Bio

Originally from Alexandria, VA, Tom left Columbia University to begin his show business career in New York City in 1976. His first paying gig was as an ensemble member of the Broadway Workshop of YMCA, the follow-up musical to Hair by James Rado and Jerome Ragni.  After several Off- Off Broadway productions and an appearance in a production of Oedipus Rex starring James Earl Jones at St. John the Divine Cathedral, Tom landed the role of Danny Zuko in a national and Canadian tour of  Grease in 1978. That led to his joining the Broadway company in 1979.

 

From there he starred as Iron in the Off Broadway production of Class Enemy and then made his TV debut starring as Mike on the ABC series Breaking Away (with Shaun Cassidy). 

 

Tom's other television credits include Agent Harris in the TV movie Izzy and Moe (starring Jackie Gleason and Art Carney), Whitey Ford in the ESPN mini-series The Bronx Is Burning (starring John Turturro) and Warden Whittaker in HBO’s Iron Jawed Angels (starring Hilary Swank). He also guest starred on Law and Order as lawyer Ross Sanders and in the prime time shows Hotel (with Lynn Redgrave) and St. ElsewhereMost recently, Tom guest starred on Madam Secretary  as General Mackey and on Person of Interest as Kent Turner.

 

In addition to recurring and contract roles on the daytime dramas Texas, Another World, All My Children, and One Life To Live, many audiences know Wiggin from his portrayal of Kirk Anderson on the long running As the World Turns, for which he garnered two Soap Opera Digest Award nominations in his ten years on the show. He also played Lawrence Decker on The Guiding Light before it went off the air.

In addition to Danny Zuko in Grease, Tom's other Broadway credits include Roger in Bobbi Boland (opposite Farrah Fawcett), Roger in Breakfast with Less and Bess (with Holland Taylor) and Seth Gale in Lincoln Center’s epic production of Abe Lincoln in Illinois, starring Sam Waterston.

Wiggin has also appeared in Off Broadway productions of The Foreigner, Livin’ Dolls (written by Smash writers Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman), Texarkana Waltz, Isn't It Romantic?  and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Marsha Norman's play Trudy Blue.

 

Regionally, Wiggin starred as Simon in the West Coast premiere of the two man play Down an Alley Filled with Cats  at the Pasadena Playhouse and he played multiple roles in the absurdist comedy As Bees in Honey Drown at the Provincetown Playhouse.

In the last few years Tom ventured back into the world of regional theater.  He appeared as Norman Granz in the Metrostage (Alexandria  VA) production of Ella Fitzgerald, First Lady of Song, starring Freda Payne and directed by Maurice Hines. Shortly after, he premiered his one man show Remarkable Radical -- The Life and Times of Thaddeus Stevens at the Ware Center in Lancaster, PA. Tom conceived, wrote, produced and starred in this powerful one act play that brings to life one of America's most underappreciated patriots. He then offered up a tour de force performance as Gus in Theater J's (Washington,DC) production of The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, written by Tony Kushner. He continued performing in Washington, DC in three Arena Stage productions. He played Sen. Chandler Harris in City of ConversationStanley Levison in All the Way  and Robert McNamara in the sequel to All the Way, The Great Society.  

 

Film work includes indie films Diggers (starring Paul Rudd), Brother to Brother (with Anthony Mackie), and Secrets.

 

As a writer, Tom’s screenplay, Gift of the Robin’s Nest, was optioned by Greystone Films. He worked as Pulitzer Prize winner Marsha Norman's script editor for her screenplay of ABC TV's Audrey Hepburn Story, starring Jennifer Love Hewittt. He also wrote for the daytime dramas Another World and As the World Turns. He has also published a novel, a mystery called The Client’s Wife. 

Currently, Tom is producing two shows for The STAGE Network, Crossovers and Thursday in the Park with The Broadway Show League.

 

Tom is married to Jennifer Dumas, Executive Producer for The STAGE Network, and has two grown daughters, Anna and Eliza. He currently lives in Charleston, South Carolina.

 

 

© 2014 by Tom Wiggin. 

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