Tom Cavanagh


Character: Nick Carleton

Tom Cavanagh is perhaps best known for his television work, including his starring role on the comedy series Ed, for which he earned a Golden Globe® nomination and won the 2001 TV Guide Award for Actor of the Year. In addition to acting in the show, he also produced and directed a number of episodes.

He more recently played recurring roles in Royal Pains and the critically acclaimed sitcom “Scrubs,” and starred in the series "Trust Me, Eli Stone" and "Love Monkey." He also had a regular role in the popular drama series "Providence", and starred in Showtime Networks’ drama "Bang Bang You’re Dead", which won a Peabody Award and several Daytime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Children’s Special, and which garnered Cavanagh a nomination for Outstanding Performer in a Children’s Special.

Cavanagh recently starred in Debbie Macomber's "Trading Christmas." Prior to that, Cavanagh starred in Warner Bros. feature, "Yogi Bear", in which he starred opposite Dan Aykroyd, Justin Timberlake, and Anna Faris. He has also appeared in a number of independent films, including the romantic comedy "Gray Matters", the family film How to Eat Fried Worms, and the Canadian comedy Breakfast with Scot. He recently finished directing a short film set in New York City, about a female playground basketball hustler.

Cavanagh made his debut on Broadway in 1989, in the revival of the musical “Shenandoah.” His stage credits also include productions of "Grease", "A Chorus Line", "Cabaret", "Brighton Beach Memoirs", "Urinetown" and "Some Americans Abroad."

Born in Ottawa, Ontario, at the age of six Cavanagh and his family moved to Ghana, where his father educated local school teachers. His family later moved back to Quebec, where he attended Queens University in Kingston, Ontario. He played varsity ice hockey and basketball, and graduated with degrees in English, biology and education.

He lives in New York City with his family.