Thomas Francis Murphy
If there is a backdoor to this business Tom may have found it. He has made his living in dairy barns and on factory floors; worked as an ambulance driver, and trained as a hard hat diver. He has been a social worker and freelance theatre critic. Before moving to New Orleans, he spent over 20 years on the East coast with a paint brush in one hand and a script in the other, while pursuing a career in the theatre performing in off Broadway houses in New York where his work in the plays of Sam Shepard garnered high praise in the New York Times, and elsewhere. The day after, he got his last, highly sought after thumbs up in The New York times for his work in the titular role of The Late Henry Moss by Mr. Shepard. They played to a house of exactly one. To Tom’s mind she was the true trooper on that particular Saturday afternoon for having the courage to stick around, and he regrets to this day that he can no longer remember her name.
Since moving to New Orleans he has worked across from Mathew McConoughey in Free State Of Jones, Woody Harrelson in True Detective, Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave, and with Keanu Reeves in The Whole Truth. He can be seen in the upcoming release Same Kind of Different As Me, with Greg Kinnear and Renee Zellweger. He has appeared as a series regular in the early seasons of Salem, and has had roles in American Horror Story, and a host of other projects.