Bio

Boundless… Enigmatic… Collaborative…

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As an actor: He has dozens of credits working on television and on film, for a list of those credits, look him up on the IMDB, as far as stage work, he has credits having performed in several states, most notably in the cities of Los Angeles and New York City.

As a writer: He has had several full-length screenplays optioned, been hired as a copywriter, has had several produced short-films win awards at film festivals, dozens of plays, sketches, and monologues produced in theaters in California, New York & Tennessee. He’s created several original web-series… Been published as a novelist, poet, essayist, and a contributor for the publication “Backstage.” He has also written & recorded dozens of children stories recorded (original & adapted).

As a singer: He has sung a variety of styles of music on dozens of stages in many different counties & countries…  Recorded dozens of songs… Created a web series entitled “Closet Singer.” Has had two songs he’s written (lyrics) produced and made available to the public.

And more: He has spoken to large groups of students at UCSB and AMDA, and has a wealth of other creative field experience such as working as a director, producer, production manager, 1st AD, film-editor, fund-raiser, sound mixer, sound-editor, photographer, fight-choreographer, DP, and we’re probably forgetting a few things… Besides creativity in his work, Tom enjoys creativity in hikes, camping, cooking, photography, traveling, working out, building things… He was a long time volunteer for the Hollywood YMCA, he currently volunteers at the Amanda Foundation (animal shelter), and has logged many many hours designing & building enrichment devices (basically giant cat toys) for all sorts of animals at the Los Angeles Zoo, and has helped out building sets for various theaters and productions in NYC and LA.

 

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Some past Bios

Written April 2016 for duet show: “He has an eclectic background of both school and training, has appeared in dozens of TV shows, commercials, plays & films… is a published novelist, poet, produced playwright, and a screenwriter. As a singer, he became internationally known through a web series of his own entitled Closet Singer. He hails, originally from Jersey, born in Hackensack, and growing up off Rt 80, exit 34B.”

Written in 2013 seeking management: “Though Tom didn’t follow his pre-med college path, stay planted in New Jersey, or continue on a business trail selling pharmaceuticals… Tom has been a constant creator in theater, television, film, cabaret and the Internet for two decades. He has had several full-length screenplays optioned, several produced short-films win awards, and dozens of productions in theaters in Los Angeles, New York & Tennessee. He has been published as a novelist, poet, essayist, copywriter, and a paid contributor for the publication “Backstage.” He has also had two songs he’s written (lyrics) produced and dozens of children stories recorded (original & adapted). Highlights of his writing training include: UCLA professional program, Theater Sports New York, The Upright Citizen’s Brigade, lots of books and loads of practice. Besides his accomplishments wielding a keyboard…He has worked continually as a professional actor in all mediums (sketch & improv comedy, television, film, stage, Internet & commercials)… Sang on dozens of stages… Created several original web-series… Recorded dozens of songs… And he has a wealth of other creative field experience such as working as a director, producer, production manager, first AD, film-editor, fund-raiser, sound mixer, sound-editor, photographer, fight-choreographer, videographer… On the not so creative business-side, Tom enjoys getting paid, comedy, walks in the mountains, camping, cooking, working out, getting his hands dirty, and has been a long time volunteer for the Hollywood YMCA, the Amanda Foundation (animal shelter), and logged many hours designing and building enrichment devices for animals at the Los Angeles Zoo.”

Written in 2009 for a film festival: “After more than twelve years away from singing, and auditioning for Broadway shows, Tom was recently reenergized after attending an informal party where he was egged on by some friends to sing “Ol’ Man River” at the piano. After he finished, a few friends and the accompanist (another friend), quite literally wouldn’t let him leave till he made a promise to start singing again… Well, he did. And after a series of quirky circumstances, he started recording vocals to prerecorded music tracks (he worked on with his coach) in his apartment’s walk-in closet. The vocals, led to visuals, which led to videos, which led to the name… Closet Singer.  And the name led to a website and the Internet. Since then Tom has come out of the closet to sing a few times, but there’s nothing quite like singing to a worldwide audience. And Closet Singer does seem to have a following not only in the USA and Canada, but apparently in Germany, Spain, France, Brazil, Turkey, Japan, Romania… As an actor in New York and Los Angeles, Tom has appeared as a Guest Star or Recurring Character on dozens of top television shows (Breaking Bad, Bones, CSI, Criminal Minds), acted in scores of successful national network commercials, and held lead roles in several films (WMD, Alien Raiders, Bricks & Ashes) and on many stages (in and around NYC and Los Angeles).  Feel free to look him up on the IMDB. He is an award-winning, professional writer published by several publications, as well as optioned and produced on the big screen, little screen, theatre boards on both coasts, and the Internet. His production company, Big Quiche Productions, keeps him busy and creative between other gigs — writing, producing, directing, editing, recording, shooting… short films, feature scri pts, plays, and yes, Closet Singer videos.”

Written in 2005: “Tom has been a working actor of over a decade, with credits in theater, film and television. His most recent credits include a starring role in a new Hallmark Movie Western due out sometime this fall (working title: Desolation Canyon), a really nice guest starring role in Fox’s new hit show Bones, and possible recurring guest star part in Bill Paxton’s new series Big Love. He also has several national commercials running including “THEY’RE STATUES!” for Dominos, and “THERE’S NO CRYING IN SHIPPING!” for DHL. He is a prolific writer, mostly of comedies, having had his work shown on stages and screens on both American coasts, in print, and streaming on the Internet through various websites, and has been the lead producer on dozens of projects; from sketch comedy to fundraising to full length plays. One of Tom’s weekly obligations is being involved with a weekly casting director workshop in North Hollywood called SEENWORK, where he serves as some sort of mutant combination of a stage manager, an AD, and an associate producer. Before working with SEENWORK, he had assisted at another workshop on the Westside of LA, and had attended a few workshops in New York City, both for on camera work, and voice-overs. FYI on Tom’s 25th birthday, over a decade ago exactly, (October 2nd is his birthday) he left the well paying world of pharmaceutical sales to make a run at the field of acting, writing and producing, in a word… “Creating,” and he’s never looked back, well, more than twice anyway.”

Written in 2004: “My parents tell people that I’m dysfunctional by choice, my nieces fondly point and laugh at me, referring to me as “Crazy Uncle Tommy”, and I’ve been called both a “duffus” and “a slice of processed cheese” on National Television. Born on a bright sunny night in Hackensack, NJ in October, I grew up in a little town outside of New York City (if there can be a little town 20 minutes outside of Manhattan) and lived there in my own studio apartment till the end of my kindergarten year. In KG, that’s what us cool kids call it, I majored in “PLAYING WELL WITH OTHERS” and working as part-time muscle for the mob. I’ve been younger than most older people all my life.  I was put in school early due mostly to the fact that I was big for my age, and my head was close enough to the ceiling to cut off the point.  My mother, yes I have a mother, tells me that in KG I’d actually come home saddened by the fact that no one wanted to wrestle with me. Those were the nights I was especially rough on the dog. My parents had five children…  Yes they’re Catholic.  There’s my older sister, me, my younger sister (three years later), and then a Double-oops-Whammy, twin boys (ten years younger than myself).  For years my father worked as a salesman for a large candy company and mother was, what is now commonly referred to as a “Stay at home Mom.”  The best advice ever given to me by my father… “He who speaks first loses. For silence is powerful.”  Neither of us has spoken since.  His worst advice, “They look better with their clothes on.” “Where did my odd sense of humor come from?” you ask.  Well, I don’t rightly know. Much of the humor in this Bio came from my brother-in-law. My first word was licorice, I walked at 9 months, and a favorite pre-one year old past time was to climb out of my crib, take off all my clothes and hide from my Grandmother when she’d baby-sit me. Funny how little we change.  Another favorite thing of mine as a baby would be to go over the wall of my little wooden prison and wake my father up jumping up and down on his back while screaming.  Maybe that inspired the “silence” advice he’d later give to me.  Gosh, I remember those days just like it was last Christmas morning. From “o’ little town outside New York” my parents decided to move west and settled in a small mid western town, deep in the heart of Jersey.  It was a lot like Thorton Wilder’s “Our Town,” except there wasn’t a visible cemetery and most of the people I knew there are still alive, in one way or another.  To this day there’s still a ball field, a church, an old school, a playground, a river with an old half-burnt train trestle, some corpses buried in an old ’72 Lincoln under some tennis courts, and always dozens of moron kids running around with chocolate milk breath, and kool-aid smiles. I soon turned into an abnormally geeky kid who played Dungeon’s and Dragons, and then eventually served two years at a community correction facility, where I held the prestigious title of “Ski Club President,” commuting back and forth from my parents daily.  From there I transferred into a four-year state penitentiary, majoring in Biology, minoring in Chemistry, drinking… I mean working at the campus pub, moving furniture, captaining the new-and-improved lacrosse club team, and learning how not to choke on my own vomit while sleeping off a major buzz due to some homemade apple jack whiskey that happened to find its way to the back of my throat. I even placed 2nd runner up for homecoming my senior year. Some daddy’s-paying-my-tution-and-I-have-all-this-money-to-pay-to-have-friends fraternity boy bet me a case he’d get more votes, and I took his challenge.  To this day he still owes me those 24 cold frothy beers.  Pay up ya Frat-bastard.  I would’ve come in first had not the two bastards that beat me been so freakin’ quick and my old rusty Nissan so damn slow. First I wanted to be a Lawyer because I thought that lawyers help the world, but then I found out what most lawyers do.  Then I wanted to be a doctor, because I thought doctors help save the world, but then I found what most doctors do.  They listen to old people complaining about their joints.  But then, I stumbled, fell, and woke up in a hospital knowing what I should do… Become a Barber and help shave the world. However, my grades weren’t good enough to get into cosmology school, so I turned to acting, and later expanded into writing.  As an actor, I thought, at the very least maybe I can make the world think or feel, or even laugh.  But now years later I now know what actors do. “What do actors do?” you ask.  We audition for people who criticize our every being, to try and get work where we say something so moronic like, “Where to Mac?” and try to get paid for pretending to be people who are in jobs that they hate…  And as a writer we spend months-developing 120 page dust collectors to pile onto producers’ desks to protect the delicate wood finishes from harmful UV light. But I look at it this way (turn your head and cough) if one silly 30 second commercial, where I’m dressed in a bad wig and do the cabbage patch on National TV makes 50 million people laugh, then at the very least, I’ve brightened up 25 million seconds of the world. In between College and moving to NYC to pursue acting full time, I did do a brief stint as a pharmaceutical salesman. (“If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say it at all” unless it’s funny.) Once in New York City, I kicked around for about six years, did some small roles on TV, film and stage, had some things I wrote done Off Off Broadway, and got published twice in a tiny literary magazine.  All this while making some great friends, some important connections, and learning which side to serve from. And now… I’m living in Los Angeles… And I am continuing to give life my best shot.”