Tom Skerritt Biography

Birthday: 1933-08-25
Place of Birth: Detroit, Michigan USA
Height: 6' (1.83 m)
Wiki Biography: Lean, ruggedly handsome leading man and supporting actor whose "outdoor" looks have improved with age, Tom Skerritt attended Wayne State University and UCLA, and was first noticed in a UCLA production of "The Rainmaker" before making his movie debut in War Hunt (1962). However, he spent most of the next decade in television, regularly appearing in "Combat!" (1962), "The Virginian" (1962), "Gunsmoke" (1955) and "12 O'Clock High" (1964). Skerritt's next big break was appearing alongside Donald Sutherland and Elliott Gould in Robert Altman's biting satire MASH (1970). Several other film roles quickly followed, before he landed the plum role of Capt. Dallas of the ill-fated commercial towing vehicle Nostromo in the creepy sci-fi epic Alien (1979). Skerritt turned up again in another thriller playing a cop hunting a serial killer in the eerie The Dead Zone (1983), as a Navy Officer Flight instructor in Top Gun (1986) , in the six-chick flick Steel Magnolias (1989), and then as the poster boy for a "Guess" Jeans ad campaign utilizing his mature, weather-beaten features. Skerritt didn't neglect his TV background and reappeared on the small screen in "Cheers" (1982), The China Lake Murders (1990) (TV) and picked up an Emmy in 1994 for his performance as Sheriff Brock in the superb series "Picket Fences" (1992). Skerritt has remained continually busy for the past decade, contributing natural, entertaining and reliable performances in TV series, made-for-TV movies and major theatrical releases. He recreated the role of Will Kane in the TV production of High Noon (2000) (TV), and appeared alongside Bruce Willis in the mercenary war drama Tears of the Sun (2003).

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Thieves Like Us 1974 Crime
Ryan's Four Dr. Ryan 1983 Drama
Big Town 1987 Drama
Big Man on Campus 1989 Comedy
Singles 1992 Comedy
Picket Fences Sheriff Jimmy Brock 1992 - 1996 Drama
The Grid 2004 Action
Category 7: The End of the World 2005 Action
Stephen King's Desperation John Edward Marinville 2006 - 2006
The Dead Zone Sheriff Bannerman 2007 Sci Fi
Swing George Verdi 2011
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
War Hunt 1962
Wild Rovers 1971
Harold and Maude 1971 Comedy, Romance
Big Bad Mama 1974 0, 0, Comedy
Thieves Like Us 1974 Crime, Drama, Romance
The Turning Point 1977 0
Ice Castles Marcus Winston 1978 Drama, Romance, Sport
Alien Dallas 1979 Sport
The Alien Dallas 1979 Horror, Sci Fi
Silence of the North 1981 Drama
The Dead Zone Sheriff Bannerman 1983 Reality Tv, Sport, Game Show, 0
Dead Zone Sheriff Bannerman 1983 Horror, Thriller
Calendar Girl Murders 1984 Crime, Drama, Mystery
Top Gun Viper 1986 0, Biography
SpaceCamp Cmdr. Zach Bergstrom (Andie's husband) 1986 Adventure, Family, Sci Fi
The Parent Trap II 1986 Family, Comedy
Opposing Force Logan 1986 Action, Drama, Thriller
Wisdom Lloyd Wisdom 1986
Maid to Order 1987 Fantasy, Comedy
The Big Town 1987 Drama, Romance, Thriller
Nightmare at Bittercreek 1988 Action, Thriller
Poltergeist III Bruce Gardner 1988 Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Big Man on Campus Dr. Webster 1989 Comedy, Fantasy
The China Lake Murders 1990 Thriller
Child in the Night 1990 Drama, Mystery, Thriller
The Rookie Eugene Ackerman 1990 Action, Comedy, Crime
Singles 1992 0, Biography
Poison Ivy Darryl Cooper 1992 Drama, Thriller
Wild Orchid II: Two Shades of Blue Ham McDonald 1992 Drama, Romance
A River Runs Through It Rev. Maclean 1992 Drama
Knight Moves 1993 Mystery, Thriller
Contact David Drumlin 1997 Drama, Mystery, Sci Fi
The Contact David Drumlin 1997
What the Deaf Man Heard 1997 Comedy, Drama
The Other Sister Dr. Radley Tate 1999 Comedy, Romance
The Hunt for the Unicorn Killer 1999 Thriller, Drama
Aftershock: Earthquake in New York 1999 Action, Thriller, Drama
Texas Rangers 2001 Adventure, Drama
Changing Hearts Johnny Pinkley 2002 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Path to War General William Westmoreland 2002 Drama
Tears of the Sun Captain Bill Rhodes 2003 0, 0, Romance
Swing George Verdi 2003 Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Category 7: The End of the World 2005 Action, Thriller
Desperation John Edward Marinville 2006 Drama, Fantasy, Horror
The Velveteen Rabbit The Horse 2008
Beer for My Horses 2008 0
Whiteout Dr. John Fury 2009 Action, Crime, Mystery
For Sale by Owner Clive Farrier 2009 Drama, Horror, Thriller
Redemption Road 2011
Steel Magnolias Drum Eatenton 2012 Biography
Soda Springs Walt Jackson 2012 0
Ted Tom Skerritt 2012 Comedy, Fantasy
The Velveteen Rabbit Horse 2012 Family
Field of Lost Shoes Ulysses S. Grant 2013
Middleton Emerson 2013 Romance