Arnold in 2000
Thomas Duane Arnold
March 6, 1959
Ottumwa, Iowa, U.S.
(m. 1990; div. 1994)
Julie Lynn Champnella
(m. 1995; div. 1999)
(m. 2002; div. 2008)
(m. 2009; div. 2019)
Thomas Duane Arnold (born March 6, 1959) is an American actor and comedian.
He has appeared in several films, including True Lies (1994), Nine Months (1995) McHale's Navy (1997), Animal Factory (2000), Cradle 2 the Grave (2003), Mr. 3000 (2004), Happy Endings (2005), The Great Buck Howard (2008), and Madea's Witness Protection (2011). He was also the host of The Best Damn Sports Show Period for four years, and appeared on Sons of Anarchy.
Arnold was born Thomas Duane Arnold in Ottumwa, Iowa, the son of Linda Kay (née Graham) and Jack Arnold. He has six siblings. His mother abandoned the family when he was a child, and he and his siblings were raised by their father. He was sexually abused from age 4-7 by a male babysitter.
During his youth, he worked at a meatpacking plant. He attended Ottumwa High School, Indian Hills Community College, and the University of Iowa from 1981 to 1983, where he studied business administration and writing.
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In the early 1980s, Arnold had a prop-based comedy routine called "Tom Arnold and the Goldfish Review."Roseanne Barr brought him in as a writer for her television sitcom, Roseanne. He married her in 1990, after she divorced her first husband. Arnold wrote himself into the show as the character "Arnie Thomas" (a play on his name). The couple's marriage attracted media and especially tabloid attention due to their sometimes outrageous behavior. In 1992, Arnold starred in his own sitcom, The Jackie Thomas Show. Airing after Roseanne on ABC, the show lasted 18 episodes.
In 1993, Arnold and Barr bought a house together in Arnold's hometown of Eldon, Iowa and opened a restaurant, 'Roseanne and Tom's Big Food Diner' nearby. The diner served loosemeat sandwiches similar to the specialty of the fictional Lanford Lunch Box on Roseanne, which in turn was based on the real-life Canteen Lunch in the Alley in Ottumwa. Both appeared in the 1993 movie The Woman Who Loved Elvis, filmed in Ottumwa. Arnold and Barr divorced in 1994 due to irreconcilable differences. Their restaurant closed in 1995.
After Arnold's divorce from Barr, he narrated and starred in several Craftmatic Adjustable Bed commercials that aired throughout 1995. The last commercial that he filmed culminated in Arnold lying in a bed that caught on fire and melted a strand of his underarm hair during the taping; the footage was never released. Arnold commented on Twitter in 2014: "Me and Mike (Michael Jackson) (he was one of my best friends) used to laugh about how [I] had a Pepsi commercial of my own".
In November 2000, Arnold played the role of Al Raymond in the second-season Baywatch Hawaii episode, "The Cage".
In a late 1990s interview on radio's The Howard Stern Show, Arnold admitted that his share of his and Barr's estate amounted to "over $20,000,000", including a percentage of the Roseanne ABC-TV series, but would not elaborate, citing a confidentiality clause. In 1994, Arnold appeared as the sidekick to Arnold Schwarzenegger's character in the James Cameron's action blockbuster film True Lies. From 2001 through 2005, he was one of the hosts of The Best Damn Sports Show Period. From 2003 to 2005, Arnold was the voice of Arby's "Oven Mitt" commercials.
Arnold had his first romantic leading man part in the 2005 movie Happy Endings. That same year, Arnold starred in The Kid & I. From 2008 to 2011, he hosted the CMT show My Big Redneck Wedding. He hosted CMT's The Biggest Redneck Wedding Ever in 2008, in which he served as the wedding planner, created a wedding that exceeded the dreams of a couple who wanted to be married in a mud bog, and performed the actual ceremony. CMT also made three series of "My Big Redneck Vacation" presented by Arnold and featuring the Clampet Family from Shreveport, Louisiana.
Arnold's role as a child molester in Gardens of the Night sparked revelations that he had been a victim of sexual abuse in his childhood. He decided to take on the role to shed more light on the issue.
In January 2017, Tom Arnold was revealed as a celebrity contestant on the Australian edition of I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!. He was the first evictee from the jungle, after 17 days, and stated he was paid between $US600,000 and $US700,000 for his participation in the program. In June 2017, Arnold filed a lawsuit against companies Network Ten and 'A List Entertainment' for defrauding him for being on I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!. Arnold claims that he was promised a payment of $425,000 and a comedy tour in Australia. However, he was missing $140,000 in payment and Network Ten backed out of the comedy tour.
Arnold met comedian Roseanne Barr when she saw his act in 1983. Their relationship was complicated by his alcoholism and drug addiction, but eventually he became sober. The two married in 1990 and divorced in 1994. In an April 2009 interview on Anytime with Bob Kushell, Arnold discussed why when he divorced Barr, he did not take any alimony. During the next ten years, Arnold married two subsequent times. Both marriages ended in divorce. In August 2008, Arnold broke his scapula in a motorcycle accident on the Pacific Coast Highway.
Over Thanksgiving weekend 2009, Arnold married his fourth wife, Ashley Groussman, in Maui before 75 guests. Dax Shepard served as Arnold's best man. He appeared December 10, 2009 on the late night talk show Asia Uncut. The couple have two children and four dogs. In January 2019, the couple announced their intention to divorce. The divorce was finalized in July 2020.
Arnold was raised a Methodist. Some sources say he converted to Judaism upon marrying Roseanne Barr in 1990, but in a podcast interview with Andrew Santino he speaks of growing up Jewish in Iowa. He still practices Judaism.
In 2019, Arnold tape-recorded a phone call with Michael Cohen (fixer for Donald Trump and others) where Cohen divulged his involvement in the cover-up of a scandal involving Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Falwell Jr. and a pool boy.
|1991||Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare||Childless Man|
|1991||Backfield in Motion||Howard Peterman|
|1993||The Woman Who Loved Elvis||Jack Jackson||Television film|
|1993||Body Bags||Morgue Worker No. 1||Television film|
|1993||Undercover Blues||Vern Newman|
|1994||True Lies||Albert "Gib" Gibson|
|1995||Nine Months||Marty Dwyer|
|1996||Big Bully||Roscoe "Fang" Bigger|
|1996||The Stupids||Stanley Stupid|
|1997||McHale's Navy||Lt. Commander Quinton McHale, Jr.|
|1997||Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery||Texan||Uncredited|
|1998||National Lampoon's Golf Punks||Al Oliver|
|1998||Buster & Chauncey's Silent Night||Fritz (voice)||Direct-to-video|
|1999||Jackie's Back||Martin Pritz||Television film|
|2000||Animal Factory||Buck Rowan|
|2000||We Married Margo||Himself||Cameo|
|2000||Shriek If You Know What I Did Last Friday the Thirteenth||Doughy Primesuspect / Hardy (The Killer)||Direct-to-video|
|2000||Just Sue Me||Barbuto|
|2000||Welcome to Hollywood||Himself||Cameo|
|2001||Exit Wounds||Henry Wayne|
|2002||Hansel & Gretel||Boogeyman|
|2002||Romantic Comedy 101||James Ford||Television film|
|2002||Children on Their Birthdays||Lionel Quince|
|2003||Cradle 2 the Grave||Archie|
|2003||National Lampoon's Barely Legal||Mr. Lewis|
|2003||Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star||Himself||Cameo|
|2003||Just for Kicks||Coach Martin||Direct-to-video|
|2004||Soul Plane||Elvis Hunkee|
|2005||Happy Endings||Frank McKee|
|2005||Kicking & Screaming||Himself||Cameo|
|2005||The Kid & I||Bill Williams||Also producer and writer|
|2005||Chasing Christmas||Jack Cameron||Television film|
|2005||Three Wise Guys||Murray Crown||Television film|
|2007||Homo Erectus||Gay Caveman|
|2007||Game of Life||Richard||Originally known as Oranges|
|2007||The Final Season||Burt Akers|
|2008||Gardens of the Night||Alex|
|2008||This Is Not a Test||Himself|
|2008||Remarkable Power||Van Hagen|
|2008||Moonlight and Mistletoe||Nick Crosby||Television film|
|2008||Unstable Fables: The Goldilocks and 3 Bears Show||Mac Bear (voice)||Direct-to-DVD film|
|2009||April Showers||Martin Blackwell|
|2009||The 1 Second Film||Producer|
|2011||Walk a Mile in My Pradas||Joe|
|2012||Fred 3: Camp Fred||Floyd Spunkmeyer||Television film|
|2012||Madea's Witness Protection||Walter|
|2012||Hit and Run||U.S. Marshal Randy Anderson|
|2014||Shelby||Doug the Dog Catcher|
|2015||Jungle Shuffle||Coati King (voice)|
|2015||Underdog Kids||Gene "Geno" Burman|
|2015||Sex School||Principle Hyman|
|2015||A Mouse Tale||Dalliwog the Wizard (voice)|
|2015||I Am Chris Farley||Himself|
|2015||The Curse of Downers Grove||Chuck's father|
|2018||The Hunt for the Trump Tapes with Tom Arnold||Himself|
|2019||Christmas Scavenger Hunt||Carl||Hallmark Movie|
|1989-1993||Roseanne||Arnold Shep "Arnie" Thomas||20 episodes|
|1992-1993||The Jackie Thomas Show||Jackie Thomas||18 episodes|
|1994||Tom||Tom Graham||12 episodes|
|1994||General Hospital||Billy Boggs||9 episodes|
|1997-1998||The Tom Show||Tom Amross||19 episodes|
|1998||Space Ghost Coast to Coast||Himself (voice)||Episode: "Joshua"|
|1999||The Simpsons||Himself (voice)||Episode: "Treehouse of Horror X"|
|2001||Fairly OddParents||Corporate Santa (voice)|
|2007||The Celebrity Apprentice||Himself|
|2007||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Rev. Calvin Riggins||Episode: "Brother's Keeper"|
|2008-2009||My Big Redneck Wedding||Himself as host and narrator||16 episodes|
|2009-2011||Sons of Anarchy||Georgie Caruso||4 episodes|
|2011||Franklin & Bash||Ronny Streppi||Episode: "You Can't Take It With You"|
|2013||The First Family||Vice President Arthur Crandall||3 episodes|
|2016||Trailer Park Boys||Himself||3 episodes|
|2016-2019||NCIS: New Orleans||Elvis Bertrand||4 episodes|
|2017||I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!||Himself|
|2020||World's Funniest Animals||Guest||1 episode|