Full Name: Tom Beckett
Birthdate: Sometime in the '60's (May 14)
On Remember WENN, your character never got a chance to speak. How difficult was that?
Easy. No lines to learn, just faces to make. While all the other actors
were anxiously trying to learn their last minute script changes I was
composing letters to friends or making up shopping lists. Never once
in four years did I mess up a take by forgetting what I was supposed
Are there any blooper reels around where you accidentally say something?
No. Not accidentally. If I was in a mischevious mood I might utter something
at the end of a take, but I'm afraid most of the things I said are not
fit for family viewing.
Are the sound effects in the show all scripted out, or did you have the chance to make them up yourself?
Our writer, Rupert Holmes, wrote out almost all of the sound effects for me,
but he and I had an understanding that I could substitute others if the
director liked them, or add more. After the first two seasons, as Rupert
got to know my work better, he would more often write what sound he wanted
without coming up with a way to produce it. Then it would be up to me and the
props supervisor on the show to think of something. The props people (there
were several over the seasons) were incredibly important for my performances,
and their ingenuity and imagination always amazed me.
If Remember WENN were allowed to run it's full course, do you think you would have eventually gotten to say something?
No. Rupert and I talked about that possibility, but both of us decided against
it. The fundamental characteristic of Foley was that you never heard him
speak. If he started talking, the most original thing about him would be
Since it appears that Remember WENN will not be continued, can you speculate on what you think might have happened to resolve the cliffhangers the fans were left with?
Jeff I think will have a sex change operation -- you did notice how much he
liked being in drag in one of our last episodes, didn't you? Hilary, having
fully realized the extent of her love for Jeff, will rush to the hopsital
to try and stop him, but she will be too late. As a result, she will attempt
life as a lesbian, but in the end will have to give that up and settle with
being bosom buddies with big-boned Jenn. Betty will decide that two is twice
as good as one. Mr. Foley and Eugenia will find that the fuel behind their
passion is it's illicit nature and will duck into any and all available
closets and coat rooms to continue their clandestine affair.
As far as what Rupert might have decided for these wonderful people, I'm
afraid I have to be coy and refuse to speculate. I'm afraid that by
neatly resolving their lives they will leave my thoughts and the thoughts
of the people who enjoyed the show. By leaving open their possibilities
they stay alive for everyone.
I read that you would like to just do theatre. Now that you have done a television series, would that be something you would be interested it pursuing?
I don't know where I said that, but I LOVE doing TV. I never want to stop
performing in live theatre, as I am now in the off-Broadway show
COMMUNICATING DOORS, but I don't want that to be my only venue.
If you could create your own role in any theatre production, movie, or television show, what would that character be like?
Like Cary Grant in BRINGING UP BABY.
What do you think is the best role you have ever played and why?
In 1992 I played Erwin Trowbridge in a wonderful play called THREE MEN ON
A HORSE at the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, NJ. It wasn't
anywhere near the highest profile job I've had, but the part suited me
perfectly. It was a period piece from the '30's by the brilliant theatre
man George Abbot -- a true legend -- and it allowed a lot of room for
exploring the style and comedy of that time, which is one of my favorites.
What, if any, was the defining moment in your life that made you decide to be an actor?
When my voice changed and I could no longer be a boy soprano.
How old were you when you got your start and what was your first role?
My first role was as Bebe in THE HAPPY TIME at the Cabrillo Community
Playhouse in San Clemente, CA. I was completely taken with myself.
Are you interested in doing anything else in the theatre besides acting, such as directing for example?
Directing. I might prove an insufferable control freak, but I have
to give it a try.
If you weren't an actor, what would you be doing now?
Wondering what was wrong with my life and why I wasn't happy.
Are there any tips you can give to someone who wants to be an actor?
Don't do it if you can't take rejection, and I mean intense rejection that
can last for years. When you are rejected as an actor, it is your entire
being that someone doesn't want, since it is your entire being that is your
instrument. It takes incredible stamina and confidence to survive that. If
you can do it, then you have to get yourself to New York (a better place to
start than LA I think, since there is such a thriving and exciting, though
non-paying theatre scene off-off-Broadway) and buy Backstage every week and
go to every audition that remotely appeals to you and send ten to twenty
headshots of yourself off every week to agents and casting people. It's
a slow climb.
How many licks does it take to get to the tootsie roll center of a tootsie pop?
No human has or ever will make it.