone Television film
2021 The Good Father: The Martin MacNeill Story Martin MacNeill Television film[12]
2022–present The Summer I Turned Pretty Adam Fisher Series regular
2022 Dolly Parton's Mountain Magic Christmas Television film[13]

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
2004 Call of Duty: Finest Hour
2010 Batman: The Brave and the Bold – The Videogame Booster Gold


  1. ^ "Celebrity Talk ...Checking in with Thomas Everett Scott". The Free Lance-Star. Fredericksburg, Virginia. November 10, 2002. Retrieved September 6, 2012.
  2. ^ "William Joseph Scott's Obituary". The Enterprise.
  3. ^ "Blanchard Funeral Chapel - William "Bill" J. Scott - Obituary". Current Obituary.
  4. ^ Lynn, Allison (October 21, 1996). "The King of Thing". People. Archived from the original on March 3, 2011.
  5. ^ "That Thing He Does!". Retrieved 2017-06-25.
  6. ^ Adams, Thelma (July 1, 2021). "Tom Everett Scott - Brief Article". IndexArticles. Retrieved April 19, 2022.
  7. ^ Scott, A. O. (February 2, 2007). "Mother, Please, I'd Rather Do It Myself". The New York Times. Retrieved April 19, 2022.
  8. ^ "SOUTHLAND star Tom Everett Scott talks Russell Clark". My Take on TV. March 3, 2010. Retrieved April 19, 2022.
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (August 25, 2020). "Andrea Savage's 'I'm Sorry' Won't Proceed With Season 3 Due To COVID; Canceled By TruTV After 2 Seasons". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 25, 2020.
  10. ^ "Tom Everett Scott Talks About Fatherhood, Council Of Dads & More". March 23, 2020.
  11. ^ Gonzalez, Sandra (February 4, 2014). "'Beauty and the Beast' Casts Tom Everett Scott for Intense Recurring Role". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 5, 2017.
  12. ^ "Is Lifetime's The Good Father: The Martin MacNeill Story Based on a True Story?". The Cinemaholic. October 2, 2021. Retrieved June 18, 2022.
  13. ^ Sanusi, Tayi (October 31, 2022). "Everything to Know About the Dolly Parton Christmas Movie Coming to NBC". NBC Insider Official Site. Retrieved July 10, 2023.

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