A graduate of the prestigious Yale School of Drama, Tom McCarthy began his show business career in the 1990s, appearing on episodes of shows like New York Undercover and Spin City. He would go on to play the recurring role of Kevin Riley on the series Boston Public and make notable appearances in films like Meet the Parents, Flags of Our Fathers, and Good Night, and Good Luck. McCarthy's acting career would take a backseat in 2003 when he wrote and directed the critically acclaimed independent film The Station Agent. Proving the film's success was more than beginner's luck, he would go on to write and direct 2007's The Visitor, which met with similar praise from critics and audiences alike. In 2009, he wrote the story for the Disney Pixar film Up, which met with tremendous success, both at the box office and in critic's circles, earning McCarthy an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay. McCarthy followed that success several supporting roles in high-profile films such as Little Fockers and Fair Game and also returned to the director's chair in 2010 with the acclaimed indie wrestling comedy drama Win Win starring Paul Giamatti. In 2015, he directed and co-wrote Spotlight, which earned six Academy Award nominations, including a pair of noms for McCarthy himself, winning one for Best Original Screenplay.