Tom Lenk

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Tom Lenk
Tom Lenk13.jpg
Lenk speaking at the 2013 WonderCon at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California.
BornThomas Loren Lenk
(1976-06-16) June 16, 1976 (age 38)
Camarillo, California, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1997–present
 
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Tom Lenk
Tom Lenk13.jpg
Lenk speaking at the 2013 WonderCon at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California.
BornThomas Loren Lenk
(1976-06-16) June 16, 1976 (age 38)
Camarillo, California, U.S.
OccupationActor
Years active1997–present

Thomas Loren "Tom" Lenk (born June 16, 1976) is an American stage and television actor best known for starring as Andrew Wells in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off Angel.

Early life[edit]

Lenk was born in Camarillo, California, the son of Pam Sherman, a teacher, and Fred Lenk, a tuba player, high school music teacher, and school district computer network administrator.[1] He attended Adolfo Camarillo High School. He graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts.

Career[edit]

Lenk has appeared in episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (27 episodes), Angel,[2] NBC's Joey, House, Six Feet Under, Eli Stone and How I Met Your Mother. He has also had small parts in the films Date Movie, The Number 23, and Transformers. Lenk appeared in the Web series Border Patrol,[3] which premiered in June 2008 on Atom.com. In 2009 Lenk appeared as a guest star on Nip/Tuck.

Besides acting, Lenk is a singer and playwright. He has toured with the European cast of Grease and has written three plays. Lenk took over the role of Franz in the Broadway musical Rock of Ages as of September 14, 2009, having originated the role in the Las Vegas and Los Angeles productions in 2006. Lenk frequently posts video blogs of himself on YouTube summing up his latest experiences on Broadway, which are usually called "Tom's Broadway Blogs".

Lenk appeared in commercials for Pepsi Max and, in late 2012, in television ads for QuickBooks. He also appeared in an episode of Psych that poked fun at Buffy the Vampire Slayer (original Buffy actress Kristy Swanson appears in the episode).

Lenk performed in the June 2012 edition of Don't Tell My Mother! (Live Storytelling), a monthly showcase in which authors, screenwriters, actors and comedians share true stories they would never want their mothers to know.[4]

In 2013, Lenk joined the Lifetime series Witches of East End as Hudson Rafferty.[5]

Lenk was a member of Tangent, an improv group, with slam poet Steve Connell.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Lenk is openly gay.[6][7]

Filmography[edit]

Film
YearFilmRoleNotes
1997Boogie NightsUncle Floyd's Boy #2
1999Boy Next DoorChris
2000And Then Came SummerDrunk boy at party
2004Window TheorySean
Straight-JacketTeddy
BandwagonTom Lenk
2005LorettaBillyShort film
2006Date MovieFrodo
The ThirstKronos
2007The Number 23Bookstore Clerk
Equal OpportunityThomas the Tank Engine
TransformersAnalyst
Boogeyman 2PerryDirect-to-Video Release
2010My Girlfriend's BoyfriendDavid Young
2012The Cabin in the WoodsRonald
Much Ado About NothingVerges
Television
YearShowRoleNotes
2000Judging AmyAlan HigginsEpisode: "The God Thing"
2000–2003Buffy the Vampire SlayerCyrus (Minion of Harmony), Andrew WellsRecurring, 27 episodes
2001PopularChicken Delivery GuyEpisode: "The Brain Game"
Ruling ClassUnsold TV-Pilot
2004Mystery GirlUnsold UPN TV-Pilot
AngelAndrew WellsEpisodes: "Damage", "The Girl in Question"
Six Feet UnderYoung PoetEpisode: "In Case of Rapture"
JoeyThomasEpisode "Joey and the Big Audition"
2005House, M.D.AllenEpisode: "Spin"
2006How I Met Your MotherScottEpisode: "Swarley"
2007NursesMRI TechnicianFOX TV-Pilot
2008G.I.L.F.TevorWeb series
Eli StoneWPK AssistantEpisode: "Heal the Pain"
Samantha Who?Coffee shop clerkEpisode: "The Girlfriend"
"The Boss"
Do Not DisturbVictorEpisode: "Pilot"
2009Trust MeAnti Corporate IdealistEpisode: "Odd Man Out"
Nip/TuckCoreyEpisode: "Enigma"
2011The GuildHimselfEpisode: "Social Traumas"
GreekTour Guide SmithEpisode: "Legacy"
PsychLucienEpisode: "This Episode Sucks"
2013Witches of East EndHudson RaffertyRecurring role

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tom Lenk Biography (1976–)". Filmreference.com. 1976-06-16. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Prior to appearing as Andrew Wells, Lenk had a role as the vampire Cyrus in the season 5 episode "Real Me",
  3. ^ Greenbaum, Josh and Ben McMillan (2010). "Border Patrol". Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  4. ^ www.experiencela.com July 2012
  5. ^ "'Buffy's' Tom Lenk Joins Lifetime's 'Witches of East End' (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "Coming Out But Canceled". The Advocate (1019). November 18, 2008. Retrieved 23 February 2009. [dead link]
  7. ^ Jensen, Michael (2008-10-28). "Tom Lenk, aka Andrew from"Buffy", is officially out!". Retrieved 23 October 2013. 

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