• 23 September 1941

Tom Fitzpatrick


Tom Fitzpatrick has been active on stages around the country for 54 years. He's appeared at The Mark Taper Forum, understudying Kelsey Grammer as "Richard II", The La Jolla Playhouse, The Pasadena Playhouse, The New Mexico Rep, Baltimore's Center Stage, Boston's Charles Playhouse, The Provincetown Playhouse among others, and started it all off, as a kid, doing summer stock and carrying spears on Broadway in the APA-Phoenix production of "War And Peace". Tom has never stopped working on the stage, so there have been many other gigs too numerous to mention, but he is proudest of the ten years he spent, from 1985 to 1995, as a member of Dar A Luz, the acting company formed by the late Avant-Garde wunderkind, Reza Abdoh. Under Reza's direction, Tom created roles in 10 of Abdoh's ground-breaking spectacles, starting first at downtown's Los Angeles Theatre Center, then Off-off Broadway in New York and finally on several European tours, where the company garnered critical acclaim and played to sell-out houses everywhere they performed. With Abdoh's death in 1995, Tom began to focus on TV and film. He had a memorable guest-shot on "Designing Women" which is no doubt still running, right now, somewhere in the world even as you read this, as well as appearances on "America's Most Wanted", "Highway To Heaven", "Ben And Kate', "Comedy Bang! Bang!", "Ben And Kate" and "Eagleheart", to name a few. Film audiences saw Tom doing a cover of Lou Reed's "Take A Walk On The Wild Side" as "Karaoke Joe" in "The Salton Sea" and giving Leo Di Caprio his first screen kiss as the "John" who picks up Leo's character in the subway in "Basketball Diaries". Besides the foregoing, Tom has done many low-budget Indies you've never heard of. Tom is very proud that he has attained immortality, of a sort, in The Art World. In 2006, he was the subject of a piece created by the world-class video artist, Bill Viola, called "Six Heads", in which Tom, in six close-ups, goes through the full gamut of every human emotion in elegant slow motion. The effect is mesmerizing and astoundingly beautiful, which has led the piece being part of the permanent collections of many museums around the world.