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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).

Tom McGowan
Thomas McGowan

(1959-07-26) July 26, 1959 (age 59)
EducationHofstra University (BFA)
Yale University (MFA)
Years active1991–present

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. He has appeared in films such as Heavyweights, Sleepless in Seattle, The Birdcage, As Good as it Gets, True Crime, Ghost World, and Bad Santa.



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.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3]

McGowan was in the 2016 Broadway revival of She Loves Me as Ladislov Sipos.

Personal lifeEdit

McGowan grew up in Belmar, New Jersey.[4] He graduated from Belmar's St. Rose High School in 1977.[5] 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).


TV creditsEdit

Starring rolesEdit

Show Role
Down the Shore Eddie Cheever
Monty Clifford Walker
The Show George Hart

Recurring rolesEdit

Show Role
Everybody Loves Raymond Bernie
Frasier Kenny Daly
The War at Home Joe

Guest StarEdit

Show Episode Role
8 Simple Rules "Thanksgiving Guest" Frank
Boston Legal "Green Christmas" Noris Milk
Bull "In The Course of Human Events" Johnny Walker
Coach "Be A Good Sport" Edgar
Complete Savages "Carnival Knowledge" Reverend Dave
Curb Your Enthusiasm "The Thong" John Tyler
Desperate Housewives "Down the Block There's a Riot" Mayor Franklin
ER "Viable Options"
"The Peace of Wild Things"
Joe Bernero
Hannah Montana "Don't Stop 'Til You Get the Phone" Leo
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show "Honey, I Shrunk the Science Dude" Randy Rude
Judging Amy "Picture of Perfect" Mr. Moran
King of the Hill "Hank's Back Story" David
Modern Family "Schooled" Principal Roth
Oliver Beene "Catskills" Bob "Simon Says" Brooks
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch "The Great Mistake"
"Bundt Friday"
"Terrible Things"
Principal Larue
Snoops "Pilot"
"A Criminal Mind"
The Huntress "With Great Power" Ollie Drake
The Pitts "Squarewolves" Officer Peltz
The Practice "The Pursuit of Dignity" Wright
The War at Home "Take This Job and Bleep It" Joe
Welcome to New York "The Brother" Joe Gaffigan

Movie creditsEdit

Film Release Date Role
Play Nice 2006
12 and Holding 2005 Patrick Fisher
After the Sunset 2004 Ed
Dog Gone Love 2004 Star
Bad Santa 2003 Harrison
Ghost World 2001 Joe
The Family Man 2000 Bill
True Crime 1999 Tom Donaldson
As Good as It Gets 1997 Maitre D'
Bean: The Movie 1997 Walter Huntley
Cold Around the Heart 1997 Gun Store Man
The Birdcage 1996 Harry Radman
Heavyweights 1995 Pat Finley
Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle 1994 Alexander Woollcott
Searching for Bobby Fischer 1993 Reporter
Sleepless in Seattle 1993 Keith
Captain Ron 1992 Bill


  1. ^ "Dodd, Yorke, Caskey and McGowan to Star in Wicked's Second North American Tour" Archived 2009-02-12 at the Wayback Machine,, February 9, 2009
  2. ^ Broadway's Wicked Will Welcome Tom McGowan Beginning May 3 Archived 2011-05-04 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Tom McGowan joins the cast of Wicked from 21 Sep". Retrieved 2015-08-22.
  4. ^ 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."
  5. ^ Mann, Virginia. "PRESERVING A DISTINCTIVE NEW JERSEY FLAVOR", The Record (Bergen County), June 19, 1992. Retrieved August 9, 2008.

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