Tom grew up in the small towns of Richmond and Crystal Lake, Illinois. He began performing at home with his 10 brothers and sisters creating puppet shows, short films, music and radio dramas, before moving on to school plays and community theater.He graduated from The Goodman School of Drama, as it became the Theatre School at DePaul University. His work on the Chicago stage began in the ensemble of the Body Politic Theatre, where he starred in such memorable productions as Translations, The Playboy of the Western World and Falstaff & Hal. Other notable stage work includes What the Butler Saw, Candida and The Mystery Cycle at the Court Theatre, as well as Free Advice from Prague and The Courtship of Carl Sandburg at Northlight.Tom was head writer and announcer of the NPR musical variety show The Flea Market. He directed plays for the Curious Theater, played music with both Balderdash and Jamie O'Reilly & the Rogues, and was artistic director of the Call to Action Theater.While working on-stage in Chicago, Tom was cast as Eliot Ness in the television series The Untouchables and spent two years shooting on his home turf. Moving to L.A., Tom starred in the NBC comedy The Pursuit of Happiness, with Brad Garrett and Larry Miller. He's played recurring roles on Big Love, Boston Legal, Eli Stone, The Guardian, Spin City and From the Earth to the Moon. Other favorite TV work includes The Good Guys, Grey's Anatomy, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Just Shoot Me, ER and The Larry Sanders Show.Traveling to the western Rockies, Tom spent four years portraying the beloved Dr. Harold Abbott on family drama Everwood, opposite Treat Williams. He went on to direct episodes of both Everwood and ABC's Brothers and Sisters. Most recently, Tom has appeared as Dr. Gordon Pelikan on the NBC drama Parenthood.Tom's film credits include The Long Kiss Goodnight opposite Geena Davis, Brokedown Palace with Claire Danes and Kate Beckinsale, Billboard Dad with the Olsen twins, Second Chances, Straight Talk and HBO's Live From Baghdad. He appears with Colin Hanks, Ari Graynor and Ann-Margret in the upcoming Gil Cate's Jr. comedy Lucky.His work on the Chicago stage continues at the Victory Gardens Theater, where he's starred most recently in Cynical Weathers and Edward Albee's At Home At The Zoo, both directed by Dennis Zacek.Tom is married to actress Nancy Everhard, who played Katherine Ness on The Untouchables. His daughters Meg and Nia make up two-thirds of the Chicago band Midnight Moxie. And his son Ben is himself a budding hyphenate.
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