Tom was born on June 1 in Peoria, Illionis. He attended Illinois State University. He is a member of Chicago's famed Steppenwolf Theatre Company and acts and directs for the company.
Stage appearances include Steppenwolf productions of "The Grapes of Wrath" as the narrator ragman, "Love Letters" with Laurie Metcalf, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," "Frank's Wild Years," and "My Thing of Love."
TV appearances include the starring role in ABC's critically acclaimed but short-lived series "My Life and Times."
Telefilms include "In the Best Interest of the Child," "To My Daughter," and (the one with Jennie Garth).
Film appearances include Mr. Jones, Deceived, Midnight Run, Light of Day, and Men Don't Leave.