Thomas Haden Church (born Thomas Richard McMillen; June 17, 1960) is an American actor, director and writer. After co-starring in the 1990s sitcom Wings, Church became known for his film roles, including his performance in Sideways and his role as the Sandman in Spider-Man 3. He also made his directorial debut with Rolling Kansas.
Church was born in Woodland, California, the son of Maxine (née Sanders) and Carlos “Carl” Richard McMillen, who served for eight years in the Marines and saw action in the Korean War; after 1962, Carlos worked as a surveyor for Yolo County, California. Church’s parents divorced and his mother moved to Texas. She remarried in 1969, to widower George A. Quesada, a veteran of an Army Air Forces reconnaissance unit which served in Guam in World War II. Church took his stepfather’s surname briefly. He was raised in Texas: first in Laredo, then in Harlingen. He left high school in 1977 to work in the oil fields of Louisiana, but he returned to graduate from Harlingen High School in 1979. He attended the University of North Texas while living in Dallas.
Church lives on his 2,000-acre (810 ha) ranch in Bandera County, Texas. Church and former porn actress Mia Zottoli (aka Ava Lake) have a daughter. He has never been married. Church’s biological father died in 2008, and his stepfather in 2012.