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July 6, 1955 |
New York City, New York
|Occupation||Television, film, stage actor|
Tom Wiggin (born July 6, 1955) is an American actor, writer and entrepreneur.
In a career that has spanned four decades, Wiggin has acted professionally on stage, TV and in films. He has also written for two soap operas (Another World and As the World Turns) and had one screenplay optioned (Gift of the Robin's Nest). Wiggin is best known for creating the role of nefarious businessman Kirk Anderson on the long-running soap opera 'As the World Turns'.
Wiggin started his career in New York after dropping out of Columbia University. He landed the role of Danny Zuko in a national tour of 'Grease' and eventually joined the Broadway cast. He left 'Grease' to star in an Off Broadway production of the British play 'Class Enemy' during which he was cast as Mike, the ex-quarterback cutter in the TV series Breaking Away. Wiggin went on to contract roles on two soap operas, 'Texas' (Joe Foster) and 'Another World' (Gil Fenton), acting with such luminaries as Morgan Freeman and Joe Morton. Between these two contracts, he joined the cast of the Broadway comedy 'Breakfast with Les and Bess'. In the mid eighties, Wiggin joined the cast of the Off Broadway smash 'The Foreigner' (Owen) and played Agent foster in the TV movie 'Izzy and Moe', starring Jackie Gleason and Art Carney.
After moving to Los Angeles, Wiggin guest-starred in episodes of 'Hotel' and 'St. Elsewhere', in addition to starring in the west coast premier of the Australian play 'Down an Alley Filled with Cats' at the Pasadena Playhouse. He returned to New York in 1988 when he was cast in 'As the World Turns'. He played Kirk Anderson for 10 years. In 1994 he appeared with Sam Waterston in the Lincoln Center production of 'Abe Lincoln in Illinois'. Later he guest starred in an episode of 'Law & Order'. He had non contract roles on 'All My Children' (Stan), and 'Guiding Light' (Sam). He played Warden Whitakker in 'Iron Jawed Angels' starring Hilary Swank, Whitey Ford in the mini series "The Bronx Is Burning', starring John Turturro and he appeared again on Broadway, starring with Farrah Fawcett in 'Bobbi Boland'. He played Lawrence Decker, a non contract role on 'Guiding Light' shortly before it went dark.
Currently on hiatus from show business, Wiggin has started a business with his wife, Jennifer, called HealthFlash. Healthflash is a proprietary software that helps people store, organize and secure their personal health records.
Wiggin was born in New York City, and raised in Alexandria, Virginia. He began acting in community theater at the age of eight. He graduated from St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire, where he continued to act while playing three varsity sports. He attended Columbia University in New York for 3 semesters before dropping out to pursue acting full time. His hobbies include music, politics, and sports such as golf and softball and football. He played on a team mostly composed of Columbia grads in the now defunct Central Park League. He was instrumental in changing the way plays were called by his QB, Paul Winham. When the team (called the "2x offenders, for good reason) were in misery and failing as a team, he said, "Let us develop a playbook!" and they did. Since then, the 2X offenders vanquished their adversaries again and again because of their "playbook" What a world! Mr. Pickering and Mr. Winham and Mr. Pettit would like to give him a very well deserved hand shake. He can come get them any time because they thank him for the playbook. He and his first wife, Amy Forte Wiggin, are divorced. They have two daughters, Anna and Eliza. He was remarried in 2010 to Jennifer Dumas, a New York theater producer.
Awards and nominations
He has been nominated for two Soap Opera Digest awards. In 1990, he was nominated for Outstanding Comic Actor for As the World Turns. He was nominated again in 1996 for Outstanding Male Scene Stealer (again for As the World Turns).