Tom Cavanagh is perhaps best known for his television work, including his starring role on the comedy series "Ed," for which he earned a Golden Globe® nomination and won the 2001 TV Guide Award for Actor of the Year. In addition to acting in the show, he also produced and directed a number of episodes.
He more recently played a recurring part in the critically acclaimed sitcom "Scrubs," and starred in the series "Trust Me," "Eli Stone" and "Love Monkey." He also had a regular role in the popular drama series "Providence," and starred in Showtime Networks’ drama "Bang Bang You’re Dead," which won a Peabody Award and several Daytime Emmy® Awards, including Outstanding Children’s Special, which garnered Cavanagh a nomination for Outstanding Performer in a Children’s Special.
On the big screen, Cavanagh recently starred in Warner Bros. feature, "Yogi Bear," opposite Dan Aykroyd, Justin Timberlake and Anna Faris. He has also appeared in a number of independent films, including the romantic comedy "Gray Matters," the family film "How to Eat Fried Worms" and the Canadian comedy "Breakfast with Scot." He recently finished directing a short film set in New York City, about a female playground basketball hustler.
Cavanagh made his debut on Broadway in 1989, in the revival of the musical Shenandoah. His stage credits also include productions of Grease, A Chorus Line, Cabaret, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Urinetown and Some Americans Abroad.
Born in Ottawa, Ontario, at the age of six Cavanagh and his family moved to Ghana, where his father educated local schoolteachers. His family later moved back to Quebec, where he attended Queens University in Kingston, Ontario. He played varsity ice hockey and basketball, and graduated with degrees in English, biology and education.