| Thomas McGowan|
| July 26, 1959 (age 56) (1959-07-26) Belmar, New Jersey, U.S.|
Mary McGowan, Mark McGowan
Yale School of Drama, St. Rose High School, Hofstra University
Obie Award for Performance, Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Debut Performance
Frasier, Heavyweights, The Birdcage, Ghost World, The Aristocats
Dan Butler, Edward Hibbert, Patrick Kerr, Aaron Schwartz, John Mahoney
Tom McGowan Wikipedia
Thomas "Tom" McGowan (born July 26, 1959) is an American actor, known for his recurring roles on Frasier, as KACL station manager Kenny Daly, Everybody Loves Raymond, as Ray's friend Bernie, and on The War at Home, as Dave Gold's friend Joe. McGowan also appeared on Curb Your Enthusiasm as a disgruntled fan of Larry's. He has also appeared as a sleazy tabloid editor in an episode of Disney Channel's Hannah Montana.
On Broadway he appeared in La Bête (1991), for which he received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Play. Off Broadway, he won an Obie Award for his performance in Nicky Silver's play The Food Chain. He played the role of Pat Finley in the 1995 movie Heavyweights and the role of Patrick Fisher in the 2006 movie Twelve and Holding.
McGowan has been performing the role of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in various companies of Wicked since 2009. He first played the Wizard in the original Second National Tour production, beginning March 7, 2009. He finished with the touring company on December 6, 2009, transferring to the San Francisco production, playing the Wizard from December 22, 2009 through September 5, 2010, when the production closed. He then returned to the Second National Tour, resuming performances on January 11, 2011 and concluding his performances on the tour on April 17, 2011.
McGowan joined the Broadway company of the show from May 3, 2011 through February 5, 2012. Thereafter, he moved to the show's First National Tour, playing the role from August 2012 through April 2013. He has since performed the role on Broadway intermittently, including from August 13, 2013 through February 22, 2014, and onward from July 15, 2014.
McGowan played the role in the West End production of the show from September 21, 2015 through March 12, 2016.
McGowan was in the 2016 Broadway revival of She Loves Me as Ladislov Sipos.
McGowan grew up in Belmar, New Jersey. He graduated from Belmar's St. Rose High School in 1977. Upon graduation from high school, he attended Hofstra University and the Yale School of Drama, from which he graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1988. He and his wife, Cathy, have a son, Mark (born May 5, 1992) and a daughter, Mary (born February 10, 1995).