• Thom Barry is an American actor and former disc jockey.
• He gained recognition after appearing as Detective Will Jeffries in the crime mystery movie "Cold Case"
• He has appeared in around 70 movies and TV series, including "The American President", "Congo", "Apollo 13", "Independence Day", "The Fast and the Furious", "Steel", "Major League: Back to the Minors" and "Texas Chainsaw 3D".
• He is the spokesperson for The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust and is against PETA.
• He is 69 years old, 6ft 1ins tall, and has an estimated net worth of over $2 million.

Known for movies

Short Info

FactAfter graduating from Williamsburg High School in Williamsburg, Ohio in 1969, Barry enlisted in the Air Force and was stationed at a base in South Korea. Three years later, he returned and enrolled at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio on the GI Bill. He graduated in 1976.

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.

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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.

General Info

Full NameThom Barry
ProfessionDisc jockey, Actor


Movies2 Fast 2 Furious, The Fast and the Furious, Texas Chainsaw 3D, Space Jam, Independence Day, Apollo 13, Air Force One, The American President, Congo, The President's Man: A Line in the Sand, High School High, Rules of Engagement, The Expendables, Fire with Fire, Riot, Steel, Richard Peter Johnson, Th...
TV ShowsCold Case

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1Is a spokesperson for the Wildlife Land Trust.
2After graduating from Williamsburg High School in Williamsburg, Ohio in 1969, Barry enlisted in the Air Force and was stationed at a base in South Korea. Three years later, he returned and enrolled at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio on the GI Bill. He graduated in 1976.




Casting2017Short post-productionCasting Director
Phoenix 454announcedFrank 'Primo' Stallings
Mr. Church2016Frankie Twiggs
Richard Peter Johnson2015Travis Douglas
Perception2015TV SeriesSpecial Agent William Parsons / Special Agent in Charge William Parsons
Desire2015/IShortThe Dude
Grey's Anatomy2013TV SeriesCDC Investigator
Blue Bloods2013TV SeriesADA Saul Ward
Texas Chainsaw 3D2013Sheriff Hooper
The Truth in Being Right2012ShortInterviewer
Fire with Fire2012/IIDennis
Chasing the Hill2012TV SeriesGeorge Barry
House M.D.2011TV SeriesDr. Sykes
Outlaw2010TV Series
Cold Case2003-2010TV SeriesWill Jeffries
Crash2008-2009TV SeriesCaptain Tucker
The Mannsfield 122007Officer Evans
Love... & Other 4 Letter Words2007Talk Show Announcer
Time Out2004ShortPrincipal Benson
Curb Your Enthusiasm2004TV SeriesGolf Starter Chuck
2 Fast 2 Furious2003Agent Bilkins
The West Wing1999-2003TV SeriesCongressman Mark Richardson
The Practice1999-2003TV SeriesJudge Watson
Without a Trace2002TV SeriesFrankie
The President's Man: A Line in the Sand2002TV MovieGen. Gates
Any Day Now2002TV SeriesLyle Wakefield
The Education of Max Bickford2001TV SeriesGarvis
The Fast and the Furious2001Agent Bilkins
Note come due2001ShortAlvin
Family Law2000TV Series
The Wild Thornberrys1999-2000TV SeriesWarrior / Jimal
The Pretender2000TV SeriesLeonard
The Expendables2000TV MovieTyler
Rules of Engagement2000Gen. West, Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff
Get Real2000TV SeriesDetective Oberg
Martial Law1999TV SeriesRalph Samuels / Ralph Poland
Guys Like Us1998TV SeriesFranklin Harris
Major League: Back to the Minors1998Frank 'Pops' Morgan
Profiler1998TV SeriesGovernor of Ohio
JAG1998TV SeriesMilitary Judge
The Incredible Hulk1996-1997TV SeriesGabriel Jones
NYPD Blue1997TV SeriesBartender
Soldier of Fortune, Inc.1997TV SeriesChief Moret
Steel1997Sgt. Marcus
Alien Nation: The Udara Legacy1997TV MovieMoore
Air Force One1997Ramstein S.O.F. Watch Officer
Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction1997TV SeriesCal (segment: On the Road) / Cal
Diagnosis Murder1997TV SeriesCaptain Phil Bryant
Ghosts of Mississippi1996Bennie Thompson (as Thomas Barry)
Living Single1996TV SeriesMark
Riot1996Fred Baker
Space Jam1996James Jordan
EZ Streets1996TV SeriesParole Officer
High School High1996Teacher
Dangerous Minds1996TV SeriesJohn Raye
Common Law1996TV SeriesCharlie
Babylon 51996TV SeriesMaintenance Worker
Independence Day1996SETI Technician #2
The Client1996TV SeriesJudge
ER1996TV SeriesT-Ball
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air1995TV SeriesCop
The American President1995Guard
Seinfeld1995TV SeriesSuper / Manager
Space: Above and Beyond1995TV SeriesChief Mechanic
White Man's Burden1995Landlord
Apollo 131995Orderly
Martin1995TV SeriesCleaning Man
Chicago Hope1995TV SeriesWalter
Schemes1994VideoNice Junkman
Out of Darkness1994TV MovieTherapist


A Difficult Thank You2012Short executive producer
Showgirls 2: Penny's from Heaven2011associate producer


The John Kerwin Show2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Entertainment Tonight2008TV SeriesHimself

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Seinfeld: Inside Look2006TV Series documentary shortTom

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  1. Tom is married. I know his wife. She is looking for him to complete divorce.

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