Where was Tommy Boy filmed? 1995 Movie Locations and Cast

Tommy Boy is an American adventure comedy film that takes us through an Ohian town with its filming locations. The film was released in 1995 under the distribution of Paramount Pictures.

With Chris Farly, David Spade, Bo Derek, and Brian Dennehy in the lead roles, the comedy film was directed by Peter Segal, written by Bonnie Turner and Terry Turner, and produced by Lorne Michaels.

It was a successful film that made around $32.7 Million box office, against the budget of $20 Million.

Though, it doesn’t seem big in front of todays blockbusters, it was still a huge number. Anyways, let’s look at the magical locations that broght the movie to life.

Tommy Boy Filming Locations

Tommy Boy was filmed in Ohio and California inside the United States, and Ontario province of Canada during Sep-Dec 1994.

Tommy Boy filming locations

According to IMDb, the shooting began on Sep 12, 1994 and wrapped on December 9, 1994. These are the exact dates of filming.

So, we can say that the shooting took place around three months. Let’s explore each location separately.

Sandusky, Ohio, USA

Most of the shooting of Tommy Boy happened in Sandusky. Tommy Callahan, the main character of the movie was also born and raised in the same town, and this is the place, where his family’s auto anciliary business is located in the film.

Marblehead, Ohio, USA

The picturesque lakeside community of Marblehead provided a scenic backdrop for some of the outdoor scenes. Though, we don’t the exact scenes that were filmed there, you can identify it while watching the film by looking at Marblehead Lighthouse in the background.

Newmarket, Ontario, Canada

Newmarket is also a part of Greater Toronto in the Golden Horseshoe region of Southern Ontario.

Though the name is New Market, it has mostly old buildings, dating back to the 1800s. One famous landmark is Old Town Hall, located in the historic main street area.

Durham, Ontario, Canada

The town of Durham, Ontario also served as a filming location for the 1995 film.

Port Hope, Ontario, Canada

Just down the road from Durham, the production team setup camps in the charming town of Port Hope to capture a few shots. Most likely, they have used the town hall of the municipality to shoot the college scenes.

Tommy Boy movie scenes filming in Canada
Courtsey of Paramount

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

As the characters were moving from one location to another, the production team was also shifting locations. One such shift happened in Toronto, the capital city of Ontario province, and the most populous city of Canada.

As per IMDb reports, BCE Place, Hart House, and the University of Toronto-St. George campus were utilized for filming purposes.

Brampton, Ontario, Canada

Brampton was another Canadian city, that served as the shooting location for Tommy Boy movie. It is a part of Greater Toronto Area, located in the Peel region, and is known for its large greenhouse industry. Once upon a time, the city was also known as The Flower Town of Canada.

Canada has been a popular filming location among various filmmakers. Some of the famous classic productions that happened in the North includes Outlaw Posse(2024), and Open Range(2003).

El Mirage Dry Lake, California, United States

Production team returned to the soil of United States to capture those desert scenes. The El Mirage Dry Lake is a dry Lake in the northwestern Victor Valley of the central Mojave Desert in San Bernardino Country.

Tommy Boy filming in California
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The scene where Tommy Boy is driving under an overpass singing to “Come on Eileen” was filmed at 2299 E Imperial Highway in Los Angeles.

After that there’s a scene where Tommy is driving down bridge over Oxnard Blvd after the song, that scene was filmed at E Channel Islands Blvd Oxnard.

Big Bear Lake is another beautiful location of California that was used in the filming of Night of the Grizzly (1966).

Who’s in the cast of Tommy Boy?

  • David Spade as Richard
  • Chris Farley as Tommy
  • Brian Dennehy as Big Tom
  • Bo Derek as Beverly
  • Dan Aykroyd as Zalinsky
  • Julie Warner as Michelle
  • Sean McCann as Frank Rittenhauer
  • Zach Grenier as Ted Reilly
  • James Blendick as Ron Gilmore
  • Clinton Turnbull as Young Tommy
  • Ryder Britton as Young Richard
  • Paul Greenberg as Skittish Student

What is the plot?

After barely graduating college, Tommy Callahan Jr. returns home to a surprise: his dad’s getting married and wants him to take a big role in the family auto parts business. But tragedy strikes when his dad suddenly dies, leaving the company on the brink of collapse.

To save it, Tommy joins forces with his dad’s uptight assistant Richard on a wild sales trip, facing off against ruthless competitors and their own mismatched personalities all in a hilarious fight to keep his dad’s dream alive.

How to watch Tommy Boy?

Tommy Boy (1995) is currenlty streaming on Paramount+, FUBO, and Pluto TV (free with ads) inside the United States. The movie is streaming for subscribers only.

If you live outside of US, you can purchase or rent the film from Apple TV, Amazon, Microsoft Store, Google Play, and YouTube.

Lakshya Kaushik

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