Thomas Antonio Conti, or the renowned Tom Conti, is a veteran actor turned theater director and novelist who has impressed a wide range of audiences worldwide with his acting since the 60s.
Conti was born and raised in Scotland but currently lives in England. He has a satisfying following in both the British and American entertainment industries.
Conti is one of the four English actors nominated for the Oscars in the best actor category. Though he didn’t win Oscars, he still got the Tony Award for best actor in a play.
Besides, his acting career on both the small and big screens. Conti is also a successful author of the book The Doctor.
Quick Bio Summary
|Popular Name||Tom Conti|
|Real Name||Thomas Antonio Conti|
|Date of birth||November 22, 1941|
|Age||81 years old|
|Place of birth||Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland|
|Hometown||Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland|
|Current residence||Hampstead, London, England|
|Occupation||Actor, Theater director, and Novelist|
|Net worth||1.5 Million USD|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
Tom Conti’s Net Worth
By this year, Conti has a net worth of 1.5 million USD.
Conti has been active as an actor since the 60s and has been part of many hit TV series and movies.
During his time in these hit projects, the veteran actor has won many awards and earned a good amount of money.
Early Life and Family
The Academy award-nominated actor was born in Scotland to his parents, Alfanso and Mary, who were both a hairdresser by profession.
While his father was Italian, his mother was Scottish with Irish heritage.
Descendant of Napoléon Bonaparte
Later in life, when Conti became part of a genetic mapping program, it was revealed that he was a direct descendant of Napoléon Bonaparte from his paternal side.
Conti grew up in a loving and supportive household as a Roman Catholic, but later, he became an antireligious person.
Interest in Piano and Acting
Growing up, his parents enrolled in piano classes from the early age of four.
By six, he was already on his way to becoming a genuine prodigy.
However, his interest changed after he auditioned for a drama in school and fell in love with acting.
He has not looked back since then and is living a comfortable life with his wife and actress, who are also successful actresses.
Tom’s Wife is an Actress and His Daughter is a Popular Comedian
Conti has been married to his beautiful and talented wife, Kara Wilson, since 1967.
Like Conti, Kara is also a veteran actress who has been part of many successful projects like The Children of the New Forest, Grange Hill, etc.
The couple are proud parents of their renowned actress, ventriloquist, and comedian, Nina Conti, who has an honors degree in philosophy.
According to their daughter, the couple has been keeping their marriage open.
|Hamilton Park Catholic School for boys||Classical Pianist Training|
|Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama||Acting|
In the beginning, the 81 year-old actor got enrolled in Hamilton Park Catholic School for boys, where he trained to become a classical pianist.
But later, he enrolled in the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama to pursue a career in acting.
|TV series||Adam Smith|
|The Glittering Prizes|
|The Norman Conquests|
|The Dark Knight Rises|
|Whose Life Is It? (Tony Award for Best Actor)|
|Ruben, Ruben (Oscar nomination)|
As a young kid, Conti was all set to have a career as a pianist, but things changed when he got enrolled in Royal Scottish as a teenager.
In the Royal Scottish, he auditioned for the department of drama. During the audition, he fell in love with acting and wanted to make a career in acting.
He then joined the Dundee Repertory at the early age of eighteen to start acting.
Though he was getting a few acting gigs here and there, he was still struggling for some time and even had thought about leaving acting and starting a career in medicine.
However, fortunately, someone spotted his talent during the Edinburgh Festival while performing at The Black and White Ministries.
He got offered a role in the TV series Adam Smith and his career took off. After the series, he got many lead roles in other series like The Glittering Prizes, The Norman Conquests, etc.
Conti even got the opportunity to appear as a guest actor in other popular sitcoms like Cosby, Friends, Miranda, etc.
Besides ruling the smaller screen, the actor turned novelist also got offers to act on the bigger screen.
He acted in several movies like Merry Christmas, The Dark Knight Rises, Heavenly Pursuits, etc.
Out of these projects, portraying the sculptor, Ken Harrison, who had a severed cord in Whose Life Is It? was the most challenging.
Conti only had his facial expression and voice to express his emotion like Ken. The role was hard to justify, but it was rewarding as he got a Tony Award for Best Actor for portraying Ken.
Besides the Tony awards, the actor also received an Oscar nomination for his role in Ruben, Ruben.
Conti was living his dream life by acting in projects and also directing theater plays. And to add more to this, his friend, Lynsey de Paul, recommended his manuscript to Jeremy Robson, a renowned producer.
Robson liked what he read and established Conti as a successful novelist by publishing his thriller book The Doctor, based on the incidents from the life of a former pilot who worked in secret operations for the intelligence service.