When he decided to become a professional entertainer, Thomas Middleditch The Second City in Toronto. This prompted his move to Chicago where he eventually studied comedy with the original Second City troupe. Today, the Canadian has popularized his name not only as a comedian but also as an actor and TV writer.
He is most popular for his role as Richard Hendricks in the HBO series, Silicon Valley. The role thrust him further into the limelight, earning him a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. The status he has attained in the industry begs the question: how did it all begin for him?
The Actor Has Traced the Genesis of His Career to When He Was in 8th Grade
Born in Nelson, British Columbia, Canada on the 10th of March 1982, Thomas Steven Middleditch was quite a recluse in the early years of his life. This changed when he was in eighth grade as he was cast in a play which, according to him, was a game-changer.
He quickly evolved from a shy kid into a 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 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 would later be rejected by the Second City in Toronto, so he moved to Chicago, Illinois, where he enrolled and took lessons at The Second City and iO Theater.
Although he rooted for better jobs and opportunities, his lack of a work visa 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.
He Began Acting in Commercials Before He Made His Movie Debut in 2009
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. This was a significant moment for the actor as other important roles followed. For instance, in May 2011, Middleditch appeared in the web series, Jake and Amir. That same year, he joined the cast of the Paramount Pictures’ comedy film, Fun Size. He was also cast in Jay Roach’s The Campaign, alongside Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis.
That’s not all, in July of 2012, Thomas joined the cast of the comedy film, Someone Marry Barry. He had roles in films like Being Flynn (2012), the 2013 comedy fantasy film, The Brass Teapot, The Kings of Summer (2013), and guest-starred on several TV shows.
Thomas Middleditch’s Breakthrough Came With the Lead Role of Richard Hendricks in “Silicon Valley”
Thomas Middleditch’s biggest moment came in January of 2013 when he was cast as the lead character, Richard Hendricks, in the HBO series, Silicon Valley. Middleditch did so well on the show, earning much critical acclaim. 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.
Apart from earning him nominations for prestigious gongs, being Richard Hendricks paved the way for the actor to land more roles. 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.
In October of the same year, Thomas Middleditch voiced the lead character in the animated series, Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero, which ran for two seasons between 2014 and 2017. As the years roll by, the actor has been a part of other popular projects like The Bronze (2015), Joshy (2016), Once Upon a Time in Venice (2017), and Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), among others.
In all, he has been a part of over 60 projects that cut across the big screen, television, and web. Given that, it is easy to see why various sources have estimated that he is worth at least $7 million. Apart from his acting career, he earns from endorsement deals and commercials such as the one he’s done for Verizon Wireless7.
The Actor Got Married to Mollie Gates in 2015
It is said that they met in 2012 on the set of a film in Louisiana. They began dating and a few months into the relationship, Mollie moved from New Orleans to Los Angeles to be with the actor.
Things happened quickly for them as they were set to take the relationship to the next level in 2014. They got engaged in December that year and wasted no time to get married thereafter; they became life partners on the 22nd of August 2015.
Thomas Middleditch Once Claimed that Swinging Saved Their Marriage
For the uninitiated, swinging means couples switching their partners with other couples for sexual reasons. Given that, it was a big news story when the actor disclosed to Playboy that he and Mollie practiced this.
The actor disclosed this while responding to a question about visiting a swingers club with Mollie during the production of Godzilla. According to him, he contended with Mollie about the need to have an open marriage and she was willing to “figure it out” with him. “Swinging has saved our marriage…”, he stated.
He would later admit that disclosing they had an open marriage was a painful and embarrassing mistake that changed his relationship with the media
But They Are Headed for a Divorce Over Irreconcilable Differences
Despite having a nontraditional marriage, it has been confirmed that the couple’s marriage will be packing up. Mollie Gate filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences on the 28th of May 2020. As learned from court documents, they separated about a week earlier, on the 22nd of May.
What inspired the move has remained unknown even though it has been speculated that it had something to do with the nature of their marriage.