Thomas Gibson

Active - 1988 - 2019  |   Born - Jul 3, 1962 in Charleston, South Carolina, United States  |   Genres - Drama, Comedy, Culture & Society, Music, Comedy Drama

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Biography by Lucia Bozzola

Versatile as well as tall, dark, and handsome, Thomas Gibson has moved easily between TV stardom and a varied movie career working with some of the industry's major names.

Born and raised in Charleston, Gibson found his calling as a child, making his acting debut at age ten in children's theater productions. Though he attended the College of Charleston, Gibson relocated when he won a scholarship to New York's prestigious Juilliard School. After earning his B.F.A., Gibson made his professional New York theater debut in 1985. Gibson spent the rest of the 1980s doing theater, as well as branching out into television with two seasons on the daytime drama Another World and the TV movie Gore Vidal's Lincoln (1988).

Gibson made the transition to films in style with a co-starring role opposite Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman in Ron Howard's glossy Irish-American epic Far and Away (1992). Along with playing a bit part in Martin Scorsese's lush The Age of Innocence (1993), Gibson further distinguished himself that year with larger roles in the critically praised PBS miniseries Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City and French-Canadian director Denys Arcand's first English-language film, the contemporary drama Love and Human Remains (1993).

Gibson subsequently appeared in the second part of Whit Stillman's preppy trilogy, Barcelona (1994), and in the indie Sleep With Me (1994), but he became better-known to TV audiences that year on the CBS hospital drama Chicago Hope. After three seasons on the show, Gibson became an even more prominent TV presence in 1997 when he was cast as the straight-laced husband Greg to Jenna Elfman's hippie Dharma on the ABC sitcom Dharma and Greg.

In addition to the memorable role of Greg, Gibson would appear in a number of feature films, like Eyes Wide Shut, The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, and Psycho Beach Party, as well as subsuquent TV series, like the the proceedural Criminal Minds.

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  • Started acting at 9 and went on to perform in more than 20 plays with youth theater groups.
  • Attended the Juilliard School on a scholarship.
  • Had soap roles on Another World, As the World Turns and Guiding Light.
  • Made his big-screen debut in the romantic drama Far and Away (1992).
  • Named one of TV's Best Dressed by TV GUIDE in 1998.
  • First discussed joining the cast of Criminal Minds at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am with CBS executive Les Moonves.
  • Ranked the No. 2 celebrity golfer---with a handicap of 4.3---by Golf Digest in 2006; has since played alongside other celebrity golfers like Ray Romano, Bill Murray and George Lopez.