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Thomas Haden Church

Highest Rated:   97% Sideways (2004)
Lowest Rated:   6% All About Steve (2009)
Birthplace:   El Paso, Texas, USA
By the time actor Thomas Haden Church earned an Oscar nomination for his unforgettable supporting role as a womanizing, has-been actor heading out on one last fling before tying the knot in director Alexander Payne's critically acclaimed road drama Sideways (2004), many film and television viewers may have assumed (and not without merit) that the former Wings star had all but abandoned his career in front of the cameras. It had, after all, been nearly a decade since Church had endeared himself to television viewers as lovably dunderheaded mechanic Lowell Mather on the aforementioned hit television series, and though he did remain fairly active onscreen after Wings went off the air in 1995, his career took something of a back seat to his familial commitments and life on his Texas cattle ranch. Coupled with a conscious decision to move away from acting and try his talents behind the camera, Church's fading devotion to acting still made his nomination at the 2005 Oscars feel like something of a comeback even though he had remained fairly active in show business all along. A Texas native whose early career included a stint as a radio disc jockey and voice-over announcer, Church first got a taste for acting with an appearance in the independent feature Gypsy Angels, and a move to Los Angeles followed shortly thereafter. It didn't take long for the handsome, young aspiring actor to land his defining role in Wings, and aside from supporting roles in the features Tombstone and Tales From the Crypt: Demon Knight, it was his role in Wings and the subsequent television series Ned and Stacey for which he was best remembered for some time. Following the cancellation of Ned and Stacey, Church turned his attention primarily to feature films with supporting roles in One Night Stand, 3000 Miles to Graceland, Monkeybone, and Lone Star State of Mind serving to at least pay the bills. Dejected by a somewhat stifled acting career and determined to spend more time with his wife and children, Church opted to step behind the scenes to write and direct the independent comedy Rolling Kansas. A lighthearted road movie concerning a trio of brothers' quest to find a seemingly-mythical marijuana field in the sprawling plains of Kansas, Rolling Kansas made a brief appearance at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival before making its debut on Comedy Central the following year. Just when it seemed that the rest of Church's onscreen career may have been relegated to appearances in George of the Jungle sequels, acclaimed independent filmmaker Payne had recalled his auditions for his previous two films, Election and About Schmidt. Though Church hadn't quite made the cut on either of those films, Payne had taken note of his talent and thought the former Wings star the perfect candidate to play a formerly popular television star and down-on-his-luck actor having trouble adjusting to the prospect of marriage in Payne's upcoming comedy drama Sideways. Cast opposite American Splendor's Paul Giamatti, Church's alternately desperate and sad performance proved the heart of the film many considered to be the year's -- not to mention director Payne's -- best. The movie earned Church an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He followed up that success with appearances in the comedy Idiocracy and the western Broken Trail opposite Robert Duvall. In 2007 he was cast as one of the two-villains in Spider-Man 3, and the year after that he starred in the biting drama Smart People. His deep, recognizable voice led him to voiceover work in a variety of projects such as Aliens in the Attic, Charlotte's Web, and Over the Hedge. In 2010 he had a part in the sleeper hit Easy A, and he played Matt Damon's brother in Cameron Crowe's We Bought a Zoo. In 2012 he was cast in the Disney flop John Carter.


Highest Rated Movies



79% The 24th
  • Col. Norton
95% The Peanut Butter Falcon
  • The Salt Water Redneck
18% Hellboy
  • Lobster Johnson
54% Crash Pad
  • Grady
38% Cardboard Boxer
  • Executive Producer
  • Willie
30% Daddy's Home
  • Leo
38% Max
  • Ray
$26.8M 2015
78% Lucky Them
  • Charlie
84% Whitewash
  • Bruce Landry
51% Heaven Is for Real
  • Jay Wilkins
80% Killer Joe
  • Ansel Smith
$1.9M 2012
65% We Bought a Zoo
  • Duncan Mee
$72.8M 2011
46% Another Happy Day
  • Paul
$9k 2011
85% Easy A
  • Mr. Griffith
$58.5M 2010
38% Don McKay
  • Don McKay
  • Executive Producer
6% All About Steve
  • Hartman Hughes
$33.9M 2009
33% Aliens in the Attic
  • Tazer
$25M 2009
41% Imagine That
  • Johnny Whitefeather
$16.1M 2009
50% Smart People
  • Chuck Wetherhold
$9.5M 2008
63% Spider-Man 3
  • Flint Marko/Sandman
$336.6M 2007
78% Charlotte's Web
  • Brooks
$82.2M 2006
74% Idiocracy
  • Brawndo CEO
$0.4M 2006
No Score Yet Broken Trail
  • Tom Harte
75% Over the Hedge
  • Dwayne
$155.1M 2006
No Score Yet Serial Killing 101
  • Vince Grimaldi
53% Spanglish
  • Mike the Realtor
$42.1M 2004
97% Sideways
  • Jack
$71.5M 2004
No Score Yet Rolling Kansas
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
17% George Of The Jungle 2
  • Lyle Van de Groot
33% The Badge
  • David
No Score Yet Lone Star State of Mind
  • Killer
14% 3000 Miles to Graceland
  • Federal Marshal Quigley
$15.4M 2001
47% The Specials
  • The Strobe
No Score Yet Susan's Plan
  • Dr. Stillman
29% Free Money
  • Larry
No Score Yet Mr. Murder
  • Actor
32% One Night Stand
  • Don
56% George of the Jungle
  • Lyle Van de Groot
38% Tales from the Crypt Presents: Demon Knight
  • Roach
74% Tombstone
  • Billy Clanton


No Score Yet Wings
  • Lowell Mather
  • 2020
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1990
78% Divorce
  • Robert
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
  • Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
  • Guest
  • 2018
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Last Call With Carson Daly
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet Regular Show
  • Voice
  • Actor
  • 2012
No Score Yet Conan
  • Guest
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
  • Guest
  • 2008
  • 2005
  • 2004
64% Ned and Stacey
  • Ned Dorsey
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
87% Cheers
  • Guest
  • Gordie Brown
  • 1989

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