Tom Scavo

Played by Doug Savant



  • Separated from Lynette Scavo
  • Father of Parker, Penny, Porter and Preston

There's absolutely no question who calls the shots in the Scavo household: Lynette. But that's just fine by her husband Tom. His laid back, loving, and supportive personality allows Lynette to keep her sanity. And, in a house with five kids, sanity is a rare commodity.

These two have been through a lot together. Endless drama with the children, their professional rivalry, the revelation of a love child from a previous relationship, the failure of their family pizzeria, and Lynette's battle with cancer have all threatened to undo the strongest marriage on Wisteria Lane. But somehow, through it all, they've managed to keep it together.

At least until Tom took a high-powered job that consumed so much of his time that it left Lynette feeling neglected. The job enabled Tom to spread his wings and be in control, not something he was used to. And he liked it. So the dynamic of their marriage changed to the point that neither of them were happy and they decided a trial separation. Is it the end for Lynette and Tom, or will they find their way back to each other?

"Tom's like most husbands I know. He lives by the credo: Happy wife, happy life!"
-Doug Savant


Just when we thought the Melrose Place alums recruited for plum roles on Desperate Housewives stopped with Marcia Cross, along comes Doug Savant as former ad exec turned pizza parlor owner Tom Scavo.

Savant first gained national attention when he was cast in the role of Matt Fielding on the Fox series Melrose Place. It marked one of the first times an openly gay character was portrayed on network television. The series, which could only be described as a cultural phenomenon, became a television fixation, continually sparking water cooler conversations week after week.

Prior to his primetime notoriety, Savant had roles on the big screen in films like Masquerade, opposite Rob Lowe, Hanoi Hilton and in Red Surf, opposite George Clooney. Following Melrose, he took on a supporting role in the Dean Devlin/Roland Emmerich mega-production of Godzilla, starring Matthew Broderick.

His television appearances include such hit shows as 24, According to Jim and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

Savant is married to actress Laura Leighton and they have four children.