The profession of an actor does not guarantee a person a long life and prosperity. To achieve this goal, additional conditions are required. The fate of the American film actor Tom Willard is a clear illustration of this.
Tom Willard gained fame as an actor who starred in TV series. Every day he appeared on the TV screen. And even if these were not the main roles, his charming appearance attracted attention and was remembered by the audience.
In the short biography of the actor, it is noted that he was born on November 19, 1953 in a middle-class family. Parents at that time lived on one of the Hawaiian Islands. My father worked as a photographer in an advertising agency. The mother taught at a school for children with developmental delays. In the house where the child was born, the sister and twin brothers were already growing up. After a year and a half, the husband and wife moved to a small village near New York. Here Tom began his studies at a private liberal arts college, where he taught the basics of acting.
Already in college, Tom showed amazing ability to transform. He played a variety of roles in educational performances. He was repeatedly invited to television as an active extra. After graduating from college, Willard decided to get a specialized education at the Institute of Theater and Film, founded by Lee Strasberg. After graduation, Tom tried to play in performances on Broadway. He did well, but he could not earn decent money. But he was noticed by the producers of many film companies and added to their catalogs.
In the early 1980s, Willard moved to Los Angeles, where he was invited to take part in the filming of the horror film Parasite. After a short pause, the actor was invited to the lead role in the series "We Made It". The series was broadcast on the channels of the National Broadcasting Company for almost a year. The actor's work was appreciated by both viewers and critics. After this project, Tom brilliantly played his role in the comedy "One Crazy Summer". Then the actor appeared before the audience in the military drama "Pass of Broken Hearts".
Personal life and illness
In the last years of his acting career, Willard starred in the tragicomedy Clown Shakes and the comedy drama My Daughter. In February 1994, the famous actor made a sensational statement. On one of the television shows, Tom admitted that he is gay and has AIDS. Many fans and admirers were shocked by this confession. Most of the former admirers turned their backs on the actor. Tom received support only from relatives and close people. In November of that year, Willard died of pneumonia.