Tom Verica

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Tom Verica
Thomas Verica

(1964-05-13) May 13, 1964 (age 56)
  • Actor
  • Television director
  • Producer
Spouse(s)Kira Arne

Thomas Verica (born May 13, 1964) is an American actor, television director, and producer, best known for his role as Jack Pryor in the NBC drama American Dreams (2002-2005). As director, he is known for Shonda Rhimes' dramas. From 2012 to 2018, Verica served as co-executive producer of Scandal , and in 2014 he returned to acting in How to Get Away with Murder, playing Sam Keating.


Life and career

Verica was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to real estate agent parents. He is of Italian descent on his father's side, and Yugoslav descent on his mother's side. [1] [2] His first television role was on the ABC daytime soap opera, All My Children , in 1987. He later had a recurring role in L.A. Law and guest-starred on Home Improvement , Picket Fences , and NYPD Blue . In film, he appeared in Die Hard 2 , Fathers' Day , Red Dragon , and Zodiac .

Verica was regular cast member of the CBS primetime soap opera, Central Park West , from 1995 to 1996. He played astronaut Dick Gordon in the HBO miniseries From The Earth To The Moon (1998), appeared in The Naked Truth and Providence , and from 2002 to 2005 starred opposite Gail O'Grady in the NBC family drama, American Dreams . [3] After the series was canceled, Verica guest-starred on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit , House , Boston Legal , Grey's Anatomy , and The Closer , and had recurring roles in The 4400 and The Nine .

In the early 2000s, Verica began his career as a television director. He directed the episodes of over 20 television shows, such as American Dreams , Boston Legal , Dirty Sexy Money , Ugly Betty , Army Wives , The Mentalist , and Body of Proof . He was a recurring director of Shonda Rhimes' dramas Grey's Anatomy , Private Practice , and Scandal . [4] In Scandal he has served as co-executive producer since 2012. In 2014, Verica was cast opposite Viola Davis in the ShondaLand series, How to Get Away with Murder . [5] From 2018 to 2019, he also produced For the People .



1990 Die Hard 2 Kahn
1993Eight Hundred Leagues Down the AmazonManoel
1997 Fathers' Day Peter
1997 Loose Women Detective Laurent
1999Love American StyleRonSegment: "Love and the Heimlich Maneuver"
1999Making ContactN/A
2002 Murder by Numbers Asst. D.A. Al Swanson
2002 Red Dragon Charles Leeds
2006 Flags of Our Fathers Lieutenant Pennell
2007 Zodiac Jim Dunbar

Television films

1993 Donato and Daughter Bobby Keegan
1994 The Babymaker: The Dr. Cecil Jacobson Story Greg Bennett
1994 Breach of Conduct Lt. Ted Lutz
1995Not Our SonRandy Litchfield
1996The Assassination FileJack Byrne
1998Lost in the Bermuda TriangleBrian Foster
2009 Princess Protection Program Joe Mason

Television series

1987 All My Children DuncanUnknown episodes
1989 Quantum Leap ImpalaEpisode: "Camikazi Kid - June 6, 1961"
1991 L.A. Law Billy Castroverti9 episodes
1992 Home Improvement CharlieEpisode: "Luck Be a Taylor Tonight"
1992 Picket Fences Brian RonickEpisode: "The Snake Lady"
1993 South Beach Brooke WyattEpisode: "Stake Out"
1993 Moon Over Miami JakeEpisode: "Black River Bride"
1993 Seinfeld DoctorEpisode: "The Conversion"
1995 NYPD Blue Dr. Paul DruzinskiEpisode: "Travels with Andy"
1995 Matlock Craig BrowningEpisode: "The Scam"
1995–1996 Central Park West Mark Merrill18 episodes
1996 The Big Easy TyrellEpisode: "Hotshots"
1997 Gun The Quick Talking AgentEpisode: "The Shot"
1997–1998 The Naked Truth Jake Sullivan22 episodes
1997 Almost Perfect Steven EcstacyEpisode: "This Is What Happens When You Don't Watch PBS"
1998 From the Earth to the Moon Dick Gordon3 episodes
1999–2002 Will & Grace Danny2 episodes
1999 Providence Kyle Moran13 episodes
2001 Frasier JimEpisode: "A Day in May"
2001 Citizen Baines Andy Carlson4 episodes
2001–2004 State of Grace Tommy Austin6 episodes
2002 Crossing Jordan Mitch WeylandEpisode: "Blood Relatives"
2002 Baby Bob JakeEpisode: "The Tell-Tale Art"
2002 Touched by an Angel BrianEpisode: "The Bells of St. Peters"
2002–2005 American Dreams Jack Pryor61 episodes
2005 The Bad Girl's Guide KeithEpisode: "The Guide to in and Out"
2005 The 4400 Dr. Max Hudson3 episodes
2006 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Jake HunterEpisode: "Blast"
2006 House MartinEpisode: "Skin Deep"
2006 Boston Legal A.U.S.A. Carl NewellEpisode: "Trick or Treat"
2006–2007 The Nine Ed Nielson10 episodes
2008 Grey's Anatomy Michael NorrisEpisode: "Rise Up"
2009 Lie to Me Paul AronsonEpisode: "Love Always"
2009 Medium Detective Aaron CarverEpisode: "The Future's So Bright"
2010 The Closer Det. Steve HaywardEpisode: "Jump the Gun"
2014–2020 How to Get Away with Murder Sam Keating23 episodes
2017 Dropping the Soap Mitch GatlinEpisode: "Spontaneous Coma"


2004 American Dreams 2 episódios
2007–2008 Boston Legal 2 episodes
2007 What About Brian Episode: "What About Strange Bedfellows...?"
2007–2011 Grey's Anatomy 9 episodes
2007 Six Degrees Episode: "Objects in the Mirror"
2008 Men in Trees Episode: "Read Between the Minds"
2008–2012 Private Practice 7 episodes
2008 The Cleaner Episode: "Rebecca"
2008 My Own Worst Enemy Episode : #1.10
2009 Ugly Betty 2 episodes
2009 The Beast Episode: "Mercy"
2009 Dirty Sexy Money Episode: "The Facts"
2009 Army Wives Episode: "As Time Goes By"
2009 Eastwick Episode: "Red Ants and Black Widows"
2010 The Deep End Episode: "White Lies, Black Ties"
2010 No Ordinary Family Episode: "No Ordinary Family"
2011–2012 The Mentalist 3 episodes
2011–2012 Harry's Law 2 episodes
2012 Body of Proof Episode: "Going Viral, Part 2"
2012–2018 Scandal 16 episodes; also executive producer
2017 Still Star-Crossed Episode: "Hell is Empty and All the Devils Are Here"
2018–2019 For the People 6 episodes; also executive producer
2020 Station 19 Episode: "No Days Off
2020 The Umbrella Academy 2 episodes
2020 Bridgerton 2 episodes
2021 Inventing Anna 2 episodes

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