Who is Eddie Kaye Thomas?
Eddie Kaye Thomas is an American actor who has portrayed some memorable characters. He has garnered fame for portraying Paul Finch in the ‘American Pie’ film series, Andy Rosenberg in the ‘Harold & Kumar’ film series, Jeff Woodcock in the Fox sitcom ‘'Til Death’, and Dr. Tobias in the CBS action drama TV series ‘Scorpion’. Originally from New York, Eddie Kaye Thomas’ career as an actor started on stage when he was seven years old. In 1992, he appeared in a production of ‘Four Baboons Adoring the Sun’, and in 1997, he starred alongside Natalie Portman in a production of ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’. By the time he graduated from New York's Professional Children's High School, he had already established himself as a young actor on Broadway. Thomas made his screen debut in 1994 in an episode of ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark?’. His cinematic debut occurred two years later in the crime-drama ‘Illtown’. Since then, Thomas has established himself as one of the most prominent character actors of Hollywood. In 2000, as part of the cast of ‘American Pie’, Thomas received the Young Hollywood Award for Best Ensemble Cast.
Eddie Kaye Thomas is one of the few child actors who have made a successful transition to celebrity adulthood. He first became active in the New York theatre scene at age of seven. By the time he turned 10 years old, he had appeared in the Brooklyn Shakespeare Company’s production of ‘Richard III’. When he was 12 years old, he made his first Broadway appearance as an understudy in a production of ‘Four Baboons Adoring The Sun’ at John Guare's Lincoln Center. In 1997, he shared the stage with Natalie Portman in a Broadway production of ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’. When he obtained his high-school degree from Professional Children's High School in New York, he was already a prolific young Broadway actor.
Eddie Kaye Thomas debuted on the small screen in 1994 in the season three episode ‘The Tale of the Curious Camera’ of YTV’s fantasy horror anthology series ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark?’ He then appeared in his first film, writer-director Nick Gomez’s crime-drama ‘Illtown’, portraying a character named Young Falco in 1996. That year, he was also cast in a guest role in a season-seven episode of NBC’s police procedural and legal drama series ‘Law & Order’. Thomas returned to the set of the show to play a completely different character in its 10th season.
In 1997, he played a Spanish student named Nat in the romantic comedy ‘Mr. Jealousy’. In the 1998 drama film ‘Harvest’, he played a dishwasher. He also appeared in a season-one episode of The WB’s romance drama series ‘Felicity’ in the same year and was featured in video short ‘1998 Titanic Blockbuster Video Commercial’.
In 1999, he starred alongside Emily Bergl, Jason London, and Dylan Bruno in the supernatural horror ‘The Rage: Carrie 2’, which was a sequel to the 1976 horror movie ‘Carrie’. Later that year, Eddie Thomas made his first appearance as Paul Finch in the teen comedy ‘American Pie’. Finch is one of the “nice guys” of the group, along with Jim Levenstein (Jason Biggs), and can be perceived as somewhat “intellectual” and “philosophical”. As a result, women apparently find him undesirable. His most significant contribution to the series seems to be the Mrs Robinson-esque relationship he has with Jeanine Stifler (Jennifer Coolidge), Steve Stifler's (Seann William Scott) mother. Thomas reprised his role in all the other entries in the American Pie theatrical series: ‘American Pie 2’ (2001), ‘American Wedding’ (2003), and ‘American Reunion’ (2012).
Eddie Thomas shared screen space with Robert Downey Jr., Gaby Hoffmann, Jared Leto, and Brooke Shields in James Toback’s controversial crime-drama ‘Black and White’ in 1999. In 2000, he was one of the stars of the sitcom ‘Brutally Normal’. In the ‘Harold & Kumar’ film series, he portrayed Andy Rosenberg, one of the Jewish friends of the two protagonists.
Between 2001 and 2002, he played Mike Platt in The WB sitcom ‘Off Centre’. His next notable TV performance was as the optimistic newlywed Jeff Woodcock in the Fox sitcom ‘'Til Death’ (2006-08). He was also part of the main cast of the HBO drama series ‘How to Make It in America’ (2010-11). Since 2005, he has lent his voice to various characters on Fox’s animated sitcom ‘American Dad!’.
Eddie Kaye Thomas has also acted in the romance-drama ‘Neo Ned’ (2005), romantic comedy ‘Dirty Love (2005), action comedy ‘Venus & Vegas’ (2010), comedy-drama ‘Petunia’ (2012), romantic comedy ‘Alex & The List’ (2017), and crime-thriller ‘Shattered Memories’ (2018). From 2014 to 2018, he essayed the role of Harvard-trained psychiatrist Dr Tobias "Toby" Meriweather Curtis in the CBS series ‘Scorpion’.
Thomas continues to be active on stage and in front of the camera. In 2011, he wrote and starred in the comedy short ‘Rough Sext’.
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Family & Personal Life
Eddie Kaye Thomas was born on October 31, 1980, in Staten Island, New York, USA. His family is Ashkenazi Jewish. He spent much of his childhood living in a house located opposite a train station in the neighbourhood of New Dorp.
In 2008, Thomas briefly dated actress Ari Graynor. They worked together in the 2008 coming-of-age drama ‘Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist’. He portrayed the role of Jesus, while she was cast as Caroline.