Thomas Haden Church (born Thomas Richard McMillen; June 17, 1960) is an American actor, director and writer. After co-starring in the 1990s sitcom Wings, Church became known for his film roles, including his performance in Sideways and his role as the Sandman in Spider-Man 3. He also made his directorial debut with Rolling Kansas.

Early life

Church was born in Woodland, California, the son of Maxine (née Sanders) and Carlos "Carl" Richard McMillen, who served for eight years in the Marines and saw action in the Korean War; after 1962, Carlos worked as a surveyor for Yolo County, California. Church's parents divorced and his mother moved to Texas. She remarried in 1969, to widower George A. Quesada, a veteran of an Army Air Forces reconnaissance unit which served in Guam in World War II. Church took his stepfather's surname for a time. He was raised in Texas: first in Laredo, then in Harlingen. He left high school in 1977 to work in the oil fields of Louisiana, but he returned to graduate from Harlingen High School in 1979. He attended the University of North Texas while living in Dallas.

Career

Church started in the entertainment business as a radio personality and doing voice-over work. He changed his name to "Thomas Haden Church", taking "Haden" and "Church" from his ancestry. A part in an independent film convinced him to move to California to pursue an acting career. He played the part of slow-witted aircraft mechanic Lowell Mather for six seasons (1990–1995) on the NBC sitcom Wings.

He worked in television for two more seasons with a lead role on Ned & Stacey opposite Debra Messing. He has had supporting roles in films such as Tombstone, George of the Jungle, and The Specials. Church often plays villains or comic relief in films, most evident by turns in Demon Knight and Over the Hedge. Church bought a ranch in Texas in 1998. In late 2000 he took a break from films. After having small roles in films such as Monkeybone and 3000 Miles to Graceland, he made his directorial debut with Rolling Kansas in 2003. He has voiceover work in commercials, such as for Merrill Lynch and Icehouse beer.

In 2003, director Alexander Payne called him regarding the role of "Jack", the selfish best friend to Paul Giamatti's character, in Sideways. During the audition, Church stripped naked to read the audition scene, later saying "To me it was painfully obvious... I was reading the scene where Jack comes in naked and there has to be in-born vulnerability in the scene." (He later found that he was the only actor to strip down for the audition). Sideways earned acclaim for Church. He won an IFP Independent Spirit Award and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

He has since appeared in films such as Idiocracy, done voice-over work on films such as Over the Hedge and starred in one of AMC's highest rated television productions, Broken Trail, with Robert Duvall, in 2006, for which he won an Emmy. In 2007, he appeared as the villain Sandman in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3 starring Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst.

In 2005, he was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. On September 16, 2007, he won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for his role of Tom Harte on AMC's Broken Trail. In October 2008, Church appeared as "Joe Six-Pack" in a video on funnyordie.com, challenging Joe the Plumber by drinking more beer. Church starred in the FEARnet webseries, Zombie Roadkill, alongside David Dorfman.

Personal life

Church lives on his 2,000-acre (810 ha) ranch in Kerrville, Texas. Church and former girlfriend Mia have a daughter. Church's biological father died in 2008, and his stepfather in 2012.

Filmography

Film
YearTitleRoleNotes
1993TombstoneBilly Clanton
1995Demon KnightRoach
1997One Night StandDon
1997George of the JungleLyle van de Groot
1998Susan's PlanDrew Oslett Jr.
1998Free MoneyLarry
1999GoosedSteven Troy
1999Serial Killing 4 DummysVince GrimaldiOriginally titled Serial Killing 101
2000The SpecialsThe Strobe
20013000 Miles to GracelandQuigley
2001MonkeyboneDeath's AssistantUncredited
2002The BadgeDavid Hardwick
2002Lone Star State of MindKiller
2003Rolling KansasAgent Madsen/TrooperUncredited; also director and co-writer
2003George of the Jungle 2Lyle Van de GrootDirect-to-video
2004SpanglishMike the Realtor
2004SidewaysJack ColeBoston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cast
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
2006Over the HedgeDwayneVoice
2006IdiocracyBrawndo CEO
2006Charlotte's WebBrooks the CrowVoice
2007Spider-Man 3Flint Marko / SandmanNominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Rumble (with Tobey Maguire, James Franco and Topher Grace)
Nominated – Scream Award for Best Villain
2008Smart PeopleChuck Wetherhold
2009Imagine ThatJohnny Whitefeather
2009Don McKayDon McKay
2009All About SteveHartman Hughes
2009Aliens in the AtticTazerVoice
2010Easy AMr. Jack Griffith
2011Another Happy DayPaul
2011Killer JoeAnsel
2011We Bought a ZooDuncan Mee
2012John CarterTal HajusPerformance capture
2013Lucky ThemCharlie
2013WhitewashBruce
2014Heaven Is for RealJay Olson
2015MaxRay
2015Daddy's HomeLeo

2016 Cardboard Boxer

Wille

Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1989CheersGordie BrownEpisode: "Death Takes A Holiday on Ice"
1990–95WingsLowell Mather123 episodes
1995–1997Ned & StaceyNed Dorsey46 episodes
1998Mr. MurderDrew Oslett Jr.Movie
2004Teen TitansKiller MothEpisode: "Date with Destiny"
2006Broken TrailTom HarteTV miniseries
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
2012Regular ShowQuillginVoice; Episode: "Christmas Special"
2016DivorceRobert