Tom Dugan (actor, born 1961)

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Tom Dugan
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Occupation(s) Theater actor, Film actor, Television actor
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Tom Dugan (born 1961) is an American theater, film and television actor who appeared in nearly 50 films and television series since 1986. [1]


Life and career

Tom Dugan grew up in Winfield Township, New Jersey and studied theater at Montclair State University. [2] Dugan has been professionally acting in Los Angeles for over 25 years and is the 2011 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award-Winner [3] for Best Solo Performance for his work as Simon Wiesenthal in Wiesenthal.

An LA Times Critics' Pick for 2010, [4] Tom Dugan wrote and starred in one-man historical plays Robert E. Lee - Shades of Gray and Wiesenthal, and wrote and directed Frederick Douglass - In the Shadow of Slavery and The Ghosts of Mary Lincoln . Dugan often plays in the area of one-person shows, and has had as many as five shows in production simultaneously. His regional theatre work includes leading roles in The Man Who Came to Dinner, Misery, Amadeus and The Voice of the Prairie and Tevye in New York. He has also starred in national tours of Oscar to Oscar and On Golden Pond with Jack Klugman, along with national tours of his own plays including Robert E. Lee – Shades of Gray and Wiesenthal. Dugan is a member of the Colony Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, Theatre 40 in Beverly Hills, CA, Theatrical Arts International, SAG/AFTRA, and Actors Equity. Accolades for Dugan include three nominations for the 2011 Los Angeles Ovation Awards, for his work in Wiesenthal, and the 2003 Inland Theater League Best Actor Award.

In films, he appeared as Chamberlain from the horror action film Hellraiser: Bloodline (1996), the Surgeon from The Cutting Edge: Going for the Gold (2006) film and Orange Country Man in Pro-Choice (2006). He also appeared as an arms dealer in P.U.N.K.S. (1999), and an operator in The Puppet Masters (1994). Dugan's television and film credits include Bones , Friends , Curb Your Enthusiasm , The Practice , Even Stevens , Chicago Hope , Santa Barbara , Sunset Beach , Just Shoot Me! , Kindergarten Cop and Dave .


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  1. Lewis, Francis (November 17, 2014). "THE EDITOR IS IN / Notes, Comments, Insights and Observations / On the Phone With Tom Dugan". IN NEW YORK. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
  2. Schulz, Mike. "Judges of Posterity: Quad City Arts Visiting Artist Tom Dugan Portrays Robert E. Lee", River Cities' Reader , January 17, 2007. Accessed November 12, 2013. "Dugan grew up in the small New Jersey town of Winfield – where, during performances in grammar and high school, the fledgling actor 'found a very comfortable place performing in theatre' – and eventually earned a degree in theatre from Montclair University, located in the upper region of the state."
  3. LA Drama Critics Circle website
  4. LA Times Review