Thomas Haden Church (born Thomas Richard McMillen, June 17, 1960) is an American actor, director, and writer. After co-starring in the 1990s sitcom Wings, Church became known for his film roles, including his Academy Award-nominated performance in Sideways and his role as the Sandman in Spider-Man 3. He also made his directorial debut with Rolling Kansas.
Church was born in Yolo, California, the son of Maxine (née Sanders) and Carlos "Carl" Richard McMillen (1936–2008), who served for eight years in the Marines and saw action in the Korean War; after 1962, Carlos worked as a surveyor. Church's parents divorced and his mother moved to Texas. She remarried in 1969, to widower George A. Quesada, a veteran of an Army Air Forces reconnaissance unit which served in Guam in World War II. Church took his stepfather's surname for a time but changed it to "Haden Church" based on other relatives when people found Quesada difficult to pronounce. He left high school in 1977 to work in the oil fields of Louisiana, but he returned to graduate from Harlingen High School in 1979. He attended the University of North Texas while living in Dallas.
Church started in the entertainment business as a radio personality and doing voice-over work. He changed his name to "Thomas Haden Church", taking "Haden" and "Church" from his ancestry. After appearing in an independent film, he moved to California to pursue an acting career. His character delivers a last love letter from "Eddie Labec" to "Carla" in the Cheers episode, "Death Takes a Vacation on Ice". He played the part of slow-witted aircraft mechanic Lowell Mather for six seasons (1990–95) on the NBC sitcom Wings.
He worked in television for two more seasons with a lead role on Ned & Stacey opposite Debra Messing. He has had supporting roles in films such as Tombstone, George of the Jungle, and The Specials. He has often played villains or comic relief in films, such as in Demon Knight.
Church bought a ranch in Texas in 1998. In late 2000 he took a break from films. After having small roles in films such as Monkeybone and 3000 Miles to Graceland, he made his directorial debut with Rolling Kansas in 2003. He has voiceover work in commercials, such as for Merrill Lynch and Icehouse beer.
In 2003, director Alexander Payne called him regarding the role of "Jack", the selfish best friend to Paul Giamatti's character, in Sideways. During the audition, Church stripped naked to read the audition scene, later saying "To me, it was painfully obvious... I was reading the scene where Jack comes in naked and there has to be in-born vulnerability in the scene." (He later found that he was the only actor to strip down for the audition). Sideways earned acclaim for Church. He won an IFP Independent Spirit Award and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
He has since appeared in films such as Idiocracy, done voice-over work on films such as Over the Hedge and starred in one of AMC's highest rated television productions, Broken Trail, with Robert Duvall, in 2006, for which he won an Emmy. In 2007, he appeared as the tragic villain Sandman in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3 starring Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst.
In 2005, he was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In October 2008, Church appeared as "Joe Six-Pack" in a video on funnyordie.com, challenging Joe the Plumber by drinking more beer. Church starred in the FEARnet webseries, Zombie Roadkill, alongside David Dorfman.
Church lives on his 2,000-acre (810 ha) ranch in Kerrville, Texas. He has two children from a former relationship with Mia Zottoli, but was never married to her or anyone else despite a 2008 article in the LA times incorrectly claiming he was married to his partner.  Church's biological father died in 2008, and his stepfather in 2012.
|1997||One Night Stand||Don|
|1997||George of the Jungle||Lyle van de Groot|
|1998||Susan's Plan||Drew Oslett Jr.|
|1999||Serial Killing 4 Dummys||Vince Grimaldi||Originally titled Serial Killing 101|
|2000||The Specials||The Strobe|
|2001||3000 Miles to Graceland||Quigley|
|2002||The Badge||David Hardwick|
|2002||Lone Star State of Mind||Killer|
|2003||Rolling Kansas||Agent Madsen/Trooper||Uncredited; also director and co-writer|
|2003||George of the Jungle 2||Lyle Van de Groot||Direct-to-video|
|2004||Spanglish||Mike the Realtor|
|2004||Sideways||Jack Cole||Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cast
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
|2006||Over the Hedge||Dwayne||Voice|
|2006||Charlotte's Web||Brooks the Crow||Voice|
|2007||Spider-Man 3||Flint Marko / Sandman||Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Rumble (with Tobey Maguire, James Franco and Topher Grace)
Nominated – Scream Award for Best Villain
|2008||Smart People||Chuck Wetherhold|
|2009||Imagine That||Johnny Whitefeather|
|2009||Don McKay||Don McKay|
|2009||All About Steve||Hartman Hughes|
|2009||Aliens in the Attic||Tazer||Voice|
|2010||Easy A||Mr. Jack Griffith|
|2011||Another Happy Day||Paul|
|2011||We Bought a Zoo||Duncan Mee|
|2012||John Carter||Tal Hajus||Performance capture|
|2014||Heaven Is for Real||Jay Olson|
|2018||The Peanut Butter Falcon||Clint|
|1989||Cheers||Gordie Brown||Episode: "Death Takes A Holiday on Ice"|
|1990–1995||Wings||Lowell Mather||123 episodes|
|1995–1997||Ned & Stacey||Ned Dorsey||35 episodes|
|1998||Mr. Murder||Drew Oslett Jr.||Movie|
|2004||Teen Titans||Killer Moth||Episode: "Date with Destiny"|
|2006||Broken Trail||Tom Harte||TV miniseries
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
|2012||Regular Show||Quillgin||Voice; Episode: "Christmas Special"|
|2016–present||Divorce||Robert Dufresne||18 episodes|
His birth name was McMillen, but he took his stepfather's name of Quesada. He changed it to Thomas Haden Church 'because nobody could spell Quesada or pronounce it.'
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