Thomas Gibson got fired from Criminal Minds after 15 years of being on the show.
Tragedies never seem to have left him as he divorced his wife of 20 years and it was kept private because it was going to be hard for their kids.
Thomas Gibson was born in Charlestown, South Carolina on July 3, 1962.
At a young age, Thomas discovered his passion for acting. His dreams started when he was 13 years old in a pizza shop.
Gibson said in an interview with PBS’ American Master, “We would go to a pizza parlor afterward, and I was a big Louis Armstrong fan.
Somehow, I found myself on stage with the little Dixieland band at the pizza parlor doing a Louis Armstrong impersonation when I was eight years old.”
“And it’s a source of great embarrassment to me now, but then, it was great. So I think my mother realized that swimming and the other sports and the other sports I may have been involved with at the time weren’t quite enough.”
He decided to attend stage classes after school as that was a nice start.
“I don’t think I quite understood what you know about the art of acting at that point,” he said. “It was probably more just about getting up in front of people and learning my lines and not bumping into the furniture. It was a world in which I felt very grown-up, and it was really fun. Even though I did a lot of children’s theater and played dogs and cats, rats and mice.”
In 1980, he got his way into filmmaking and starred in television series.
Thomas Gibson got starred as Aaron Hotchner in the new crime drama series, Criminal Minds in 2005.
“One of the things that’s great about working on series television is getting to develop a character,” Gibson said of his character, nicknamed “Hotch.” “I knew some of the places I wanted to take him, I knew some of the things that were important to him at the beginning, but you don’t know because you haven’t taken what you feel you know about the character and plugged him into a series of situations yet.”
“It’s sort of constantly educational for me to find the character in a different situation and to investigate, no pun intended, how he reacts to each of the situations.”
Thomas appeared in over 205 episodes before he got fired from the show.
It was said he got kicked out because he kicked a director and had verbal outbursts with an assistant director.
His 20 years old marriage with Christine Parker ended in 2014.
They made sure not to involve their children throughout the period.
“We spent a year and a half in mediation. We kept it private because divorce is hard enough on kids without having to deal with it publicly. Christine and I switch off staying with our kids at home in San Antonio. We did the best we could and continue to do the best we can as parents.”