Oct. 26th, 1963
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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Thomas "Tom" Cavanagh (born October 26, 1963) is a Canadian actor.
Cavanagh was born in Ottawa, Ontario. He is of Irish descent and was raised in a large Roman Catholic family. Cavanagh moved with his family to Winneba, a small city in Ghana. In his teens, the family moved to Lennoxville, Quebec where he started high school. He attended the Séminaire de Sherbrooke, where he studied in French and played basketball for the Barons. He later studied at Champlain College in Lennoxville at the CEGEP level.
While attending Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, he became interested in theatre and music and played ice hockey and varsity basketball. He graduated with degrees in English and biology.
Cavanagh has an older brother who is a Crown Attorney and three sisters. One of his sisters teaches Religious Education (RE) and is a chaplain in Ontario; another is an autism specialist in Toronto, and a third sister is a London-based writer.
After gaining notice for his recurring role as Dog Boy in the NBC television program Providence, Cavanagh was cast as the protagonist and title character in the NBC program Ed. Cavanagh received a Golden Globe nomination and a TV Guide Award for his work on Ed, which ran for four seasons beginning in October 2000 and concluding in February 2004. In 2010, he started a podcast, Mike and Tom Eat Snacks with his Ed castmate Michael Ian Black.
He starred in the Lifetime Movie Network television miniseries The Capture Of The Green River Killer in which he portrayed King County sheriff David Reicher. In March 2006, Cavanagh filmed My Ex-Life, a comedy pilot for CBS about a divorced couple who remain friends. The pilot featured Lost actress 'Cynthia Watros' as his ex-wife. However, CBS did not select the show for its fall 2006 schedule.
Cavanagh portrayed the lead role Nick Snowden (the heir to the Santa Claus identity) in the made-for-TV movie Snow in 2005, which is now shown annually on the Family Channel. He also starred in the Hallmark Channel Original Movie Debbie Macomber's Trading Christmas (2011) as Charles.
In 2008 Cavanagh appeared in the short-lived ABC series, Eli Stone, playing the father of the title character. Beginning in January 2009, Cavanagh starred in the new television drama Trust Me, co-starring 'Eric McCormack', which aired weekly on TNT until it was canceled.
Cavanagh stars in Stories from the Vaults on Smithsonian Networks; its second season premiered July 12, 2009.
He had a guest appearance in the mid-season premiere of the USA Network show Royal Pains as former professional golfer Jack O'Malley.
Cavanagh starred in the 2002 film Bang Bang You're Dead, which won a Peabody Award and several Daytime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Children’s Special, which garnered Cavanagh a nomination for Outstanding Performer in a Children’s Special.
Prior to Ed, Cavanagh's film appearances were mainly in supporting roles. After that series ended, he had his first starring role as an escaped convict in the thriller Heart of the Storm. In 2005, he starred in the romantic comedy Alchemy, opposite Sarah Chalke; in 2006, he appeared in another romantic comedy, Gray Matters, opposite 'Heather Graham', and in a family comedy/drama, Two Weeks, with 'Sally Field'.
In 2006, Cavanagh began filming Breakfast with Scot, in which he plays a gay retired hockey player who becomes an adoptive father to a young boy. The film, released in 2007, drew attention as the first gay-themed film ever to win approval from a major league sports franchise to use its real name and logo; Cavanagh's character formerly played for the Toronto Maple Leafs. In 2007 he starred in the second installment of the direct-to-DVD Raw Feed horror film series from Warner Home Video, Sublime. He most starred as Ranger Smith in the feature film Yogi Bear (2010).
Cavanagh is married to Maureen Grise, a photo editor for Sports Illustrated. They married on July 31, 2004, in a Roman Catholic ceremony on Nantucket, Massachusetts. The couple have a daughter and two sons. Cavanagh ran the 2006 New York City Marathon, finishing in 3:29:31.