is a fictional character in the film Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
and the television sitcom Alice
. Tommy was played by Alfred Lutter
in the movie and the television series pilot
. Throughout the rest of the series, he was played by Philip McKeon
Alice's pride and joy
Tommy was the son of Donald and Alice Hyatt
. His father died in a truck driving accident when he was twelve, and then he moved, with his mother, to California, so she could break into singing. However, car troubles forced Alice to stop in Phoenix, Arizona
, where they eventually got an apartment, and his mother got a job as a waitress at Mel's Diner.
He made friends, and was quite popular with the ladies, much to Alice's dismay. His mother's boss, Mel Sharples
, was a needed father figure to him, even though some of his shenanigans met with Alice's disapproval. It made Mel proud that Tommy was as popular with the ladies, as Mel seemed to think himself to be. Alice also fretted that Mel would make Tommy as chauvinistic as he was, but Tommy never became chauvinistic. He was generally self-effacingly pleasant.
Like his mother, Tommy loved music, and was a talented guitarist. He and his mother performed a couple of duets during the show's run. Also, Mel trained him to be a fry cook, like he was, even going so far as to wear a beanie and T-shirt, like Mel did; at first this was met with stringent resistance by Alice, but she eventually relented when Tommy showed genuine talent at it.
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