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Tom McGowan
Born Thomas McGowan
July 26, 1959 (1959-07-26) (age 50)
Belmar, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1991 – present

Thomas "Tom" McGowan (born July 26, 1959) is an American actor, known for his recurring roles on Frasier, as KACL station manager Kenny Daly; Everybody Loves Raymond, as Ray's friend Bernie; and on The War at Home, as Dave Gold's friend Joe. McGowan also appeared on Curb Your Enthusiasm as a disgruntled fan of Larry's. He has also appeared as a sleazy tabloid editor in an episode of Disney Channel's Hannah Montana.

On Broadway he appeared in La Bête (1991), for which he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Play. Off Broadway, he won an Obie Award for his performance in Nicky Silver's play The Food Chain. He played the role of Pat Finley in the 1995 movie Heavyweights and the role of Patrick Fisher in the 2006 movie Twelve and Holding.

He is recently originated the role of the Wizard on the 2nd national tour of the musical Wicked[1] beginning March 12, 2009. He played his final performance on December 6, 2009 and was replaced by Don Amandolia. McGowan will reprise the role in the San Francisco production of the show in the new year.


Personal life

McGowan grew up in Belmar, New Jersey.[2] He graduated from Belmar's St. Rose High School in 1977.[3] Upon graduation from high school, he attended Hofstra University and the Yale School of Drama, from which he graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1988. He has a son, Mark Thomas McGowan, born May 5, 1992, and a daughter, Mary Cynthia McGowan, born February 10, 1995.


TV credits

Starring roles

Show Role
Down the Shore Eddie Cheever
Monty Clifford Walker
The Show George Hart

Recurring roles

Show Role
Everybody Loves Raymond Bernie
Frasier Kenny Daly
The War at Home Joe

Guest Star

Show Episode Role
8 Simple Rules "Thanksgiving Guest" Frank
Bull "In The Course of Human Events" Johnny Walker
Coach "Be A Good Sport" Edgar
Complete Savages "Carnival Knowledge" Reverend Dave
Curb Your Enthusiasm "The Thong" John Tyler
ER "Viable Options" Joe Bernero
ER "The Peace of Wild Things" Joe Bernero
Hannah Montana "Don't Stop 'Til You Get the Phone" Leo
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show "Honey, I Shrunk the Science Dude" Randy
Judging Amy "Picture of Perfect" Mr. Moran
King of the Hill "Hank's Back Story" David
Oliver Beene "Catskills" Bob "Simon Says" Brooks
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch "The Great Mistake" Principal Larue
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch "Bundt Friday" Principal Larue
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch "Terrible Things" Principal Larue
Snoops "Pilot" UNKNOWN
Snoops "A Criminal Mind" UNKNOWN
The Huntress "With Great Power" Ollie Drake
The Pitts "Squarewolves" Officer Peltz
The Practice "The Pursuit of Dignity" Wright
The War at Home "Take This Job and Bleep It" Joe
Welcome to New York "The Brother" Joe Gaffigan

Movie credits

Film Release Date Role
After the Sunset 2004 Ed
Dog Gone Love 2004 Star
Bad Santa 2003 Harrison
Ghost World 2001 Joe
True Crime 1999 Star
As Good as It Gets 1997 Maitre D'
Bean: The Movie 1997 Star
The Birdcage 1996 Harry Radman
Heavyweights 1995 Pat Finley
Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle 1994 Alexander Woollcott
Searching for Bobby Fischer 1993 Reporter
Sleepless in Seattle 1993 Keith
Captain Ron 1992 Bill


  1. ^ "Dodd, Yorke, Caskey and McGowan to Star in Wicked's Second North American Tour",, February 9, 2009
  2. ^ Marks, Peter. "On Stage, and Off", The New York Times, September 8, 1995. Accessed August 9, 2008. "Fortunately, the 36-year-old actor, a native of Belmar, N.J., needs a lot of padding on his 200-plus-pound frame to play Otto, whose eating compulsion feeds into one of the central themes of Nicky Silver's new comedy, which opened last month to largely enthusiastic reviews."
  3. ^ Mann, Virginia. "PRESERVING A DISTINCTIVE NEW JERSEY FLAVOR", The Record (Bergen County), June 19, 1992. Accessed August 9, 2008.

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