Saturday, June 16, 2018

Happy Birthday to 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer's' Tom Lenk

Thomas Lenk was born today, June 16, in 1976. He is an American stage and television actor best known for starring as Andrew Wells in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off Angel.

Lenk was born in Camarillo, California, and attended Adolfo Camarillo High School. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts.

In addition to Buffy and Angel, Lenk has appeared in NBC's Joey, House, Six Feet Under, Eli Stone and How I Met Your Mother.

Besides acting, Lenk is a singer and playwright. He has toured with the European cast of Grease and has written three plays. Lenk took over the role of Franz in the Broadway musical Rock of Ages as of September 14, 2009, having originated the role in the Las Vegas and Los Angeles productions in 2006. From 2009 to 2010, Lenk posted video blogs of himself on YouTube summing up his experiences on Broadway, usually under the title "Tom's Broadway Blogs."

In 2013, Lenk joined the Lifetime series Witches of East End as Hudson Rafferty. In 2016, Lenk appeared in the third season finale of the Netflix series,Transparent.

In November 2008, Lenk came out as gay in The Advocate magazine. The Joss Whedon was interviewed for the article, and revealed that it was decided that the character of Andrew was to be gay when they decided to cast Lenk in the role.

"Tom has a bit of a fey thing going on in his persona that, you know, you can't really deny. When I first looked at his audition tape, I said 'OK, he, uh, he seems kinda gay. Do we want to make that decision [about the character]? There's no reason why he couldn't be, so, great, let's pick the funniest actor.' [...] The character became very charming in his complete lack of awareness about, among other things, his own sexuality."

1 comment:

Sooo-this-is-me said...

Wow! He certainly is like a fine wine and is getting better with age! I think his funniest moment was when he was about to be attacked by a vampire and screamed something like, "I have swimmers ear"! Lol, what the heck?