Tom Braidwood

Tom Braidwood

Sep. 27th, 1948
Born in
British Columbia, Canada

Tom Braidwood's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
The X-Files TV Show
The X-Files
The Lone Gunmen TV Show
The Lone Gunmen

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


Tom Braidwood (born September 27, 1948) is a Canadian actor and director known for the role of Melvin Frohike, one of the conspiracy theorists known as the Lone Gunmen on the American television series The X-Files. Braidwood also served as an assistant director on the show from seasons one through five; was a second unit director on Millennium, another show from Chris Carter, the creator of The X-Files; and a producer of the second season of the Canadian TV series Da Vinci's Inquest, on which he also directed some episodes.

In addition to The X-Files, Braidwood also appeared as Frohike in the spin-off series The Lone Gunmen, which aired 13 episodes in 2001. More recently, he's appeared in the first season of Whistler, and in the 2009 movies Messages Deleted and Alien Trespass.

Braidwood is married and has two daughters, Jessica and Kate.

  • Son of Barbara McGibbon and Darrell Thomas Braidwood.
  • Though it is often said that he was perfect for the role of Frohike in _"The X Files" (1993)_ (qv) and later _"The Lone Gunmen" (2001)_ (qv), his being cast in it was completely accidental. The producers had already seen several actors for the part but found casting it difficult. They were discussing the matter outside of a bathroom when Braidwood, who was already working as first assistant director on _"The X Files" (1993)_ (qv), emerged, and they realized he was right for the role.
  • Father of 'Jessica Braidwood' (qv) and 'Kate Braidwood' (qv).
  • Brother of Lynne Benson and Jimmy (deceased 1959).

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