On Sunday night, award-winning New York actor Thomas Sadoski will debut in Aaron Sorkin’s new HBO drama, “The Newsroom.” Although it’s been many years since New Yorker Sadoski has called College Station home, or A&M Consolidated High School and Brazos Valley Troupe his stage, the Brazos Valley has yet one more reason to proudly claim him as their native son.
The 35-year-old actor has the opportunity to share his same acting skills for TV audiences that he’s shown on the Broadway stage. Sadoski plays Don, a veteran TV producer of a nightly cable news show on a fictional Atlantic Cable Network. The star-studded cast includes actors Jeff Daniels, Sam Waterston, and Olivia Munn and is a safe bet for a long run along the lines of HBO’s “The Sopranos.”
His IMDB data base credits show Sadoski has substantive TV experience as a guest on episodes of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (2009), “Ugly Betty” (2009) “Law and Order: Criminal Intent” (2007) and eight episodes of “As the World Turns” (2007). Sadoski was featured in the Amy Heckerling movie, “Loser” (2000) as well as roles in “Happy Hour” (2003), “Winter Solstice” (2004), and “The New Twenty” (2008).
In 2004, Sadoski debuted on the Broadway stage in “Reckless” and in less than a decade has been nominated for Drama Desk Best Actor in the 2009 play, “Reasons to be Pretty.” Sadowski’s starring role in the show also earned him a Tony nomination that year.
Training for this level of accomplishment began early for Sadoski. He was involved as part of the young actors’ programs and opportunities in Bryan-College Station, including Brazos Valley Troupe, and even played Hamlet in an Imagination Station production. Today, that group is better known as The Theatre Company. Both Troupe and Theatre Company still offer programs and opportunities for aspiring actors to get early training.
If you’ve ever wondered whether a youthful dream can translate into reality when your current hometown is considered a small town, Thomas Sadoski’s example is inspirational. From College Station, he later went on to study and graduate from New York’s Circle in the Square Theatre School.
Sadoski was in a European tour of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It/The Tempest” as part of “The Bridge Project II,” directed by Sam Mendes in 2010. In 2011, he was in “Other Desert Cities,” and received the Lucille Lortel Award (see photo slide show) as well as an Obie award.
Sorkin is, of course, known for the 1999 TV smash, “The West Wing,” as well as movies “The Social Network” (2010), “Moneyball” (2011) and “A Few Good Men” (1992). Co-producer Scott Rudin teamed with Sorkin on “The Social Network” and “Moneyball” and is another well-known producer of movie blockbusters.
The series premieres Sunday, June 24, at 10 pm EST on HBO. And it’s a sure bet that his Brazos Valley fans will tune in to watch Sadoski, their native son. His career continues to flourish on stage, on the big screen and, starting this weekend, on cable television.