July 26, 1959
Belmar, New Jersey, U.S.
|Education||Hofstra University (BFA)|
Yale University (MFA)
Thomas "Tom" McGowan (born July 26, 1959) is an American actor. He first become known for his stage career both on and off Broadway. In 1991, he was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play for his Broadway debut performance in La Bête. In 2011, McGowan also was also chosen to step into the role of the Wizard on Wicked on Broadway. In 2014, McGowan starred in Harvey Fierstein's original Broadway play, Casa Valentina which was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play. Since then he has appeared in the Broadway revivals of She Loves Me (2016) and Kiss Me Kate (2019).
He is also known for his recurring role on the Emmy Award winning NBC show Frasier, as KACL station manager Kenny Daly. He has also appeared on a variety of shows including Everybody Loves Raymond, The Practice, ER, Desperate Housewives, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Modern Family, Veep and The Good Fight.
On Broadway he appeared in La Bête (1991), for which he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Play. Off Broadway, he won an Obie Award for his performance in Nicky Silver's play The Food Chain. He played the role of Pat Finley in the 1995 movie Heavyweights and the role of Patrick Fisher in the 2006 movie Twelve and Holding.
McGowan has been performing the role of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in various companies of Wicked since 2009. He first played the Wizard in the original Second National Tour production, beginning March 7, 2009. He finished with the touring company on December 6, 2009, transferring to the San Francisco production, playing the Wizard from December 22, 2009 through September 5, 2010, when the production closed. He then returned to the Second National Tour, resuming performances on January 11, 2011 and concluding his performances on the tour on April 17, 2011.
McGowan joined the Broadway company of the show from May 3, 2011 through February 5, 2012. Thereafter, he moved to the show's First National Tour, playing the role from August 2012 through April 2013. He has since performed the role on Broadway intermittently, including from August 13, 2013 through February 22, 2014, and onward from July 15, 2014.
McGowan played the role in the West End production of the show from September 21, 2015 through March 12, 2016.
McGowan was in the 2016 Broadway revival of She Loves Me as Ladislov Sipos.
McGowan grew up in Belmar, New Jersey. He graduated from Belmar's St. Rose High School in 1977. Upon graduation from high school, he attended Hofstra University and the Yale School of Drama, from which he graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1988. He and his wife, Cathy, have a son, Mark (born May 5, 1992) and a daughter, Mary (born February 10, 1995).
|1992||The Last of the Mohicans||Rich Merchant|
|1993||Searching for Bobby Fischer||Reporter|
|1993||Sleepless in Seattle||Keith|
|1994||Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle||Alexander Woollcott|
|1996||The Birdcage||Harry Radman|
|1997||Cold Around the Heart||Gun Store Man|
|1997||As Good as It Gets||Maitre D'|
|1997||Bean: The Movie||Walter Huntley|
|1999||True Crime||Tom Donaldson|
|2000||The Family Man||Bill|
|2004||Dog Gone Love||Star|
|2004||After the Sunset||Ed|
|2005||12 and Holding||Patrick Fisher|
|1992||Down the Shore||Eddie Cheever||29 episodes|
|1994||Coach||Edgar||Episode: Be a Good Sport|
|1994||Monty||Clifford Walker||13 episodes|
|1996||The Show||George Hart||4 episodes|
|1996-97||Sabrina, The Teenage Witch||Principal Larue||3 episodes|
|1998||The Practice||William Wright||Episode: The Pursuit of Dignity|
|1999||Snoops||Dirty Marty||2 episodes|
|1999-00||ER||Joe Bernero||2 episodes|
|2000||Bull||Johnny Walker||Episode: In The Course of Human Events|
|2001||Welcome to New York||Joe Gaffigan||Episode: The Brother|
|2001||King of the Hill||David||Episode: Hank's Back Story|
|2001||The Huntress||Ollie Drake||Episode: With Great Power|
|2001||Curb Your Enthusiasm||John Tyler||Episode: The Thong|
|2003||The Pitts||Officer Peltz||Episode: Squarewolves|
|2003||Judging Amy||Mr. Moran||Episode: Picture of Perfect|
|1998-2004||Frasier||Kenny Daly||42 episodes|
|1996-2004||Everybody Loves Raymond||Bernie||17 episodes|
|2004||Complete Savages||Reverend Dave||Episode: Carnival Knowledge|
|2004||Oliver Beene||Bob "Simon Says" Brooks||Episode: Catskills|
|2004||8 Simple Rules||Frank||Episode: Thanksgiving Guest|
|2006||Just Legal||Jeff Jacobs||Episode: The Bar|
|2005-07||The War at Home||Joe||Episode: Take This Job and Bleep It|
|2007||Hannah Montana||Leo||Episode: Don't Stop 'Til You Get the Phone|
|2007||Brothers & Sisters||Luther Reeves||Episode: An American Family|
|2007||Boston Legal||Noris Milk||Episode: Green Christmas|
|2008||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Mark||Episode: Two and a Half Deaths|
|2010||Desperate Housewives||Mayor Franklin||Episode: Down the Block There's a Riot|
|2011||Hot in Cleveland||Robert||Episode: Love Thy Neighbor|
|2012||Modern Family||Principal Roth||Episode: Schooled|
|2015||Veep||Congressman Moyes||Episode: B/ill|
|2016||She Loves Me||Sipos||Television Movie, PBS|
|2017||The Good Fight||Jax Rindell||5 episodes|
|2020||One Royal Holiday||Ed||Hallmark Movie|
|1991||La Bête||Valere||Eugene O'Neill Theatre, Broadway|||
|1995||The Food Chain||Otto||Westside Theatre, Off-Broadway|
|1996||Chicago||Amos Hart||The Gershwin Theatre, Broadway|
|1997||Ivanov||Mikhail Borkin||Vivian Beaumont Theater, Broadway|
|2003||Wicked||The Wizard of Oz (replacement)||The Gershwin Theatre, Broadway|
|2014||Casa Valentina||Bessie||Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, Broadway|
|2016||She Loves Me||Ladislav Sipos||Studio 54, Broadway|
|2019||Kiss Me, Kate||Gangster (replacement)|
Awards and Nominations
|1991||Tony Awards||Best Actor in a Play||La Bête||Nominated|||
|Drama Desk Awards||Best Actor in a Play||Nominated|
|Outer Critics Circle Award||Best Debut Performance||Won|
|1996||Obie Award||Best Performance||The Food Chain||Won|
- "Dodd, Yorke, Caskey and McGowan to Star in Wicked's Second North American Tour" Archived 2009-02-12 at the Wayback Machine, playbill.com, February 9, 2009
- Broadway's Wicked Will Welcome Tom McGowan Beginning May 3 Archived 2011-05-04 at the Wayback Machine
- "Tom McGowan joins the cast of Wicked from 21 Sep". Londontheatre.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-08-22. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Marks, Peter. "On Stage, and Off", The New York Times, September 8, 1995. Accessed August 9, 2008. "Fortunately, the 36-year-old actor, a native of Belmar, N.J., needs a lot of padding on his 200-plus-pound frame to play Otto, whose eating compulsion feeds into one of the central themes of Nicky Silver's new comedy, which opened last month to largely enthusiastic reviews."
- Mann, Virginia. "PRESERVING A DISTINCTIVE NEW JERSEY FLAVOR", The Record (Bergen County), June 19, 1992. Retrieved August 9, 2008.