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Tom Conti (born 22 November 1941) is a Scottishmarker actor, theatre director and novelist.


Born Thomas Conti in Paisleymarker, Renfrewshire, he was educated at St Aloysius' College , an independent fee-paying Catholic boys' (at that time) school in Glasgowmarker, and at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Conti began working with the Dundee Repertory in 1959. He appeared on Broadwaymarker in Whose Life is it Anyway? in 1979. In London he played the lead in Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell at the Garrick Theatremarker.

Conti also is an accomplished film and television actor. Besides taking the leading role in the TV versions of Frederic Raphael's The Glittering Prizes and Alan Ayckbourn's Norman Conquests, he appeared in the Princess and the Pea episode of the family television series Faerie Tale Theatre, guested on Friends and Cosby, and played opposite Nigel Hawthorne in a long-running series of car advertisements in the UK.

Conti has appeared in such films as Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, Reuben, Reuben, American Dreamer, Shirley Valentine, Saving Grace and Dangerous Parking.

Conti's book The Doctor, about a former Secret Operations pilot with Intelligence Services, was published in 2004.

Conti has been married to Scottish actress Kara Wilson since 1967, and their daughter Nina is an actress and ventriloquist.

Tom Conti is currently starring in a reprise of Jesus, My Boy by John Dowie at the Pleasance Theatre, Islington. The play runs from 24 - 29 November 2009.





Stage directing


  • National Board of Review for Best Actor (Reuben, Reuben and Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence)
  • Academy Award nomination as Best Actor (Reuben, Reuben)
  • Golden Globe nominations for Reuben, Reuben and Nazi Hunter: The Beate Klarsfeld Story
  • Tony Award for Best Actor (Whose Life Is It Anyway?)
  • Laurence Olivier Award for Actor of the Year in a New Play ('Whose Life is it Anyway?)
  • Variety Club Award for Best Actor (Whose Life is it Anyway?)


  1. Tom Conti
  2. Tom Conti in Jesus, My Boy, Pleasance Theatre

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