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Tom Amandes

Tom has recently huffed nitrous with Allison Janney on the CBS comedy Mom and copped a plea for Emily Van Camp on the final episodes of ABC’s Revenge.

He starred as President Abraham Lincoln in the Salvador Litvak film Saving Lincoln,  opposite Penelope Ann Miller and Lea Coco.  He played Dr. Peter Pelikan on the hit NBC series Parenthood and Governor Samuel Reston on the ABC political thriller Scandal. 

Tom grew up in the small towns of Richmond and Crystal Lake, Illinois. He began performing at home with his 10 brothers and sisters creating shows, short films, music and radio dramas, before moving on to school plays and community theater.

He graduated from The Goodman School of Drama, as it became the Theatre School at DePaul University. His work on the Chicago stage began in the ensemble of the Body Politic Theatre, where he starred in such memorable productions as Translations, The Playboy of the Western World and Falstaff & Hal. Other notable stage work includes What the Butler Saw, Candida and The Mystery Cycle at the Court Theatre, and Free Advice from Prague and The Courtship of Carl Sandburg at Northlight.

Tom was head writer and announcer of the NPR musical variety show The Flea Market. He directed plays for the Curious Theater, played music with both Balderdash and Jamie O’Reilly & the Rogues, and was artistic director of the Call to Action Theater.

While working on-stage in Chicago, Tom was cast as Eliot Ness in the television series The Untouchables and spent two years shooting on his home turf. Moving to L.A., Tom starred in the NBC comedy The Pursuit of Happiness, with Melinda McGraw and Brad Garrett. He’s played recurring roles on Big Love, Boston Legal, Eli Stone, The Guardian, Spin City, From the Earth to the Moon and most recently Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23. Other favorite TV work includes Castle, Grey’s Anatomy, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Just Shoot Me, ER and The Larry Sanders Show.

Traveling to the western Rockies, Tom spent four years portraying the beloved Dr. Harold Abbott on the family drama Everwood, opposite Treat Williams. He went on to direct episodes of Everwood as well as ABC’s Brothers and Sisters and the CW series Hart of Dixie. 

Tom’s film credits include The Long Kiss Goodnight opposite Geena Davis, Brokedown Palace with Claire Danes and Kate Beckinsale, Billboard Dad with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Second Chances, Straight Talk, HBO's Live From Baghdad, the black-comedy Lucky and the recent short film Imagine opposite Scott Wolf. 

His work on the Chicago stage has continued at the Victory Gardens Theater, where he  most recently starred in Cynical Weathers and Edward Albee’s At Home At The Zoo, directed by Dennis Zacek. 

Tom is married to actress Nancy Everhard, who played Katherine Ness on The Untouchables. His daughters Meg and Nia make up two-thirds of the Chicago band Midnight Moxie.  And his son Ben is himself a budding hyphenate.


Photo:  Lorraine Devon Wilke