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Patricia Ayame Thomson

Patricia Ayame Thomson

Born in
Tokyo, Japan

Patricia Ayame Thomson's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Crazy Like A Fox TV Show
Crazy Like A Fox
The New WKRP in Cincinnati TV Show
The New WKRP in Cincinnati
She's the Sheriff TV Show
She's the Sheriff

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


Patricia Ayame Thomson is an UCLA Graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre Arts. Patricia has guest-starred in over 50 Network Television Shows including "Seinfeld," "Friends," "Wings," "Wayans Bros," "Saved by the Bell - The New Generation," "Designing Women," "Days of Our Lives," "The New WKRP," "Life Goes On," "Raven," "Street Justice," "Pointman," "Thunder Alley," "She's the Sheriff," and many others.

Patricia was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan and she speaks both Japanese and English fluently. As a teenager, she was a Top Model in Tokyo for over five years starting at the age of thirteen. In Japan, one of her most lucrative and well-known client was for "Shiseido Cosmetics" which is a world-renowned Japanese Cosmetic Company, also distributed in America in high-end department stores. She was a contract model for Shiseido, Kodak, Washington Shoes, "Soen" Magazine, among many others. Although Patricia lived in the Japanese community, she was educated in English at a an American DOD School on Yokota Air Force Base.

After graduating High School, she moved to the United States to study acting at UCLA. She has also trained with the acclaimed Broadway and Academy Award Winning Film Director, Daniel Mann, Estelle Harmon, Bill Sorrell, and Harry Mastrogeorge.

Patricia's first major acting role after graduating from UCLA that procured her Screen Actors Guild card was a guest-starring role on "T.J. Hooker" for Aaron Spelling on an episode called "Chinatown." She played the role of Nancy Kwan as William Shatner's (illegitimate) daughter. Soon after her first guest-starring role, Patricia landed a regular job on a daily Game Show on NBC. Patricia appeared daily as a Game Show Model on an hour-long NBC Game Show called, "The Time Machine" hosted by John Davidson and announced by Charlie Tuna.

After her job as a Game Show Model for several seasons, Patricia landed a regular role on the CBS Television Series "Crazy Like A Fox," starring Jack Warden and John Rubenstein. The show was set in San Francisco, and Patricia played John Rubenstein's secretary, Allison Lee.

Her next big opportunity came in a form of a comedy, action-adventure Pilot created for FOX-TV called "Chameleon" with Ed Begley Jr. Patricia also appeared in the feature film, "Rising Sun" as an Accident News Reporter, directed by Philip Kaufman starring Wesley Snipes and Harvey Keitel.

Most recently, Patricia had the honor of playing the role of "Helen of Troy" in the Greek tragedy, "Trojan Women." Once again Patricia received rave reviews under the direction of Alberto Isaac, as she did previously as Madame in "The Maids." (More about "The Maids" below.) Patricia is not only grateful to have been given the opportunity to play such a meaty, classic role as "Helen of Troy." Also acting opposite such a superb actress as Emily Kuroda playing the role of Queen Hecuba was equally as rewarding. Patricia enjoyed working with Lodestone Theatre Company, and praises them for their creative, diverse, and open-minded mission and accomplishments.

A point of interest that many people may not know about Patricia is that she is one of the 'original members' of "The Actors Gang." The presently renowned "The Actors Gang" was created by Tim Robbins during his undergraduate years at UCLA with his fellow students in the UCLA Theatre Arts Dept. Patricia had the good fortune to appear in the very first "Actors Gang" production of "Ubu the King" after graduating from UCLA. Soon followed by an appearance in the second production of "Out of Sight, Out of Mind." Both plays were directed by Tim Robbins and assisted by Richard Olivier.

During that time, Patricia's most riveting and exciting memories with the "Actors Gang" was when Richard Olivier invited his famous and extremely talented father, Sir Lawrence Olivier to come see our show. Sir Lawrence Olivier sat in the front row of a small, equity-waiver house in Hollywood watching the performance!

Patricia was originally trained in Theatre and has extensive experience throughout her career. She won a Dramalogue Award for her portrayal of Madame in the critically acclaimed production of "The Maids" at East West Players. Patricia's prior appearances at East West Players include "Doughball" and "Hedda Gabler." In addition, Patricia reprised the role of Teruko in three different Equity Productions of "Tea." The most recent being a production at the International City Theatre in Long Beach. In addition, she previously performed the role of Teruko at the Sacramento Theatre Company as well as the Odyssey Theatre.

Patricia's other theatre performances include the part of Lucifer in the play "Dr. Faustus" at the Globe Theatre in Hollywood. More recently, she performed the role of "Maybe" in the play "No Scratch" at the Freemont Theatre in Pasadena. "No Scratch" was produced by Casting Director, Fran Bascom along with Atsuko Bailey.

Patricia also starred in a radio play as Setsuko Banks in the play, "American Dreams." The production of "American Dreams" was recorded "live" for "Los Angeles Theatre Works" who broadcasts their radio plays on National Public Radio. (NPR)

One of Patricia's perks being in the industry has been traveling around the world for jobs promoting luxury Cruise Ships! She's traveled to Italy, France, and Greece as part of a Mediterranean Cruise for the elegant "Crystal Cruises." More recently, she booked a job on Seabourn Cruises to explore the other side of the world throughout Vietnam. The Cruise Ship embarked from Hong Kong, and traveled to Ho-Chi-Min City (previously known as Saigon.) Then she cruised through China Beach and Danang.

Patricia's ability to speak both Japanese and English fluently has landed her numerous "Spokesperson" work for both Japanese and American Telecommunication Companies, as well as other technology-related companies. Recently, Patricia worked as a Spokesperson on a 30-minute Infomercial in Japanese for California Clinical Trials. The Infomercial was created to recruit healthy, Japanese volunteers who are living in America to participate in clinical trials. The trials are conducted in order to test the prescription medication and eventually market them in Japan. The prescription medication tested are already approved by the FDA in America, but not in Japan.

Patricia is also proficient with the "ear-prompter," which allows her to perform lengthy presentations repeatedly throughout the day. She does product presentations "live" at Trade Shows in both English and Japanese. Patricia is pleased that her ability to speak Japanese has provided her with the good fortune to travel back to Japan on many occasions!

Another avenue of the entertainment industry Patricia has extensive experience is in "Children's Theatre." When she was first starting out in the business, she toured with several educational outreach touring companies including "Poets, Lovers, and Madmen" and "J.P. Nightingale."

With "Poets, Lovers, and Madmen," she toured throughout the L.A. Unified School District with a collection of snippets from Shakespeare's most famous plays. The touring company's goal was to generate interest in Shakespeare among children by bringing the Bard's words to life. By watching the scenes come to life, Shakespeare's words become more accessible and easier to understand for school-aged children.

In addition, Patricia has many years of experience performing in front of children with "The Serendipity Theatre Company," established at the Coronet Theatre. Some of Patricia's performances in "The Serendipity Theatre Company" productions include "Aladdin," "Jungle Book," "The Velveteen Rabbit," "Bridge to Terabithia," "Nightingale," among many others. Patricia is extremely proud of the director of "Serendipity Theatre Company," Scott Davidson who had the foresight to choose children's plays mentioned above which are all being made into feature films. Scott is now the "Artistic Director" of all the shows produced for "American Girls" headquarters in Chicago.

Patricia's father, Norman Earl Thomson was an actor in New York as well as Hollywood. Norman Thomson starred in seven Broadway Shows, and over twenty-seven movies. Being a modest man, Patricia's father did not reveal his impressive body of work while he was still alive. She researched her father's acting credits to include in his obituary. Only then did she discover the enormous contribution her father made to the entertainment industry. After WWII, Patricia's father was recruited to the Civil Service as an Entertainment Supervisor for all the U.S. bases in the Far East. He met Patricia's mother who is native Japanese originally from Kyoto, and they married. He then lived in Japan for over 40 years and booked countless USO shows including Bob Hope. Her father entertained American Servicemen stationed throughout the Far East for many years.

Through her father's acquaintance with Bob Hope, Patricia was able to audition for Bob Hope which led to her appearance on a NBC Bob Hope Special called "Hope Buys NBC?" After all, Patricia's father was the one who originally inculcated the idea to pursue an acting career in Hollywood. Of course Patricia is now very grateful for her father's guidance, support, and encouragement.

Patricia is proud to have explored almost every avenue of show business. She has worked on stage, films, sit-coms, episodic TV shows, soap operas, Game Show model, commercials, infomercials, hosted PBS pledge-drives, voice-over work, ADR, radio plays, music videos, modeling, product presentations, children's theatre, corporate in-house films, modeling on the Home Shopping Network, among countless others.


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