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Tom McCarthy

Tom McCarthy was known primarily as a busy working actor until he burst onto the filmmaking scene with his critically acclaimed first feature THE STATION AGENT, released in 2003 by Miramax Films. THE STATION AGENT premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it was awarded the Audience Award and the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. The film was also awarded the BAFTA for Best Original Screenplay and two Independent Spirit Awards, including the John Cassavetes Award (given to the best feature made for $500,000 or less). The National Board of Review named it third on their list of the Ten Best Films of the Year. It was nominated for three SAG Awards, including Best Ensemble, and was also nominated by the WGA for Best Original Screenplay. The film won awards at many film festivals, including San Sebastian, Stockholm, Mexico City and Aspen.

McCarthy followed this with the equally acclaimed THE VISITOR in 2007. McCarthy won the award for Best Screenplay from the San Diego Film Critics Society, the Best Director award from Methodfest, the Satellite award for Best Screenplay, and the Independent Spirit award for Best Direction, and was nominated for a Writers Guild award. At the Deauville Film Festival, McCarthy received the Grand Special Prize. Richard Jenkins received an Oscar nomination as Best Actor, and the film itself was nominated for numerous awards including an Image Award, a Gotham award, and a David di Donatello Award.

In 2009, McCarthy shared story credit with Pete Docter and Bob Peterson on the hit animated feature UP for which he received an Oscar nomination.

In addition to his writing and directing, McCarthy continues his career as an actor. He made his screen debut in the 1992 film CROSSING THE BRIDGE, and went on to appear in such films as FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS, SYRIANA, GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD LUCK, YEAR OF THE DOG, MEET THE PARENTS, ALL THE KING'S MEN, DUPLICITY, 2012 and THE LOVELY BONES. He was featured in the final season of HBO's critically acclaimed series THE WIRE, and also appeared in NEW YORK UNDERCOVER, SPIN CITY, LAW AND ORDER, LAW AND ORDER: SVU, ALLY MCBEAL and BOSTON PUBLIC.

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Tom McCarthy Facts

Birth Name Thomas Joseph McCarthy
OccupationDirector, Actor
BirthdayJanuary 30, 1969 (54)
BirthplaceNew Jersey, USA

Selected Filmography

The Station Agent
The Cobbler
Visitor, The
Win Win
Station Agent
Win Win: Direct Effect: Tom McCarthy
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