Basic Information About Tom Skerritt
|Category||Celebrities › Actors|
|Professions||Actor, Teacher, Television Director|
|Date of birth||1933-08-25 (90 years old)|
|Place of birth||Detroit|
|Nationality||United States of America|
|Curiosities and Trademarks||His moustache|
|Height||6 ft (1.83 m)|
|Social Media||↗︎ Wikipedia ↗︎ IMDb|
What Movie Awards did Tom Skerritt win?
Tom Skerritt roles
|Movie / Series||Role|
|Steel Magnolias||Drum Eatenton|
|A Hologram for the King||Ron|
|Up in Smoke||Strawberry|
|Harold and Maude||Motorcycle Officer (as M. Borman)|
|The Dead Zone||Sheriff Bannerman|
|Tears of the Sun||Captain Bill Rhodes|
|A River Runs Through It||Rev. Maclean|
|Poison Ivy||Darryl Cooper|
|Big Bad Mama||Fred Diller|
|Ice Castles||Marcus Winston|
|Smoke Signals||Police Chief|
|Poltergeist III||Bruce Gardner|
|Whiteout||Dr. John Fury|
|The Other Sister||Radley|
|The Rookie||Eugene Ackerman|
|Texas Rangers||Richard Dukes|
|Will & Grace||Dr. Jay Markus 1 episode, 2002|
|Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Judge Oliver Taft 1 episode, 2004|
|The Hitchhiker||Detective Frank Sheen 1 episode, 1986|
|12 O'Clock High||Lieutenant Ryan / ... 5 episodes, 1964-1967|
|The West Wing||Senator Chris Carrick 1 episode, 2003|
|White Collar||Alan Mitchell 1 episode, 2012|
|The Virginian||Billy Landers / ... 6 episodes, 1962-1971|
|The Fugitive||Neely Hollister / ... 2 episodes, 1965-1966|
|Kolchak: The Night Stalker||Robert W. Palmer 1 episode, 1974|
|Mannix||Morgan Carpenter 1 episode, 1967|
|Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea||Richardson 1 episode, 1965|
|Chicago Hope||Jim Kellner 1 episode, 1997|
|My Three Sons||Young Steve 1 episode, 1963|
|Leverage||Jimmy Ford 2 episodes, 2010-2012|
|The Time Tunnel||Matthew Gebhardt 1 episode, 1966|
|The F.B.I.||Bill Leonard / ... 4 episodes, 1966-1972|
|The Alfred Hitchcock Hour||Dr. Frank Farmer 1 episode, 1963|
|The Name of the Game||Pete 1 episode, 1970|
|Brothers & Sisters||William Walker / ... 7 episodes, 2006-2009|
|S.W.A.T.||Maynard Hill 1 episode, 1976|
|Madam Secretary||Patrick McCord 1 episode, 2015|
|The Twilight Zone||Alex Mattingly (segment "What Are Friends For?") 1 episode, 1986|
|Barnaby Jones||Darrin Addison 1 episode, 1975|
|The Tonight Show with Jay Leno||Self 1 episode, 1992|
|Medical Center||Artie Atwood 1 episode, 1970|
|Combat!||Burke / ... 4 episodes, 1962-1967|
Tom Skerritt's Quotes
- It's concentration and luck. There are many prominent people in this business who choose certain types of pictures and play a derivation of a certain character they always play so they are immediately identifiable -- and they are commercially successful because of it. I have never pursued that. I just do films that I would pay five bucks to see.
- I have never really capitalized effectively on the successful films I have appeared in. And I have been in some pretty damn good films. What it comes down to is what someone told me years ago -- if you have one hit and the next two are not successful, then you have to start from scratch again. That's what happened to me. It's like a game, I suppose, and I've been doing OK.
The Incredible Career of Tom Skerritt
Tom Skerritt, with a net worth of $8 million, is recognized by many for his incredible performances across the big and small screens. Born in Detroit, Michigan, he grew up to have an illustrious career that spans over five decades, which earned him leading roles in various noteworthy projects.
What is Tom Skerritt known for?
Born Thomas Roy Skerritt on August 25, 1933, he is famous for his roles in blockbusters like ‘Top Gun’ and ‘A River Runs Through It,’ as well as cult classics like ‘MASH,’ ‘Outland,’ and ‘Alien.’
Early Life and Education
After Tom’s father passed away when he was three years old, his mother re-married and moved the family to Detroit. Several years later, they relocated to California, where he honed his talents in visual art and attended Wayne State University.
He soon transferred to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he started getting into plays and theater productions. Once he graduated, he participated in the US Army Reserve in the California National Guard, and afterward sought out playhouses in Los Angeles to build up his resume.
Since Tom Skerritt debuted in 1962 in the film, ‘War Hunt,’ he was then quickly cast on episodes of ABC’s TV series ‘Combat!’ the same year, he never hardly took a breather since.
His performances spanned across several genres, including drama, action-comedy, horror, thriller, and sci-fi features for the silver screen, and several westerns, crime dramas, sitcoms, and legal procedurals on television.
The 70s were a peak career period where Tom was highly sought out for roles in military films or series. He shone in the 197 Academy Award-winning film ‘MASH’ as “Duke Forrest,” opposite Elliot Gould, and co-starred in a cult sci-fi film ‘Alien’ (1979). During the ’80s, Tom took a notable lead with Terry Gilliam’s ‘The Dead Zone’ (1983), based on the novel by Stephen King, and played flight instructor “Viper” in Tony Scott’s blockbuster ‘Top Gun’ (1986).
His peak success in television came with CBS’s law-enforcement drama ‘Picket Fences,’ where he acted as Sheriff Jimmy Brock, who received an Emmy Award in 1993, and oversaw criminal cases amongst a small progressive town with twisted neighbors. Moreover, he briefly rejoined ‘Cheers’ cast as the conman “Evan Drake” for the series eleven episodes in 1991, winning a Screen Actors Guild Award for being an excellent guest-superior by the time.
As evidenced from his career timeline, Skerrit’s performances make for quite a distinguished list of award nominations and wins over a career span of over 50 years. He has received three Emmy nods and one win, two Golden Globe nods, one Screen Actors Guild nods and wins, and the 1978 BAFTA Actor Award for Best Supporting Actor performance in “Ice Castles.”
Tom Skerritt also has a legacy as an accomplished director and artist by assuring positive trends that are cemented in Hollywood’s hall of fame for actors with long and successful careers.
Personal Life and Legacy
Skerritt was married for the fourth time in his life to professional photographer, Julie Tokashiki, in 1999. He has two children from his previous marriages, including American actress and singer, Laura Skerritt. He is still active in Hollywood as of 2021 judging by recent IMDb activity, representing the ever-young talent Hollywood is notorious for nurturing.
All in all, Tom Skerritt knows how to deliver an immaculate performance that will keep the audience engaged for years. With a career spanning over five decades and a remarkable reputation as one of Hollywood’s elite stars, there’s no telling what this extraordinary performer could accomplish next.
Interesting Facts about Tom Skerritt
- Children: Andy (b. 1962), Erin (b. 1964) and Matt Skerritt (b. 1969) with Charlotte Skerritt and Colin Skerritt (b. 1978) with Sue Skerritt.
- Attended Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan.
- Plays the motorcycle cop in Harold and Maude (1971) but is billed in the credits as "M. Borman".
- Seldom seen on stage, Tom appeared with the late Lee Remick in a performance of "Love Letters" in 1990, her last appearance before her death from cancer. He also performed in the same play with Kathy Baker for several benefits in the Los Angeles area. In 2004 he returned once more as the Stage Manager in a Seattle production of "Our Town".
- Uncle of Jessica Skerritt.
- Along with Ken Pogue, he is one of only two actors to appear in both The Dead Zone (1983) and The Dead Zone (2002).
- Best known by the public for his starring role as Sheriff Jimmy Brock on Picket Fences (1992).
- Acting mentor and friends of Holly Marie Combs and Lauren Holly.
- His acting mentor was the late Robert Altman.
- Doing commercials for the University of Kansas Medical Center. [May 2006]
- Has been living in the Seattle area and agreed to play the role of "The Stage Manager" in Thornton Wilder's "Our Town" at the Intiman Theater. [October 2004]
- He has appeared in five films that have been selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant: M*A*S*H (1970), Harold and Maude (1971), Alien (1979), Top Gun (1986) and Smoke Signals (1998).
- Although Dallas is the second character in 'Alien' to be killed, Skerritt has outlived all of his male costars.