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Overview (3)

Born in Ottumwa, Iowa, USA
Birth NameThomas Duane Arnold
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Tom Arnold was born in Ottumwa, Iowa, to Linda (Graham) and Jack Arnold. After his parents divorced, he was raised by his father. In 1983, he got his first taste of stand-up comedy when he performed at open microphone nights at the University of Iowa. Tom's comedy career had its ups and downs over the next several years until 1988, when he entered the Minneapolis Comedy Competition and won first place. With this victory in hand, he decided to move to Los Angeles to pursue a stand-up comedy career. Once he hit Los Angeles, things happened fast. That same year, he was hired as a staff writer for Roseanne Barr's TV sitcom Roseanne (1988) and began to appear regularly on the show as "Arnie Thomas". He and Roseanne Barr were married in 1990, with Arnold converting to Judaism prior to the marriage. They formed Rapello County Productions to develop projects for themselves.

The couple's marriage, together with their sometimes outrageous behavior, attracted media attention - and especially that of the tabloids - like a magnet. In 1994 conditions between the two deteriorated and they went through a very public, and acrimonious, divorce. Tom has been married twice since then and is the co-host of Fox Sports Net's talk show The Best Damn Sports Show Period (2001). He also does voiceover work, and provides the voice for the "Oven Mitt" character in the TV commercials for the Arby's restaurant chain.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Robert Porretto

Family (2)

Spouse Ashley Groussman Arnold (28 November 2009 - 21 July 2020)  (divorced)  (2 children)
Shelby Roos (29 June 2002 - 19 August 2008)  (divorced)
Julie Armstrong (22 July 1995 - 30 March 1999)  (divorced)
Roseanne Barr (20 January 1990 - 9 December 1994)  (divorced)
Parents Arnold, Linda
Arnold, Jack

Trivia (15)

Nephew of Kay Arnold
Participated in the Seattle Hockey Challenge in 2005 - he coached one of the teams.
Earned an Associate's degree from Indian Hills Community College
Obtained a Bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa
His third ex-wife, Shelby Roos, is a political consultant.
On March 6, 2009, he became engaged to Ashley Groussman.
In August 2008, he broke his scapula in a motorcycle accident on the Pacific Coast Highway.
He is an ordained minister.
Attended Ottumwa High School and began doing stand-up comedy when he was 23.
He is the son of Linda Kay (née Graham) and Jack Arnold. He has six siblings: Lori, Johnny, Scott, Chris, Marla and Mark.
Lives in Beverly Hills, California.
Worked as a bouncer.
Both of his paternal great-grandmothers were of Swedish origin. His other ancestry includes English, Irish, German, Scottish, and Scots-Irish (Northern Irish).
Lost a staggering 100 lbs after becoming a father for the first time at age 55, wanting to improve his health in order to live to see his child grow up.

Personal Quotes (7)

The nature of show business is people within the business feel that if someone else fails, they move up a notch
(On Big Bully (1996)) I read the script, and it seemed good. It seemed like it might be a touching metaphor for what was going on in the world, but I'm not so sure it turned out that way. At that time, when I started to get offered lead roles in movies, I didn't know how to say no...I don't think Rick Moranis liked me. I don't think he appreciated me. I don't blame him. You know, just because someone doesn't like me doesn't mean that I don't like them and support them. I know Rick came out with a country album a few years ago, and I was like, "Yeah!" Sometimes they don't even realize they don't like me until it's too late. I just assume that people do for some reason.
(On landing True Lies (1994)) They had literally seen every character actor in town, and it was the last day and (James) Cameron was still looking, they hadn't found the third person for this movie. I was going to leave my agency, so they set up a meeting with Jim Cameron, like a last-ditch Hail Mary. They begged him to just see me so I'd stay at the agency. Because where I went, my ex-wife went, so it was a big thing to them. So I went down and met Cameron. I didn't even prepare, I didn't even read the sides because I knew I wasn't going to get it, once I saw the role was so big and it wasn't just a bartender. I was happy to be a bartender in a movie with Dustin Hoffman, because I got scenes with Dustin Hoffman-that was my only reference, the only movie stuff I'd done. So when I saw the role was big I thought, "There's no way I'm going to get this, so why even learn the sides and then be disappointed. I just want to meet Jim Cameron, The Terminator (1984) guy." I went down and we talked a little bit, and we hit it off personally, and then he said, "While you're here why don't you read." I go, "Well...." He goes, "You didn't even look at it did you?" But I said, "I'll give it a shot." So I read a little bit and then Cameron said, "Get Arnold down here." Then five minutes later Arnold's in there, which was amazing on its own, and we just start doing the scene and pushing each other away to see who could get to the camera. And he says, "Okay you got the role, but you can't tell anybody for two weeks." Of course I went home and told everybody, but nobody believed me. It was too unbelievable, but then it happened. Here's the thing: At the time, because of the divorce and the publicity, when the movie was getting ready to come out they couldn't put me in the trailer, because when they tested it people would come into the theater and up on the screen it would say "a movie from Jim Cameron" and everybody would go crazy. Arnold Schwarzenegger is in it: yay! Jamie Lee Curtis: yay! Tom Arnold: boo. They literally would boo, but at the end when they filled out the cards, my score was the highest score. So it literally, in the hour and a half or two hours of this film, changed my life.
(On Touch (1997)) At that time I needed to do something different. I bombed in starring roles in the comedies I'd done. It was an opportunity to work with Christopher Walken and Paul Schrader. It was also an opportunity to prove myself a little to people, which I needed to do. Of course, like everything else, at the end of the movie I found out nobody wanted me in the movie, and they all teamed up, but they had to have me to be the last piece in the puzzle to get the financing. They were grateful at the end, but in the beginning they were not for it, and that's the story of my life.
(On his bit part in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)) I got a call from Demi Moore, who produced it, and she said, "I've got this scene and I want you to do it, I can't think of anyone in the world but you to play this character," and I said, "Sure, send it over," and it was guy taking a dump. I thought, "You know, she really has a high opinion of me." I went down and everyone was supporting Mike Myers-he had a flop, which I can relate to, on a movie after Saturday Night Live (1975), you know, So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993). He had this character and everybody wanted to support him, which is what once in a while the comedy world does, it's nice. I went down, kind of ad-libbed my way through it. Jay Roach, it was his first movie, and he's gone on to big giant things, so has Mike. So I spent a day messing around and having fun. It's funny, because you can work one day and make more of a splash than working six months on something else, like McHale's Navy (1997), for instance.
Environmentalists have a very conflicted relationship with their cars.
[on Roseanne Barr] She actually had 'Property of Tom Arnold' tattooed on her hip, which made me the fourth largest property-owner in California.

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