Tom Amandes - born March 9, 1959 in Chicago, Illinois - is an American actor who portrays Governor Samuel Reston on ABC's Scandal.


He grew up in the small towns of Richmond and Crystal Lake, Illinois. He began performing at home with his 10 brothers and sisters creating puppet shows, short films, music and radio dramas, before moving on to school plays and community theatre.

He graduated from The Goodman School of Drama, as it became The Theatre School at DePaul University. His work on the Chicago stage began in the ensemble of the Body Politic Theatre, where he stared in such memorable productions as Translations, The Playboy of the Western World and Falstaff & Hal. Other notable stage work includes What the Butler Saw, Candida and The Mystery Cycle at the Court Theatre, and Free Advice from Prague and The Courtship of Carl Sandburg at Northlight.

Tom was head writer and announcer of the NPR musical variety show The Flea Market. He directed plays for the Curious Theater, played music with both Balderdash and Jamie O'Reilly & the Rogues, and was artistic director of the Call to Action Theater.

While working on-stage in Chicago, Tom was cast as Eliot Ness in the television series The Untouchables and spent two years shooting on his home turf. Moving to L.A., Tom starred in the NBC comedy The Pursuit of Happiness, with Melinda McGraw and Brad Garrett.

Traveling to the western Rockies, Tom spent four years portraying the beloved Dr. Harold Abbott on family drama Everwood, opposite Treat Williams. He went on to direct episodes of Everwood as well as ABC's Brothers and Sisters and the new The CW series Hart of Dixie.

His work on the Chicago stage continues at the Victory Gardens Theater, where he's starred most recently in Cynical Weathers and Edward Albee's At Home At The Zoo, both directed by Dennis Zacek.

Tom is married to actress Nancy Everhard, who played Katherine Ness on The Untouchables. His daughters Meg and Nia make up two-thirds of the Chicago band Midnight Moxie. And his son Ben is himself a budding hyphenate.


Tom is best know for his role as Dr. Harold Abbott on The WB’s hit series Everwood also starring fellow Scandal co-star Debra Mooney.

He stars as Abraham Lincoln in the upcoming Salvador Litvak film Saving Lincoln, opposite Penelope Ann Miller and Bruce Davison. He also filmed an episode for the upcoming supernatural TV series Cult starring Matt Davis.

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  • Tom has ten siblings: Peggy, Mary, Lorraine, John, Paul, Eileen, Gerry, Louise, Vince, and Grace. He is the sixth of the eleven family children.
  • He is a recipient of the 2011 Award for Excellence in the Arts The Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago.


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