Tom McCarthy (director)

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Tom McCarthy
Born Thomas Joseph McCarthy
(1966-06-07) June 7, 1966 (age 52)
New Jersey, United States
Occupation Actor, film director, screenwriter
Years active 1992–present

Thomas Joseph "Tom" McCarthy[1] (born June 7, 1966)[2] is an American film director, screenwriter, and actor who has appeared in several movies, including Meet the Parents and Good Night, and Good Luck, and television shows such as The Wire, Boston Public, Law & Order, and the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation of Saint Maybe. McCarthy has received critical acclaim for his writing/direction work for the independent films The Station Agent, The Visitor, Win Win, and Spotlight.

Life and career

McCarthy was raised in New Providence, New Jersey, one of five children of Carol and Eugene F. "Gene" McCarthy.[3][4] His father worked in the textile industry.[5] McCarthy is a graduate of New Providence High School in New Providence, New Jersey; Boston College, Class of 1988; and the Yale School of Drama, where he studied under Earle R. Gister. McCarthy also starred in Flags of Our Fathers as James Bradley. McCarthy starred in the final season of The Wire as a morally challenged reporter named Scott Templeton. He made his Broadway debut in the 2001 Revival of Noises Off! [6]

McCarthy's directorial debut, The Station Agent, which he also wrote, won the Audience Award and the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. The film also won the BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay and the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay and the Independent Spirit John Cassavetes Award. The Station Agent also won awards at film festivals ranging from San Sebastian to Stockholm, Mexico City, and Aspen.[7]

McCarthy's second feature film was The Visitor, which premiered at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival. For The Visitor, McCarthy won the 2008 Independent Spirit Award for Best Director.[8] McCarthy appeared in the 2009 dramas The Lovely Bones and 2012.[9][10] In 2010, McCarthy was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the animated film Up.

He also co-wrote and directed 2011's Win Win based on his experiences as a wrestler at New Providence High School.[11]

McCarthy's most recent film, the independent drama film Spotlight, received widespread acclaim following its release in 2015. The film received 3 Golden Globe Awards nominations, 2 Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations, and 8 Critics' Choice Movie Awards nominations.


Directing/writer credits

Year Title Credit Notes
Director Writer
2003 The Station Agent Yes Yes
2007 The Visitor Yes Yes
2009 Up Yes Story writer
2011 Win Win Yes Yes
2014 Million Dollar Arm Yes
2014 The Cobbler Yes Yes
2015 Spotlight Yes Yes

Acting credits in film

Year Title Credit Notes
1992 Crossing the Bridge Chris
1993 Rift Bartender #1
1997 Conspiracy Theory Helicopter Spotter
1998 In My Sister's Shadow Michael Butler
1999 30 Days Brad Drazin
2000 Certain Guys Mitch
2000 Meet the Parents Dr. Bob Banks
2002 The Guru Lars
2004 The Last Shot Agent Pike
2005 Good Night, and Good Luck Palmer Williams
2005 Syriana Fred Franks
2005 The Great New Wonderful David Burbage
2006 All the King's Men Editor
2006 The Situation Major Hanks
2006 Beautiful Ohio Older William Messerman
2006 Flags of Our Fathers James Bradley
2007 Year of the Dog Pier
2007 Michael Clayton Walter Voice only
2008 Baby Mama Kate's Date
2009 Mammoth Bob
2009 Duplicity Jeff Bauer
2009 The Lovely Bones Principal Caden
2009 2012 Gordon Silberman
2010 Jack Goes Boating Dr. Bob
2010 Fair Game Jeff
2010 Little Fockers Dr. Bob
2015 Pixels Michael the Robot

Acting credits in television

Year Title Credit Notes
1996 Mary & Tim Tim Melville [12]
1996 New York Undercover Gus Farina Episode: "Toy Soldiers"
1998 Saint Maybe Ian Bedloe
1998 Spin City Priest Episode: "Bye, Bye, Birdie"
2000 D.C. Joseph Scott Episode: "Truth"
2000 D.C. Joseph Scott Episode: "Truth"
2000 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Nick Ganzer Episode: "Contact"
2000 Ally McBeal Peter Hanks Episode: "Do You Wanna Dance?"
2000–2001 Boston Public Kevin Riley 14 episodes
2001 The Practice Kevin Riley Episode: "The Day After"
2002–2008 Law & Order Donald Housman 3 episodes
2008 The Wire Scott Templeton 10 episodes


  1. "Thomas McCarthy Biography ((?)-)". 
  2. Jessica Iredale. "Boys’ Night Out With Tom McCarthy". WWD. 
  3. "Thomas McCarthy on His First Cast". WSJ. 18 March 2015. 
  4. "Obituary: Eugene F. McCarthy of New Providence". 
  5. Hermione Hoby. "The 'man strength' behind Win Win's Thomas McCarthy". the Guardian. 
  6. Wiltz, Teresa (September 3, 2001). "Down to "The Wire": It's a Wrap for Gritty TV Series". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2007-09-03. 
  7. "The Station Agent – Awards". Retrieved 2008-03-14. 
  8. Siegel, Tatiana (2009-02-23). "'The Wrestler' tops Spirit Awards". Variety. Retrieved 2009-04-02. 
  9. "HBO: The Wire: Inside". HBO. 
  11. Angelo, Megan. "Just Like the Good Old Days in the Ring", The New York Times, March 18, 2011. Accessed July 25, 2012. ""I just called Joe and said, ‘Let’s develop a movie based on New Providence wrestling,’ " Mr. McCarthy said.... Because of tax credits, they shot on Long Island rather than in New Providence. But they scouted locations tirelessly, most notably the office and home that Mr. Giamatti’s character shuttles between.... Though the locations might have been fudged, the filmmakers kept New Providence High School in the film by using its banners, uniforms and wrestling mats, an effort facilitated by one of their former classmates, who’s now the school’s principal."
  12. Havan_IronOak (3 November 1996). "Mary & Tim (TV Movie 1996)". IMDb. 

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