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Occupation  Actor
Height  1.83 m
Role  Actor
Name  Tom Skerritt
Years active  1962–present

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Full Name  Thomas Roy Skerritt
Born  August 25, 1933 (age 82) (1933-08-25) Detroit, Michigan, United States
Alma mater  Mackenzie High School (Michigan)Wayne State UniversityUniversity of California, Los Angeles
Spouse  Julie Tokashiki (m. 1998), Sue Oran (m. 1977–1992), Charlotte Shanks (m. 1957–1972)
Children  Colin Skerritt, Matt Skerritt, Erin Skerritt, Andy Skerritt
TV shows  Picket Fences, The Grid, The Trojan Horse, Ryan's Four
Movies  Alien, Top Gun, A River Runs Through It, MASH, Steel Magnolias
Similar People  Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Yaphet Kotto, Kelly McGillis

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Thomas Roy "Tom" Skerritt (born August 25, 1933) is an American actor who has appeared in more than forty films and more than two hundred television episodes since 1962. He is known for his roles in MASH, Alien, Top Gun, A River Runs Through It, Up in Smoke, and the television series Picket Fences. Skerritt has earned several awards and nominations, including a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 1993 for Picket Fences.


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Early life

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Skerritt was born in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Helen, a homemaker, and Roy Skerritt, a businessman. He is the youngest of three children. A 1951 graduate of Detroit's Mackenzie High School, Skerritt attended Wayne State University and the University of California, Los Angeles. Skerritt served a tour of duty in the United States Air Force.


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Skerritt made his film debut in War Hunt, produced by Terry Sanders and released in 1962. Skerritt's notable film appearances include MASH (1970), Harold and Maude (credited as "M. Borman", 1971), Big Bad Mama, Cheech & Chong's Up in Smoke (1978), Ice Castles (1978), as Captain Dallas in Alien (1979), as a would-be astronaut in Contact (1997) and SpaceCamp (1986), and in Top Gun (1986) as Commander Mike "Viper" Metcalf. In 1988, he starred with Nancy Allen and Lara Flynn Boyle in Poltergeist III. In 1989, he played the role of Thomas Drummond "Drum" Eatenton in Steel Magnolias, it was a highly acclaimed movie. In 1992, he appeared in the critically acclaimed Robert Redford-directed film A River Runs Through It, playing a fly-fish loving minister and father of the two brother protagonists in the film.

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Skerritt guest-starred in the television series The Real McCoys (1963), as a letter carrier in the episode "Aunt Win Steps In". He was cast in Bonanza in 1964 and on Death Valley Days in 1965, as a young gambler, Patrick Hogan, who meets a tragic fate after winning a small fortune in the saloon in Calico in San Bernardino County, California. In another Death Valley Days episode, "A Sense of Justice" (1966), he played a young Roy Bean in San Diego, California, c. 1850, with his older brother, Joshua Bean, played by Tris Coffin.

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He also appeared in the ABC series, Twelve O'Clock High (1964–1967), five episodes; Gunsmoke (1965–1972), also five episodes), and as Evan Drake on Cheers. He then appeared in CBS's Picket Fences (1992–1996), in the role of Sheriff Jimmy Brock, for which he won an Emmy Award. More recently, he has starred in Homeland Security and The Grid.


He portrayed the deceased William Walker on Brothers and Sisters, having appeared in the pilot as well as in several flashbacks scenes. This was his second time playing the husband of Sally Field, the first having been in Steel Magnolias, set in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

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He played the role of Ezekiel on ABC Family's Fallen miniseries. He also appeared as the guide on the showcase website for Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system. He lent his voice in the video game Gun (2005), where he voices as Clay Allison.

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He guest-starred in seasons three and four of Leverage as Nate Ford's father.

In February 2012, Skerritt played the title role in Pacific Northwest Ballet's production of Don Quixote.

In 2014, Skerritt was reunited with ex-Picket Fences co-star, Lauren Holly, to star with her in Field of Lost Shoes.

Skerritt is a co-founder of TheFilmSchool, in which he is also an instructor.

Personal life

Since 1988, he has divided his domestic life between his Lake Washington home in suburban Seattle, Washington, and a second home on Lopez Island in the San Juan Islands.

Skerritt's first wife, Charlotte, is the mother of Skerritt's three older children. His second wife, Sue, operates a Seattle bed and breakfast. She and Skerritt had one child Colin. Skerritt has an adopted daughter with his current wife Julie Tokahashi.

Awards and nominations

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards

  • 1998: Nominated, "Favorite Supporting Actor in a Drama" - Contact
  • DVD Exclusive Awards

  • 2003: Won, "Best Audio Commentary" - Alien
  • Emmy Awards

  • 1993: Won, "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series" - Picket Fences
  • 1994: Nominated, "Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series" - Picket Fences
  • Genie Awards

  • 1982: Nominated, "Best Performance by a Foreign Actor" - Silence of the North
  • Golden Globe Awards

  • 1994: Nominated, "Best Performance By an Actor in a Dramatic TV series" - Picket Fences
  • 1995: Nominated, "Best Performance By an Actor in a Dramatic TV series" - Picket Fences
  • National Board of Review of Motion Pictures

  • 1977: Won, "Best Supporting Actor" - The Turning Point
  • Saturn Awards

  • 2011: Won, "Best Guest Performer on Television" - Leverage
  • Screen Actors Guild Awards

  • 1995: Nominated, "Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series" - Picket Fences
  • 1995: Nominated, "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series" - Picket Fences
  • 1996: Nominated, "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series" - Picket Fences
  • Western Heritage Awards

  • 1999: Won, "Best Television Feature Film" - Two for Texas
  • References

    Tom Skerritt Wikipedia