Tom Cavanagh

  • Birth Name: Thomas Cavanagh
  • Birth Place: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Profession: Actor

Fast Facts

  • Spent part of his childhood in a Ghana fishing village, where his parents helped build an education system.
  • Earned three degrees, in English, biology and education, from Queens University; worked as a teacher before his acting career took off.
  • Won a 2001 TV GUIDE Award for Actor of the Year in a New Series for Ed.
  • Bearing a striking resemblance to actor Zach Braff, he played his older brother in a recurring role on Scrubs.
  • In 2008, played a professor in an off-Broadway production of the play Some Americans Abroad.
  • Starred as a detective in The Capture of the Green River Killer (2008), Lifetime's first original miniseries.
  • In 2009, paired with Eric McCormack to headline TNT's short-lived drama series Trust Me.


  • 2002, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee


  • Maureen Grise — Wife
  • Alice Ann Cavanagh — Daughter
  • Rosemary Cavanagh — Mother
  • Thomas Cavanagh Sr. — Father
  • Thomas Patrick Cavanagh — Son
  • James Joseph Cavanagh — Son


  • Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada