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Tom Cavanagh

Cavanagh at the premiere of War, Inc. at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival, April 28, 2008
Born Thomas Cavanagh
October 26, 1963 (1963-10-26) (age 46)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Spouse(s) Maureen Grise (2004–present)

Thomas "Tom" Cavanagh (born October 26, 1963) is a Canadian actor.


Early life

Cavanagh was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; his parents are academics and writers. He moved with his family to a small city, Winneba, in Ghana when he was seven years old. In his teens, the family moved to Lennoxville, Quebec where he started high school. Tom went to high school at the Seminaire de Sherbrooke, in nearby Sherbrooke, where he studied in French and played basketball for the Barons. He later studied at Champlain College in Lennoxville at the CEGEP level. Thomas is fluently bilingual in French and English. While attending Queen's University in 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.


Commercial credits

He has long been known in Canada as an actor in TV dramas such as Jake and the Kid and television commercials, appearing for Labatt in the 1990s and more recently for CIBC.

Broadway credits

In 1989 he was cast in a Broadway revival of Shenandoah. His stage credits also include productions of Grease, A Chorus Line, Cabaret, Brighton Beach Memoirs, and Urinetown. Tom is currently appearing in Some Americans Abroad at Second Stage Theatre in New York City.

Primetime television

After gaining notice for his recurring role as the "Dog Boy" in Providence, Cavanagh was cast as the protagonist and title character in the NBC television program Ed, the role for which he is most recognized. 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.[1]

In 1995, he had a supporting role in season one of "The Outer Limits" episode titled "Blood Brothers." He portrayed a scientist.

In 2002, he starred in the Showtime film Bang Bang You're Dead, which won a Peabody Award.

Cavanagh first guest starred on the sitcom Scrubs in 2002 ("My Big Brother"). He was hired to play Dan Dorian, the brother of lead character J.D. (Zach Braff), because of his resemblance to 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 most recently 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, he guest starred in the TV show, Jack & Bobby.

In 2005, Cavanagh filmed a pilot entitled Love Monkey with Jason Priestley, Judy Greer, and Larenz Tate. The show was picked up 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. However, CBS is intending to make all 8 episodes available for free on-demand on-line viewing on its new Innertube website (one episode is already available). In 2009, the series was shown on the Universal HD cable network.

He is also in a television miniseries The Capture Of The Green River Killer, on Life Time Movie network.

In March 2006, Cavanagh filmed a pilot for a comedy, again for CBS, entitled My Ex-Life about a divorced couple who remain friends. The pilot also featured Lost actress Cynthia Watros as his ex-wife. However, CBS did not pick the show for its fall 2006 schedule. Cavanagh portrayed the lead role in the popular made-for-TV movie Snow in 2005, which is now shown yearly on the Family channel. Snow 2 is due for release this year.

During Spring 2008, Cavanagh appears in the ABC series, Eli Stone. He plays Eli's (Jonny Lee Miller's) father, who also suffered from a brain aneurysm.

Beginning in January 2009, Cavanagh starred in the new television drama Trust Me, co-starring Eric McCormack, which aired weekly on TNT[2] until it was canceled.[3]

Cavanagh stars in Stories from the Vaults on Smithsonian Networks. The second season of this behind-the-scenes look at the Smithsonian Institution premiered July 12th, 2009.


Prior to Ed, Cavanagh's film appearances were mainly in supporting roles.[1] 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, opposite Heather Graham, and in a family comedy/drama, Two Weeks, with Sally Field. Both Sarah Chalke and Heather Graham play significant roles in Scrubs in which Cavanagh plays a minor role as JD's older brother. He also had a secondary role on How to Eat Fried Worms, a 2006 film based on the children's book of the same name by Thomas Rockwell.

In the fall of 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 installment of the direct-to-DVD "Raw Feed" horror film series from Warner Home Video, Sublime.

In 2009 he wrote, directed and featured in the short $Game (Money Game) about a pick-up basketball in NYC.

Personal life

Cavanagh has an older brother who is a Crown Attorney and three sisters; one who is a Religion teacher and Chaplain in Ontario, Canada, another who is an Autism specialist in Toronto Ontario and another who is a Communications Writer in London, England.

Cavanagh is married to Maureen Grise, a photo editor for Sports Illustrated. They were married on July 31, 2004, in a Roman Catholic ceremony on Nantucket, Massachusetts. The couple have a daughter, Alice Ann, 3 1/2, and two sons, Thomas Patrick, 2, and James Joseph, born August 5, 2009.[4] Cavanagh ran the 2006 New York City Marathon finishing in 3:29:31.[5]

Cavanagh is supporter of Nothing But Nets, a charitable organization seeking to prevent malaria deaths in Africa through local distribution of mosquito nets. In summer 2008, he founded the Cavanagh Classic, an annual celebrity basketball tournament in Rucker Park in New York City to raise money and awareness for the cause. Cavanagh traveled to Rwanda on a March 2009 United Nations Foundation trip to distribute the nets and educate the recipients in their use.[6]


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