Jun 4, 2014
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In this Case File, John and Paul
sit down and talk with actor Tom Schanley. To bionic fans, he
played Michael Austin in The
Return of The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman,
but there is so much more as John and Paul discover in this
interview. We talk about his desire to be an actor and his
family support, his first roles, and his Six Million Degrees of
Star Trek Separation besides his obvious appearance
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It all started 30 miles north of Boston, in the quaint New England
coastal town of Manchester, Mass. At a young age, despite a loving
family, proper upbringing and a good education, Tom
Schanley decided to become an actor ---- Three
defibrillator charges later, his parents threw their support behind
him and the journey began.
That journey took him to school in New Hampshire, San Diego,
England and finally the acting program at USC, where during his
junior year, he landed his first professional role as Whit
Champion, on the NBC drama series "The Yellow
After college, Tom continued studying acting with some of the best
in the business: Vince Chase, Stella Adler, Winn Handman, and Roy
London, to name but a few.
His body of work grew as well, including the television movie "The
Alamo - Thirteen Days To Glory" with Alec Baldwin, the starring
role in "The Return of the Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic
Woman," and stints on shows with shorter titles like "Fame,"
"Dynasty," "Melrose Place," and "Lonesome Dove." (He sang "country"
on Fame, ladies).
Feature films were also on the menu. Among them, "Fever Pitch,"
directed by the legendary Richard Brooks, "Red Rock West" (there's
a story behind that one), "Courage Under Fire," directed by Ed
Zwick, starring Denzel Washington and "Conspiracy Theory," starring
Mel Gibson, among others.
Tom continued to exercise his theater chops as well, with notable
roles in the award winning "Getting Out," at the Cast Theatre, "The
Wager," at the Colony Theatre and as Mark Antony in the critically
acclaimed LA Shakespeare Festival production of "Julius Caesar."
Tom also spent eight years with the comedy improve troop WITHOUT A
Then came the new millennium, and with it Tom's "multi-hyphenate"
status. Alongside friend and actor Jon Lindstrom, Tom wrote and
Executive-Produced the feature film "The Hard Easy," starring David
Boreanaz, Vera Farmiga, Henry Thomas, Bruce Dern and Peter Weller.
Their second script, "Head High" is currently the subject of a
bidding war at two major studios - OK - "should" be the subject of
a bidding war, or so they think. Tom has a number of solo projects
in the pipeline as well. Among them, the un-romantic feature film
comedy "Dating Tammy," and the TV pilot "Tee Time." "Saying" the
lines however, is still Tom's first love and priority, and the past
couple of years have offered plenty of that: "Dexter", "Criminal
Minds", "Without a Trace", " The CSI'S", "The Forgotten"..... (and
a really cool puppet show in Venice
Tom happily resides beach-side, Santa Monica, CA. Stay