Tom Pelphrey

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Tom Pelphrey
Thomas J. Pelphrey

(1982-07-28) July 28, 1982 (age 38)
Years active2004–present
Partner(s)Jaimie Alexander (2018–2020)

Tom Pelphrey (born July 28, 1982) is an American actor. He is best known for playing the roles of Jonathan Randall and Mick Dante in the CBS television series' Guiding Light and As the World Turns respectively, Kurt Bunker in the Cinemax television series Banshee, Ward Meachum in the Netflix original series Iron Fist and Ben Davis in the Netflix original series Ozark.

Early life and education[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.

As the World Turns[edit]

Pelphrey 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".[3] On October 17, 2008 he appeared in an episode of "Ghost Whisperer", and the following season in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. 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.[4] Since 2017, he has appeared in Iron Fist as Ward Meachum. Recently, Pelphrey portrayed Ben Davis on the third season of the Netflix crime drama Ozark which was released on March 27, 2020.[5]


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.[6] Pelphrey starred in In God's Hat at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater, in New York City, through August 7, 2010.[7] In 2012, he appeared in the Broadway cast of the musical drama End of the Rainbow as Mickey Deans; in 2015, he returned to Broadway in a revival of Fool for Love, playing Martin.[8]



Year Title Role Notes
2008 Birds of America Hitchhiker
2010 The Elastic Marty Short film
2012 Junction David ReelHeart International Film Festival Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Excuse Me for Living Dan
2013 Turtle Island Tim
Tiger Lily Road Ricky Harden
2014 A Cry from Within Carl
2015 Anchors Denny
The Girl Is in Trouble Eric
Sam Stephen
#Lucky Number Bret Reynolds
Blink Actor
2019 Crazy Alien Captain Zach Andrews
2020 Mank Joseph L. Mankiewicz
TBA American Murderer Jason Derek Brown Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2007 The Burg Douche Bag Dave Episode: "Out"
Numb3rs Mike Daley Episode: "Pandora's Box"
2008 Ghost Whisperer Brian Episode: "Ghost in the Machine"
CSI: Miami Mick Ragosa Episode: "Wrecking Crew"
2004–2009 Guiding Light Jonathan Randall 154 episodes;
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series (2006, 2008)
Nominated – Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series (2005, 2007)
Nominated – Gold Derby Award for Younger Actor - Daytime Drama (2006–2007)
Nominated – Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Male Newcomer (2005)
2009–2016 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Various 2 episodes
2009–2010 As the World Turns Mick Dante 29 episodes
2010 The Good Wife Josh Mundy Episode: "Doubt"
2011 Body of Proof Dean Avery Episode: "Talking Heads"
2012 Blue Bloods Mike Galatis Episode: "The Uniform"
2013 The Following Brock Episode: "Guilt"
2014 Black Box Joseph Morgan Episode: "Forget Me"
2015–2016 Banshee Kurt Bunker 15 episodes
2017 Chicago P.D. Thomas Cade Episode: "Favor, Affection, Malice or Ill-Will"
2017–2018 Iron Fist Ward Meachum Series regular; 21 episodes
2019 Blindspot Cameron Gibbs Episode: “Frequently Recurring Struggle for Existence”
2020 Ozark Ben Davis Main cast (season 3)
Nominated – Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
TBA Outer Range Perry Abbott Main cast

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Homefront Connor J. Morgan Voice role


  1. ^ Meet Tom Pelphrey: Kristen Hamill chats with the Mason Gross graduate, who now can be seen on The Guiding Light[permanent dead link], The Daily Targum, October 5, 2004
  2. ^ Potter, Courtney (September 1, 2009). "Tom Pelphrey to Join "As The World Turns"". SoapNet. Archived from the original on 4 September 2009. Retrieved 19 September 2009.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-03-24. Retrieved 2007-03-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Interview with Tom Pelphrey on Banshee". myFanbase. March 26, 2015.
  5. ^ Petski, Denise (June 14, 2019). "'Ozark': Tom Pelphrey, Jessica Frances Dukes Among Four Cast; Two Promoted For Season 3 Of Netflix Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 27, 2020.
  6. ^ Propst, Andy (September 10, 2007). "A New Television Arrives, Finally". Backstage.
  7. ^ Jaworowski, Ken (July 26, 2010). "Richard Taylor's Vision From the Gates of Jail". The New York Times.
  8. ^ "Tom Pelphrey at the Internet Broadway Database".

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