Thomas Booker is an American actor, writer, director, and improvisational comedian. He is best known for his role as Keel Lorenz in both Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth and its sequel The End of Evangelion (1997). He is also the owner of The Institution Theater in Austin, Texas.
Booker was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma where he graduated from Nathan Hale High School. As an undergraduate, he was “Top Dawg”, University of Oklahoma’s mascot. He moved to Chicago and, in 1986, began studying improvisation at The Second City Training Center before studying with legendary improv guru Del Close at ImprovOlympic.
Booker moved to Los Angeles in 1991 and formed Theater-A-Go-Go! with Laura Hall. In 1994 Booker made his television debut as Jinxo in the Babylon 5 episode, “Grail”. He also began teaching improv and sketch writing at The Second City Training Center in Los Angeles. His movie debut came in a minor role in the 1995 film Jury Duty. In 2001 he had the voice role of Keel Lorenz in both Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth and its sequel The End of Evangelion. He had another minor role in the 1998 mockumentary The Thin Pink Line as a wet underwear contestant. Tom also co-wrote and co-directed (with producing partner Jon Kean) the feature film Kill the Man starring Luke Wilson, which premiered at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival. He also played the role of Biily Bob in the film.
Film and television
|1994||Babylon 5||Jinxo||Season 1, Episode 15 (Grail)|
|1995||Jury Duty||Press Runner||Minor role|
|1997||Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth||Keel Lorenz (voice)||English dub|
|The End of Evangelion|
|1998||The Thin Pink Line||Wet Underwear Contestant|
|1999||Kill the Man||Billy Bob||Co-writer and co-director|
|2001||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Limo Driver||Season 2, Episode 10 (The Massage)|
|2004||Channel 101||France||TV Movie|
|My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss||Consultant – Episode “How Low Can You Go?”|
|Faking It USA||Himself||Acting Coach – Episode “3 ‘R’s to Protecting Stars”|
|2006||Gotta Get Off This Merry Go Round: Sex, Dolls and Showtunes||Himself||Video Documentary|
|2010||Jerry Bruckheimer’s Chase||Insurance Manager||Pilot Episode|
|2011||Hot Dogs & Hand Grenades||Tom Arlene||TV Movie|
|Days of Delusion||Stuart|
|2015||29 Light Years||Adam’s Boss|
|2010–Present||Rooster Teeth Shorts||Various|
|2015–Present||On the Spot||Himself||Recurring Guest|