Thomas Dwaine 'Tom' Arnold (born March 6, 1959) is an American actor and comedian. He has appeared in many films, perhaps most notably True Lies (1994). He was the host of The Best Damn Sports Show Period for four years. Arnold was born in Ottumwa, Iowa, the son of Linda Kay (ne Graham) and Jack Arnold. He has six siblings: Lori, Johnny, Scott, Chris, Marla, and Mark. His mother left the family when Arnold was a child, and Arnold and his siblings were subsequently raised by his father. During his youth, he worked at a meat factory. Arnold attended Ottumwa High School, Indian Hills Community College, and the University of Iowa (from 1981 to 1983), where he studied business administration and writing. He began doing stand-up comedy when he was 23 In the early 1980s, Arnold had a prop-based comedy routine called 'Tom Arnold and the Goldfish Review.' Arnold was brought in by Barr as a writer for the television sitcom Roseanne.