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Tom Arnold

Tom Arnold is an actor and comedian from the United States. Tom Arnold is widely recognized for playing Arnie Thomas on Roseanne (1989–1993), Jackie Thomas on The Jackie Thomas Show (1992–1993), Tom Graham on Tom (1994), and Tom Amross on The Tom Show (1997–1998).

Early Life

Born as Thomas Duane Arnold, known as Tom Arnold was born on March 6, 1959, in Ottumwa, Iowa, in the United States of America. As of now, he is 64 years old and has a birth sign of Pisces. He holds an American nationality and belongs to a mixed ethnic background of English, Swedish, German, Irish, and Scottish.

He was born to his father Jack Arnold and his mother Linda Kay. Meanwhile, he grew up with his six siblings and was raised by his father’s single handle after his mother abandoned the family. He had a difficult childhood, as he has revealed that he was sexually abused by a male babysitter from the ages of four to seven.

Tom Arnold – Education

Moving on to his academic background, he attended Ottumwa High School. Later, he enrolled at the Indian Hills Community College. From 1981 to 1983, he attended the University of Iowa where he studied business administration and writing.

Professional Career

Tom Arnold moved to Minneapolis in the early 1980s and began performing his act “Tom Arnold and the Fabulous Goldfish Revue” at local comedy clubs. During this time, he met rising comedienne Roseanne Barr.

He made an appearance in the 1991 film “Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare.” In addition, he played Howard Peterman in the 1991 TV movie “Backfield in Motion.” He made an appearance in the 1992 film “A Different World.”

Similarly, in 1993, he appeared in “The Woman Who Loved Elvis,” “Coneheads,” “Body Bags,” “The Larry Sanders Show,” and “Undercover Blues.” He has since appeared in a number of other films and television series. Moreover, he currently has more than 150 acting credits.

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Caption: The poster of the television series, Roseanne (Source: The Movie Database)

He worked as a writer on the television series “Roseanne” from 1989 to 1993, and he also made occasional appearances on the show. During this time, he married Roseanne Barr, the star of the series, in 1990. However, the couple divorced in 1994.

Other movies and television works

In addition to his work on “Roseanne,” Arnold has appeared in numerous other television shows and films. Some of his notable film roles include “True Lies” (1994) alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger, “Nine Months” (1995), “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery” (1997), and “Happy Endings” (2005). He has also made appearances on TV shows such as “Sons of Anarchy,” “The Jackie Thomas Show,” and “Tom.”

Moreover, he has also pursued a career as a stand-up comedian, performing in various venues across the United States. His comedy style often incorporates personal anecdotes and observational humour.

Aside from his acting and comedy career, Arnold has been involved in various ventures. He has hosted his own television shows, including “The Best Damn Sports Show Period” and “My Big Redneck Wedding.” He has also participated in reality TV shows such as “I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!” and “Dancing with the Stars.”

He has also done voice-overs for animated TV shows such as “The Replacements,” “The Rosie and Buddy Show,” and “The Simpsons,” as well as films such as “Dennis the Menace in Cruise Control,” “Legend of Kung Fu Rabbit,” and “Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure.”


Throughout his acting career, he has earned several awards and recognitions. He garnered the American Comedy Award nomination in 1995. Additionally, he has won the Vanguard Award in GLAAD Media Awards. In addition, Arnold has also won the Satellite Award and Streamy Award. As the writer and producer of the TV show “Roseanne,” Arnold won a ‘Golden Globe Award’ in the category of ‘Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy’ in 1993. He also received a ‘Peabody Award’ for the same show, which recognizes public service by any media or individual.

Net Worth 2023

Throughout his acting career, Arnold has earned a huge sum of money in his career. As of 2023, his net worth is estimated at around $30 million while his current salary and incomes are still unknown at the moment.

Relationship Status

Tom Arnold has been married four times in his life. He previously married comedian Roseanne Barr, whom he met after seeing his act in 1983. They married on January 20, 1990, and divorced on December 9, 1994. Tom was married to Julie Armstrong from 22 July 1995 to 30 March 1999.

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Caption: Tom Arnold with his family (Source: Koimoi)

From June 29, 2002, to August 19, 2008, Arnold was married to Shelby Roos. Tom is currently married to Ashley Groussman Arnold. The couple married on the 28th of November 2009 and the couple has two children; Quinn Sophie Arnold and Jax Copeland Arnold.

Arnold sparked outrage after revealing that Apprentice producer Mark Burnett ‘choked’ him at an Emmys party. In addition, his criticism of Leeann Tweeden made headlines. There are currently no rumours about Arnold or his career.

Tom Arnold – Body Measurements

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Caption: Tom Arnold attending a program (Source:

Arnold stands 6 feet 1 inch tall (185.5 cm) and weighs around 95 kg (209.5 lbs). Additionally, he has a pair of dark brown hair with light brown eyes colour.

Social Media

On his Instagram page ‘@thetomarnold’ there are over 43.5k followers. Likewise, there are over 272.5k followers on his Twitter page ‘@TomArnold’ and over 45k followers on his Facebook page.