Tom Byrd

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Tom Byrd
Thomas Byrd

(1960-05-18) May 18, 1960 (age 63)
Occupation Actor

Thomas Byrd (born May 18, 1960) is an American actor.



Byrd, who was raised in Florida, has primarily appeared on network television between 1981 and 2000.

Byrd's first television appearance was in 1981 on ABC's situation comedy Laverne & Shirley in the episode entitled "Teenage Lust". His last role was in 2000 as Tim Walsh in two episodes of NBC's Frasier starring Kelsey Grammer. In the interval, he appeared in such series as NBC's Family Ties , The Facts of Life , and Remington Steele and CBS's Newhart and Murder, She Wrote starring Angela Lansbury. Byrd has also done stunts in several films, including Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983), in which he had a small part as a soldier. [1]

During the 1983-1984 season, at the age of twenty-three, he was cast as a teenager, Boone Sawyer, an aspiring Elvis Presley-style singer living in Tennessee during the 1950s, in the short-lived NBC series Boone. [1]

Boone was the replacement program (Mondays at 8 p.m. Eastern) for Michael Landon's Little House on the Prairie , which concluded a nine-year run in the spring of 1983. The program was created by the author Earl Hamner Jr., who had created the long running CBS series The Waltons . A critic described Boone as "an excellent show that didn't get a chance" in the fierce competition of network television: That's Incredible! on ABC and Scarecrow and Mrs. King on CBS. [2]

Barry Corbin played Byrd's father, Merit Sawyer, who considered the pursuit of a musical career to have been unlikely to succeed. Ronnie Claire Edwards played Boone's Aunt Dolly. Other cast members included Elizabeth Huddle, as Boone's mother, William Edward Phipps as Uncle Link Sawyer, the husband of Aunt Dolly, Andrew Prine as A.W. Holly, Julie Anne Haddock as Amanda, Robyn Lively as Banjo, and Amanda Peterson as Squirt Sawyer. While 13 episodes were produced, the series was cancelled after 10 episodes aired in the fall of 1983, with the three remaining episodes burned off in late July and early August 1984. [2]

In 1985, he played Sam Neill's son in the miniseries Kane & Abel , and later played an inmate in Young Guns II (1990). The film, principally starring Emilio Estevez and Kiefer Sutherland, still occasionally airs on the American Movie Classic network. [3]

In 1995, Byrd was cast as Lou Waller, the ex-jock sportscaster with a secret that he fears could ruin his career, in Live Shot , a short-lived drama series from Rysher Entertainment broadcast on the UPN network during its initial season on the air. All UPN programs at the time were soon cancelled except for Star Trek: Voyager . [4]


Film and television
1981 Laverne & Shirley MikeEpisode: "Young at Heart"
1982 Quincy, M.E. Perry JordanEpisode: "Bitter Pill"
1982 Young Doctors in Love New InternFeature film
1982 The Powers of Matthew Star TomEpisode: "The Accused"
1982 Gimme a Break! DaveEpisode: "Sam's Imaginary Friend"
1982 The Facts of Life LeoEpisode: "Different Drummer"
1983 Fantasy Island EthanEpisode: "The Devil Stick/Touch and Go"
1983 Alice RudyEpisode: "Tommy, the Jailbird"
1983 Twilight Zone: The Movie G.I.Feature film (Segment #1: "Time Out")
1983–84BooneBoone SawyerMain cast (13 episodes)
1983Death Ride to OsakaDon PotterTelevision film (aka Girls of the White Orchid)
1984 Family Ties Rick HarmonEpisode: "Ready or Not"
1984 St. Elsewhere Kevin HooperEpisode: "Equinox"
1984 Love Thy Neighbor Wayne NelsonTelevision film
1984All Together NowKip ParkerTelevision sitcom pilot
1984 Wet Gold Chris BarnesTelevision film
1984 Remington Steele Chip FlowersEpisode: "Breath of Steele"
1985 The Facts of Life NickEpisode: "With a Little Help from My Friends"
1985 Malice in Wonderland William Hopper Television film
1985 Kane & Abel Richard KaneTelevision miniseries
1986 Newhart Robert CameronEpisode: "Desperately Desiring Susan: Part 2"
1987 Ohara Danny JohnsonEpisode: "The Sparrow"
1988 Murder, She Wrote Paul GambiniEpisode: "A Very Good Year for Murder"
1989 Out Cold Mr. HolstromFeature film
1989 Nightingales Dr. Thomas PriceEpisodes: #1.4 / #1.9
1989Guts and Glory: The Rise and Fall of Oliver NorthRobert OwenTelevision film
1990 Alien Nation Bud AndersonEpisode: "Partners"
1990 Sydney RickEpisode: "You? You're a Private Eye?"
1990 Young Guns II: Blaze of Glory Pit InmateFeature film
1991 True Colors Donald JenkinsEpisode: "A Real Pain"
1994 One West Waikiki Frank WalkerEpisode: "Terminal Island"
1995 Live Shot Lou WallerMain cast (14 episodes)
1997 Unhappily Ever After Professor AlfredEpisode: "College!"
2000 Frasier Tim Walsh"Something Borrowed, Someone Blue" (Parts 1 & 2)

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