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 "As the leading man in 'By Any Means' Tom brought great energy, enthusiasm and a real interest in collaboration. He's very talented and incredibly professional..

                   

 ~ Leighton Spence (director of By Any Means)

LIFE AND CAREER

Thomas was born and raised in Northeast New Jersey, a middle child with 2 sisters, his parents divorced when he was just 10. He grew up a lover of films and was always fascinated by the human condition. His interest in human nature brought him to Seton Hall University where he received his Bachelor's degree in Psychology.

As he was finishing his degree however he pivoted into the world of finance and began working as a Collateral manager for Merrill Lynch making margin calls and handling portfolios through “The Big Short” of the financial crisis... not too funny in person, but depicted with frightening accuracy. 

 


Quickly realizing the corporate life was not for him he revisited his love of cinema and decided to  channel this passion into a career. He began by a taking the summer intensive at Stella Adler in NYC and immediately fell in love with performing.
 

He has studied with Terry Knickerbocker, Sheila Gray, Mark Teschner, and the late Ron Burrus. 

He began his career booking the lead roll in the feature film  'By Any Means'(2017) where he plays the seemingly distraught father desperate to save his ailing daughter...or so it would seem. This performance won multiple awards in film festivals and lead to another spine chilling dark performance in the Thriller 'Collision at Split Rock' which garnered Thomas further festival award winnings and nominations for best actor.

 

In 2019 Thomas made the decision to move from NYC to Los Angeles to break into the world of television. 

He met Sharon Holleran of A&R Management and began being managed by them. He quickly booked a role in the film 'The McHenry Trials: Don't Judge a Kid by Their Hoodie'. He played the arrogant lead prosecutor Brad which would garner him another best acting award for Best Acting Ensemble alongside Emmy Award winner Lorretta Devine.

"Thomas is a gifted actor with great emotional depth, a keen intelligence and a dynamic comedic ability as well. He brings a unique perspective and great empathy to all of his roles"

 

 ~ Acting Coach Sheila Gray

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In 2020 the entertainment industry and entire world came to a screeching halt due to Covid-19  

Keen on remaining as active as possible Thomas actively took zoom acting lessons with his mentor and coach Sheila Grey. He also performed in the 2020 zoom theatrical performance of Jean-Paul Sartre's 'No Exit'.

As well as starting a podcast with girlfriend and fellow performer Chelsea Brea.

Once the industry began reopening in September of 2020 Thomas and his Girlfriend Chelsea Brea were cast as the lead stars in the hit reality show  'Temptation Island'

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Opening night at the Barrow Group Theater with my parents and sisters.(My father inspires my mean mugs in films)
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Thomas Gipson

Biography