Thomas Sadoski

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Thomas Sadoski
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Thomas Sadoski at the PaleyFest 2013 panel for The Newsroom
Born (1976-07-01) July 1, 1976 (age 43)
Education Circle in the Square Theatre School (1998)
Years active1998-present
Kimberly Hope
(m. 2007;div. 2015)

Amanda Seyfried
(m. 2017)

Thomas Sadoski (born July 1, 1976) is an American stage, film, and television actor. He is best known for his roles as Don Keefer in the HBO series The Newsroom and as Matt Short in the sitcom television series Life in Pieces .

Life in Pieces is an American sitcom television series created by Justin Adler and which premiered on CBS on September 21, 2015. The series was produced by 40 or 50 Years, Inc., Kapital Entertainment in association with 20th Century Fox Television, with Adler serving as showrunner. Life in Pieces was renewed for a fourth season on May 12, 2018, which premiered on April 18, 2019. Life in Pieces was canceled by CBS after four seasons on May 10, 2019.


Personal life

Sadoski was born in New Haven, Connecticut and raised in College Station, Texas. [1]

New Haven, Connecticut City in Connecticut, United States

New Haven is a coastal city in the U.S. state of Connecticut. It is located on New Haven Harbor on the northern shore of Long Island Sound in New Haven County, Connecticut, and is part of the New York metropolitan area. With a population of 129,779 as determined by the 2010 United States Census, it is the second-largest city in Connecticut after Bridgeport. New Haven is the principal municipality of Greater New Haven, which had a total population of 862,477 in 2010.

College Station, Texas City in Texas, United States

College Station is a city in Brazos County, Texas, situated in East-Central Texas in the heart of the Brazos Valley, in the center of the region known as Texas Triangle. It is 90 miles northwest of Houston and 87 miles (140 km) northeast of Austin. As of the 2010 census, College Station had a population of 93,857, which had increased to an estimated population of 121,321 as of February 2019. College Station and Bryan together make up the Bryan-College Station metropolitan area, the 13th-largest metropolitan area in Texas with 273,101 people as of 2019.

Sadoski attended the University of North Texas in Denton, TX for one semester. He graduated from New York's Circle in the Square Theatre School in 1998. [1]

University of North Texas public research university based in Denton, TX, USA

The University of North Texas (UNT) is a public research university in Denton, Texas. Eleven colleges, two schools, an early admissions math and science academy for exceptional high-school-age students from across the state, and a library system comprise the university core. Its research is driven by about 38 doctoral degree programs. North Texas was founded as a nonsectarian, coeducational, private teachers college in 1890 and was formally adopted by the state 11 years later. UNT is the flagship institution of the University of North Texas System, which includes additional universities in Dallas and Fort Worth. UNT also has a satellite campus in Frisco.

Circle in the Square Theatre School

Circle in the Square Theatre School is a non-profit, tax exempt drama school associated with Circle in the Square Theatre; and is the only accredited conservatory attached to a Broadway theatre.

Sadoski married Kimberly Hope in 2007. They divorced in October 2015. [2] Sadoski began dating actress Amanda Seyfried in early 2016. [3] He confirmed his engagement to Seyfried on September 12, 2016. [4] The couple married on March 12, 2017. [5] On March 24, 2017, it was announced that the couple had welcomed a baby girl. [6]

Amanda Seyfried American actor and model

Amanda Michelle Seyfried is an American actor, model, and singer-songwriter. She began her career as a model when she was 11 and her acting career at 15 with recurring parts on the soap operas As the World Turns and All My Children.

Stage career

Sadoski began his award-winning stage career as the understudy for Mark Ruffalo and Mark Rosenthal in the Off-Broadway production of Kenneth Lonergan's critically acclaimed play This is Our Youth at the Second Stage Theatre. [7] It marked the first of many productions with the New York-based theatre company. He has appeared in many Broadway and Off-broadway productions as well as many productions in regional theaters. In 2008 he originated the role of Greg in Neil LaBute's play reasons to be pretty for MCC Theatre alongside The Newsroom co-star Alison Pill. After a critically lauded sold-out run Off-broadway it transferred to Broadway in April 2009 where it earned 3 Tony Award nominations (Best Actor: Sadoski, Best Actress: Marin Ireland, Best Play) as well as 3 Drama Desk Award nominations (Best Actor: Sadoski, Best Director: Terry Kinney and Best Play), [8] two Outer Critics Circle Award nominations (Best Actor: Sadoski, Best New Play), [9] and three Drama League Award nominations (Best Play, Distinguished Performance Awards: Sadoski and Ireland). [10] Neil LaBute credits Sadoski for inspiring the critically noted change in tone in reasons to be pretty from the playwright's earlier works saying: “His own thoughtfulness and good heart helped me to not fall back on anything that I had done before. My plays usually end darkly. I always thought that was real life, that there were always shades of gray, but he helped me see some other colors in the palette.” [1] In 2011 he originated the role of 'Trip Wyeth' in Jon Robin Baitz's Other Desert Cities for which he won an Obie Award and Lucille Lortel Award. [11] The play (which, also after a sold out Off-Broadway run, was transferred to Broadway in November 2011) was named Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play by the Outer Critics Circle in 2011. [12] Sadoski has also been seen on Broadway alongside Ben Stiller, Edie Falco, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Alison Pill in John Guare's House of Blue Leaves . [13]

In theater, an understudy, referred to in opera as cover or covering, is a performer who learns the lines and blocking or choreography of a regular actor or actress in a play. Should the regular actor or actress be unable to appear on stage because of illness, injury, emergencies or death, the understudy takes over the part. Usually when the understudy takes over, the theater manager announces the cast change prior to the start of the performance. Coined in 1874, the term understudy has more recently generally been applied only to performers who can back up a role, but still regularly perform in another role.

Mark Ruffalo American actor

Mark Ruffalo is an American actor and producer who gained international prominence by portraying the Marvel Comics character Bruce Banner / Hulk in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, beginning with The Avengers (2012). He reprised the role in Iron Man 3 (2013), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Captain Marvel (2019) and Avengers: Endgame (2019).

An Off-Broadway theatre is any professional venue in Manhattan in New York City with a seating capacity between 100 and 499, inclusive. These theatres are smaller than Broadway theatres, but larger than Off-Off-Broadway theatres, which seat fewer than 100.

Stage (partial)
1998 This Is Our Youth Kenneth Lonergan Warren/Dennis understudy McGinn-Cazale Theatre, New York, NY/ Fairbanks Theatre, New York, NYProfessional debut
1999 Gemini Albert Innaurato Randy HastingsSecond Stage, New York, NY
2000 The Hot l Baltimore Lanford Wilson Paul Granger III Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, MA
2000 The Skin of Our Teeth Thornton Wilder Henry AntrobusWilliamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, MA
2001 Street Scene Elmer Rice Samuel KaplanWilliamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, MA
2001The Waverly Gallery Kenneth Lonergan Daniel Reed Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT
2002Left Richard Nelson EddiePowerhouse Theatre, Poughkeepsie, NYWorld Premiere
2002The General From America Richard Nelson Matlack/ Pauling Alley Theatre, Houston, TX/ Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York, NY
2003Where We're Born Lucy Thurber TonyRattlestick Playwrights Theatre, New York, NYWorld Premiere
2004 Reckless (Broadway) Craig Lucas Tom/ Tom, Jr/ Man in Ski Mask Biltmore Theatre, New York, NYSadoski's Broadway debut
2004Rodney's Wife Richard Nelson TedWilliamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, MAWorld Premiere
2005Moonlight and Magnolias Ron Hutchinson David O. Selznick Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, GA
2006Jump/CutNeena BeeberPaulJulia Miles Theatre, New York, NYWorld Premiere
2006The Mistakes Madeline Made Elizabeth Meriwether BuddyBleecker Street Theatre, New York, NYWorld Premiere
2006All This Intimacy Rajiv Joseph TyMcGinn-Cazale Theatre, New York, NYWorld Premiere
2006/2007 The Santaland Diaries David Sedaris CrumpetLong Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT
2007Stay Lucy Thurber BillyRattlestick Playwrights Theatre, New York, NYWorld Premiere
2007Dissonance Damian Lanigan Hal Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, MAWorld Premiere
2007The JokeSam MarksEddieStudio Dante, New York, NYWorld Premiere
2008 reasons to be pretty Neil LaBute Greg Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York, NYWorld Premiere
2008 Becky Shaw Gina Gionfriddo Andrew Second Stage Theatre New York Premiere
2009 reasons to be pretty (Broadway) Neil LaBute Greg Lyceum Theatre, New York, NYLaBute's Broadway debut
2010The Bridge Project II:

As You Like It , The Tempest

William Shakespeare Touchstone,


BAM Harvey Lichtenstein Theater, Brooklyn, NY

Lyric Theatre, Hong Kong, HK

Esplanade Theatre, Singapore, SG

Théâtre Marigny, Paris, FR

Teatro Español, Madrid, ES

Ruhrfestspiele, Recklinghhausen, DE

Stadsschouwburg, Amsterdam, NL

The Old Vic, London, UK

Teatro Palacio Valdés, Avilès, ES

Directed by Sam Mendes
2011 Other Desert Cities Jon Robin Baitz Trip Wyeth Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, New York, NYWorld Premiere
2011 The House of Blue Leaves (Broadway) John Guare Billy Einhorn Walter Kerr Theatre, New York, NY
2011 Other Desert Cities (Broadway) Jon Robin Baitz Trip Wyeth Booth Theatre, New York, NY
2012Build Michael Golamco Kip Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles, CAWorld Premiere
2015The Way We Get By Neil LaBute Doug Second Stage Theatre, New York, NYWorld Premiere
2017Moscow, Moscow, Moscow, Moscow, Moscow, Moscow Halley Feiffer Andrey Williamstown Theater Festival; Williamstown, MAWorld Premiere
2018 Belleville Amy Herzog Zack Pasadena Playhouse; Pasadena, CA
2019White Noise Suzan-Lori Parks Ralph Public Theater; New York, NY [14]


Sadoski made his feature film debut in 2000 in Amy Heckerling's romantic-comedy Loser . [15]

Amy Heckerling is an American film director. An alumna of both New York University and the American Film Institute, she directed the commercially successful films Fast Times at Ridgemont High, National Lampoon's European Vacation, Look Who's Talking, and Clueless.

<i>Loser</i> (film) 2000 film by Amy Heckerling

Loser is a 2000 American teen romantic comedy film starring Jason Biggs, Mena Suvari, and Greg Kinnear.

Release DateTitleRoleDirectorNotes
2000 Loser Chris Amy Heckerling Film debut
2002 Winter Solstice Chris Bender Josh Sternfeld Sound Pictures
2003 Happy Hour ScottMike Bencivenga
2004 Company K Corp. Richard MundyRobert Clem
2008The New TwentyFeliz CanavanChris Mason Johnson
2009Split (Short)OliverJamie Buckner
2012 30 Beats JulianAlexis Lloyd
2012BFF (Short)Jack Neil LaBute Official selection Tribeca Film Festival
2013The DramaticsGordon BullardScott Rodgers
2014Take CareDevon Liz Tuccillo Official selection SXSW
2014It's Okay (Short)HimTamar LevineOfficial selection Palm Springs International Short Fest [16]
2014 Wild Paul Jean-Marc Vallée Fox Searchlight
2014 John Wick Officer Jimmy Chad Stahelski
2015 I Smile Back DonnyAdam SalkyOfficial Selection Sundance Film Festival
2017 John Wick: Chapter 2 Officer Jimmy Chad Stahelski
2017 The Last Word Robin SandsMark Pellington
2017The Games We Play (Short)PaulAnnika Marks and Rich Newey


In 2011, Sadoski was cast as a lead in Aaron Sorkin's HBO series The Newsroom . [17] Previous television work includes multiple guest starring roles in 3 of the Law & Order franchise shows as well as an arc on As the World Turns as drug dealer Jesse Calhoun.

2005 Law & Order Robert Barnes1 episode ( Season 16, Episode 9: "Criminal Law")
2007 As the World Turns Jesse Calhoun8 episodes (April 23, 2007 – May 16, 2007)
2007 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Patrick Cardell1 episode (Season 7, Episode 4: "Lonelyville")
2009 Ugly Betty Patrick1 episode (Season 3, Episode 11: "Dress for Success")
2009 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Joe Thagard1 episode (Season 11, Episode 10: "Anchor")
2012–2014 The Newsroom Don Keefer3 seasons, 25 Episodes (Series Regular)
2013–2014 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Nate Davis2 episodes (Season 15, Episode 8: "Rapist Anonymous"; Season 15, Episode 15: "Gridiron Soldier")
2015 The Slap Gary [18] 1 season, 8 episodes
2015–2019 Life in Pieces MattMain Cast


In January 2011, Stephen King's audiobook recording of Mile 81 was released for which Thomas Sadoski was the narrator. [19] AudioFile magazine said of his work: "Sadoski’s matter-of-fact narration of the monster's deeds makes the tale that much more unnerving to hear". [20] Publisher's Weekly agreed saying: "Thomas Sadoski provides smooth, matter-of-fact narration that acts as a counterpoint to the chilling and unnerving story line". [21]

2012 Mile 81 Stephen King Audiobook
2013 reasons to be pretty Neil LaBute Radio play, recorded for LA TheatreWorks [22] [23]
2013reasons to be happyNeil LaButeRadio play, recorded for LA TheatreWorks
2015The Children's Crusade Ann Packer Audiobook
2016 Zero K Don DeLillo Audiobook

Awards and nominations

2008 Lucille Lortel Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play Becky Shaw Nominated
2009 63rd Tony Awards Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play Reasons To Be Pretty Nominated
2009 Drama Desk Award Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play Reasons To Be Pretty Nominated
2009 Drama League Award Distinguished Performance Reasons To Be Pretty Nominated
2009 Outer Critics Circle Award Outstanding Actor in a Play Reasons To Be Pretty Nominated
2011 Lucille Lortel Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play Other Desert Cities Won
2011 Obie Awards Obie Award for Distinguished Performance by an Actor Other Desert Cities Won

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