Thomas Gibson

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Thomas Gibson

Gibson on set of Criminal Minds, 2010
BornThomas Ellis Gibson
(1962-07-03) July 3, 1962 (age 50)
Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.
EducationJuilliard School (BFA 1985)
Occupation Actor
Years active 1987–present
Spouse Christine Gibson (1993–present)
Website
ThomasGibsonOnline.com
 
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Thomas Gibson

Gibson on set of Criminal Minds, 2010
BornThomas Ellis Gibson
(1962-07-03) July 3, 1962 (age 50)
Charleston, South Carolina, U.S.
EducationJuilliard School (BFA 1985)
Occupation Actor
Years active 1987–present
Spouse Christine Gibson (1993–present)
Website
ThomasGibsonOnline.com

Thomas Ellis Gibson (born July 3, 1962) is an American actor. His best known roles include Daniel Nyland on CBS's Chicago Hope, Greg Montgomery on ABC's Dharma & Greg, and Aaron Hotchner on CBS's Criminal Minds.

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Early life and education

Gibson is the youngest of four. His interest in the performing arts began at a young age. Gibson was fascinated with Louis Armstrong. He and his sister were on a swim team together and they frequented a pizza parlor after their swim meets. It was at this pizza parlor that Gibson would then sing along with a Dixieland band, complete with his attempt at a Louis Armstrong voice.[1]

As a child, Gibson enrolled in Little Theater School and later graduated from Bishop England High School. He then attended the College of Charleston (1979–1981) and became an intern at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, where he was encouraged to apply to the prestigious Juilliard School. After a year and a half at Charleston, Gibson won a scholarship to Juilliard's Drama Division (Group 14: 1981–1985),[2] where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1985.[3]

Career

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Charleston's historic Dock Street Theatre

Gibson's career in acting had an early start, beginning at just nine years of age in children's theater. He appeared in Julian Wiles' Seize the Street: the Skateboard Musical, a Young Charleston Theater Company (now Charleston Stage) production..[4] As a teenager, he began his classical theater training by becoming a member of the Young Charleston Theater Company and the Footlight Players, often performing at the historic Dock Street Theatre. During his time at College of Charleston, Gibson was an intern at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Gibson made his stage debut in David Hare's A Map of the World in the New York Shakespeare Festival. He subsequently did many more plays for producer Joe Papp, both in Public Theater and in Central Park. He worked on and off Broadway for the next 10 years in a diverse selection of plays by Shakespeare, Marlowe, Molière, Tennessee Williams, Howard Brenton, Romulus Linney, Noël Coward, Alan Ball and many others before turning to the small screen. Gibson also waited tables at Tavern on the Green,[1] though it is not known what years this occurred.

Gibson broke onto the small screen in 1987 by landing a guest role on CBS' legal drama Leg Work, followed by stints on the daytime dramas As the World Turns (CBS) and Another World (NBC). In 1992, Gibson made his big screen debut in Ron Howard's Far and Away, in which he portrayed Stephen Chase. Chase was the villainous rival of Joseph Donnelly (Tom Cruise) for Shannon Christie's (Nicole Kidman) affections. His next lead role in a film came the following year (1993) in Denys Arcand's Love and Human Remains, in which he portrayed David, a homosexual waiter. Gibson later re-united with Arcand in Stardom (2000). Also in 1993, he played the slimy misanthrope Beauchamp Day in the Tales of the City miniseries (1993). Gibson then turned his attention back to the small screen and portrayed Dr. Danny Nyland in the CBS medical drama Chicago Hope from 1994 to 1998, starring alongside future Criminal Minds costar Mandy Patinkin. Then, in a comic turn, and in what is perhaps his best known work, Gibson portrayed "Greg Montgomery" in the ABC sitcom Dharma & Greg from 1997 to 2002, for which he was twice nominated for a Golden Globe Award.[5]

After Dharma & Greg, Thomas did a string of TV movies. Then, in 2005, he landed the role as Supervisory Special Agent Aaron "Hotch" Hotchner, the Unit Chief of the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) team, on the critically acclaimed TV drama series, Criminal Minds, airing on Wednesday nights at 9pm on CBS.

Personal life

Gibson met his wife Christine in Paris and they were married in 1993. They have three children: James Parker or "J.P." (born June 23, 1999), Travis Carter (born July 1, 2002) and Agatha Marie (born April 28, 2004)[6][7]. He and his family reside in San Antonio, Texas.[8] Gibson loves golf. He plays at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am every year, as well as other golfing events, and is friends with golfer Corey Pavin. He served as part of the 2010 Host Committee for the Inaugural SAG Foundation Golf Classic, and co-hosted the 2nd Annual SAG Foundation Golf Classic with Criminal Minds castmate Joe Mantegna.[9]

Filmography

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1992 Far and AwayStephen Chase
1993 Age of Innocence, TheThe Age of InnocenceStage Actor
1993 Love and Human RemainsDavid
1994 BarcelonaDickie Taylor
1994 Men of WarWarren
1994 Sleep with MeNigel
1997 Next Step, TheThe Next StepBartender
1999 Eyes Wide ShutCarl Thomas
2000 Psycho Beach PartyKanaka
2000 Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, TheThe Flintstones in Viva Rock VegasChip Rockefeller
2000 StardomRenny Ohayon
2001 Jack the DogFaith's Attorney
2005 Come Away HomeGary
2005 BerkeleyThomas the Valet
2007 I'll Believe YouKyle Sweeney
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1987 Leg WorkRobbie Episode: "All This and a Gold Card Too"
1987 Guiding LightPeter Latham TV series
1988 LincolnWilliam Sprague TV miniseries
1988-1990 As the World TurnsDerek Mason TV series
1990 Kennedys of Massachusetts, TheThe Kennedys of MassachusettsPeter Fitzwilliam TV miniseries
1990 Another WorldSam FowlerTV series
1993 Tales of the CityBeauchamp Day Episode: "1.1"
1994-1998 Chicago HopeDr. Daniel Nyland 70 episodes
1995 SecretsHailus Tuckman TV movie
1996 Night VisitorsRoss Williams TV movie
1996 Caroline in the CityWillard Stevens Episode: "Caroline and the Nice Jewish Boy"
1996 To Love, Honor and DeceiveMatthew Carpenter / Stuart Buchanan TV movie
1996 Real Adventures of Jonny Quest, TheThe Real Adventures of Jonny QuestPaul Mornay (voice) Episode: "Ghost Quest"
1997 Devil's Child, TheThe Devil's ChildAlexander Rotha TV movie
1997 Inheritance, TheThe InheritanceJames Percy TV movie
1997-2002 Dharma & GregGreg Montgomery 119 episodes
1998 Nightmare StreetDr. Matt Westbrook / Joe Barnes TV movie
1998 More Tales of the CityBeauchamp Talbot Day TV miniseries
1998 Sin City SpectacularEpisode: "1.6"
1998 Will of Their Own, AA Will of Their OwnJames Maclaren Episode: "1.1"
2001 The Lost EmpireNicholas Orton TV movie
2003 Brush with FateRichard TV movie
2003 Evil Never DiesDet. Mark Ryan TV movie
2004 Raising WaylonReg TV movie
2004 Category 6: Day of DestructionMitch Benson TV movie
2005-present Criminal MindsAaron 'Hotch' Hotchner162-episodes
2006 In from the NightAiden Byrnes TV movie
2011 Two and a Half MenGreg Episode: "Nice to Meet You, Walden Schmidt"

Awards and nominations

Awards

Year Award Category
2010 EW.com Online Poll Under-appreciated Entertainer of the Year[10]

Nominations[5]

Year Award Category
2011 People's Choice Award Favorite TV Crime Drama

for: Criminal Minds

2000 Golden Globe Award Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series - Comedy/Musical

for: Dharma & Greg (1997)

2000 Golden Satellite Award Best Performance by an Actor in a Series, Comedy or Musical

for: Dharma & Greg (1997)

1999 Golden Globe Award Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series - Comedy/Musical

for: Dharma & Greg (1997)

1998 Viewers for Quality Television Award Best Actor in a Quality Comedy Series

for: Dharma & Greg (1997)

1997 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

for: Chicago Hope (1994)

1996 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

for: Chicago Hope (1994)

1995 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

for: Chicago Hope (1994)

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