Thomas Ellis Gibson is a well-known actor and director from the United States. He earned early movie success because to his pleasant nature, camera-ready looks, and great stage training. Thomas was interested in acting since he was a child, and to pursue his dreams, he enrolled in the ‘Little Theatre School’ and began performing in children’s theater at the age of nine. Thomas continued to participate in amateur theatre plays until 1987, when he made his television debut in the television series ‘Leg Work.’ In 1985, he had his professional theatrical debut in David Hare’s ‘A Map of the World,’ and in 1992, he landed his big break when he was cast in Far and Away (1992). Thomas is best known for playing Daniel Nyland in the CBS television series ‘Chicago Hope,’ as well as roles in ‘The Kennedys of Massachusetts,’ Armistead Maupin’s PBS series ‘Tales of the City,’ and the NBC mini-series ‘A Will of Their Own.’ He got the Underappreciated Entertainer of the Year Award in the Entertainment Weekly Online Poll in 2010.
Childhood and Adolescence of Thomas Gibson
Thomas Ellis Gibson was born on July 3, 1962, in Charleston, South Carolina, to Charles M. “Mac” Gibson and Beth Gibson. He was the youngest of four siblings and was born into a middle-class family. His mother Beth was a social worker, and his father Charles was a lawyer and a liberal democrat who served in the Senate and House of South Carolina.
His father was of English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh descent, while his mother’s ancestors were half Irish and half German.
From a young age, Gibson was enthralled with Louis Armstrong. Gibson and his sister were on the same swimming team, and after class they would go to a pizza parlor, where Gibson would sing along with a Dixieland band, imitating Louis’ voice.
Thomas was educated in a Roman Catholic home and showed an early interest in the performing arts, so he joined in Little Theatre School and went on to Bishop England High School to complete his education.
From 1979 to 1981, he attended the College of Charleston and began working as an intern at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. His peers and seniors urged him to apply to the prestigious Juilliard School. After a year and a half at Charleston, he received a scholarship at Julliard’s Drama Division, where he studied from 1981 to 1985. He jumped at the chance and went on to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from there in 1985.
A Career in Television
Thomas made his stage debut in the Ney York Shakespeare Festival’s production of David Hare’s ‘A Map of the World.’ He continued to appear in various performances for Joe Pap, whether in Central Park or at the Public Theatre.
For the next ten years, he worked on and off Broadway in plays by Shakespeare, Moliere, Tennesy Williams, Rommulus Linney, and Allan Ball, to mention a few. In 1987, he got his big break when he was cast as Robbie in a guest role on CBS’s legal drama television series ‘Leg Work.’ Other television roles followed, including Peter Latham in Guiding Light, William Sprague in Lincoln, Daniel Nyland in Chicago Hope, and William Stevens in Caroline in the City.
Thomas is best known for his part as Dharma in the Dharma & Greg series (1997-2002), in which he portrays a conservative lawyer who marries a free-spirited yoga instructor Dharma on their first date, proving that “opposites attract.” Their opposing viewpoints resulted in amusing and humorous situations, which were well received by the audience. One Golden Globe was given to this series. The last two seasons of this show were also directed by Thomas (2001-2002)
He also played agent Aaron Hotchner in the television series ‘Criminal Minds’ for six seasons (2005-2016). The show focused on the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit, an elite squad of profilers who study severe offenders and serial killers to figure out how to stop them from committing their next crime. It received three Primetime Emmy nominations. From 2013 to 2016, he directed six series of this show.
Gibson also appeared in two American sitcoms, playing Greg in ‘Two and a Half Men’ (2011) and Tom in ‘Hot in Cleveland’ (2015).
A Career in Film
In 1992, Thomas made his cinematic debut in the romantic adventure ‘Far and Away,’ in which he appeared with established performers like Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. In this film, he plays Joseph Donnelly’s (Tom Cruise) ruthless adversary for Shannon Christe’s (Nicole Kidman) devotion.
In the 1993 film ‘Love and the Human Remains,’ he played a homosexual waiter named David. Following that, he appeared in a number of films, including the action feature ‘Men of War’ (1994) as Warren, the comedy, drama film ‘Sleep with Me’ as Nigel, and the drama film ‘Manhood’ as Faith’s Attorney (2003). Thomas was praised for his performance as Carl in the sensual drama picture ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ (1999), where he co-starred in with Tom Cruise.
He has voiced Slade Wilson/Deathstroke in the film ‘Son of Batman’ (2014), as well as Joseph in the film ‘Axis’ (2017).
His Personal Experiences
In 1993, Thomas married his long-time girlfriend, Christine Gibson, who is also a well-known actress. They have three children, James Parker Gibson (born in 1999), Travis Carter (born in 2002), and Agatha Marie Gibson, and have been married for 22 years (born 2004).However, the pair split up in 2011 owing to a misunderstanding in their relationship. Gibson is currently based out of San Antonio, Texas.
Estimated Net Worth
Thomas’ estimated net worth is $15 million dollars as of August 2017.
He is quite active on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook, where he has a large fan base, and he even has an official Instagram account. His followers adore his acting and are eager to learn more about his personal life.
Thomas is born on the same day as Tom Cruise and Hunter Tylo.
He’s an accomplished golfer who went to the same Catholic high school as Sylvia Jefferies.
Gibson is recognized for his rich baritone voice, underappreciated performances, and the fact that he rarely smiles on Criminal Minds.