Who is Thom Barry?
Thom was born as Thom Gross in Cleveland, Ohio USA, on 6 December 1950 – his zodiac sign is Sagittarius and he holds American nationality. He is an actor and a former disc jockey, who gained recognition after he portrayed Detective Will Jeffries in the crime mystery movie “Cold Case” which aired from 2003 to 2010 and which starred Kathryn Morris, Danny Pino and John Finn – the story follows a female detective who is solving old crimes known as ‘cold cases’ for the Philadelphia homicide squad. The series was very popular in the US, as it won 12 awards while it was nominated for 27 others, including one Primetime Emmy.
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Early life and education
Thom was raised as an only child in Cleveland by his father who was in the military, and his mother who was a housewife – the family moved a couple of times before settling in Cleveland before Thom turned six. He became interested in acting while attending Williamsburg High School, but as he was motivated by his father, Thom decided to join the US Air Force after he matriculated in 1969, and subsequently moved to a base in South Korea. After three years of service, Thom returned to Ohio and enrolled at Xavier University, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1976.
Career before acting
After graduating, Thom decided to try and become a disc jockey, and joined the radio station WUBE-FM licensed to Cincinnati in Ohio. After attracting attention on the radio, he went on to appear in TV ads for many famous companies, including the home improvement retailer The Home Depot, Inc., and the multinational package delivery company United Parcel Service (UPS).
After close to 20 years of appearing in commercials and being a disc jockey, Thom launched his acting career, and has to this day appeared in around 70 movies and TV series, so we’ll only able to mention some of his most notable appearances in this article.
Roles in movies
Thom made his debut film appearance in 1995, when he played the Guard in the romantic comedy movie “The American President” which starred Michael Douglas, Annette Bening and Martin Sheen, and which is about a widowed US President who falls in love with an environmental lobbyist – the movie was a success, winning one award and being nominated for nine others, including an Oscar. In the same year, Thom played the supporting character Samahani in the science fiction action adventure movie “Congo”, then played Orderly in the critically acclaimed space docudrama movie “Apollo 13”, which starred Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, and Bill Paxton, and which is still being shown in some theatres around the world today – the film won 28 awards including two Oscars, and was nominated for 58 other awards.
In 1996, Thom played a teacher in the comedy movie “High School High”, before portraying the supporting character in yet another evergreen movie – “Independence Day” – which starred Will Smith and Bill Pullman, and which follows the US and other countries as they fight-off an alien invasion. The same year also saw Thom appear as James R. Jordan Sr., father of the famous basketball player Michael Jordan, in the live action/animated comedy movie “Space Jam”. In 1997, he appeared as a senior cop in the superhero movie “Steel”, which starred Shaquille O’Neal as the superhero, and the same year saw Thom play Ramstein S O F Watch Officer in the political action thriller movie “Air Force One”, in which Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman played the lead characters.
In 1998, Thom appeared in the sports comedy movie “Major League: Back to the Minors”, and in 2001, he was Agent Bilkins in the action movie “The Fast and the Furious”, which starred the late Paul Walker and Vin Diesel.
Three of Thom’s most recent roles in movies have been in the slasher horror film “Texas Chainsaw 3D” in 2013, the drama movie “Mr. Church” in 2016, and the short comedy film “Career Suicide: Arthur’s Edge” in 2017.
Roles in TV series
Thom made his debut TV series appearance in 1995, when he portrayed a building superintendent in the episode “The Soup Nazi” of the critically acclaimed sitcom “Seinfeld”, and the following year he guest starred as Mark in the episode “Doctor in the House” of the sitcom “Living Single”.
Thom could have been seen as the Governor of Ohio in the episode “Shoot to Kill” of the crime series “Profiler”, and he then appeared as Mark Richardson in two episodes of the political series “The West Wing”. In 1999, he was cast to play Judge Watson in three episodes of the legal drama series “The Practice” and was then in a single episode of several series in 2000, including the comedy “Get Real”, the action drama “The Pretender”, and the legal drama “Family Law”. In 2001, Thom portrayed Garvis Avery in two episodes of the drama series “The Education of Max Bickford”, then as he was shooting for “Cold Case” from 2003 to 2010, he focused solely on it, and only appeared in a single other series during those years, when he played Captain Tucker in two episodes of the drama series “Crash” in 2008.
A few of his other notable performances in TV series have been in the medical drama “House” in which he played Sykes in the 2011 episode “Twenty Vicodin”, in the police procedural drama “Blue Bloods” in which he played ADA Saul Ward in the episode “Framed” in 2013, and in 10 episodes of the crime drama “Perception” in 2014, in which Thom portrayed William Parsons.
Love life and wife. Is he married?
Thom has been very secretive regarding his love life since he launched his acting career, and hasn’t talked about any women he might have dated – this is one of the main reasons why there are rumors circulating the internet about Thom being gay, while several of his fans have stated to have seen Thom being rather too close to someone who might be his boyfriend on multiple occasions over the years.
Thom hasn’t addressed any of the rumors surrounding his love life and sexuality, and there are still many fans who believe that he is straight and has been in many relationships but simply prefers to keep his personal matters to himself – it is also believed by some that Thom has been married to his wife – whoever she might be – for over 20 years now.
Thom hasn’t recently be seen with any men on women, and has attended all of his red carpet events on his own, and thus as of August 2020, he is presumably single, hasn’t married and doesn’t have children.
Hobbies and other interests
Thom’s main hobby is taking care of animals – he is the spokesperson of The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust, which aims to protect wildlife by ‘preserving and connecting habitat’.
Thom has had many pets in the past 40 years, most of which have been cats and dogs – he doesn’t like to go to zoos as he believes animals belong in the wilderness and not in cages for people’s entertainment. He is against the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) organization, as he believes that it does more damage to animals than good.
Thom likes to travel and has been all around the US, while he’s also been to Europe on many occasions, visiting countries such as Switzerland and Sweden, but his dream travel destination has always been Australia. He has his own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise and Natalie Portman, and some of the movies he likes to watch the most are “Sleepless in Seattle”, “Cast Away” and “Leon: The Professional”.
Age, height and net worth
Thom’s age is 69. He is now bald, has brown eyes, his height is 6ft 1ins (1.85) and he weighs around 175lbs (79kgs). As of August 2020, his net worth has been estimated at over $2 million.