If you are an avid follower of the CBS series Criminal Minds, then the face of Thomas Gibson would be quite familiar. He starred as Aaron Hotchner, a former prosecutor and one of the most experienced agents in the BAU who has a hard time balancing the demands of his job with his family life. Let’s take a look at his life, career, and the infamous circumstances under which he parted ways with Criminal Minds.
Thomas Gibson’s Bio
Thomas Gibson was born on the 3rd of July 1962 into a Roman Catholic family in Charleston, South Carolina. His father, Charles, was a lawyer and politician who served in the US Senate and House representing the South Carolina state, while his mother, Beth, was a social worker.
The young Thomas attended Little Theater School and later Bishop England High School. He attended the College of Charleston from 1979 to 1981. He later applied to the Juilliard School, New York for a scholarship and was taken. There, Thomas studied for a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts, graduating in 1985.
Prior to his professional training for performing arts, as a child, Thomas had always had a flair for drama. As a nine-year-old, he had appeared in children’s theater and also made an appearance in Seize the Street: the Skateboard Musical, produced by the Charleston Stage production company.
His first foray into television was in 1987 in CBS’ legal drama Leg Work. He appeared in another CBS production As the World Turns. 1992 was the year Gibson made it to the big screen in Ron Howard’s Far and Away, where he played the role of Stephen Chase.
Over the years, his career trajectory has been upward, with numerous impressive performances. Movies he has appeared in include Denys Arcand’s Love and Human Remains, Barcelona, Men of War, Sleep with Me, Eyes Wide Shut, Next Step, amongst others.
He has been nominated three times for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. He also has two Golden Globe nominations for Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series – Comedy/Musical. In 2010 he won the Entertainment Weekly online poll for Under-appreciated Entertainer of the Year for his performance in Criminal Minds.
Why Was Thomas Gibson Fired From Criminal Minds?
On August 12, 2016, ABC Studios announced that Thomas Gibson had been fired after he had already appeared in two episodes of the twelfth season of the American police procedural crime drama television series Criminal Minds. This was after he had an on set mini brawl with co-executive producer and writer, Virgil Williams.
This came as no surprise to most of the cast and crew as Gibson was seen as a difficult character who had trouble controlling his fiery temper. The altercation that led to his dismissal from the show was the third time he had gotten into trouble on the set of Criminal Minds.
On the first occasion, in December 2010, he shoved Assistant director Ian Woolf during a late-night location shoot and was subsequently mandated by his bosses to take eight hours of anger management classes.
In January 2013, he was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol after cops had trouble stopping him from driving through a part of L.A cordoned off for a marathon. When pulled over Gibson refused a breathalyzer test after it was apparent he smelled of booze. After the incident, his driver’s license was seized for a period and had to rely on staffers on the set of Criminal minds to drive him to set.
His dismissal from the production was seen a culmination of the above events and the fact that the sources from the cast reported that he felt most of the cast were incompetent and inferior to him.
After he was yanked off the production, subsequent episodes portrayed Gibson’s character Aaron Hotchner (a Former BAU unit chief and senior supervisory special agent) as being away on a special assignment. Thomas Gibson had been on Criminal minds for 12 years.
By all standards, Thomas Gibson has had a stellar career. Beyond acting, he has successfully directed a few episodes of the medical drama series Chicago Hope, and ABC’s sitcom Dharma & Greg. His net worth is put by many sources to be between $15 million – $18 million.
What is He Doing Now?
Career-wise, his most recent endeavors have been playing Colonel Branson – the head of a secret and covert division of the NSA in Shadow Wolves, a made-for-TV movie created by McKay Daines.
Recently, he finalized his divorce from Cristina Parker, after they had been married for more than two decades. He currently lives in San Antonio.