Tom Pelphrey

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Tom Pelphrey
Born (1982-07-28) July 28, 1982 (age 34)
Howell, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 2004–present

Tom Pelphrey (born July 28, 1982) is an American actor.

Early years[edit]

Born in Howell, New Jersey, Pelphrey graduated from Howell High School in 2000, and from Rutgers University (Mason Gross School of the Arts) in 2004 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.[1]


Guiding Light[edit]

Pelphrey's most notable role has been the role of Jonathan Randall, the son of Reva Shayne and her late former husband, Richard Winslow, on the CBS soap opera Guiding Light. He joined the cast in September 2004 and received critical acclaim for his portrayal of anti-hero Jonathan.

He was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Younger Actor" in 2005 and won the award the following year in April 2006. He received a third consecutive nomination in the same category in 2007 but lost to Bryton McClure. Pelphrey won his second Daytime Emmy Award for "Outstanding Younger Actor" in 2008.

His character's popular romantic relationship with Tammy Layne Winslow (Stephanie Gatschet) was the subject of great controversy, as the characters were first cousins and siblings by adoption. Jonathan got drunk and got Lizzie Spaulding pregnant. Tammy promised Jonathan to help take care of the child. The baby was named "Sarah" after her great-grandmother Sarah Shayne. Alan Spaulding, the baby's great-grandfather, put a hit on Jonathan's head which led to Tammy pushing Jonathan out of the way and dying. Jonathan faked his and Sarah's death to escaped from Alan Spaulding. In 2007, Jonathan made a guest appearance. In August 2009, Jeffery O'Neil, who had been chasing Edmund, passed out in Jonathan's yard and that marked Jonathan's return to the show. After he and Jeffrey chased Edmund, he eventually returned home to Springfield along with Sarah to reconcile with his mother and let Lizzie see her daughter, with custody papers for shared custody. On September 18, 2009, Guiding Light ended after over 70 years of broadcasts.

As the World Turns[edit]

Tom signed a contract to play "Mick" on As the World Turns beginning in October 2009.[2] His run ended in February 2010 when his character was sent to prison for his misdeeds. Pelphrey earned an Emmy prenomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Mick Dante.

Primetime television[edit]

On March 30, 2007, he appeared in an episode of Numb3rs, "Pandora's Box". [1] On October 17, 2008 he appeared in an episode of "Ghost Whisperer". Appeared in one episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in 2009. In 2015 Pelphrey landed the recurring role of Kurt Bunker, a former neo-nazi trying to reintegrate into society, on Cinemax's action drama Banshee. To prepare for this role he started lifting weights and did research by reading books on the neo-nazi movement in America.[3]


From September 6, 2007 to September 30, 2007, Pelphrey performed in Kevin Mandel's A New Television Arrives Finally as the title character, at Theatre 54, in New York. Pelphrey starred in In God's Hat at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater, in New York City, through August 7, 2010.[4] He's currently starting in the musical drama End of the Rainbow as Mickey Deans.[5]


Daytime Emmy
Outstanding Younger Actor 2006
Outstanding Younger Actor 2008


Year Film Role Notes
2007 Numb3rs Mike Daley One Episode
2007 The Burg Douche Bag Dave One Episode
2008 CSI: Miami Mick Ragosa One Episode
2008 Ghost Whisperer Brian One Episode
2004–2009 Guiding Light Jonathan Randall Series Regular and Guest
2009 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit T-Bone One Episode
2009–2010 As the World Turns Mick Dante Series Regular
2010 Spring Broke Brad Guest Role
2011 Body of Proof Dean Avery Episode 4: "Talking Heads"
2011 Homefront Connor J. Morgan Voice
2012 Blue Bloods (TV series) Mike Galatis One Episode
2015-2016 Banshee Kurt Bunker Recurring Character
2016- Iron Fist Ward Meachum Series Regular

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Meet Tom Pelphrey: Kristen Hamill chats with the Mason Gross graduate, who now can be seen on The Guiding Light, The Daily Targum, October 5, 2004
  2. ^ Potter, Courtney (September 1, 2009). "Tom Pelphrey to Join "As The World Turns"". SoapNet. Retrieved 19 September 2009. 
  3. ^ "Interview with Tom Pelphrey on Banshee". myFanbase. March 26, 2015. 
  4. ^ Jaworowski, Ken (July 26, 2010). "Richard Taylor's Vision From the Gates of Jail". The New York Times. 
  5. ^ "End of the Rainbow". Official Site. 

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