More Tom Cavanagh Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for ED)Cavanagh was born in Ottawa, Canada, the second child of five children. When he was 6, his parents moved the family to a small village in the West African nation of Ghana. His father set up an education program to train local teachers in modern methods of learning while his mother taught the village locals. Cavanagh spent his childhood in Ghana but traveled all over Europe during the summer. His family returned to their native Canada and Cavanagh started high school in Montreal. He later enrolled in Queens College in Ontario and pursued his growing interest in theater and music. He also became an exceptional athlete, playing varsity hockey and basketball. But his ballplaying days temporarily ended when he took off for New York when he was cast in the musical revival of Shenandoah (with John Cullum) on Broadway. His other stage credits include Grease, A Chorus Line, Cabaret and Brighton Beach Memoirs.
On the small screen, Cavanagh had a recurring role on NBC's Providence as a vulnerable young man from Newfoundland who thought he was a dog until he discovered his inner man. Earlier, he starred alongside Della Reese in the TV movie Anya's Bell.
Cavanagh's feature-film credits include the family drama Northern Lights (where he played Diane Keaton's brother) as well as the adventure Magic in the Water and the action-thriller Mask of Death. His additional film credits include The Dukes, Honeymoon, Movin' On Up and Car 54. Last year, Cavanagh took advantage of his hiatus break to star in the cable movie, Bang, Bang, You're Dead, about school violence, based on the award-winning play of the same name.