Tom Bower

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Tom is best known to audiences as “Marvin the Janitor” in “Die Hard II”; the “Drunken Pilot” in “Clear and Present Danger”; as the FBI Agent who came to Ashley Judd’s aid in “High Crimes”; and as “Cecil Skells” in “True Believer” and Richard Nixon’s father in Oliver Stone’s “Nixon”


Available now: Showtime’s “Ray Donovan” On Demand.  Tom’s character is Judge Roger Wettick is the third episode of Season Three “Come and Knock on Our Door”

In “Bosch” second season on Amazon, Tom plays, John Caffrey.  Also, on ATT/Direct-TV, Tom has an arc in several episodes of "ICE”, in the role of Jonah Kreshman, starring Donald Sutherland, Ray Winston and Jeremy Sisto.

For the nostalgia buffs, Tom played Mary Ellen’s husband, Dr. Curtis Willard, in “The Waltons”; however, he has ventured into new genres namely the cult horror hit “The Hills Have Eyes” playing the gas station attendant (now on DVD), as the owner of Joe’s Bar, playing Joe in the popular Si-Fi series “Battlestar Gallactica.

2018 Film Releases:

Light of My Life, directed by Casey Affleck.

2017 Film Releases:

Garner, Iowa, directed by Ron Vignone; “The Zodiac Fighters” shot in Beijing the Summer of 2016; the classic western, “The Ballard of Gregorio Cortez”, starring Edward James Olmos, was recently restored by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and added to their Archives.  It was given a Gala Screening at The Academy and will soon be released on DVD and Streaming for Home Entertainment.

Current Release:

Runoff; directed by Kimberly Levin and Digging for Fire, directed by Joseph Swanberg; showing in selected theatres and On Demand. “Dark Around the Stars” is available on ITunes.


Recently completed an 8-week run of “Off the King’s Road”, playing the lead role of Matt Brown, under the direction of Amy Madigan. 

Tom has just been inducted into the Colorado Film Hall of Fame and has been added to the Advisory Board of the Denver Film Society.  Last year he also served on the Jury of the Los Angeles Polish Film Festival and this year will serve in his 20th year of the Foreign Language Committee at The Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences. He has also been made a member of The Television Academy.  He is in his 10th year serving as President of the Honorary Board of Advisors for the Syracuse International Film Festival.




Out of the Furnace, directed by Scott Cooper, staring Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck, Zoe Saldana, Sam Shepard, Willem Dafoe, Forest Whitaker; 13 Sin, directed by Daniel Stamm; Dark Around the Stars, directed by Derrick Borte; The Killer Inside Me, directed by Michael Winterbottom, staring Casey Affleck, Kate Hudson, Simon Baker;  Crazy Heart, directed by Scott Cooper, staring Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Colin Farrell and Robert Duval; Bad Lieutenant, Port of Call New Orleans, directed by Werner Herzog, staring Nicholas Cage, Eva Mendes and Val Kilmer;  Appaloosa, directed by and staring Ed Harris, with Viggo Mortensen, Jeremy Irons and Renee Zellweger; Gospel Hill, directed by Giancarlo Esposito with Samuel L. Jackson, Danny Glover, Angela Bassett and Julia Stiles; Sessions, directed by Haim Bouzaglo, with Steven Bauer and Bar Refáeli;   For Sale by Owner, directed by Bob Wilson, for Robert Duvall’s Butcher’s Run;  Familiar Strangers, directed by Zachery Adler (Cavalier Productions); Feel, directed by Matt Mahurin, (Feel The Film LLC).  Stars, directed by Derrick Borte;  Land of Tomorrow, directed by Kim Levin; I Melt With You, directed by Mark Pellington, staring Rob Lowe, Thomas Jayne, Jeremy Piven and Carla Cugino;  Low Fidelity, directed by Devon Gummersall, staring Gale Harold, Ed Quinn and Meredith Monroe;  Black Limousine, directed by Carl Colpaert, staring David Arquette

Other motion pictures include:  Thr3e, directed by Robby Henson (Fox);  The Pain Within, directed by Rawn Hutchinson;  Valley of the Heart’s Delight directed by Tim Boxell;  The Hills Have Eyes (Fox Searchlight), directed by Alexander Aja; North Country (Warner Bros.) directed by Nikki Caro, Brothers of the Head (Thin Man Productions), directed by Lou Pepe, Keith Fulton; Flannel Pajamas (Gigantic Pictures), directed by Jeff Lipsky; The Moguls (The Moguls Limited/Surenough Productions), directed by Michael Traeger; Human Error (New Deal Pictures), directed by Robert M. Young and produced by Tom Bower; Tulce Luper Suitcase, directed by Peter Greenaway; The Laramie Project, (HBO/Good Machine), directed by Moises Kaufman;  The Badge, with Billy Bob Thornton (Lions Gate), directed by Robby Henson;  High Crimes (20th Century Fox), starring Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman and directed by Carl Franklin; Hearts in Atlantis (Castle Rock), starring Anthony Hopkins, Hope Davis and David Morse and directed by Scott Hicks; Bill’s Gun Shop, starring John Ashton, directed by Dean Hyers and produced by Tom Bower; Pollock (Sony Classics), starring and directed by Ed Harris;  Million Dollar Hotel, starring Mel Gibson, directed by Wim Wenders; A Slipping-Down Life (DVC Productions, Tony Kalem, Director); Shadrach (Nu Image, Susanna Styron, Director) which premiered and opened 1998 The Los Angeles Independent Film Festival;  The Negotiator (New Regency, F. Gary Grey, Director);  Poodle Springs (Mirage, Citadel, Bob Rafelson, Director);  The Buffalo Soldiers (Citadel, Charles Haid, Director);  The Postman (Warner Bros., Kevin Costner, Director);  Nixon (Disney, Oliver Stone, Director);  Georgia (Mirimax, Ulu Grosbard, Director);  White Man's Burden (Rysher Entertainment, Desmond Nakano, Director);  Clear and Present Danger (Paramount, Philip Noyce, Director);  Die Hard II (20th Century Fox, Renny Harlin, Director);  Far From Home the Adventures of Yellowdog (20th Century Fox, Philip Borsos, Director);  River's Edge (Island, Tim Hunter, Director);  Wildrose (Troma, John Hanson, Director);  The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez (Embassy, Robert M. Young, Director);  Shadows (John Cassavettes, Director) and others.


Asparagus, directed by Robby Henson;  A Good Thing, directed by Mark Tobey;  After the Denim, directed by Scott Rosenfelt, Red Mesa, directed by Ilana Lapid

Tom has also appeared on numerous television programs and MOW's, including, Greys Anatomy, Criminal Minds, Private Practice, Mr. Sunshine, Rizzoli & Isle, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Monk, The Cleaner, Cold Case, NCIS, The Guardian, The Practice, Law & Order, West Wing, The Beast, The  X-Files, Roswell,  NYPD Blue, The Pennsylvania Miners’ Story (ABC MOW); Monday After the Miracle (MOW, CBS, Dan Petrie, Sr., Director), Riders of the Purple Sage for TNT; Little Britain, USA, Attica Against the Wall for HBO; and, Arliss for HBO.

Tom’s production credits include his role as executive producer of Robert M. Young’s “Human Error” for New Deal Pictures;  Tom is also the Chief Creative Officer for New Deal Pictures a production and distribution company based in Denver, Colorado; producer of “Bill’s Gun Shop”, directed by Dean Hyers for New Front Films; he has served as a producer’s rep on more than a dozen films, including “The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez”, in which he partnered with Edward James Olmos.  Tom is the Associate Producer of “Neither Wolf Nor Dog”, now in release; and Producer of “Where the Sky Begins”, scheduled to begin Principal Photography in June of 2017.

In 1981, Tom was invited by Robert Redford to be a resource actor at the Sundance Institute for film and television.  He has remained active in the Institute since that time, and has served as a member of the Nominating Committee.  He has also served on the National Board of Directors of Screen Actors’ Guild; was the architect of Global Rule One and created the SAG Indie Outreach Program.

Also, a veteran of the stage.  Tom has appeared in more than 80 theatrical productions across the United States, including a recent production of Harold Pinter’s “No Man’s Land” and “The Caretaker”, for which the production received the “Best Revival” and “Best Ensemble” award from LAWEEKLY.

He was one of the founding members and on the Board of Directors of The MET Theatre, then later The Loretta Theatre which includes, James Gammon, Holly Hunter, Ed Harris, Amy Madigan, and Pulitzer prize winning playwright, Beth Henley.   Tom is also a lifetime member of The Actors’ Studio.

He was also one of the founding members of  The Boston Repertory Theatre Company; he has served on the Board of Directors for Theatre West, The Back Alley Theatre and The Fountain Theatre. In a period spanning some 40 years he has produced more than 25 plays, including the world premiere of John Patrick Shanley’s “Italian American Reconciliation”, which Shanley himself directed and a production of “Scar” staring Ed Harris, written by Murray Mednick, which was staged at The MET Theatre.  At least ten of the productions that Tom produced was at The MET Theatre.  He is currently working as part of the Acting Ensemble at Bobby Moresco’s Gymnasium, a workshop for writers and actors.

Tom served on the various committees at The Screen Actors' Guild; as Co-Chair of the Rule One Committee and Chair of the Indie Outreach Program and is actively serving on the Communications; Global Rule One; Low Budget and Agent Relations Committees.  Tom was also on the Advisory Board of the Minnesota Film Board and Chief Creative Officer for New Deal Pictures in Denver, Colorado.