- 1. Career
Thomas Anthony Sandoval is an American actor, television personality and businessman. He is a cast member on the Bravo reality television series Vanderpump Rules.
Sandoval started his career as a model, in 1998, at the age of 20. Sandoval said in 2019: "I dealt with so much fucking harassment and so much creepiness." He has modeled with 10 agencies across the United States.
Sandoval has appeared in four music videos: "Misunderstood" in 2002, "All About Lovin' You" in 2003, both by Bon Jovi, "I Do Coke" by Kill the Noise and Feed Me in 2016, and "Samantha's Gone" by Corey Taylor in 2021.
Sandoval made his uncredited television debut during the eighth episode in the first season of The Hills, in 2006. He made his credited debut in a 2011 episode of Film Fiend. Sandoval made his film debut as Miles in the 2008 thriller Playing with Fire. He has a lead in two films; as Steven Carlyle in Behind Your Eyes (2011), and as Donald in 23 Minutes to Sunrise (2012).
Sandoval has been a main cast member on Bravo's reality television series Vanderpump Rules, since the shows inception on January 7, 2013. He is a former bartender, having previously worked at Villa Blanca before moving to SUR Restaurant & Lounge, two West Hollywood hotspots co-owned by Lisa Vanderpump and Ken Todd.
Sandoval is a partner with Vanderpump and Todd as a co-owner of Tom Tom Restaurant & Bar, in West Hollywood. The establishment opened in August 2018. He owns five percent of the business.
Sandoval is a co-author of the mixology book, Fancy AF Cocktails: Drink Recipes from a Couple of Professional Drinkers, written with Ariana Madix and Danny Pellegrino. The book was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on December 3, 2019. In December 2020, the trio were faced with a lawsuit filed by author Alison Baker over an alleged breach of contract. The lawsuit was settled in May 2022.
Sandoval created his YouTube channel on March 29, 2021. As of July 2023, he has 5.3K subscribers.
Sandoval co-launched Tom's Good Lovin', a whisky, in October 2021.
Sandoval co-founded a cover band, Tom Sandoval & The MOST Extras, in November 2021. The band consists of; Sandoval as lead singer, Jason Bader as co-founder, band manager and drummer, Colin Deas as musical director, vocals and saxophone, Maddi Fraser as backing vocals, Kevin Stiphen as lead guitar, Randon Davitt as bass and vocals, Macrae Eckelberry as trumpet and Michael Aaron as rhythm guitar and vocals. Sandoval was previously in a band, Pierce the Arrow. They once opened for Martha Davis and The Motels at a performance in Lake Arrowhead.
Sandoval is a partner with Greg Morris as a co-owner of Schwartz & Sandy's, in the Franklin Village neighborhood of Los Angeles. The establishment opened in November 2022. Sandoval's mother and stepfather invested in the business.