Born in Los Angeles on February 8th 1939, to a family in which his father was an aide to billionaire mogul Howard Hughes, Tom was bred for success and graduated from the prestigious University of Southern California law school.
Tom became a Beverly Hills attorney, before moving to New York to advance his law studies at New York University. But as time passed, Tom began to do what few people have the courage to do, pursue their dreams. And the dream he pursued may stun you.
In the 1970’s Tom moved to Seattle to become a full-time street performer entertaining passersby with comedy routines, performing on street corners or anyplace else he could attract a crowd. He made his living by passing the hat among people who were unaware he had been a Beverly Hills attorney.
Because Tom often created his routines using pieces of trash he found, such as an umbrella, a box, a strainer or other discarded items, he was sometimes called “Tom Trash.”
In the late 1970’s, Tom packed up his few belongings and left Seattle to travel across Asia and Europe doing street performances and theatrical performances of his street routines, as he had fun and saw the world, while he refined his act.
In 1979, Tom returned to the U.S. and settled in New York. There he got involved with a Dance and Theater Company and he also did club performances of his street act, not only in New York but across the U.S. as an opening act for rockers, including James Brown.
Tom became an avid playwright as well, and assembled a group of comedic actors, to regularly join him on stage performing his plays or performing their own plays at Off-Off Broadway avant-garde theaters. He also continued to perform on the street and even in schools, for Tom loved to entertain people.
To Tom this was really what life is about, loving what you do and mentoring others in what it is they love to do, for life should be lived to its fullest, which he did. That is until March 12th 2012, when Tom passed away from cancer at the age of 73.
He is survived by his wife of 10 years, Patricia Sullivan and by his sister, Patricia Jedynak. But Tom is also survived by the many entertainers he mentored and by the many people throughout the world who saw him perform.