As a writer, producer, and actor, Tom Arnold has established himself to both television and film audiences worldwide, having won such awards as the Peabody Award and a Golden Globe Award. Additionally, he helped put Fox Sports Network on the map with his hosting duties on “BEST DAMN SPORTS SHOW PERIOD” and CMT’s top-rated “MY BIG REDNECK” franchise including and “MY BIG REDNECK FAMILY” which premiered at the highest ratings in CMT history.
Arnold cornered the market on playing the resident comic relief in films like “NINE MONTHS” with Hugh Grant, Julianne Moore, and Robin Williams, “TRUE LIES” with Arnold Schwarzenegger, “HERO” with Dustin Hoffman, and “AUSTIN POWERS: INTERNATIONAL MAN OF MYSTERY” with Mike Myers. Arnold was seen in Stephen Gyllenhaal’s quirky political comedy “GRASSROOTS”, Tyler Perry’s “MADEA’S WITNESS PROTECTION”, “HIT AND RUN” with Dax Shepard, Kristen Bell and Bradley Cooper, “ANY DAY” starring alongside Sean Bean, Eva Longoria and Kate Walsh and Yahoo Comedy Series “SIN CITY SAINTS” starring alongside Andrew Santino and Malin Akerman, where he plays Kevin Freeman, a private casino host who happens to know all the city’s secrets. He can also be seen in documentaries, “SUPERMENSCH: THE LEGEND OF SHEP GORDON” and “I AM CHRIS FARLEY” and in Season 10 of “TRAILER PARK BOYS” on Netflix.
Arnold has successfully broken out of the comedic stereotype and is becoming a fixture at film festivals by landing more mature and dramatic roles. He received critical praise for his role in “GARDENS OF THE NIGHT,” opposite John Malkovich, “THE GREAT BUCK HOWARD” starring John Malkovich and Tom Hanks, “GOOD DICK” opposite Jason Ritter, and “THE YEAR OF GETTING TO KNOW US” opposite Sharon Stone, Jimmy Fallon and Lucy Liu. In 2005, he received critical notice for his role in Don Roos’ “HAPPY ENDINGS” for Lions Gate Films. He was also seen in “PRIDE” opposite Terrance Howard, and “ANIMAL FACTORY,” directed by Steve Buscemi. Other film credits include “SOUL PLANE,” “CRADLE TO THE GRAVE,” “EXIT WOUNDS” and “THE KID & I.”
Arnold began his career in comedy at the University of Iowa before moving to Minneapolis, where he won the Minneapolis Comedy Competition in 1988. He then moved to Los Angeles to write on the highly successful television series, “ROSEANNE,” before eventually serving as executive producer for the sitcom. He went on to star in his own HBO special entitled “TOM ARNOLD: THE NAKED TRUTH,” and then wrote, produced and starred in his own television series “THE JACKIE THOMAS SHOW,” “TOM” and “THE TOM SHOW.”
Born in Iowa, Arnold has established a writing scholarship and runs an acting workshop for students at the Indian Hills Community College in Iowa. Arnold is heavily involved in many charities such as The Race to Erase MS, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Best Buddies, Camp del Corazon, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, The Kayne Eras Center, Promises Foundation, Carousel of Hope, Arnold’s Inner City Games, The Hollenbeck Christmas Giveaway, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Special Olympics, the USO and GLAAD for which he won the Vanguard Award.
Arnold returned to his roots as a stand-up comic in 2009 after a 16 year hiatus. Now touring across the country performing in comedy clubs multiple weekends a month, the never scripted Arnold pokes fun at his Midwest past, marital follies and absurd Hollywood stories. Just like his past film and television comedy work, Tom is a ball of chaos and charisma on stage.
On his podcast, “TOM ARNOLD. 100% HONEST. PRETTY MUCH…”, Tom interviewed some of the funniest people on the planet spanning over 50 episodes, all willing to publicly reveal something new and extremely embarrassing about themselves for the first time.
Arnold currently resides in Los Angeles.