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Mini Bio (1)

Raised on the back-streets of Jersey, Tom's award-winning fiction helped earn him a scholarship to Harvard College. Arriving in Cambridge, he landed a lead acting role opposite Amy Brenneman where they stripped naked and smeared ice cream and sprinkles on each other - and Tom knew a career in show business was his destiny. At Harvard, Brady acted in and directed dozens of theater productions, studied under Joe Chaikin, Sam Shepard, and David Mamet (to name a few) - and began writing his own plays and screenplays. Tom continued on to the University of Hawaii where he earned an MFA in Directing (and a minor in big waves). In the islands, Tom directed professionally, continued to write and direct his own original work, and landed a featured role in the CBS Viet Nam drama "Tour Of Duty." Upon arriving in Los Angeles, Tom worked as Assistant Director at the Mark Taper Forum's Mainstage and New Work Festival, directed at playhouses around Hollywood, and co-directed a very gratifying national tour showcasing the talents of children with disabilities and from impoverished backgrounds. As a writer, Brady was discovered by Al Jean & Mike Reiss at "The Simpsons", and went on to write and produce television shows such as The Critic (1994), The Simpsons (1989), Home Improvement (1991), Men Behaving Badly (1996), Sports Night (1998), and Good Vibes (2011) to name a few. Expanding his work to feature films, Tom's credits as a writer and/or director include The Animal (2001), The Hot Chick (2002), The Comebacks (2007), and Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star (2011) written by Adam Sandler and Nick Swardson. Tom is currently EP and show runner for FX's new hit animation show, Chozen (2014).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: LHF

Trivia (7)

Never one to shy away from hard work, Tom has held over 50 different non-film/TV related jobs, including a trained Cajun chef in Martha's Vineyard, industrial landscaper, musicians' union rep in Waikiki, kindergarten drama teacher, men's retail, news columnist, hospital kitchen worker, male secretary at American Express, front man for grunge rock band, toilet scrubber at Harvard, stock boy in a candy store, promotions coordinator at the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, camp counselor in Maine and the Berkshires, off-Broadway lyricist, paperboy, McDonald's cook, gymnastics coach, underwear model, swim instructor, lifeguard, undercover agent for ASCAP, broiler chef, omelet maker, waiter, "Jimmy Page" in air-guitar Zeppelin band, office temp, bouncer at the Greek Theater, security guard, telemarketer, valet at the Honolulu Country Club, carpenter, strawberry picker, "tostada" maker, erotic dancer, gas station attendant, night time delivery man, and semi-pro street hockey player.
To cheer him up on his birthday, Tom's wife sent a stripper dressed as "Barney The Dinosaur" to the writing room at "The Critic".
Once had a painful, high-speed Rollerblade collision on the Venice Beach boardwalk -- only to discover that the person he wiped out was his current boss, Tony Danza! A pro-Tony mob formed and wanted Tom's head.
When Tom's father confided in him that he had a bizarre medical issue, the sympathetic son promptly turned it into an episode of "Men Behaving Badly", where Rob Schneider's character begins "lactating" from his nipples. Then Tom flew out his Dad for the taping never telling him what the episode was about (fortunately Tom Sr. shares his son's sense of humor.).
Based the idea for "The Animal" on his Harvard honors thesis entitled "The Human Animal", and a news clipping his wife found about pig-heart transplants.
Recognized the talent of Rachel McAdams from among hundreds of video-taped auditions, and was the first to cast her in a feature film.
Often confused with the NFL superstar quarterback Tom Brady. He frequently gets invited to celebrity fund-raisers where they ask, "are you attending alone or will Gisele be coming with you?" And once, returned home from a location shoot to find a year's supply of amino acid shakes had been delivered to his door.

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