Birth Date: October 26, 1963 / Age: 51
Birth Place: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Also Credited as: Tom Cavanaugh
Biography: Thomas Cavanagh (born October 26, 1963) is a Canadian actor best known as the protagonist and title character in the NBC television program Ed as well as for his recurring role as the "Dog Boy" in Providence.
Cavanagh received a Golden Globe nomination and a TV Guide Award for his work on Ed. In 2002, he starred in the Showtime film Bang Bang You're Dead, which won a Peabody Award.
He was born in Ottawa, Canada, and moved with his parents to a small village in Ghana when he was six. In his teens, the family moved to Montreal where he started high school. While attending Queen's University in Ontario, he became interested in theater and music and played ice hockey and basketball. He graduated with degrees in English, biology and education.
In 1989 he was cast in a Broadway revival of Shenandoah. His stage credits also include productions of Grease, A Chorus Line, Cabaret, Brighton Beach Memoirs, and Urinetown.
He has long been known in Canada as an actor in television commercials, appearing for Labatt in the 1990s and more recently for CIBC.
In 2002, Cavanagh guest starred on the sitcom Scrubs. He was hired to play Dan Dorian, the brother of lead character J.D. (Zach Braff), because of his uncanny resemblance to Braff. He returned for one episode in 2003 and again for a two-episode arc in 2004.
Cavanagh married Maureen Grise, a photo editor for Sports Illustrated, on July 31, 2004 in Nantucket, Massachusetts.
In 2005, Cavanagh filmed a pilot entitled Love Monkey with Jason Priestly, Judy Greer, and Larenz Tate. The show is currently slated to be a midseason replacement for CBS and has been given an eight-episode order.
Graduated from Queens University in Ontario, with 3 degrees - in English, biology and education.
Played on the basketball team at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario.
Played on the international team for the NBA 2002 All Star Weekend's 3 on 3 Tournament.
His brother is a crown attorney in Ottawa, Ontario.
Starred in a very popular Canadian TV commercial for Labatt's Blue beer. His line was: "If I wanted water, I would have asked for water."
His parents worked as teachers in Third World countries for most of his childhood. He spent many years in Ghana. In 1989, he appeared in the Broadway revival of "Shenandoah" which gained him some recognition.
Was married in Nantucket, Massachusetts
Wife Maureen Grise is the photo editor of Sports Illustrated