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SpouseMaryellen Subock

Tom Dreesen is an American stand-up comedian, actor, and author. He was born on February 14, 1936, in Harvey, Illinois, to Dutch immigrants. His father was a janitor and his mother was a homemaker. He has four siblings. Dreesen’s early education was in the public schools of Harvey. He excelled in sports, especially basketball, and was a member of the Harvey High School state championship basketball team. After high school, Dreesen served in the U.S. Air Force for four years.

Dreesen’s career in comedy began when he met Tim Reid, another Air Force veteran, at a Chicago club. The two began working together as a comedy team, and they eventually moved to Los Angeles, where they became regulars at the Comedy Store. Dreesen also appeared on several television shows, including The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and The Merv Griffin Show. In 1988, Dreesen published his autobiography, Tim and Tom: An American Comedy in Black and White, which chronicles his friendship with Reid and their careers in show business.

Dreesen has been married three times and has four children. His first marriage was to his high school sweetheart, Carol. They divorced after eight years. Dreesen’s second marriage was to Nancy Dutton, an actress. They had two children together before divorcing in 2002. Dreesen’s third marriage is to Julie Brown, with whom he has two children.

Dreesen is a tall man, with a slender build and salt-and-pepper hair. He is known for his clean comedy act and his ability to connect with audiences of all ages.

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Full NameTom Dreesen
ProfessionActor, Comedian


SpouseMaryellen Subock
ChildrenAmy Dreesen, Tom Dreesen, Jennifer Dreesen
SiblingsDarlene Dreesen


MoviesTrouble with the Curve, Man on the Moon, Up Your Alley

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1After four years in the Navy, Tom often worked two jobs to support his family, usually construction and bartending. Says his life changed when he joined the Jaycees where he created a drug-education program for grade school students and began to speak in front of classes and assemblies.
2Was the third of eight children growing up in poverty in Harvey, IL.
3Father of Amy, Tom and Jennifer.
4Created "Day for Darlene" in 1982, a 26-mile run through south Chicago to raise money to help fight multiple sclerosis. His older sister, Darlene, died from MS in 1989.
5Realized when he was about 12 years old that his aunt's husband was his real father. Both kept it a secret. His real father revealed on his deathbed that his one regret in life was not being able to tell people that Tom was his son.
6Release of the book, "Tim & Tom: An American Comedy in Black & White" by Tom and Tim Reid. [2008]
7Appeared in the infomercial, hosted by Pat Boone, for "Vital Factors" bio-protector system. [2007]
9Was in a nightclub act, with Tim Reid, called "Tim & Tom". They met while working with the Jacyees in Illinois. They were the first (and last) Black and White comedy team.
10Opened for Frank Sinatra for well over a decade in club and concert appearances throughout the U.S. and Canada. He has also appeared in many network television shows including over 60 on the The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962). He's also a frequent guest on the Late Show with David Letterman (1993).
11Was a close personal friend of Frank Sinatra for several years up until his death. Therefore, whenever he's a guest on talk-shows, he's frequently asked to tell anecdotes from his time as a member of Sinatra's "gang".
12Is a stand-up comedian.




Cowl Girl2015TV Series shortTommy
Trouble with the Curve2012Rock
Rude Awakening2001TV SeriesCarl
Man on the Moon1999Wiseass Comic
Lansky1999TV MovieFlamingo Emcee / Eddie Shum
Touched by an Angel1998TV SeriesTom Dreesen
Baywatch Nights1997TV Series
Gabriel's Fire1990TV SeriesCity Official
Columbo1990TV SeriesTV Host
Up Your Alley1989Maitre De
Spaceballs1987Megamaid Guard
Murder, She Wrote1985-1987TV SeriesPeabody / Ernie
The Facts of Life1986TV SeriesMr. Julius
Sunset Limousine1983TV MovieComic 'Himself'
They Call Me Bruce?1982Louie
WKRP in Cincinnati1982TV SeriesRick Jesperson


The Rat Pack1998TV Movie technical advisor
They Call Me Bruce?1982script consultant - as Tom Dreeson


WGN Morning News2016TV SeriesHimself
Unsung Hollywood2016TV Series documentaryHimself
Dying Laughing2016DocumentaryHimself
The Night Time Show with Stephen Kramer Glickman2016TV SeriesHimself
Frank Sinatra. Die Stimme Amerikas2015DocumentaryHimself
Late Show with David Letterman1999-2015TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest / Himself - Comedian / ...
Comics Unleashed2006-2014TV SeriesHimself
The Flipside with Michael Loftus2014TV SeriesHimself
The Business of Comedy2013DocumentaryHimself
Match Play with Ray Adams2012TV SeriesHimself
Lt. Dan Band: For the Common Good2011DocumentaryHimself
I Am Comic2010DocumentaryHimself
TV One's Roast and Toast: John Witherspoon2009TV MovieHimself
Beyond the Epic Run2009DocumentaryHimself
The Florence Henderson Show2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Comedy.TV2009TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1992-2008TV SeriesHimself
The Bonnie Hunt Show2008TV SeriesHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2008TV SeriesHimself
Tavis Smiley2008TV SeriesHimself
Windy City Memories2008TV MovieHimself
50 Hottest Vegas Moments2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn2004TV SeriesHimself - Guest Host
When Stand-Up Comics Ruled the World2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Hollywood Squares1999TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon1998TV SeriesHimself
The Rat Pack1998TV MovieHimself
Sinatra: 80 Years My Way1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Chuck Woolery Show1991TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with David Letterman1982-1989TV SeriesHimself
The New Hollywood Squares1989TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
The Pat Sajak Show1989TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1974-1986TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Comedian / Himself - Guest
Star's Table1986TV SeriesHimself
Hot Potato1984TV SeriesHimself
Just Men!1983TV SeriesHimself
The John Davidson Show1981TV SeriesHimself
The Alan Thicke Show1980TV SeriesHimself
Soul Train1979-1980TV Series documentaryHimself - Guest / Himself
Sanford1980TV SeriesHimself
The Hollywood Squares1978-1980TV SeriesHimself - Panelist
The Alan Hamel Show1976-1979TV SeriesHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1976-1979TV SeriesHimself - Comedian
The $10,000 Pyramid1979TV SeriesHimself
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: George Burns1978TV SpecialHimself
The Jim Nabors Show1978TV SeriesHimself
Rock Concert1977TV SeriesHimself
New American Bandstand 19651976-1977TV SeriesHimself
Dinah!1976TV SeriesHimself
Sammy and Company1976TV SeriesHimself
Word Grabbers1976TV MovieHimself - Panelist (1st Pilot)
The David Frost Show1971TV SeriesHimself

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More Laughing Room Only1986VideoHimself
Sanford1980TV SeriesHimself

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