Tom Waters

Tom Waters

Founder/CEO at El Gato Rojo Productions
Actor, Director, Producer and Screenwriter

Malibu, California

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About Tom

Tom is making his second Promenade Playhouse Directorial turn with Stephen A. Cardinal’s I Am Charlie. In 2017 Tom Directed Dean Ghaffari’s critically acclaimed Rebel With a Cause:The Sal Mineo Story. Tom was Assistant Director to Playhouse Artistic Director Natalia Lazarus for Dennis Wilson Forevermore:A Beach Boy’s Fable.
Tom was formerly associated with the Hidden Hills Playhouse and with Neon Art Productions in Los Angeles, where he produced and co-produced several stage plays including the financially successful and critically acclaimed Working by Studs Terkel presented at the world famous Mayfair Music Hall in Santa Monica, California.
In 2012, Tom stepped behind the camera and started El Gato Rojo Productions. EGR’s first production was the documentary The Best Thing for the Inside of a Marine is the Outside of a Horse and the pilot episodes of the TV series Paranormal Experience which Tom created, produced, directed and hosted.
Tom has a standing development “deal” with one of the major streaming networks.
Previously Tom enjoyed a great career racing Motocross for Suzuki in the ‘70s with short forays into Sprint Cars and Formula 2 before embarking on a business career that included creating the first business model for video tape rental! Yes, he invented Blockbuster Video!
Tom performed a brief stint as a Pro Bass Fisherman winning one tournament in his short career. To relax, Tom still goes Bass fishing whenever he can!
During his business and racing career Tom was often called upon to do personal appearances as well as commercials for radio and television. These were Tom’s first experiences in front of the camera and in the voice over booth.
Tom Waters left the corporate world in 1980 and moved to LA where he began years of study in film and theatre technique with Peter Breck (The Big Valley) and David Michaels (Godspell). Tom studied Meisner, Strasberg, Adler and Stanislavsky as well as Peter and David’s practical methods. Tom studied Law and Film at USC.
With David and Peter’s coaching Tom began a successful run of stage appearances including Our Town, Working and Typist and the Tiger. Tom’s most critically acclaimed role as Danny in Night Must Fall came at the insistence of Jack Palance who convinced Tom to take on this great part. It was Jack that also encouraged Tom to write the re-make of the film version of Night Must Fall.
Growing tired of the Hollywood scene, Tom pursued his other passion (horses) in the Equestrian Olympic Sport of 3-Day Eventing. Riding horses took Tom around the world and kept him away from Hollywood for nearly 20 years.
An avid cyclist, Tom competed for the USA in the 2009 UCI Mountain Bike Masters World Cross Country Championships in PraLoup, France.
Once an Actor, always an Actor is something that Jack Palance often repeated to Tom and finally In 2011 Tom re-emerged as an actor, writer and producer after a 20 year hiatus from Hollywood!
Armed with the screenplay Night Fall a remake of the MGM classic Night Must Fall , Tom hit the streets of Hollywood and New York City looking for producers to re-make the classic film. Amused that Hollywood still remembered him as “Bruce Dern’s brother”, Tom took the hint and remembering something that Jack Palance often repeated to Tom, “Once an Actor, always an Actor”, he finally went back in front of the camera.
Tom continues acting today with a steady stream of work in film and TV both in LA and NY. He can be seen in Wonderstruck, Cafe Society, Bunk’d, The Americans and Boardwalk Empire to name a few.
The short film Infinite Possibilities, written and Directed by Tom will be released in September!


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