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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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Tom Cavanagh was a Canadian actor who was able to cross over into American fame, thanks to his soulful good looks and surprisingly wicked sense of humor, carving out a respectable career in both film and television. Born on October 26, 1963 in Ottawa, Canada, Cavanagh lived in Winneba, a small city in Ghana, for most of his childhood, before moving to Lennovxille, Quebec, as a teenager. He attended college at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, where he studied English, biology, and education. It was at college that Cavanagh first became interested in theatre. His first onstage role came in 1989, with a Broadway revival of "Shenandoah." Cavanagh would go on to tread the boards in such productions as "A Chorus Line," "Cabaret," "Brighton Beach Memoirs," "Urinetown," and "Grease." In the 1990s, he returned to Canada and began booking TV roles, most notably a recurring role on the drama "Jake and the Kid" (CIBC, 1999). After a memorable cameo as Dog Boy on the series "Providence" (NBC, 1999-2002), Cavanagh landed his breakthrough role: Ed Stevens, a hotshot New York lawyer who returns to his quirky midwestern hometown after a series of personal and professional setbacks, on the hour-long dramedy...

Tom Cavanagh was a Canadian actor who was able to cross over into American fame, thanks to his soulful good looks and surprisingly wicked sense of humor, carving out a respectable career in both film and television. Born on October 26, 1963 in Ottawa, Canada, Cavanagh lived in Winneba, a small city in Ghana, for most of his childhood, before moving to Lennovxille, Quebec, as a teenager. He attended college at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, where he studied English, biology, and education. It was at college that Cavanagh first became interested in theatre. His first onstage role came in 1989, with a Broadway revival of "Shenandoah." Cavanagh would go on to tread the boards in such productions as "A Chorus Line," "Cabaret," "Brighton Beach Memoirs," "Urinetown," and "Grease." In the 1990s, he returned to Canada and began booking TV roles, most notably a recurring role on the drama "Jake and the Kid" (CIBC, 1999). After a memorable cameo as Dog Boy on the series "Providence" (NBC, 1999-2002), Cavanagh landed his breakthrough role: Ed Stevens, a hotshot New York lawyer who returns to his quirky midwestern hometown after a series of personal and professional setbacks, on the hour-long dramedy "Ed" (NBC, 2000-2004). The show was a hit with both critics and audiences, winning multiple Emmys in 2001, while Cavanagh was nominated for a Golden Globe and a TV Guide Award for his performance. His next role came thanks to a resemblance to another actor, Zach Braff. On "Scrubs" (NBC/ABC, 2001-2010), Cavanagh often guest starred as Dan Dorian, older brother of Braff's lead character, J.D., beginning in 2002, and continuing for six more episodes throughout the show's run, exiting the program when Braff did, in 2008. Cavanagh broke some ground with his 2006 film "Breakfast With Scot," in which he played a retired gay hockey player for the Toronto Maple Leafs; making it the first gay-themed film to ever win permission to use a major sports franchise's real name and logo. Following a co-starring role on the short lived TNT crime drama "Trust Me" (TNT, 2009) and a starring role as Ranger Smith in the much-maligned live-action take on "Yogi Bear" (2010), Cavanagh took on the role you can see him in today, playing various iterations of Dr. Harrison Wells on the superhero adventure series "The Flash" (The CW, 2014-).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Darrow & Darrow (2017)
2.
 400 Days (2016)
3.
 Lucky Duck (2014)
4.
 Killer Among Us (2012)
5.
6.
 Yogi Bear (2010)
7.
 Christmas Dreams (2009)
8.
 Sublime (2007)
9.
 Cake Eaters (2007)
10.
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1991:
Had early feature credit in the Canadian independent film "White Light"
1997:
Featured in the Canadian film "Honeymoon"
:
Starred in a series of Canadian beer ads
1991:
Was a regular on the independently produced Canadian series "No Place Like Home"
2007:
Appeared opposite Heather Graham in the indie feature "Gray Matters"
2006:
Cast as Billy's dad in the family comedy "How to Eat Fried Worms"
2009:
Co-starred with Eric McCormack as admen in the TNT drama "Trust Me"
1995:
Had a cameo in the Canadian family adventure feature "Magic in the Water"
1999:
Had a recurring role on "Providence" (NBC) as Doug Boyce, a man nicknamed Dog Boy because he believes he is a dog
1999:
Played a supporting role in the Canadian comedy film "Something More"
2006:
Played one of four siblings who returns home to say goodbye to their sick mother in "Two Weeks"
1993:
Had early US TV credit on an episode of the NBC anthology drama "Secret Service"
1995:
Was a regular on the Canadian TV series "Jake and the Kid" (CBC)
1989:
Made Broadway debut in the musical revival of "Shenandoah"
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:
Starred in film "Breakfast with Scot"
2014:
Co-starred as Dr. Harrison Wells on "The Flash"
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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.

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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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