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Also Known As: Thomas Cavanagh Died:
Born: October 26, 1963 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Ottawa, Ontario, CA Profession: actor

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A dark-haired, energetic Canadian import with an amiable natural charm, Tom Cavanagh worked extensively in both American and Canadian productions filmed in his native country. Guest roles on Canadian series led to turns in TV-movies, and after the unaired pilot "The 900 Lives of Jackie Frye" (Fox, 1998), Cavanagh landed a memorable recurring role on the NBC hit series "Providence" during the 1999-2000 season, then segued smoothly into the title role in the network's acclaimed "Ed" in the fall of 2000.Acting in a Canadian production of "Shenandoah" proved a fortunate move for the actor, who ended up making his Broadway debut when the musical revival landed on Broadway in 1989. 1991 saw Cavanagh take a regular turn on the Canadian series "No Place Like Home", and that same year he appeared in the 1991 Canadian independent feature "White Light".Appearances in the Canada-lensed 1993 TV-movies "1994 Baker Street: Sherlock Holmes Returns" (CBS) and "Other Women's Children" (Lifetime) marked the beginning of the actor's US credits. He was featured in the Canadian family adventure "Magic in the Water" (1995), starring Joshua Jackson, and racked up more TV-movie credits that same year in "A Vow to Kill" (USA...

A dark-haired, energetic Canadian import with an amiable natural charm, Tom Cavanagh worked extensively in both American and Canadian productions filmed in his native country. Guest roles on Canadian series led to turns in TV-movies, and after the unaired pilot "The 900 Lives of Jackie Frye" (Fox, 1998), Cavanagh landed a memorable recurring role on the NBC hit series "Providence" during the 1999-2000 season, then segued smoothly into the title role in the network's acclaimed "Ed" in the fall of 2000.

Acting in a Canadian production of "Shenandoah" proved a fortunate move for the actor, who ended up making his Broadway debut when the musical revival landed on Broadway in 1989. 1991 saw Cavanagh take a regular turn on the Canadian series "No Place Like Home", and that same year he appeared in the 1991 Canadian independent feature "White Light".

Appearances in the Canada-lensed 1993 TV-movies "1994 Baker Street: Sherlock Holmes Returns" (CBS) and "Other Women's Children" (Lifetime) marked the beginning of the actor's US credits. He was featured in the Canadian family adventure "Magic in the Water" (1995), starring Joshua Jackson, and racked up more TV-movie credits that same year in "A Vow to Kill" (USA Network) and "Dangerous Intentions" (CBS). As he slowly built up recognition with small roles in the United States, to those north of the border he was instantly familiar as the star of a popular series of clever beer commercials for Labatt's. Cavanagh proved himself further to the Canadian audience with a turn in the romantic comedy "Honeymoon" (1997), impressing with his supporting performance as a man ruled by his libido. Other Canadian independent film credits included "Something More" (1999), which co-starred the actor as a charming but somewhat spineless insurance agent.

While his numerous TV-movie credits and independent film appearances didn't mark him as a breakout star, Cavanagh landed a starring role the promising Fox pilot "The 900 Lives of Jackie Frye" (1998), which disappointingly never aired. He recovered with a recurring role on "Providence", playing Doug 'Dog Boy' Boyce, an obedient and oddly canine employee who assisted Joanie (Paula Cale) at her pet bakery. Through interaction with Joanie, the endearing Doug became increasingly human, and eventually departed the Rhode Island city to follow his dream. A memorable role in a popular show would help Cavanagh to launch "Ed", a quirky comedy-drama set in small town America. Cavanagh starred as Ed Stevens, a former New York City lawyer who loses his job and catches his wife in an extramarital fling on the same day. With nothing left to lose, he moves back to his hometown, rekindles his not-so-unrequited love for high school crush Carol Vessey (Julie Bowen) and buys a bowling alley. "Ed" was a surprise hit with audiences, due in no small part to Cavanagh's unique self-effacing charm and talent for making the somewhat goofy character irresistible.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 400 Days (2015)
2.
 Lucky Duck (2014)
3.
 Killer Among Us (2012)
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5.
 Yogi Bear (2010)
6.
 Cake Eaters (2007)
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 Sublime (2007)
10.
 Two Weeks (2006)
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Between ages of five and eight, lived with family in Ghana, where parents served as teachers
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At age eight, returned to Canada with family
1989:
Made Broadway debut in the musical revival of "Shenandoah"
1991:
Was a regular on the independently produced Canadian series "No Place Like Home"
1991:
Had early feature credit in the Canadian independent film "White Light"
1993:
Had early US TV credit on an episode of the NBC anthology drama "Secret Service"
1995:
Had a cameo in the Canadian family adventure feature "Magic in the Water"
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Starred in a series of Canadian beer ads
1995:
Was a regular on the Canadian TV series "Jake and the Kid" (CBC)
1997:
Featured in the Canadian film "Honeymoon"
1999:
Played a supporting role in the Canadian comedy film "Something More"
1999:
Had a recurring role on "Providence" (NBC) as Doug Boyce, a man nicknamed Dog Boy because he believes he is a dog
2000:
Starred on the breakout hit comedy-drama "Ed" (NBC) as a New York City lawyer who moves back to his small hometown for a fresh start
2002:
Guest-starred as as J.D.'s (Zach Braff) brother in the NBC comedy "Scrubs"
2006:
Cast as Billy┬┐s dad in the family comedy "How to Eat Fried Worms"
2006:
Played one of four siblings who returns home to say goodbye to their sick mother in "Two Weeks"
2007:
Appeared opposite Heather Graham in the indie feature "Gray Matters"
2009:
Co-starred with Eric McCormack as admen in the TNT drama "Trust Me"
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Education

Queens University: -

Notes

"I've learned over the years to trust my instincts. When it comes right down to it, that's really all you can do. Ultimately, the way I've negotiated Los Angeles is to just always go with my gut. That's the only way to go.

"Once you've done this for a while, you're a little less impressed with all the balloons and whistles, and you're really ready to just act. And I love to act." --Tom Cavanagh to The Toronto Star, July 9, 2000.

Cavanagh on "Ed": "I love that this [show] is about second chances. I think a lot of people, me included, can't help but relate." --quoted in TV Guide, October 14-20, 2000.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Paula Cale. Actor. Co-starred on "Providence"; dated c. 2000; no longer together.
wife:
Maureen Grise. Photo editor. Met in 2002 on a New York City basketball court; married July 31, 2004 in Nantucket.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Tom Cavanagh. Educator. Taught modern educational methods to local teachers in Ghana, Africa.
mother:
Rosemary Cavanagh. Educator. Taught local villagers in Ghana, Africa.

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