Thomas Duane “Tom” Arnold was born on March 6, 1959, in Ottumwa, Iowa, the son of Linda Kay Graham (Collier) & Jack Arnold. He has 6 siblings, Lori, Johnny, Scott, Chris, Marla and Mark. Arnold went to Ottumwa High School & the University of Iowa and began doing stand-up comedy when he was 23. In the early 80s, Arnold had a prop-based comedy routine called “Tom Arnold and the Goldfish Review” which ended with Arnold swallowing all the goldfish for the final laugh. Arnold as a stand-up comic became a writer for the television sitcom Roseanne (which debuted in 1988). He married the show’s star, Roseanne Barr, in 1990, after she divorced her first husband. Arnold appeared occasionally on 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 behaviour. In 1992, Arnold starred in his own sitcom, The Jackie Thomas Show. Airing after Roseanne on ABC, the show lasted 18 episodes.
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Arnold’s role as a child molester in Gardens of the Night had special significance as he was the victim of sexual abuse in his childhood. Arnold decided to take on the character to shed more light on the issue. Arnold appeared in the ER episode “I Feel Good” as a pediatrician at a camp for children w/ heart conditions. Arnold met comedienne Roseanne Barr when she saw his act in 1983. Their relationship was complicated by his drug & alcohol addiction, but eventually he became sober, & the 2 married. Arnold, who had Jewish ancestors named Cohen on his maternal grandfather’s side, converted to Judaism upon marrying Barr in 1990. In an April 2009 interview on Anytime w/ Bob Kushell Arnold discussed how when he divorced Barr, he did not take any alimony. In the next ten years, Tom Arnold married 2 subsequent times. Both marriages ende d in divorce.
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