While starting out, Thomas Middleditch got rejected by Toronto’s Second City branch, prompting him to move to Chicago, Illinois where he eventually studied comedy with the original Second City troupe. Today, Thomas Middleditch is a Canadian actor, comedian, and TV writer, most popular for his role as Richard Hendricks in the HBO series Silicon Valley. His role on the show not only earned him fame and popularity, but it also got him nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. Learn more about Thomas Middleditch below.
Thomas Middleditch’s Biography
Thomas Steven Middleditch was born in Nelson, British Columbia, Canada, on March 10, 1982, to British parents. Theirs was a close-knit, middle-class family. Although details about his childhood, parents or what they did for a living is unavailable, it is known that Thomas was well-schooled, quite recluse and has had media exposure since his early days. While in eighth grade, Middleditch was cast in a play which, according to him, was a game changer. He quickly evolved from a shy kid into this funny, popular kid in junior high school. Through his participation at Theatresports, he discovered just how much opportunity awaits him in improv comedy.
Following his graduation from high school, Middleditch enrolled at the University of Victoria before he eventually moved to Toronto, where he auditioned for and enrolled in George Brown Theatre School. That should’ve been a big one for the upcoming comedian, except that he never began his course at George Brown; the reason for this has never been revealed. Instead, he chose to make sketches on his own and worked at a New Balance store to pay his bills.
Thomas Middleditch then moved to Chicago, Illinois, where he enrolled and took lessons at The Second City and iO Theater. Around the time, he was also performing. Although he rooted for better jobs and opportunities, his lack of a work visa always kept him at a disadvantage. He took up various cash jobs until help came when Charna Halpern assisted him in securing a work visa. He later auditioned for Saturday Night Live but wasn’t cast. However, he landed a network holding deal and quickly moved to New York City. These experiences, as he describes, will become the foundation of his successful career.
Thomas Middleditch’s move to New York City became a major springboard for his showbiz career. He began appearing in commercials; most notably is a 2007 sketch video which he, alongside Fernando Sosa, made for Chicken McNuggets that was bought by McDonald’s and used as their commercial. In 2009, Middleditch appeared as the lead character; Justin Frost, in the romantic comedy, Splinterheads. In March of the following year, 2010, he was drafted in a CBS pilot Hitched. In May of the following year, 2011, Middleditch appeared in the web series, Jake and Amir. He had roles in films like Being Flynn (2012), The Kings of Summer (2013) and he equally guest-starred on several TV shows.
In May 2011, Middleditch joined the cast of the Paramount Pictures’ comedy film Fun Size. In December of that year, he was cast in Jay Roach’s The Campaign, alongside Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. In July 2012, Thomas joined the cast in the comedy film Someone Marry Barry and then appeared in the 2013 comedy fantasy film, The Brass Teapot.
Thomas Middleditch’s biggest moment came in January of 2013 when he was cast as the lead character, Richard Hendricks, in the HBO pilot series Silicon Valley. Middleditch did so well on the show, earning much critical acclaim since the show premiered in April 2014. He has received two Critics’ Choice Television Award nominations and one Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series so far.
In April of 2013, he joined the cast of the comedy film Search Party, as the character Daniel ‘Nardo’ Narducci. The same year, Thomas Middleditch made a cameo appearance in the hit movie The Wolf of Wall Street as a broker who got fired for cleaning his fishbowl during work hours. He’s appeared as a hipster thief in the episode “Sunday Funday” on the show You’re The Worst.
In October of 2013, Thomas Middleditch voiced the lead character in the animated series Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero which ran for two seasons between 2014 and 2017. Middleditch has also appeared in the movies, The Bronze (2015), Joshy (2016) and Once Upon a Time in Venice (2017), and Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), among others. So far, Middleditch’s over multi-decade career has seen him appear in over sixty films, TV and Web series.
Thomas Middleditch’s Net Worth
Several sources have revealed Thomas Middleditch’s net worth to be over $7 million. Most of which has come from his acting career, as well as other endorsements and commercials such as with Verizon Wireless7. However, there are no specifics for his annual salary at the moment.
Presently, Thomas Middleditch has been married to costume designer Mollie Gates. After dating for about 3 years, the lovebirds got engaged in June 2015. And on August 22, of the same year, they walked down the aisle together.
Height And Body Measurements
Thomas Middleditch maintains an average build; he stands at a height of 5 feet 11 inches and weighs 160 lbs. The actor also has dark-brown hair and blue eyes. At the moment, there are no specifics on his shoe size, waist, biceps and chest measurements