A New England boy who fell in love with theatre, Tom Lipinski's father counseled him to get into the medical profession. But that didn't prevent him from finding his place first in theater and then film. Whether it was directing his own short film "Ben" (2013) or portraying television heavy Charlie Mead opposite Kevin Bacon on the television thriller "The Following" (FOX 2013- ), Tom Lipinski knew that acting was his true calling. Born and raised just outside of Boston, Lipinski was first introduced to acting when he joined an experimental theater troupe while attending Brown University. He continued with his history degree, but after graduating he continued to be involved with experimental theatre, particularly The Theatre of the Two-Headed Calf in Rhode Island, which led to his decision to move to New York City, where he soon landed his first film role in Darren Aronofsky's "The Wrestler" (2008), although his scene ended up on the cutting room floor. Lipinski landed his first television role the final year of the long-running procedural drama "Law & Order" (NBC 1990-2010), followed by roles in the television mini-series "Mildred Pierce" (HBO 2011) and the short-lived swinging '60s period piece "Pan Am" (ABC 2011-12). His first real break came with the recurring role of Ben Preswick on the series "Deception" (NBC 2013). This was quickly followed up with his role of Charlie Mead in "The Following" (FOX 2013- ). Lipinski returned to the big screen in Jason Reitman's drama "Labor Day" (2014), in flashback scenes where he played the younger version of Josh Brolin's wanted criminal Frank.