Tom Arnold –

Tom Arnold in TRUE LIES.

About Tom Arnold (1959 – )

Tom Arnold got his first taste of stand-up comedy when he performed at open microphone nights at the University of Iowa.

Born March 6th, 1959 in Eldon, Iowa, USA Tom held down a number of jobs before giving stand-up comedy a try – meat packer, box stacker, bartender, bouncer.

Professionally Tom Arnold struggled during the early 1990s but he made it big when he paired up with comedienne Roseanne Barr. At the request of his wife Roseanne, Tom became a semi-regular on her smash hit ABC sitcom Roseanne and made him a producer. Unfortunately their marriage was short-lived and the two parted ways in 1993. Tom turned around in 1994 with an excellent performance as a secret agent in the blockbuster Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle True Lies (1994). He then did a memorable turn in the otherwise unexceptional Hugh Grant vehicle Nine Months (1995).

Along with these successes, Arnold had his share of duds, such as The Stupids (1996) and McHale's Navy (1997).

In 2000, Tom Arnold added television host to his list of accomplishments, appearing on the Fox Sports Network on Best Damn Sports Show Period. For five years, he served one of the show's talking heads, adding his own humorous approach to sports news and interviews. After leaving the show in 2005, Arnold received strong reviews for two film projects released that year. He appeared in the dramatic comedy Happy Endings with Maggie Gyllenhaal and Jason Ritter and starred and wrote The Kid & I. With his film career on an upswing, Arnold recently appeared in the inspirational drama Pride (2007) and has several more films slated for release.

Tom Arnold was married to Roseanne Barr and co-starred with her in both TV series Roseanne and The Roseanne Barr Show.

Tom Arnold's movie credits include...

Hero (1992)
Coneheads (1993)
Undercover Blues (1993)
True Lies (1994)
Nine Months (1995)
Big Bully (1996)
Carpool (1996)
Touch (1997)
McHale's Navy (1997)
Golf Punks (1998)
Blue Ridge Fall (1999)
Just Sue Me (2000)
Manhood (2003)
Soul Plane (2004)
Happy Endings (2005)
Pride (2007)
The Jerk Theory (2009)
The Skeptic (2009)
Endure (2010)
The Bad Penny (2010)
Endure (2010)
Hard Breakers (2010)
Walk A Mile In My Pradas (2010)
The Pool Boys (2011)
Restitution (2011)
Last Call (2012)
Grassroots (2012)

Memorable Quotes by Tom Arnold

“The nature of show business is people within the business feel that if someone else fails, they move up a notch”

(On winning the True Lies role) “They had literally seen every character actor in town, and it was the last day and Cameron was still looking, they hadn't found the third person for this movie. I was going to leave my agency, so they set up a meeting with Jim Cameron, like a last-ditch Hail Mary. They begged him to just see me so I'd stay at the agency. Because where I went, my ex-wife went, so it was a big thing to them. So I went down and met Cameron. I didn't even prepare, I didn't even read the sides because I knew I wasn't going to get it, once I saw the role was so big and it wasn't just a bartender. I was happy to be a bartender in a movie with Dustin Hoffman, because I got scenes with Dustin Hoffman -- that was my only reference, the only movie stuff I'd done. So when I saw the role was big I thought, "There's no way I'm going to get this, so why even learn the sides and then be disappointed. I just want to meet Jim Cameron, the Terminator guy." I went down and we talked a little bit, and we hit it off personally, and then he said, "While you're here why don't you read." I go, "Well..." He goes, "You didn't even look at it did you?" But I said, "I'll give it a shot." So I read a little bit and then Cameron said, "Get Arnold down here." Then five minutes later Arnold's in there, which was amazing on its own, and we just start doing the scene and pushing each other away to see who could get to the camera. And he says, "Okay you got the role, but you can't tell anybody for two weeks." Of course I went home and told everybody, but nobody believed me.”

“Environmentalists have a very conflicted relationship with their cars.”

[On Roseanne Barr] “She actually had 'Property of Tom Arnold' tattooed on her hip, which made me the fourth largest property-owner in California.”

“People still question my sobriety, my commitment to the program, and that hurts. I take things day by day, and sometimes I take them minute by minute, but I honor my commitment to stay sober.”

“The difference between one man and another is not mere ability... it is energy.”

Things You May Not Know About Tom Arnold

His third ex-wife, Shelby Roos, is a political consultant.

He is an ordained minister.

Both of his paternal great-grandmothers were of Swedish origin. His other ancestry includes English, German, Scottish, and Scots-Irish (Northern Irish).

Participated in the Seattle Hockey Challenge in 2005 - he coached one of the teams.

In August 2008, he broke his scapula in a motorcycle accident on the Pacific Coast Highway.

Has worked as a bouncer.

Tom Arnold, with Arnold Schwarzenegger
and Grant Heslov in True Lies (1994).
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Tom Arnold in Undercover Blues (1993)... middle picture with Kathleen Turner, Dennis Quaid, and Park Overall... bottom picture with Park Overall.
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Arnold in The Jerk Theory (2009).
Arnold in Moonlight and Mistletoe (2008).
With Paul Gosselaar and Garcelle Beauvais
in an episode of Franklin & Bash (2011).
With Kristen Renton in an episode of Sons of Anarchy (2009).
With Emily Alyn Lind in an episode of Hawaii Five-O (2010).
Arnold with James Roday, Mira Sorvino,
and Dule Hill in an episode of Psych (2014).
With Hugh Grant in Nine Months (1995).
Arnold in Beginner's Guide to Sex (2015).
Tom Arnold in Grassroots (2012).