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Also Known As: Thomas Ellis Gibson Died:
Born: July 3, 1962 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Charleston, South Carolina, USA Profession: actor, director, bagged coins in a bank

Biography CLOSE THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

As a classically-trained actor, Thomas Gibson proved to be a versatile performer throughout his career, racking up a number of impressive stage, film and television credits. During the early days of his profession, Gibson made the leap from soap operas to the big screen as a villain intent on keeping Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman apart in the immigrant drama "Far and Away" (1992) and as a stage actor in "Martin Scorsese's "The Age of Innocence" (1993). An all-American actor with a low-key charisma, Gibson continued to make small film appearances, including in yet another Cruise and Kidman collaboration, Stanley Kubrick's "Eyes Wide Shut" (1999), as well as in the comedy "The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas" (2000), but enjoyed his biggest impact on television with long-running roles as the kindly Dr. Danny Nylund on "Chicago Hope" (CBS, 1994-2000), the lovably uptight Greg on "Dharma & Greg" (ABC, 1997-2002), and the tortured FBI agent Aaron "Hotch" Hotchner on "Criminal Minds" (CBS, 2005- ). A steady but under-the-radar pop cultural presence, Thomas Gibson proved a rarity in Hollywood with his avoidance of scandal and stardom in favor of professionalism and dependability.

As a classically-trained actor, Thomas Gibson proved to be a versatile performer throughout his career, racking up a number of impressive stage, film and television credits. During the early days of his profession, Gibson made the leap from soap operas to the big screen as a villain intent on keeping Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman apart in the immigrant drama "Far and Away" (1992) and as a stage actor in "Martin Scorsese's "The Age of Innocence" (1993). An all-American actor with a low-key charisma, Gibson continued to make small film appearances, including in yet another Cruise and Kidman collaboration, Stanley Kubrick's "Eyes Wide Shut" (1999), as well as in the comedy "The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas" (2000), but enjoyed his biggest impact on television with long-running roles as the kindly Dr. Danny Nylund on "Chicago Hope" (CBS, 1994-2000), the lovably uptight Greg on "Dharma & Greg" (ABC, 1997-2002), and the tortured FBI agent Aaron "Hotch" Hotchner on "Criminal Minds" (CBS, 2005- ). A steady but under-the-radar pop cultural presence, Thomas Gibson proved a rarity in Hollywood with his avoidance of scandal and stardom in favor of professionalism and dependability.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 I'll Believe You (2007)
2.
3.
 Raising Waylon (2004) Reg
4.
 Brush With Fate (2003) Richard
5.
 Evil Never Dies (2003) Mark Ryan
6.
 Jack the Dog (2002) Faith'S Attorney
7.
 Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, The (2000) Chip Rockefeller
8.
 Psycho Beach Party (2000) Kanaka
9.
 Stardom (2000) Renny Ohayon
10.
 Eyes Wide Shut (1999) Carl
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Milestones close milestones

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Born and raised in Charleston, SC
1980:
Interned at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival
1985:
Made NYC stage debut in "A Map of the World" by David Hare at the Public Theatre
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Made various stage appearances in NYC in mid-1980s, including "Hay Fever" and the New York Shakespeare Festival's "Twelfth Night" in Central Park
1987:
Primetime TV debut, guest appearance on CBS series "Leg Work"
1988:
TV miniseries debut, "Gore Vidal's Lincoln" (NBC)
1988:
Played the villainous Derek Mason on CBS daytime drama "As the World Turns"
1990:
Acted in six-week recurring stint on NBC's "Another World" as Sam Fowler
1990:
Appeared in ABC miniseries "The Kennedys of Massachusetts"
1991:
Starred on New York stage as Hal in Public Theater's production of "Henry IV, Parts I and II"
1992:
Made feature film debut in "Far and Away," directed by Ron Howard; cast as nemesis of Tom Cruise and rival for Nicole Kidman
1993:
Appeared as an actor in "The Age of Innocence," directed by Martin Scorsese
1993:
Starred as a gay, failed actor-turned-waiter in Denys Arcand's Canadian feature "Love & Human Remains" (released 1995 in the U.S.)
1994:
Played Beauchamp Day in PBS miniseries "Armistead Maupin's 'Tales of the City'"
1994:
Featured in Whit Stillman's "Barcelona" and the independent comedy "Sleep With Me"
1994:
Played regular role of the somewhat arrogant Dr. Daniel Nyland on CBS medical drama "Chicago Hope"
1995:
Featured in 1910-set ABC movie "Secrets"
1996:
Starred in NBC movie "Night Visitors" and ABC's "To Love, Honor and Deceive"
1997:
Played male lead James Percy in CBS movie adaptation "Louisa May Alcott's 'The Inheritance'"
1997:
Starred opposite Jenna Elfman as a married couple on ABC sitcom "Dharma & Greg"; made directorial debut with episode during the 2000-01 season
1998:
Reprised role of Beauchamp Day in "Armistad Maupin's 'More Tales of the City'" (Showtime)
1998:
Portrayed the love interest of Lea Thompson in NBC miniseries "A Will of Their Own"
1998:
Revisited "Chicago Hope" with a guest role as Dr. Daniel Nyland
1999:
Re-teamed with Cruise and Kidman with supporting role in Stanley Kubrick's "Eyes Wide Shut"
2000:
Reunited with director Denys Arcand for drama "Stardom"
2000:
Featured in prequel "The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas" as Chip Rockefeller, a millionaire with an eye for newly wed Wilma (Kristen Johnston)
2000:
Cast as a burnt-out surfer dude Kanaka in black comedy-murder mystery "Psycho Beach Party"
2005:
Played Aaron Hotchner, Unit Chief of the Behavioral Analysis Unit on CBS crime drama series "Criminal Minds"
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Education

College of Charleston: Charleston , South Carolina - 1979 - 1981
The Juilliard School: New York , New York - 1985

Notes

Gibson on playing the uptight Greg opposite Jenna Elfman's zany Dharma on ABC's "Dharma and Greg": "It's fine for me to play the straight man, a challenge all its own. It's not about me getting all the attention.

"Cary Grant, Desi Arnaz, George Burns--they all made great careers out of playing straight men, and this is one of the very nice stops along the way." --quoted in USA TODAY, June 3, 1998

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Christina Gibson. Born in Texas c. 1966; met Gibson in Paris c. 1992; married in 1993.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Mac Gibson. Municipal judge, state legislator. Divorced from Gibson's mother c. 1969.
mother:
Beth Gibson. Social worker. Divorced from Gibson's father c. 1969.
sister:
Elizabeth Gibson. Teacher. Older.
sister:
Anne Gibson. Nurse. Older.
brother:
Charles Gibson. Lawyer. Older.
son:
James Parker Gibson. Born on June 23, 1999.
son:
Travis Carter. Born July 1, 2002.
daughter:
Agatha Marie Gibson. Born April 28, 2004.
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