Birthplace: East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, U.S.
Thomas "Tom" Everett Scott (born September 7, 1970) is an American film, theatre and television actor. His film work includes a starring role as drummer Guy Patterson in the film That Thing You Do!, the protagonist in An American Werewolf in Paris and notable roles in the cult film Boiler Room, One True Thing, Dead Man on Campus, The Love Letter, Because I Said So, and La La Land. In television, he is well known for his role as detective Russell Clarke in the television series Southland, Charles Garnett in Z Nation, and for his recurring roles as Eric Wyczenski in ER, Sam Landon in Beauty & the Beast, Kevin Duval in Scream, and William in Reign.
Scott was born in East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, the son of Cynthia "Cindy" (née Pierce), an insurance sales representative, and William Joseph "Bill" Scott (died 2007), a civil engineer. He graduated from Syracuse University in 1992, where he originally started out as a communications major, but eventually majored in drama.
His first notable role was appearing for several seasons in the recurring role of Matthew on the television situation comedy Grace Under Fire. He played the title character's out-of-wedlock son, whom she had placed for adoption. In 1996, Scott landed the role of Guy Patterson in the film That Thing You Do!. He was almost passed over because of his resemblance to the film's director, actor Tom Hanks, but Hanks's wife, Rita Wilson, encouraged Hanks to cast Scott in the role.
Scott has had several other notable roles; he was the lead in the films An American Werewolf in Paris and Dead Man on Campus, and co-starred with Kate Capshaw and Tom Selleck in The Love Letter. He starred in the cult film, Boiler Room and made an uncredited cameo in Van Wilder. Scott also had a recurring role on the television series ER in 2002 and 2003 and has played numerous minor parts in other films and television shows such as Will & Grace & Sons of Anarchy. He starred in Saved, a medical-drama series on the TNT cable channel. He starred in the TV movie Surrender Dorothy. He appeared as one of Mandy Moore's character's boyfriends in the comedy Because I Said So, and starred in a Broadway-theatre comedy The Little Dog Laughed, as closeted film star Mitchell Green, written by Douglas Carter Beane. He also appeared as Zip in an Off-Broadway production of The Country Club, also written by Beane. He starred as Jack Cutting on the ABC's brief comedy-drama series Cashmere Mafia (2008). In 2009, he appeared in four episodes of Law & Order playing the fictional Governor of New York, Don Shalvoy. He also played Detective Russell Clarke in the seven episodes of the first season of Southland, which was dropped by NBC and subsequently picked up by TNT. At the start of second season, he became a recurring character appearing in three of six episodes. In the third and fifth season of the series, he has continued to appear in selected episodes.
Scott had supporting roles in other films such as Race to Witch Mountain, Tanner Hall, Mars Needs Moms, Parental Guidance, Enemies Closer, and Sister Cities. His former television roles include Sam Landon in Beauty and the Beast, Kevin Duval in Scream, Charles Garnett in Z Nation, and William in Reign. In 2016, he appeared in the film La La Land, in which he was cast by director Damien Chazelle. He will appear in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul and as a series regular on the TruTV sitcom I'm Sorry, starring alongside Andrea Savage.
|1996||That Thing You Do!||Guy Patterson|
|1997||An American Werewolf in Paris||Andy McDermott|
|1998||One True Thing||Brian Gulden|
|Dead Man on Campus||Josh Miller|
|1999||The Love Letter||Johnny|
|Boiler Room||Michael Brantley|
|2002||Van Wilder||Elliot Grebb|
|2007||Because I Said So||Jason|
|2009||Race to Witch Mountain||Matheson|
|2011||Mars Needs Moms||Milo's dad||Voice|
|2012||Parental Guidance||Phil Simmons|
|Independence Daysaster||U.S. President Garcette||Television film|
|2016||Sister Cities||Chief Brady|
|La La Land||David|
|Left Behind: Next Generation - Vanished||Damon|
|2017||The Last Word||Ronald Odom|
|Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul||Frank Heffley|
|1993||Law & Order||Charles Wilson||1 episode|
|1994||CBS Schoolbreak Special||Matt Hansen||1 episode|
|1995-1997||Grace Under Fire||Matthew||5 episodes|
|1999||Inherit the Wind||Bertram Cates||television film|
|2000-2001||The $treet||Jack T. Kenderson||12 episodes|
|2001-2002||Philly||Will Froman||11 episodes|
|2002-2003||Do Over||Joel (voice)||13 episodes (uncredited)|
|ER||Eric Wyczenski||8 episodes|
|2003||Will & Grace||Alex||1 episode|
|2004||Justice League Unlimited||Booster Gold||1 episode|
|Karroll's Christmas||Allen Karroll||television film|
|2006||Saved||Wyatt Cole||main role|
|2008||Cashmere Mafia||Jack Cutting||3 episodes|
|Sons of Anarchy||Rosen||3 episodes|
|2009||Batman: The Brave and the Bold||Booster Gold||2 episodes|
|Law & Order||Governor Donald Shalvoy||4 episodes|
|2009-2013||Southland||Detective Russell Clarke||17 episodes|
|2011||GCB||Andrew Remington||3 episodes|
|2014||Love Finds You in Sugarcreek, Ohio||Joe Matthews/Micah Matthias||television film|
|Beauty and the Beast||Sam||Recurring Role|
|Z Nation||Charles Garnett||6 episodes|
|2015||How to Get Away with Murder||Father Andrew||1 episode|
|Criminal Minds||Greg Sullivan||1 episode|
|2015-2016||Scream||Kevin Duval||5 episodes, 1 voice (uncredited)|
|2016||Elementary||Henry Baskerville||1 episode|
Tom Everett Scott supports the following charitable cause: AIDS.