The Americans | SEASON PREMIERE March 7 | 10PM | FX Networks

The Americans


Richard Thomas plays Special Agent Frank Gaad, the levelheaded leader of the FBI's Counterintelligence Division that oversees the unit responsible for uncovering Soviet illegals operating on American soil. Gaad is a Vietnam vet who always puts his men and his country first - though he's beginning to realize that his office's secrets might not be as safe as he had hoped.

Thomas entered the public's heart starring in the Emmy® Award-winning series, The Waltons. He has continued to star in series, films, plays, and over 50 movies for television.

Thomas first entered Stephen King territory with his lead role in the miniseries It. He revisited this world in the 2006 miniseries Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King.

His other television movie and miniseries credits include All Quiet on the Western Front, The Silence, The Red Badge of Courage, The Master of Ballantrae, Johnny Belinda, Berlin Tunnel 21, Living Proof: The Hank Williams Jr. Story, Hobson's Choice, Roots: The Next Generations, Go Toward the Light, In the Name of the People, The Christmas Secret, The Miracle of the Cards, Beyond the Prairie, Part 2: The True Story of Laura Ingalls Wilder, Anna's Dream, Annie's Point, Wild Hearts and Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.

On the big screen, Thomas has appeared in such movies as Wonder Boys, Battle Beyond the Stars, The Todd Killings, Last Summer, Winning, and the Ang Lee feature Taking Woodstock.

Thomas has been seen on such series as Just Cause, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, It's A Miracle and The Practice. As a producer, Thomas has worked on such television projects as What Love Sees, For All Time and Living Proof: The Hank Williams Jr. Story.

On stage, he has been called "one of the leading classical actors of his generation" by Newsday. His Broadway career began at age seven with 1958's Sunrise at Campobello, and has continued with such shows as Fifth of July, The Seagull, The Front Page, Tiny Alice, Peer Gynt, Richard II, Richard III, Hamlet and The Stendhal Syndrome. Recent appearances include Broadway's Democracy and A Naked Girl on the Appian Way, the National tour of the acclaimed Broadway revival of 12 Angry Men, and Unusual Acts of Devotion. He starred in the Broadway production of Race opposite David Alan Grier, James Spader and Kerry Washington. Other theatrical credits include the Public Theatre's production of Timon of Athens, as well as Standing on Ceremony, The Gay Marriage Plays and the Manhattan Theater Club's Broadway production of An Enemy of the People. Most recently, he appeared in the Broadway revival of You Can't Take It With You, Othello at the Old Globe, and the acclaimed Arena Stage production of Camp David where he played President Jimmy Carter. He is currently appearing on stage in New York in the Signature Theater Company production of Arthur Miller's Incident At Vichy.