Tom McGowan
Thomas McGowan

(1959-07-26) July 26, 1959 (age 62)
EducationHofstra University (BFA)
Yale University (MFA)
Years active1991–present

Thomas McGowan (born July 26, 1959) is an American actor. He first become known for his stage career both on and off Broadway. In 1991, he was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play for his Broadway debut performance in La Bête. In 2011, McGowan was chosen to step into the role of the Wizard in Wicked on Broadway. In 2014, McGowan starred in Harvey Fierstein's original Broadway play, Casa Valentina which was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play. Since then he has appeared in the Broadway revivals of She Loves Me (2016) and Kiss Me Kate (2019).

He is also known for his recurring role on the Emmy Award winning NBC show Frasier, as KACL station manager Kenny Daly. He has also appeared on a variety of shows including Everybody Loves Raymond, The Practice, ER, Desperate Housewives, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Modern Family, Veep and The Good Fight.

He has appeared in films such as Heavyweights, Sleepless in Seattle, The Birdcage, As Good as it Gets, True Crime, Ghost World, and Bad Santa.


On Broadway he appeared in La Bête (1991), for which he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Play. Off Broadway, he won an Obie Award for his performance in Nicky Silver's play The Food Chain. He played the role of Pat Finley in the 1995 movie Heavyweights and the role of Patrick Fisher in the 2006 movie Twelve and Holding.

McGowan has been performing the role of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in various companies of Wicked since 2009. He first played the Wizard in the original Second National Tour production, beginning March 7, 2009.[1] He finished with the touring company on December 6, 2009, transferring to the San Francisco production, playing the Wizard from December 22, 2009 through September 5, 2010, when the production closed. He then returned to the Second National Tour, resuming performances on January 11, 2011 and concluding his performances on the tour on April 17, 2011.

McGowan joined the Broadway company of the show from May 3, 2011 through February 5, 2012.[2] Thereafter, he moved to the show's First National Tour, playing the role from August 2012 through April 2013. He has since performed the role on Broadway intermittently, including from August 13, 2013 through February 22, 2014, and onward from July 15, 2014.

McGowan played the role in the West End production of the show from September 21, 2015 through March 12, 2016.[3]

McGowan was in the 2016 Broadway revival of She Loves Me as Ladislov Sipos.

Personal life

McGowan grew up in Belmar, New Jersey.[4] He graduated from Belmar's St. Rose High School in 1977.[5] Upon graduation from high school, he attended Hofstra University and the Yale School of Drama, from which he graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1988. He and his wife, Cathy, have a son, Mark (born May 5, 1992) and a daughter, Mary (born February 10, 1995).



Year Title Role Notes
1992 The Last of the Mohicans Rich Merchant
1992 Captain Ron Bill
1993 Searching for Bobby Fischer Reporter
1993 Sleepless in Seattle Keith
1994 Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle Alexander Woollcott
1995 Heavyweights Pat Finley
1996 The Birdcage Harry Radman
1997 Cold Around the Heart Gun Store Man
1997 As Good as It Gets Maitre D'
1997 Bean: The Movie Walter Huntley
1999 True Crime Tom Donaldson
2000 The Family Man Bill
2001 Ghost World Joe
2003 Bad Santa Harrison
2004 Dog Gone Love Star
2004 After the Sunset Ed
2005 12 and Holding Patrick Fisher
2006 Play Nice Performer


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Down the Shore Eddie Cheever 29 episodes
1994 Coach Edgar Episode: Be a Good Sport
1994 Monty Clifford Walker 13 episodes
1996 The Show George Hart 4 episodes
1996-97 Sabrina, The Teenage Witch Principal Larue 3 episodes
1998 The Practice William Wright Episode: The Pursuit of Dignity
1999 Snoops Dirty Marty 2 episodes
1999-00 ER Joe Bernero 2 episodes
2000 Bull Johnny Walker Episode: In The Course of Human Events
2001 Welcome to New York Joe Gaffigan Episode: The Brother
2001 King of the Hill David Episode: Hank's Back Story
2001 The Huntress Ollie Drake Episode: With Great Power
2001 Curb Your Enthusiasm John Tyler Episode: The Thong
2003 The Pitts Officer Peltz Episode: Squarewolves
2003 Judging Amy Mr. Moran Episode: Picture of Perfect
1998-2004 Frasier Kenny Daly 42 episodes
1996-2004 Everybody Loves Raymond Bernie 17 episodes
2004 Complete Savages Reverend Dave Episode: Carnival Knowledge
2004 Oliver Beene Bob "Simon Says" Brooks Episode: Catskills
2004 8 Simple Rules Frank Episode: Thanksgiving Guest
2006 Just Legal Jeff Jacobs Episode: The Bar
2005-07 The War at Home Joe Episode: Take This Job and Bleep It
2007 Hannah Montana Leo Episode: Don't Stop 'Til You Get the Phone
2007 Brothers & Sisters Luther Reeves Episode: An American Family
2007 Boston Legal Noris Milk Episode: Green Christmas
2008 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Mark Episode: Two and a Half Deaths
2010 Desperate Housewives Mayor Franklin Episode: Down the Block There's a Riot
2011 Hot in Cleveland Robert Episode: Love Thy Neighbor
2012 Modern Family Principal Roth Episode: Schooled
2015 Veep Congressman Moyes Episode: B/ill
2016 She Loves Me Sipos Television Movie, PBS
2017 The Good Fight Jax Rindell 5 episodes
2020 One Royal Holiday Ed Hallmark Movie


Year Title Role Venue Notes
1991 La Bête Valere Eugene O'Neill Theatre, Broadway [6]
1995 The Food Chain Otto Westside Theatre, Off-Broadway
1996 Chicago Amos Hart The Gershwin Theatre, Broadway
1997 Ivanov Mikhail Borkin Vivian Beaumont Theater, Broadway
2003 Wicked The Wizard of Oz (replacement) The Gershwin Theatre, Broadway
2014 Casa Valentina Bessie Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, Broadway
2016 She Loves Me Ladislav Sipos Studio 54, Broadway
2019 Kiss Me, Kate Gangster (replacement)

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
1991 Tony Awards Best Actor in a Play La Bête Nominated [6]
Drama Desk Awards Best Actor in a Play Nominated
Outer Critics Circle Award Best Debut Performance Won
1996 Obie Award Best Performance The Food Chain Won


  1. ^ "Dodd, Yorke, Caskey and McGowan to Star in Wicked's Second North American Tour" Archived 2009-02-12 at the Wayback Machine,, February 9, 2009
  2. ^ "Broadway's Wicked Will Welcome Tom McGowan Beginning May 3". Archived from the original on May 4, 2011.
  3. ^ "Tom McGowan joins the cast of Wicked from 21 Sep". Retrieved 2015-08-22.
  4. ^ Marks, Peter. "On Stage, and Off", The New York Times, September 8, 1995. Accessed August 9, 2008. "Fortunately, the 36-year-old actor, a native of Belmar, N.J., needs a lot of padding on his 200-plus-pound frame to play Otto, whose eating compulsion feeds into one of the central themes of Nicky Silver's new comedy, which opened last month to largely enthusiastic reviews."
  5. ^ Mann, Virginia. "PRESERVING A DISTINCTIVE NEW JERSEY FLAVOR", The Record (Bergen County), June 19, 1992. Retrieved August 9, 2008.
  6. ^ a b "Tom McGowan". Playbill.