David Newsom appears as Tom Beckett, Sam's older brother in 5 episodes of the TV series.
|Born:||March 10, 1962|
|Birthplace:||North Caldwell, New Jersey, U.S.|
|Actor, Film producer, Fine Arts Photographer|
|Appeared on:||Quantum Leap|
|Episodes appeared in:||5 episodes in total|
|Character played:||Lt. Thomas "Tom" Beckett, USN|
David Newsom (born March 10, 1962) appears as Tom Beckett, a naval officer, and the older brother of Dr. Sam Beckett who appears in a total of 5 episodes of Quantum Leap. David is an American producer, actor and fine-arts photographer. He is best known for his various critically acclaimed US television appearances, and for his work in 2005 and 2006 with Viggo Mortensen and Perceval Press.
Along with film and TV work, Newsom is a long-time photographer with and emphasis on fine art photography. In 2005, he collaborated with Viggo Mortensen to create a photo journal called Skip (Newsom's eldest brother's nickname) which was then published by Mortensen's Perceval Press. In June 2006, with Viggo Mortensen, David anchored a successful group photographic show entitled "Four Tales from Perceval".
In June–July 2007, Newsom held his first comprehensive one man show titled, "Three Miles of Idaho" at DCA Fine Art in Santa Monica, CA.
In 2005, Newsom began producing movies, starting with his first short film Mother, written and directed by Sian Heder. In April 2006, "Mother" won the Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Short at the Florida Film Festival, a victory which automatically qualified the film for a potential Academy Award nomination. Mother was also selected for the May 2006 Cinefondation Competition of the Cannes Film Festival, where it won third place in a field of 18 films from around the globe. The film was then selected for many other festivals, including the prestigious Seattle International Film Festival, where it received the "2006 Short Film: Narrative Special Jury Prize". "Mother" continues to play globally and recently took the Grand Jury Award-Narrative Shorts at the Oxford Film Festival.
In early 2007, Newsom and Heder partnered with The Mark Gordon Company and are in pre-production on the feature film, "Tallulah". David also produced Open Your Eyes for director Susan Cohen in the summer of 2007. Cohen, a recipient of a 2007 AFI Directing Workshop for Women grant, wrote "OYE" as a tribute to the women she had known who battled and lived with cancer. In May, 2008, "Open Your Eyes" was awarded the AFI "Jean Picker Firstenburg Award of Excellence".
In recent years, Newsom has been busy producing adventure/reality television for such networks as: Discovery Channel, Nat Geo and History. From 2010-2011, he was a field producer, cameraman and story producer for Discovery's "DEADLIEST CATCH", Season 7.
In fall of 2011, he was a field producer/cameraman for Nat Geo's "Wild Justice", seasons 2 and 3. In January 2012, he teamed up with Undertow Films and began as senior producer on a new series for History Channel, about the largest study of sharks ever conducted off the coast of South Africa.
David was born in North Caldwell, NJ to a mother who managed an employment agency and an investor father. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, writer/director Sian Heder. David has a degree in film production from Ithaca College. He has worked in the past as a band singer, alternative newspaper editor, writer, waiter, delivery man, blasting worker, beer bottler, fence installer, dish washer, and in film production as well as set construction.