If you’ve watched “Criminal Minds,” you’ve undoubtedly heard of Thomas Gibson. In his role as Supervising Special Agent Aaron “Hotch” Hotchner, the actor was a stalwart from the start of the show.
Former prosecutor and profiler joined the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) in Season 1 to help apprehend the most dangerous criminals in the country by anticipating their next move. Hotchner takes over as the team’s leader and shows no signs of letting up in his no-nonsense approach to the job.
Throughout the series, Hotchner has a hard time finding a work-life balance. Haley (Meredith Monroe), his wife, departs with their young son Jack later in Season 3. Hotchner’s wife Haley is murdered in Season 5, and he is left to fend for himself and his son with the help of a serial killer called the Reaper (C. Thomas Howell).
In Season 12, he was written out of the show because of his repeated absences from the BAU’s pursuit of criminals (via Fandom).
When Gibson was just nine years old, he appeared in a children’s theatre production of “Seize the Street: the Skateboard Musical,” and his acting career took off from there.
New York Shakespeare Festival and Public Theater were among the venues where he made his professional theatrical debuts. A Map of the World” by David Hare was Gibson’s theatrical debut at the New York Shakespeare Festival.
Afterward, he appeared in a number of Joe Papp-produced plays, both in public theatres and in Central Park. Over the next decade, he also appeared in numerous Broadway productions of works by Shakespeare, Moliere, Tennessee Williams, Alan Ball, and other playwrights. While performing on stage, Gibson worked as a waiter at Tavern on the Green in New York City.
Thomas Gibson married Christine in 1993, and they have two children. ‘Criminal Minds’ had a brief role for Travis, the son of the couple, who appeared alongside his father in one episode of the show.
Sadly, Gibson and his wife divorced in 2013, three years after their separation. After seven years of separation, the divorce was finalized in 2018. Golf is a pastime of Gibson’s outside of work.
He was born to Charles M. “Mac” Gibson and Beth Gibson on July 3, 1962, in Charleston, SC. Both his parents worked in the South Carolina State Senate and the House of Representatives as liberal Democrats. Therese Gibson and her sister were raised in a strict Catholic home.
At a young age, his admiration for Louis Armstrong prompted a desire in him to pursue a career in show business. Swimming teammates Gibson and his sister used to go to a pizza parlor after competitions.
As he listened to a Dixieland band playing in the parlor, Gibson began mimicking Armstrong’s distinctive vocal style. Before entering Bishop England High School, he attended the Little Theater School where he began acting in elementary school.
At the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, where he interned from 1979 to 1981, mentors encouraged him to apply for Juilliard. In 1985, Gibson graduated from the Drama Division of The Juilliard School with a BFA in Dramatic Arts on the strength of a scholarship.