Who is Tom Cavanagh?

Thomas Patrick ‘Tom’ Cavanagh was born on 26 October 1963 under the sign of Scorpio, in Ottawa, Ontario Canada, of Irish descent. He is a 56-year-old actor, producer, director and writer, probably still best recognized for starring in the role of Ed Stevens in the NBC comedy-drama series “Ed” (2000-2004), playing Conner in the TNT drama series “Trust Me” (2009), and featuring as Dr. Harrison Wells in The CW superhero series “The Flash” (2014-2020).

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How rich is he, as of now? Tom Cavanagh Net Worth

As of mid-2020, Tom Cavanagh’s net worth is estimated at over $4 million, earned through his successful involvement in the film industry. He’s worked on more than 85 TV and film titles since his career started back in 1990.

Early Life, Nationality, Ethnicity

Tom Cavanagh spent his early years in his hometown of Ottawa, until his family moved to Winneba, Ghana, where his parents, Rosemary and Thomas Cavanagh Sr., worked as teachers. He was raised in a Roman Catholic family with three sisters and a brother. As a teenager, Tom moved with his family to Lennoxville, Quebec, where he attended high school.

Educational Background

Tom went to the Séminaire de Sherbrooke, a French-speaking school; while there, he was a basketball player for the Baron. Upon matriculation, Tom attended Champlain College at the CEGEP level, after which he enrolled into Queen’s University at Kingston, Ontario. There, he played both basketball and ice hockey, but side by side, Tom became interested in acting.

He obtained his three degrees in Biology, Education, and English in 1987. He speaks English and French fluently.

Career Beginnings

Tom Cavanagh made his debut television appearance in Gary Nelson’s 1990 made-for-TV film “Whip Valentine”, and soon after made his film debut as Ella’s secretary in the 1991 action drama “White Light”. In 1993, Tom landed the role of a rookie cop in the made-for-TV comedy crime mystery “Sherlock Holmes Returns”, directed by Kenneth Johnson, and played Marco in the made-for-TV drama “Other Women’s Children”. Thereafter, Tom featured as Ron in the drama “Dangerous Intentions”, portrayed Andy Neiman in the made-for-TV drama mystery “A Vow To Kill”, and played Bowlan in the mystery thriller “Midnight Heat”, all in 1995.

Tom Cavanagh

He also guest-starred in such TV series as “Secret Service”, “Madison”, and “Hawkeye”, among many others.

More Serious Roles

In 1996, Tom landed such roles as Joey in David Mitchell’s action crime thriller “Mask Of Death”, Levesh in the made-for-TV comedy thriller “Bloodhounds II”, and Tim Jonas in the thriller “Profile For Murder”. He then featured as Jamie in the romantic comedy-drama “Honeymoon” and played Frank in Linda Yellen’s made-for-TV drama “Northern Lights”, both in 1997. Tom’s big break came in the following year, when he joined the cast of the family drama TV series “Jake And The Kid”, in which he portrayed Paul Krause from 1998 to 1999. He then played Harry in the romantic comedy-drama “Something More” and featured as Patrick Birmingham in the made-for-TV drama “Anya’s Bell”, both in 1999.

Between 1999 and 2000, Tom was cast in the recurring role of Doug Boyce in the NBC medical drama series “Providence”.

Rise to Fame

In 2000, Tom joined the main cast of the comedy-drama series “Ed”, created by Jon Beckerman and Rob Burnett. The title role of Ed Stevens gained him recognition as well as a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical. The series was broadcast on NBC until 2004, but meantime in 2002, Tom featured as Val Duncan in Guy Ferland’s made-for-TV crime thriller drama “Bang Bang You’re Dead”, for which he received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Performer in a Children’s Special.

It was followed by his portrayals of Simpson in the made-for-TV drama thriller “Heart Of The Storm”, and of Nick Snowden in the made-for-TV family comedy “Snow” both in 2004. Thereafter he played Mal Downey in the 2005 romantic comedy “Alchemy”.

Continued Success

In 2006, Tom starred in such roles as Mitch Forrester in the black comedy “How To Eat Fried Worms”, Barry Bergman in the comedy-drama “Two Weeks”, and Sam Baldwin in the romantic comedy “Gray Matters”. In the same year, he was cast as Tom Farrell in the CBS comedy-drama series “Love Monkey”. It was followed by his portrayals of Lloyd in the independent drama “The Cake Eaters” and Eric McNally       in the comedy “Breakfast With Scot”, both in 2007.

Thereafter, he featured as Dave Reichert in the Lifetime Movie Network two-part mini-series “The Capture Of The Green River Killer” (2008), after which he appeared in the recurring role of Jeremy Stone in the ABC legal comedy-drama series “Eli Stone” (2008-2009), and portrayed Conner in the TNT drama series “Trust Me” (2009). At the same time, he produced, directed and starred as Eskimo in the short sports drama “Money Game” in 2008. By the end of the decade, Tom also starred as Slim in the 2009 made-for-TV family film “Christmas Dreams”, Ranger John Smith in the 2010 comedy “Yogi Bear”, and the title role in the 2010 made-for-TV drama “Edgar Floats”.

Worldwide Recognition

After landing the role of Charles Johnson in the made-for-TV romantic comedy “Trading Christmas” in 2011, Tom featured as Jack O’Malley in the USA Network comedy-drama series “Royal Pains” from 2011 to 2012. Afterwards, he played Nick Carleton in Bradley Walsh’s 2012 made-for-TV crime thriller “A Killer Among Us”, featured as Ron Spencer in the 2013 comedy “The Bird Men”, and portrayed Mr. Drago in the 2014 adventure “The Games Maker”. In 2014, he appeared as Kingston Tanner in the Fox crime thriller series “The Following”, and then joined the cast of the superhero series “The Flash”, which has been aired on The CW ever since, in which he portrays Dr. Harrison Wells and Eobard Thawne / Reverse-Flash, and which earned him a Teen Choice Award nomination for Choice TV Villain.

He would later reprise the roles in such TV series as “DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow”, “Arrow”, and “Batwoman”, among others.

Other Major Roles

In 2015, Tom starred as Zell in the sci-fi film “400 Days”. His next significant role came two years later, when he landed the role of Miles Strasberg in “Darrow & Darrow”, which is the first installment of the “Darrow & Darrow” film series. He would later reprise the role in its sequels, “Darrow & Darrow 2” and “Darrow & Darrow: Body Of Evidence” both in 2018, and “Witness To Murder: A Darrow Mystery” and “Darrow & Darrow 4: Burden Of Proof” both in 2019.

Besides that, he wrote, produced, directed and starred as Tom in the 2018 short comedy “Tom And Grant”, and then featured as Henry Warner in the 2019 comedy-drama “Love & Debt”. Most recently, he played Pastor Spencer in the 2020 musical drama “Be The Light”, directed by Malcolm Goodwin.

Appearance and Vital Statistics

Tom Cavanagh has short dark brown hair and blue eyes. He stands at a height of 6ft (1.83m), while he weighs around 170lbs (77kgs).

Personal Life: Wife and Children

Tom Cavanagh is a married man; his wife is Maureen Grise, with whom he tied the knot at a Catholic wedding ceremony held on 31 July 2004, in Nantucket, Massachusetts. She is an image editor for the magazine ‘Sports Illustrated’.

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They are the parents of four children; Maureen gave birth to their first child, a daughter named Alice Ann on 10 February 2006, their second child named Thomas on 29 June 2007, another son they named James Joseph on 5 August 2009, and their youngest child is a daughter named Katie; her date of birth is unknown.


Tom Cavanagh is known for his philanthropy work. While he was living in Ghana, Tom suffered from malaria. He would later start to collaborate with the global campaign ‘Nothing But Nets’ which raise awareness and funds for fighting the spread of the disease. He even launched the annual celebrity basketball tournament ‘Cavanagh Classic’ in order to raise funds for the campaign in 2008. In the following year, Tom travelled to Rwanda as a part of the United Nations Foundation, to distribute mosquito nets.

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