Thomas Haden Church

Thomas Haden Church

Thomas Haden Church, an acclaimed personality in the realm of American film, is known for his diverse roles in acting, scripting, directing, and production. He gained substantial fame for his portrayal of the quirky mechanic Lowell Mather in the television series “Wings.” His exceptional acting in “Sideways” (2004), directed by Alexander Payne, led to an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

What we know about this person

Full name:

Thomas Haden Church

Date of birth:

June 17, 1960

Zodiac sign:



Woodland, California, USA





Marital status:





5' 11" (1.8 m)


actor, director, film producer, screenwriter

Early life

Born on June 17, 1960, in California, Church was the third of six children. His upbringing was under the guidance of his father, Carl McMillen, a Marine surveyor, and mother, Maxine Sanders, a homemaker. Initially carrying the surname “Quesada” from his stepfather, he later adopted the double-barreled surname Haden Church. Completing his high school education in Harlingen, Texas, he proceeded to the University of North Texas, starting in 1979.


A young Thomas Haden Church


Actor Thomas Haden Church

Creative path of Thomas Haden Church

Embarking on a career in show business, Church began as a radio host and a voice actor. His early involvement in a minor role in an indie film propelled him to shift to California, dedicating himself to a full-fledged acting career. Between 1990 and 1995, Church starred in “Wings” as Lowell Mather and later landed a key role in “Ned and Stacey,” proving his wide range of acting skills.

Church’s early cinema works included roles in “George of the Jungle,” “The Specials,” and “Tombstone.” Following his participation in smaller endeavors such as “Monkeybone” and “3000 Miles to Graceland,” and dabbling in directing, he chose to take a break, retreating back to Texas.

In 2003, Church joined the cast of “Sideways,” playing Jack, a confident and self-assured character, the best friend of Paul Giamatti’s protagonist. That year also saw him making his directorial debut with “Rolling Kansas.” Following this, he featured in Mike Judge’s “Idiocracy” and contributed to voice roles in “Over the Hedge” and “Charlotte’s Web.” His performance in Walter Hill’s “Broken Trail,” alongside Robert Duvall, earned him nominations for an Emmy and a Golden Globe.

Joining the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2005, Church’s career trajectory continued to ascend. In 2007, he portrayed a villain in “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” working alongside Kirsten Dunst and Tobey Maguire. His subsequent roles in “Smart People,” “Easy A,” “We Bought a Zoo,” and “John Carter” further showcased his diverse acting abilities.


Thomas Haden Church in Spider Man

Thomas Haden Church Movies and TV Shows

  • 2019

    The Peanut Butter Falcon

    Clint / The Salt Water Redneck

  • 2019


    Lobster Johnson

  • 2015

    Daddy’s Home

    Leo Holt

  • 2012

    John Carter

    Tal Hajus

  • 2011

    We Bought a Zoo

    Duncan Mee

  • 2010

    Easy A

    Mr. Griffith

  • 2007

    Spider-Man 3

    Flint Marko / Sandman

  • 2005


    Brawndo CEO

  • 2004



  • 1997

    George of the Jungle

    Lyle Van de Groot

Thomas Haden Church’s personal life and family

In his private life, Thomas Haden Church experienced a significant relationship with actress Mia Zottoli in the early 2000s, a partnership that led to the birth of two children. Their journey together, however, concluded in 2008 with their separation. Unlike many celebrities, Church opts for a life distanced from the limelight. He cherishes tranquility on his ranch, a haven he acquired in 1998, demonstrating a preference for a more reclusive lifestyle.


Thomas Haden Church in Twisted Metal

Talk Shows

  • 2018

    The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

    Role: Guest

  • 2018

    Jimmy Kimmel Live!

    Role: Guest

  • 2018


    Role: Guest

  • 2016

    Last Call with Carson Daly

    Role: Guest

  • 2016

    Good Morning America

    Role: Guest

  • 2016

    Entertainment Tonight

    Role: Guest

  • 2015

    Made in Hollywood

    Role: Guest

  • 2014

    The Late Show with David Letterman

    Role: Guest

  • 2014

    The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

    Role: Guest

  • 2011


    Role: Guest

Thomas Haden Church now

In recent times, Church has maintained his prominence in the acting world. He returned to the “Spider-Man” franchise, sharing the screen with Tom Holland and Zendaya. Additionally, he appeared in the 2023 adaptation of the “Twisted Metal” video game series, portraying Agent Stone, featuring alongside Stephanie Beatriz, Anthony Mackie, and Richard Cabral.

Published: November 29, 2023
Updated: July 22, 2024