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Tom Melissis


B: August 13 in Toronto, Ontario

Tom Melissis was the middle kid in a family of five children. He grew up in the Toronto suburb of Scarborough watched over by parents who had come to Canada from Macedonia. He attended Monarch Park Secondary School then enrolled in the theatre school at Ryerson, which he hated and abandoned after just one year. He then went to work for the audiovisual department of a Toronto advertising agency. But performing was still his blood and he moonlighted as a lead vocalist for the rock band The Exploding Tickets. While that proved to be a dead end he took the advice of a friend and auditioned for Toronto’s Second City comedy club which led to a two year stint which led, ultimately, to a career in television and film. He is sometimes credited as Tom Melisses.

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

Timing (1985)
Recruits (1986)
Blindside (1986)
Sorry, Wrong Number (TV-1989)

Perfectly Normal (1990)
Last Wish (TV-1992)
Liar’s Edge (TV-1992)
Seasons of the Heart (TV-1994)
Madonna: Innocence Lost (TV-1994)
When Night is Falling (1995)
Prince for a Day (TV-1995)
Gridlock (TV-1996)
The Abduction (TV-1996)
Swann (1996)
Undue Influence (TV-1996)
Trilogy of Terror (TV-1996)
Moving Target (1996)
Breach of Faith: Family of Cops II (TV-1997)
Lies He Told (TV-1997)
Ice (TV-1998)
Leonardo: A Dream of Flight (TV-1998)
Milgaard (TV-1999)

Harry’s Case (TV-2000)
Pretend You Don’t See Her (TV-2002)
Power and Beauty (TV-2002)
Expecting (2002)
Blindness (2008)

Revenge Delivered (TV-2021)

TV Series – Cast:
J.F.K.: Reckless Youth (1993, mini-series)
The Last Don (1997, mini-series)
Due South (1997-1999)

Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001, mini-series)
Degrassi: The Next Generation (2003-2015)
Degrassi: Next Class (2016-2017)
Heroes Reborn (2016, mini-series)

TV Series – Guest appearances:
Kay O’Brien (1986)
Degrassi High (1987)
Friday the 13th: The Series (1987)
Katts and Dog (1988, 1992)
T and T (1989, 1990)

Street Legal (1990)
E.N.G. (1990)
Top Cops (1991)
Secret Service (1992)
Counterstrike (1993)
RoboCop (1994)
Nancy Drew (1995)
The Hardy Boys (1995)
Side Effects (1995, 1996)
Kung Fu: The Legend Continues (1995, 1996)
Total Recall (1999)

Falcone (2000)
Code Name: Eternity (2000)
Da Vinci’s Inquest (2001)
Doc (2001)
Relic Hunter (2002)
Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye (2002)
Zoe Busiek: Wild Card (2004)
72 Hours: True Crime (2007)

Flashpoint (2011)
Tokens (2019)

When Night is Falling, movie, poster,

Blindness, movie, poster,