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Also Known As: Thomas Duane Arnold Died:
Born: March 6, 1959 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Ottumwa, Iowa, USA Profession: actor, producer, writer, comedian, meat packer, bartender, restaurateur

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With an early career overshadowed by his marriage to larger-than-life comedienne Rosanne Barr, and a performance delivery akin to a highly caffeinated 14-year-old kid with self-esteem issues, by most accounts Tom Arnold should have faded from public view shortly after the notorious couple's bitter divorce. And yet, the comic actor persevered, working steadily in both film and on television as actor, comedian and media personality. Prior to being thrust into the limelight by Barr, no one had ever heard of Tom Arnold. However, by 1990 he was writing, producing and acting on her iconic sitcom, "Rosanne" (ABC, 1988-1997). Their marriage often played out like a train wreck for a salivating tabloid media. After their acrimonious divorce, Arnold was given a gift from director James Cameron, by being cast alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in the hugely successful action comedy "True Lies" (1994). Suddenly, people were taking Arnold seriously as a comedic performer. What followed was a series of questionable movies such as "The Stupids" (1996) and failed TV sitcoms like "The Tom Show" (The WB, 1997-98). Eventually Arnold would settle into a career as a supporting player in smaller film roles, television series,...

With an early career overshadowed by his marriage to larger-than-life comedienne Rosanne Barr, and a performance delivery akin to a highly caffeinated 14-year-old kid with self-esteem issues, by most accounts Tom Arnold should have faded from public view shortly after the notorious couple's bitter divorce. And yet, the comic actor persevered, working steadily in both film and on television as actor, comedian and media personality. Prior to being thrust into the limelight by Barr, no one had ever heard of Tom Arnold. However, by 1990 he was writing, producing and acting on her iconic sitcom, "Rosanne" (ABC, 1988-1997). Their marriage often played out like a train wreck for a salivating tabloid media. After their acrimonious divorce, Arnold was given a gift from director James Cameron, by being cast alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in the hugely successful action comedy "True Lies" (1994). Suddenly, people were taking Arnold seriously as a comedic performer. What followed was a series of questionable movies such as "The Stupids" (1996) and failed TV sitcoms like "The Tom Show" (The WB, 1997-98). Eventually Arnold would settle into a career as a supporting player in smaller film roles, television series, and talk shows. Upon occasion, Arnold would be given the opportunity to prove that there was more to him than his nervous, crass personae, surprising critics with strong performances in smaller films like "Happy Endings" (2005). Although no longer starring in his own series or taking the lead in mainstream features, all things considered, it had worked out all right for Arnold. As he once said, "It's a pretty nice life, if you like being a punch line."

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DIRECTOR:

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  Roseanne Arnold (1992) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Dumbbells (2014)
2.
 Jewtopia (2013)
3.
 Pulling Strings (2013)
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 Grassroots (2012)
5.
 Last Call (2012)
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 Camp Fred (2012)
8.
 Downers Grove (2012)
9.
 Hit and Run (2012)
10.
 Hard Breakers (2011)
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1982:
Began doing stand-up comedy when he was 23
1983:
First met Roseanne Barr
1987:
Made TV debut in the HBO special "The Roseanne Barr Show"
1988:
Won the first place in the Minneapolis Comedy Competition
1988:
Moved to Los Angeles to pursue a standup comedy career
1988:
Hired as a writer for Barr's sitcom "Roseanne" (ABC)
1990:
Appeared occasionally on "Roseanne" (ABC) as the character 'Arnie Thomas'
1990:
Debuted as a producer for the show "Roseanne" (ABC)
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Co-founded Wapello County Productions with Roseanne
1990:
Executive produced the Saturday morning animated TV series "Little Rosey" (ABC)
1991:
TV-movie acting debut, "Backfield in Motion"
1991:
Made feature film debut in a cameo (with Roseanne) in "Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare"
1991:
First HBO special, "Tom Arnold: The Naked Truth"
1991:
Made TV movie acting debut in "Backfield in Motion" (ABC)
1992:
First substantial feature acting credit, "Hero"
1992:
Created, executive produced and starred in the series "The Jackie Thomas Show" (ABC)
1993:
Signed a long-term TV production deal with Warner Bros., with projects to be produced under the Wappello County Productions banner
1994:
Created and produced the short-lived CBS sitcom "Tom"; also wrote the pilot episode
1994:
Appeared as the sidekick to Arnold Schwarzenegger¿s character in the James Cameron feature film "True Lies"
1994:
Formed the production company Clean Break Productions
1995:
Played a supporting role in the comedy "Nine Months"
1996:
Co-starred with Rick Moranis in "Big Bully"
1997:
Returned to series TV as star of The WB sitcom "The Tom Show"
2001:
Co-hosted the Fox Sports program "Best Damn Sports Show Period"
2005:
Landed first romantic leading man role in "Happy Endings"
2005:
Wrote and starred in the comedy "The Kid and I"
2007:
Cast opposite Terrence Howard in the inner-city sports drama "Pride"
2009:
Landed recurring guest role on "Sons of Anarchy" (FX)
2012:
Appeared in the comedy "Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection"
2012:
Appeared opposite Kristen Bell and Bradley Cooper in action comedy "Hit and Run"
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Education

Indian Hills Community College: Ottumwa , Iowa -
Ottumwa High: Ottumwa , Iowa -

Notes

"Create a public image that's basically parasitic, marry the world's most successful and abrasive television star, impose yourself on her show as a writer and producer, get matching tatoos, double moon a World Series crowd, and propose a three-way marriage with Kim Silva, your 24-year-old female assistant. At this point, when your wife files for divorce--twice--the public says YESSS!! You become Letterman fodder, and your own sitcom--your second--does a swan dive. ... By the time your name appears among the credits for your biggest project ever--the Arnold Schwarzenegger-Jamie Lee Curtis blockbuster "True Lies"--the crowd at the screening boos.

"What happens next? You turn out to be really funny. Self-deprecatingly funny. ... Your character, Gig, the very divorced and goofy partner to Schwarzenegger's bottled-in-Bond Harry Trasker, turns out to be a delightful foil. ... Every review mentions your performance, because no one can believe it. Hey, did you see Tom Arnold? Yeah, maybe he's not such a bad guy after all."

--From "Tom Arnold's New Life" by John Anderson in New York Newsday, July 28, 1994.

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wife:
Roseanne Arnold. Actor, comedian,. Married January 20th 1990; met in 1983 when Arnold opened for Barr in Minnesota; renewed their wedding vows June 23, 1991 (in celebration of Tom's conversion to Judaism); filed for divorce April 18, 1994, citing irreconcilable differences, charges were dropped three days later; filed for divorce on May 13, 1994, once again citing irreconcilable differences; divorced.
wife:
Julie Lynne Champnella. Engaged to be married as of November 1994; married on July 22, 1995; filed for divorce in March 1999.
companion:
Dana Marmur. Reportedly dated in spring 2000.
companion:
Shelby Roos. Political consultant. Romantically involved since 2001; married on June 29, 2002 in Los Angeles.
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grandmother:
Dottie Arnold. Died October 27, 1995 of a heart attack.
mother:
Ruth Arnold. Owns Kay Arnold Group.
father:
Jack Arnold.

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