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Tom Sandoval: Breakout Reality TV Star & Vanderpump Rules OG

Tom Sandoval Quick Profile

Full Name: Thomas Sandoval
Birthday: July 7, 1983 (Age 39)
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri
Occupation: Reality TV Star, Restaurateur, Model, Actor, Musician
Known For: Vanderpump Rules (Bravo)
Social Media: 1.3M Instagram Followers, 100K Twitter Followers

Tom Sandoval has become one of Bravo’s biggest reality TV stars through his breakout role on Vanderpump Rules. As one of the only remaining original cast members, fans have gotten to see his evolution from an aspiring model/actor to successful restaurateur and bonafide celebrity personality over the show’s nine seasons.

Early Life and Career

Born in St. Louis in 1983, Sandoval grew up in a middle-class family and became drawn to the entertainment industry at a young age. He stayed busy with community theater productions and choir during high school. After graduating, Tom moved to Los Angeles to pursue modeling and acting.

Though he picked up small roles on shows like The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Sandoval struggled to find consistent work. To pay the bills, he bartended at high-profile restaurants and clubs, including Ashton Kutcher’s Dolce Enoteca e Ristorante. It was while working at Lisa Vanderpump’s sexy West Hollywood hotspot SUR that Sandoval got his big break.

Joining the Vanderpump Rules Cast

When Bravo came up with the concept for Vanderpump Rules in 2013, Lisa Vanderpump suggested her dynamic SUR employees as an ensemble cast. As an aspiring model/actor who bartended to make ends meet, Sandoval fit the bill perfectly.

Vanderpump Rules became a surprise hit by bringing viewers directly into the interpersonal drama between the hot, young SURvers. Tom Sandoval’s striking good looks and big personality made him an instant standout amongst the cast. His tumultuous relationship with fellow bartender Kristen Doute also provided much of the show’s early relationship drama.

Over nine seasons, Vanderpump Rules fans have gotten to see different sides of Tom Sandoval. At times a source of drama and humor, Sandoval has also proven himself to be ambitious and entrepreneurial through ventures like TomTom.

Relationships with Katie, Ariana & Kristen

Tom’s love life has been a central focus of the show…

The Evolution of Tom Sandoval on Vanderpump Rules

When Vanderpump Rules first premiered…

The TomTom Bar Partnership

One of Tom Sandoval’s biggest entrepreneurial undertakings has been his partnership with Lisa Vanderpump and Tom Schwartz on West Hollywood hotspot TomTom.

The idea first came about when…

Other Business Ventures

In addition to his thriving bar business, Tom Sandoval has pursued…

Tom Sandoval‘s Fame & Appeal as a Reality TV Character

Part of what has made Sandoval such an integral part of Vanderpump Rules is his willingness to be controversial, emotional and speak his mind on camera. This has led to many memorable (and meme-able) Sandoval moments over the years.

Former castmate Stassi Schroeder has described Tom as…

What‘s Next for Tom Sandoval?

While the future of Vanderpump Rules remains uncertain after nine seasons, it seems clear Tom Sandoval will remain a pop culture fixture. When asked about what‘s next in a recent interview, Tom said…

As someone who has followed Tom Sandoval‘s journey closely on Vanderpump Rules since the beginning, I‘m excited to see what he does next! Whether he continues building his brand and businesses or pursues acting or modelling again, his passion, charisma and work ethic make me confident we‘ll be seeing a lot more of him in the future. Tom Sandoval has undoubtedly earned his place as one of the biggest breakout reality TV personalities to come from Bravo‘s hit show.