Tom Arnold

Comedian, Film actor

1959 –


Who is Tom Arnold?

As a comedian, writer, producer, and actor, Tom Arnold has established himself to both television and film audiences worldwide, having won such awards as the Peabody Award and a Golden Globe Award. Additionally, he helped put Fox Sports on the map with his hosting duties on The Best Damn Sports Show Period.

Arnold cornered the market on playing the resident comic relief character in films like Nine Months with Hugh Grant, Julianne Moore, and Robin Williams, True Lies with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Hero with Dustin Hoffman, and Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery with Mike Myers.

Arnold has successfully broken out of the comedic stereotype and is becoming a fixture at film festivals by landing more mature and dramatic roles. He received critical praise for his role in Gardens of the Night opposite John Malkovich, The Great Buck Howard starring John Malkovich and Tom Hanks, Good Dick opposite Jason Ritter, and The Year of Getting to Know Us opposite Sharon Stone, Jimmy Fallon, and Lucy Liu. In 2005, he received critical notice for his role in Don Roos’ Happy Endings for Lions Gate Entertainment. He was also seen in Pride opposite Terrence Howard, and Animal Factory directed by Steve Buscemi. Other film credits include Soul Plane, Cradle 2 the Grave, Exit Wounds, and The Kid & I.

Arnold began his career in comedy at the University of Iowa before moving to Minneapolis where he won the Minneapolis Comedy Competition in 1988. He then moved to Los Angeles to write on the highly successful television series, Roseanne, before eventually serving as executive producer for the sitcom. He went on to star in his own HBO special entitled Tom Arnold: The Naked Truth, and then wrote, produced, and starred in his own television series The Jackie Thomas Show, Tom, and The Tom Show.

Born in Iowa, Arnold has established a writing scholarship and runs an acting workshop for students at the Indian Hills Community College in Iowa. Arnold is heavily involved in many charities such as the Race to Erase MS, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Best Buddies, Camp del Corazon, the Kayne Eras Center, Promises Foundation, Carousel of Hope, Arnold's Inner-City Games, the Hollenbeck Christmas Giveaway, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Arnold returned to his roots as a stand up comic this year. Never scripted, Arnold pokes fun at his Midwest past, marital follies, and absurd Hollywood stories. Just like his past film and television comedy work, Arnold is a ball of chaos and charisma on stage. He hosts the popular Laughing with the Stars weekly comedy show at the Laugh Factory in West Hollywood, featuring supporting acts ranging from rising young comics to all-time favorites. His shows are famous for their loose atmosphere with Arnold breaking down the walls between his fellow comics and the audience. No one is quite sure what to expect any given night.

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Mar 6, 1959
Also known as
  • Thomas Arnold
  • Mr. Tom Arnold
  • Thomas Duane Arnold
  • Tom
  • Thomas Dwaine Arnold
  • Thomas Duane "Tom" Arnold
  • Judaism
  • Jewish people
  • United States of America
  • Ottumwa High School
  • University of Iowa
Lived in
  • Beverly Hills

on July 23, 2013


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