Thomas Ellis Gibson (born July 3, 1962) is an American actor who found fame as Greg Montgomery in the comedy series Dharma & Greg, and is currently starring in the CBS series Criminal Minds. He portrays Supervisory Special Agent Aaron "Hotch" Hotchner, the Unit Chief of the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) team.
Gibson is the youngest of four. His interest in the performing arts began at a young age. Gibson was fascinated with Louis Armstrong. He and his sister were on a swim team together and they frequented a pizza parlor after their swim meets. It was at this pizza parlor that Gibson would then sing along with a Dixieland band, complete with his attempt at a Louis Armstrong voice.
As a child, Gibson enrolled in Little Theater School and later graduated from Bishop England High School. He then attended the College of Charleston and became an intern at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, where he was encouraged to apply to the prestigious Juilliard School. After a year and a half at the College of Charleston, Gibson applied to Juilliard and won a scholarship to theJuilliard Drama Division, from which he graduated with a B.F.A. in 1985.
Gibson's career in acting had an early start, beginning at just nine years of age in children's theater. He appeared in Julian Wiles' Seize the Street: the Skateboard Musical, a Young Charleston Theater Company (now Charleston Stage) production.. As a teenager, he began his classical theater training by becoming a member of the Young Charleston Theater Company and the Footlight Players, often performing at the historic at the historic Dock Street Theatre. During his time at College of Charleston, Gibson was an intern at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Gibson made his stage debut in David Hare's A Map of the World in the New York Shakespeare Festival. He subsequently did many more plays for producer Joe Papp, both in Public Theater and in Central Park. He worked on and off Broadway for the next 10 years in a diverse selection of plays by Shakespeare, Marlowe, Molière, Tennessee Williams, Howard Brenton, Romulus Linney, Noël Coward, Alan Ball and many others before turning to the small screen. Gibson also waited tables at Tavern on the Green,though it is not known what years this occurred.
Gibson broke onto the small screen in 1987 by landing a guest role on CBS' legal drama Leg Work, followed by stints on the daytime dramas As the World Turns (CBS) and Another World (NBC). In 1992, Gibson made his big screen debut in Ron Howard's Far and Away, in which he portrayed Stephen Chase. Chase was the villainous rival of Joseph Donnelly (Tom Cruise) for Shannon Christie's (Nicole Kidman) affections. His next lead role in a film came the following year (1993) in Denys Arcand's Love and Human Remains, in which he portrayed David, a homosexual waiter. Gibson later re-united with Arcand inStardom (2000). Also in 1993, he played the slimy scumbag Beauchamp Day in the Tales of the City miniseries (1993). Gibson then turned his attention back to the small screen and starred as Dr. Danny Nyland in the CBS medical drama Chicago Hope from 1994 to 1997. Then, in a comic turn, and in what is perhaps his best known work, Gibson portrayed "Greg Montgomery" in the ABC sitcom Dharma & Greg from 1997 to 2002, for which he was twice nominated for a Golden Globe Award.
After Dharma & Greg, Thomas did a string of TV movies. Then, in 2005, he landed the role as Supervisory Special Agent Aaron "Hotch" Hotchner, the Unit Chief of the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) team, on the critically acclaimed TV drama series, Criminal Minds, airing on Wednesday nights at 9pm on CBS. The show, now in its sixth season, has become a Top 10 show averaging 16 million viewers per night and is often the #1 show on Wednesday nights.
Gibson has been married to Cristina Gibson since 1993 and they have three children, sons James Parker (born in 1999) and Travis Carter (born in 2002) and daughter Agatha Marie (born in 2004). He and his family reside in San Antonio, Texas. Gibson loves golf. He plays at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am every year, as well as other golfing events, and is friends with golfer Corey Pavin. He served as part of the 2010 Host Committee for the Inaugural SAG Foundation Golf Classic, and co-hosted the 2nd Annual SAG Foundation Golf Classic with Criminal Minds castmate Joe Mantegna.
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