When he was cast as Ben Davis in the Emmy Award-winning drama series Ozark for its third season, he drew a lot of notice, and since then, the young star’s acting credits have only grown. Pelphrey began his professional acting career in 2004 when he was cast as Jonathan Randall in Guiding Light, and he later played Mick Dante in As the World Turns in 2009.
Following that, the actor landed the recurring part of Kurt Bunker, a deranged former Neo-Nazi seeking atonement, in the action cult hit series Banshee, which was a watershed moment in his career.
Pelphrey has been insignificant films alongside A-list actors and directors since 2017. In David Fincher’s Mank, he featured alongside Gary Oldman as Joseph Mankiewicz, the younger brother of Citizen Kane co-writer Herman Mankiewicz.
When Pelphrey was named to Variety’s “top 10 actors to watch” list in 2020, he said, “I feel like I get to perform the coolest job in the world.”
In London, Tom Pelphrey Studied Shakespeare
Pelphrey was born and reared in Howell, New Jersey, and began acting at the age of fourteen. He studied it at his performing arts high school and later at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.
Pelphrey told The Hollywood Reporter, “I entered acting school when I was 18.” “I had a still picture of Gary [Oldman] and Sean Penn from the State of Grace up on my wall,” she says, adding that landing a job with Oldman in Mank was a “dream come true.”
He had the opportunity to study Shakespeare at the Globe Theater in London while at Rutgers University.
Tom Pelphrey Performed on Broadway
Pelphrey has had parts in two Broadway shows, as well as a number of off-Broadway performances, in addition to his screen work.
In 2012, he made his Broadway debut in End of the Rainbow as Micky Deans, a drama about Judy Garland’s final days. Several Tony Awards were given to the show. He also starred alongside Nina Arianda and Sam Rockwell in Pulitzer Prize-winner Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love on Broadway in 2015.
Tom Pelphrey Is a Theatrical Co-Founder
Pelphrey founded the Apothecary Theater Company with his pals and other Rutgers graduates in 2008, prior to his Broadway success.
Pelphrey’s goal, as co-founder and art director, was to allow aspiring actors to fulfill their love for acting, producing, and directing their own theatrical performances without having to go through the often-frustrating audition process.
They produced In God’s Hat, which gained acclaim and was completely sold out. In 2010, the New York Times wrote, “Given that the laconic characters in In God’s Hat rarely waste their breath, it’s tempting, to sum up, the play with a single word: great.”
Tom Pelphrey Puts All on The Line for Auditions
Pelphrey is dedicated to his work and will go the additional mile (or hundreds of them) for the right role. For example, when the opportunity to audition for Fincher (for Mank) arose, the actor was filming Ozark in Atlanta.
Pelphrey flew to California to meet with Fincher and Oldman in person after initially meeting over FaceTime with Fincher, who was stationed in Los Angeles.
“I filmed Ozark till like 3 a.m. on one of my weekends off from Ozark, but I had asked [casting director] Larry [Mayfield], ‘Do you think these men would see me if I was there on Saturday?’ “Zoom acting is difficult,” Pelphrey told The Hollywood Reporter.
“So they were gracious enough to agree,” he continued. So I flew from Atlanta to Los Angeles for a day to meet with them, and that made all the difference.”
“Not just meeting someone in person and being in the same room with them, but obviously playing scenes off of Gary Oldman, is a whole different level,” he continued. It improves your acting.”
Tom Pelphrey Made a Love Announcement About His Relationship with Kaley Cuoco
Pelphrey formally declared his romance with Big Bang Theory alum Cuoco with an immensely beautiful comment that accompanied a series of PDA-filled photographs on Instagram.
“However, nothing can help you. “Not your friends, not the best Fred Astaire musical you’ve ever seen—the grace of it,” the statement continues.
“Nothing can save you,” it continues. And you’re standing in the moonlight, and a sweetness emanates from the tops of the trees, and the yard’s fence isolates you from the darkness, and you can’t breathe. Everything feels so natural and possible.
It’s absurd that there is so much good in the world and you have no idea how to get it. It makes you question when you lost your bearings. Then you feel a warm, ripe air that makes you hope that someone will arrive who, although unable to save you, will steal your belongings.