Biography of Tom McGowan

Thomas “Tom” McGowan is a successful American actor born on July 26th, 1959. The world knows McGowan for his amazing career on and off-Broadway. 

Tom has won several awards for his outstanding acting skills in numerous TV series, movies, and plays. He has made several successful appearances in hit movies, including Heavyweights, The Birdcage, True Crime, Ghost World, As Good As it Gets, and Sleepless in Seattle. 

Personal Life 

Tom McGowan was born in Belmar, New Jersey. He graduated in 1977 from St. Rose High School and further attended Hofstra University. Tom McGowan’s passion for acting took him to the Yale School of Drama, from where he received his degree of Masters in Fine Arts in 1988. 

He married his love, Cathy, and together they have a son named Mark, who was born in 1992. They also have a daughter named Mary, born in 1995. 

Career and Award-Winning Performances 

Tom McGowan has been nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play. This nomination came after his stellar performance in Broadway’s La Bete (1991). This performance made him well-known in the drama circle as people praised his performance a lot. Besides Broadway, Tom McGowan also earned an Obie Award for his praiseworthy performance in the play The Food Chain by Nicky Silver. 

He also has several other best performances under his belt, such as his role as Patrick Fisher in the movie Twelve and Holding in 2006. Tom McGowan is also famous for playing the role of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz since 2009. He played this role for the first time in the original Second National Tour production in 2009. 

In 2011, he played the same role on Broadway in Wicked. In 2014, Tom McGowan was provided with the opportunity to star in a Broadway original play by Harvey Feirstein, Casa Valentina. This performance earned him the Tony Award for Best Play in the same year. 

Following this excellent performance, Tom McGowan became a well-known name of Broadway and played in revivals of She Loves me (2016) and Kiss Me Kate (2019). His appearance in the star-studded and award-winning comedy sitcom show by NBC called Frasier earned him an Emmy Award. He played the role of the KACL station manager Kenny Daly. 

In addition to that, he has made several other famous appearances in award-winning shows, such as The Practice, Everybody Loves Raymond, Veep, Modern Family, Housewives, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and The Good Fight. 

Tom McGowan’s Stage Performances 

  • Coriolanus (role: Citizen and Soldier) (1988-1989) 
  • La Bete (role: Valere) (1991) 
  • The Food Chain (role: Otto) (1995-1996) 
  • Ivanov (role: Mikhail Borkin) (1997-1998) 
  • All in the Timing (1998)
  • Chicago (role: Amos Hart) (1998) 
  • A Few Stout Individuals (role: Adam Badeau) (2002) 

Tom McGowan is an excellent asset to the American drama and film industry. He has given numerous stellar performances and won many awards that speak highly about his acting skills. Tom has proved himself to be a humble person, as seen in the interviews.