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Overview (2)

Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, USA
Nickname Chief

Mini Bio (1)

Well-known as an actor's director, Tom Logan is a member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA), the Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG/AFTRA), and Actors' Equity Association (AEA).

Currently in 2017, Tom continues to write, produce, and direct many episodes of the TV shows "Karma" and "The Voucher". In addition, he is in pre-production for the feature films "The Hag" (2017), and "This Too Shall Pass" (2017). He continues to direct many national commercials.

Tom's feature film, "Campin' Buddies" (2015), which he wrote, produced, and directed, was nominated for "Best Comedy Feature Film," and "Best Comedy TV Pilot" by the Action On Film Awards in Los Angeles.

Tom's feature film directing credits include: "Shakma," "Shoot," "Dream Trap" (which he also wrote), "Panic in the Tower," "King's Ransom," "Bikini College," and "The Night Brings Charlie," (which he also produced). All of the above were shot at Universal Studios. Tom also directed the feature films "Smooth Operator" (which he also produced),and "Escape From Cuba" (which he also co-wrote and produced, and parts of which were actually shot in Havana), "Young Citizen Patriots," and "The Mark," (which he also wrote and produced.) He also wrote, produced, and directed the feature films: "Sean and Melissa: 10 Years Later," "The Business of Show Business," "Acting and Eating at the Same Time," "The Mark," "The Million Dollar Minute," "Lexicon," "How to Act and Eat at the Same Time," "A Day on the Set," and "The Mike King Story Special Feature." All of the above films are in worldwide release.

He also wrote, produced, and directed the following TV movies: "Supernatural Phenomenon," "Modern Miracles," "The Neon Tiki Tribe," "The Neon Tiki Tribe Special Feature," "Kid Town Hall," "Fasten Your Smiles," "The Mike King Story," "Summer Intensive," "Working Title," "What If," "The Making of Bloodhounds," "The Neon Tiki Tribe Special Feature," "CNN Special Assignment," "Tom Logan, Director," "Behind the Scenes: 1995 Miss North America Pageant," "Backstage at the 1996 Miss North America Pageant," "The Best of the Bloodhounds," (only directed), "Careers TV," and "Careers TV: Part 2."

He has directed many television shows and pilots. In addition, he directed 12 episodes of the very popular comedic TV show, "Bloodhounds, Inc." starring Richard Thomas, which won the Dove Award (5 Stars), and the Film Advisory Board's "Award of Excellence." He also directed 10 episodes of the acclaimed TV show, "The Neon Tiki Tribe," and all episodes of "Horse Play."

He also directed and produced the 1995 and "1996 Miss North America Pageant" for network television.

Tom also wrote, produced, and directed the featurettes: "Director Featurette of 'The Million Dollar Minute,'" "The Making of 'The Neon Tiki Tribe'", "Behind the Scenes: Escape From Cuba," "The Making of 'Working Title'", and "Bonus Features: The Night Brings Charlie." "Behind-the-Scenes of Campin' Buddies".

Early in his directing career he wrote, produced, and directed many episodes of "Real Stories of the Highway Patrol," a number-one rated, nationally-syndicated TV show, which he shot all over the U.S. and Canada.

He won the "1998 Best Director" award for "Outstanding Achievement in Direction" for his feature film "Escape From Cuba," given annually by the New Star Discovery Awards. He also won the "1995 Producers' Choice Award" for "Outstanding Direction of a Television Variety Program," for a live telecast of the 1995 Miss North America Pageant.

Tom has directed hundreds of national and international TV commercials.

Tom no longer acts, but now directs as well as produces and writes on a full-time basis. Before becoming a screen director he had a recurring role on the #1-rated daytime soap, "General Hospital" on and off for 12 years playing "Gary." He also had a recurring role on "Days of Our Lives," as well as principal roles on other soaps including the "Young and the Restless" and "Capitol."

He also had Co-Starring roles on such prime time TV series as "Chips" (NBC), "James at 16" (NBC), "The Hardy Boys" (ABC), "The Nancy Drew Mysteries" (ABC), "Project UFO" (NBC), "What's Happening!" (ABC), "Dusty's Treehouse" (CBS), "Real People" (NBC), "CPO Sharkey" (NBC), "Please Stand-by" (NBC), "The Nancy Drew Mystery Series (ABC), and many more. In addition, he had Starring or Co-Starring roles in many movies for TV including, "The Best Place To Be" (NBC), starring Betty White, Timothy Hutton, and Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., and "The National Disaster Survival" (NBC) for the "NBC Big Event." He has starred in dozens of national television commercials including "McDonalds," "Honda," "Coke," "Coppertone," "Burger King," etc.

Tom had principal roles in such feature films as "Massacre at Central High" (Co-Star), which is on the "New York Times 20 Best Film List," "The Beach Girls" (Featured) for Paramount, "Getting Ready" (Star), "Breakthrough" (Star), as well as others. He also had starring roles in over 70 live stage productions including such Broadway shows as "Mame," "Applause," and "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," as well as many national tours.

Before directing feature films, Tom was an acting coach whose clients included top stars from all three major networks as well as film stars, Academy Award Nominees, top baseball and football players, rock stars, and many other well-known personalities. He has been interviewed on many national talk shows in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, including "Inside Edition," "Access Hollywood," CNN, to name but a few.

He is the winner of the prestigious "Golden Halo Award" for "The Most Outstanding Contribution to the Entertainment Industry" for his contributions made as an acting instructor for the studios and for his acting seminars held worldwide. He is also the winner of the "Bronze Halo Award" for "Outstanding Contributions to the Entertainment Industry" for authoring his four books. Both awards are given annually by the Southern California Motion Picture Council.

Tom's first book, "How to Act and Eat at the Same Time," is in its Second Edition, Fifth Printing and has endorsements on the back cover from such stars as Lucille Ball, Charlton Heston, Debbie Reynolds, well-known agents, producers, directors, etc.

His second book, "Acting in the Million Dollar Minute," which is solely about commercials is in its Second Printing and contains endorsements on the back cover from such commercial stars as Dick Wilson ("Mr. Whipple" of Charmin bathroom tissue), and Virginia Christine ("Mrs. Olson" of Folgers Coffee), to name a few.

His third book, "How to Act and Eat at the Same Time,(the Sequel)" has back cover endorsements from the above stars plus Academy Award-winning directors, etc., and is in its Second Printing.

Tom's fourth book, "Acting in the Million Dollar Minute,(the Sequel)" is in its Second Printing. All of Tom's books are Best-Sellers, in bookstores worldwide, and are required reading in hundreds of universities internationally. All four books have been reviewed by major newspapers and magazines with rave reviews including the Los Angeles Times, Backstage, Hollywood Reporter, Variety, and many more.

Tom has performed his acting seminars in 5 countries and 47 states for the same clients for the past 30-plus years. He holds a B.A. Degree (Cum Laude, Honor Roll, Dean's List) in Theatre Arts from California State University, Northridge.

He headed the TV/Film & Commercial acting departments in Los Angeles at two of the most prestigious acting schools worldwide - the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (1981-89), and the American Film Institute (1980-89).

Tom holds the highest airplane pilot rating one can obtain from the FAA .Airline Transport Pilot. He is an instrument-rated, commercial pilot who holds all instructor ratings certified by the FAA - Certified Flight Instructor (CFI), Certified Flight Instrument Instructor (CFII), Multi-engine Instructor/Instrument (MEI), Basic Ground Instructor (BGI), Advanced Ground Instructor (AGI), and Instrument Ground Instructor (IGI). Although he does not have time to teach flying, he is a member of the National Association of Flight Instructors and is a member of the American Medical Support Flight Team (Angel Flight) where pilots donate their time and aircraft to fly patients to hospitals that are unable to pay for such services.

Tom has two sons and resides in Newport Beach, California.

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Trivia (20)

Has starred on Broadway.
Tom is a commercial pilot who has obtained every FAA flight instructor rating, including ATP (Airline Transport Pilot). In the early 90s, he left show business for one year to start a commuter airline service in the Hawaiian Islands, which is still flying. He sold it when he moved back to the mainland. He owns his own plane, which is hangered at John Wayne Airport.
Tom is a member of the American Medical Support Flight Team (Angel Flight), where pilots donate their time and aircraft to fly patients to hospitals that are unable to pay for such services. In addition, he is a member of LIGA (The Flying Doctors of Mercy), where pilots donate their time and aircraft to fly doctors and other medical personnel to Mexico to treat patients.
Has directed over 300 national and international TV commercials.
His feature film directorial debut was "DreamTrap," which he also wrote and it was shot at Universal Studios.
Before becoming a director, Tom starred in over 70 live Equity stage productions and appeared in many TV shows, feature films, etc., including on-and-off "General Hospital" for 13 years.
He is the author of four best-selling books on the acting profession, which are in bookstores and Universities worldwide.
In the early 90's, he had directed more feature films at Universal Studios, Florida than any other director.
Before becoming a director, Tom was the top dialogue coach in Los Angeles, running from set to set, called upon by top directors when they were having problems with actors obtaining the performances they wanted.
Has two sons.
Given the key to the city (White Hat Ceremony) in Calgary, Canada in 2012, making him an honorary Calgarian for his directing work in Canada.
As a child, at one point he was the Mississippi and Louisiana sub-junior trapshooting champion.
Is a magician and sleight-of-hand artist, and a performing member of the famed Magic Castle in Hollywood.
Turned down a regular cast-member role on "Saved by the Bell," in 1989 in order to write and direct his first feature film, which was shot at Universal Studios.
Plays guitar, piano, organ, and drums and has written familiar commercial jingles.
Attended the University of Arkansas for two years before graduating with a B.A. Degree in Theatre Arts from California State University, Northridge in 1976 (Dean's List, Honor Roll, Magna Cum Laude).
Being a commercial pilot, Tom flies the aircrafts used when he's directing films, commercials, or TV shows that require aerial shots.
Los Angeles, CA, USA: A very-working Director, (who also writes and produces many of his projects), that include feature films, TV series, and national/international commercials. [August 2012]
(1996-) Travels all over the US and Canada giving seminars. He also produces and directs movies.
His feature film, "Campin' Buddies" (2015), which he wrote, produced, and directed and starred Ray Stevens, Victoria Jackson, Don Most, and Tom Lester was nominated for "Best Comedy Feature Film," and "Best Comedy TV Pilot" by the Action On Film Awards in Los Angeles.

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