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Born: September 7, 1970 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brockton, Massachusetts, USA Profession: actor, waiter

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A winning young player of films and TV, tall, curly haired actor Tom Everett Scott grew up being told of his resemblance to Tom Hanks whom he adored watching on the sitcom "Bosom Buddies." Sharing the same laid back affability and easy smile as well as similar physical attributes, the two would come together, with Scott fittingly making his big screen debut co-starring with his childhood idol in Hanks' feature directorial bow "That Thing You Do!" (1996). The newcomer proved well cast as Guy Patterson, the charismatic drummer whose band climbs the 1964 pop charts in the amiable period comedy. A Massachusetts native who started out acting in high school productions and worked at a Rhode Island Renaissance fair, Scott began his college career with practicality in mind, and started out as a communications major before switching to drama studies during his second year. The die cast, he moved to NYC and started a theater company (aTheaterCo) with three college chums. Scott supported himself waiting tables before finding work in TV commercials. Episodic guest shots followed, with NBC's popular legal series "Law & Order" hosting his small screen debut. A 1995 recurring role on "Grace Under Fire" featured him...

A winning young player of films and TV, tall, curly haired actor Tom Everett Scott grew up being told of his resemblance to Tom Hanks whom he adored watching on the sitcom "Bosom Buddies." Sharing the same laid back affability and easy smile as well as similar physical attributes, the two would come together, with Scott fittingly making his big screen debut co-starring with his childhood idol in Hanks' feature directorial bow "That Thing You Do!" (1996). The newcomer proved well cast as Guy Patterson, the charismatic drummer whose band climbs the 1964 pop charts in the amiable period comedy. A Massachusetts native who started out acting in high school productions and worked at a Rhode Island Renaissance fair, Scott began his college career with practicality in mind, and started out as a communications major before switching to drama studies during his second year. The die cast, he moved to NYC and started a theater company (aTheaterCo) with three college chums. Scott supported himself waiting tables before finding work in TV commercials. Episodic guest shots followed, with NBC's popular legal series "Law & Order" hosting his small screen debut. A 1995 recurring role on "Grace Under Fire" featured him as the son that Brett Butler's title character gave up for adoption and made him a familiar face to viewers of the highly rated sitcom.

"That Thing You Do!" proved an auspicious debut for the young actor, who received positive reviews for his performance and more than the average amount of press due to inevitable comparisons to Tom Hanks. His uncommon onscreen earnestness and amiability made him a stand out in the led to other screen work, including the lead role in the long-awaited sequel, "An American Werewolf in Paris." Unfortunately, this outing proved less memorable, and despite the romantic locale and presence of beautiful Julie Delpy, the film failed to rouse much of an audience. A role in the small independent "River Red" (1997) featured Scott as the emotionally tormented and ultimately patricidal young man who kills his father to stop his unrelenting abuse of younger brother Tom (David Moscow, who played the young incarnation of Tom Hanks in "Big"). He returned to more mainstream fare as co-star of the college-set comedy "Dead Man on Campus," a black comedy set around the urban legend that links an automatic 4.0 GPA with a suicidal roommate. Scott and Mark-Paul Gosselaar played slacking students who seek out a suicide-prone coed to share their suite and save their academically troubled hides in this inane feature. Later that year he brought a boyish sensitivity to the supporting role of a young man whose mother (Meryl Streep) is terminally ill in the tear-jerking drama "One True Thing." He co-starred in the quirky independent "Top of the Food Chain" in 1999 and additionally played a college student romancing a much older woman (Kate Capshaw) in the light comedy "The Love Letter." That same year he acted Off-Broadway in Douglas Carter Beane's satire "The Country Club," and returned to television, playing Bertram Cates, a schoolmaster on trial for teaching the theory of evolution in Showtime's remake of "Inherit the Wind."

Scott joined the ranks of TV series regulars in the fall of 2000 when he was featured in the ensemble of the Darren Star primetime serial "The $treet" (Fox), cast as hotshot trader Jack Kenderson, whose uncanny instincts make him the de facto leader of a band of up and comers. Unfortunately, the highly touted series fell victim to anemic ratings and was cancelled.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Forever (2015)
2.
 Strings (2015)
4.
 Enemies Closer (2014)
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7.
 Mars Needs Moms (2011)
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 Tanner Hall (2009)
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Began acting in high school productions
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Worked at a Renaissance fair in Rhode Island
1992:
Moved to New York City after college
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With three college friends, formed aTheaterCo, a NYC-based theater group focusing on original works
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Landed first professional acting job, appearing in a McDonald's commercial
1993:
Made TV acting debut on NBC legal drama "Law & Order"
1995:
Landed recurring role on ABC sitcom "Grace Under Fire" as Brett Butler's eldest son
1996:
Co-starred opposite Liv Tyler in Tom Hanks' directorial debut "That Thing You Do!"
1997:
Starred in horror comedy remake of "An American Werewolf in Paris"
1998:
Co-starred with Mark-Paul Gosselaar in college-set comedy "Dead Man on Campus"
1998:
Portrayed Meryl Streep's son in Carl Franklin's "One True Thing"
1999:
Played the schoolmaster on trial for teaching evolution in the Showtime remake of "Inherit the Wind"
1999:
Acted opposite Kate Capshaw in "The Love Letter"
1999:
Featured in Douglas Carter Beane's off-Broadway satire "The Country Club"
2000:
Cast in short-lived Fox drama "The $treet"
2000:
Had featured role in "Attraction"; screened at Toronto Film Festival
2001:
Co-starred opposite Kim Delaney on short-lived ABC drama "Philly"
2002:
Landed guest recurring role on NBC medical drama "ER"
2006:
Played a paramedic with a gambling problem on TNT series "Saved"
2007:
Appeared as one of Mandy Moore's boyfriends in "Because I Said So"
2008:
Played Lucy Liu's fiancé on short-lived ABC series "Cashmere Mafia"
2009:
Co-starred with Dwayne Johnson in "Race to Witch Mountain," a re-imagining of the original 1975 film "Escape to Witch Mountain"
2009:
Cast in action drama "Southland"; series premiered on NBC, but later moved to TNT
2010:
Co-starred opposite Natasha Henstridge in Lifetime Movie Network's crime drama "The Devil's Teardrop"
2012:
Co-starred with Billy Crystal and Bette Midler in family comedy "Parental Guidance"
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Education

Syracuse University: Syracuse , New York - 1988 - 1992

Notes

Tom Everett Scott on being cast in "That Thing You Do!": "This whole movie was like a dream. Everything was like 'Oh my God! Pinch me!' Think about it, someone says to you: 'You're going to be in a big, honking feature film; Tom Hanks is in it, wrote it, directed it, and you're going to be the lead, playing a rock star." --to USA Today, October 18, 1996.

Scott on frequent comparisons to Tom Hanks: "Tom had an influence on me even before I met him. And there are certainly worse people to be compared to--like a young Ted Bundy." --quoted in Los Angeles, November 1998.

On his role as romantic rival to Tom Selleck in "The Love Letter": I don't stand a chance against Magnum P.I. He's this big, handsome guy. he can grow facial hair, and I can't." --quoted in Detour, June/July 1999.

"When asked for autographs, I always write 'best wishes', because that's how I really feel about people. I heard that David Hasselhoff writes 'stay cool'. How presumptuous. I don't want to pretend to know anything." --Scott to Detour, June/July 1999.

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wife:
Jenni Gallagher. Actor. Born c. 1971; met in college; began dating years later with a screening of "Forrest Gump"; married on December 17, 1997.

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daughter:
Arly. Born c. 2000.

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