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Tom Cavanagh Biography

Birth Name:
Thomas Cavanagh
Birth Place:
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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


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


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