He acted in high school plays, but Scott planned to quit acting and take a more serious look at the world.
As a result, he enrolled in communications at Syracuse University in 1988.
Thomas Everett "Tom" Scott (not to be confused with the actor Tom Everett) is an American actor best known for his role as Detective Russell Clarke in Southland.
Scott was born in East Bridgewater, Massachusetts, on September 7, 1970.
In 2009, he appeared in four episodes of Law & Order playing the fictional Governor of New York, Don Shalvoy.
He also played Detective Russell Clarke in the seven episodes of the first season of Southland, which was dropped by NBC and subsequently picked up by TNT.
He appeared as one of Mandy Moore's boyfriends in the comedy Because I Said So (2007).
He played the title character's out-of-wedlock son, whom she had given up for adoption.
After several seasons on the show in a recurring role, Scott landed the role of Guy Patterson in That Thing You Do! He was almost passed over because of his resemblance to the film's director, actor Tom Hanks, but Hanks's wife, Rita Wilson, encouraged Hanks to cast Scott in the role.
Scott had several other notable roles; he was the lead in the film An American Werewolf in Paris (1997) as well as Dead Man on Campus (1998).
There, he waited tables before landing his first acting role.
His first notable role was as Matthew on the television sitcom Grace Under Fire.