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Also Known As: Thomas Michael Moore Died:
Born: May 31, 1949 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: actor, producer, steelworker, restaurant owner

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Having first established himself in brooding, aggressive roles, actor Tom Berenger first came to the public's attention as the self-effacing Tom Selleck-like television star in Lawrence Kasdan's iconic drama, "The Big Chill" (1983). But it was his hard-edged turn as the Vietnam War-scarred Sergeant Barnes in "Platoon" (1986) that turned the relatively known actor into a bona fide star. Berenger next emerged in the unlikeliest of places, playing a professional baseball player in the surprise hit comedy "Major League" (1989), a role he reprised five years later in the inferior sequel. From there, he specialized in playing historical figures like Confederate Lt. Gen. James Longstreet in "Gettysburg" (1993) and Theodore Roosevelt in "Rough Riders" (TNT, 1997), while churning out a series of low-quality genre films - many of which went straight to DVD - like "Sniper" (1993) and its two sequels. Whether occasionally popping up in more acclaimed movies like "Training Day" (2001) and "Inception" (2010), co-starring on his first regular primetime series "October Road" (ABC, 2007-08), or winning an Emmy for his work in the acclaimed miniseries "Hatfields & McCoys" (History, 2012), Berenger seemed content...

Having first established himself in brooding, aggressive roles, actor Tom Berenger first came to the public's attention as the self-effacing Tom Selleck-like television star in Lawrence Kasdan's iconic drama, "The Big Chill" (1983). But it was his hard-edged turn as the Vietnam War-scarred Sergeant Barnes in "Platoon" (1986) that turned the relatively known actor into a bona fide star. Berenger next emerged in the unlikeliest of places, playing a professional baseball player in the surprise hit comedy "Major League" (1989), a role he reprised five years later in the inferior sequel. From there, he specialized in playing historical figures like Confederate Lt. Gen. James Longstreet in "Gettysburg" (1993) and Theodore Roosevelt in "Rough Riders" (TNT, 1997), while churning out a series of low-quality genre films - many of which went straight to DVD - like "Sniper" (1993) and its two sequels. Whether occasionally popping up in more acclaimed movies like "Training Day" (2001) and "Inception" (2010), co-starring on his first regular primetime series "October Road" (ABC, 2007-08), or winning an Emmy for his work in the acclaimed miniseries "Hatfields & McCoys" (History, 2012), Berenger seemed content playing a wide array of villains and antiheroes in non-theatrical releases.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Sniper: Legacy (2014)
2.
 Bad Country (2014)
3.
 Brake (2012)
4.
 Faster (2010)
5.
 Inception (2010)
7.
 Breaking Point (2009)
8.
 Silent Venom (2009)
9.
 Stiletto (2009)
10.
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Milestones close milestones

:
On a bet, tried out for a part in a college play
1970:
Acting debut in a college production of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
1975:
Acted in Circle Repertory's "End As a Man" (1975) and the Long Wharf's "The Rose Tattoo" (1977), among other stage productions
1975:
Played Timmie Siegal on ABC daytime soap "One Life To Live"
1977:
Made TV-movie debut in "Johnny, We Hardly Knew Ye" (NBC)
1977:
Film acting debut, "The Sentinel"
1977:
Portrayed a psychotic killer on the prowl in "Looking for Mr. Goodbar"
1981:
Returned to the stage to play Stanley Kowalski in "A Streetcar Named Desire" at the Milwaukee Rep
1983:
Delivered breakthrough role as Sam, the handsome but insecure TV star in Lawrence Kasdan's "The Big Chill"
1983:
Acted the part of Frank 'Word Man' Ridgeway in "Eddie and the Cruisers"
1986:
Earned an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor for his role in Oliver Stone's "Platoon"
1987:
Starred opposite Mimi Rogers in "Someone to Watch Over Me"
1988:
Played white supremacist Gary Simmons in Costa-Gavras' "Betrayed"
1988:
His stubborn mountain guide teamed up with Sidney Poitier's big-city cop in "Shoot to Kill"
1988:
Appeared opposite Mary McDonnell in the Long Wharf production of "National Anthems"
1989:
Portrayed veteran catcher Jake Taylor in baseball comedy "Major League"
1989:
Reunited with Stone for small role in "Born on the Fourth of July"
1993:
Turned in solid portrayal as Confederate General James Longstreet in Turner Pictures epic "Gettysburg"
1993:
Stole Kirstie Alley's heart on the final two episodes of long-running NBC sitcom "Cheers"; Alley had also acted with him in "Shoot to Kill"
1994:
Reprised Jake Taylor role for "Major League II"
1995:
Co-produced and starred in TNT movie "The Avenging Angel"
1996:
Played mercenary-turned-substitute teacher in "The Substitute"
1997:
Produced and starred as Teddy Roosevelt in TNT miniseries "Rough Riders"
1998:
Portrayed Pete Randle in Robert Altman's "The Gingerbread Man"
1998:
Starred in "One Man's Hero" as Tom Riley, a member of the St Patrick Brigade, a group of Irish immigrants who fled to Mexico and fought for their adopted country in Mexican-American War
2001:
Landed lead role in drama thriller "Watchtower"
2001:
Acted opposite Denzel Washington in "Training Day"
2003:
Cast in a recurring role on USA Network's "Peacemakers"
2007:
Cast as The Commander on the ABC drama "October Road"
2010:
Co-starred with Leonardo DiCaprio in the Christopher Nolan-directed sci-fi thriller "Inception"
2010:
Played supporting role opposite Dwayne Johnson in the action drama "Faster"
2012:
Co-starred with Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton in The History Channel miniseries "Hatfields & McCoys"
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Education

St Leo High School: Chicago , Illinois -
University of Missouri: Columbia , Missouri -
University of Missouri: Columbia , Missouri -
HB Studio: New York , New York -
Rich East High School: Park Forest , Illinois - 1967

Notes

He is part owner of the NYC restaurant Twins

"Tom comes in and he's totally reality-based. He did research on private detectives. He probably could be one.

"Once we were walking down the street and we saw an actor walking on the opposite side and this guy was living a role, living a role for a film. He was walking down the street and living the part of some cowboy or something. And Tom says, 'Oh look at so-and-so there, wasting it on a street corner. Not old Tom. He saves it for the screen.'

"He reminds me very much of Spencer Tracy or Paul Muni, the classic actors. Sort of a no-bullshit attitude, a guy who understands the subtlety but won't celebrate it, doesn't do anything tricky. He understands the essence of things." --Alan Rudolph quoted in FAME, April 1990

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Barbara Berenger. Married c. 1976; divorced February 1984.
wife:
Lisa Williams. Realtor. Married in July 1986; separated; filed for divorce in June 1997; divorced.
wife:
Patricia Alvaran. Makeup artist. Married on January 23, 1998.

Family close complete family listing

daughter:
Allison Berenger. Born c. 1977; mother, Barbara Berenger.
son:
Patrick Berenger. Born c. 1978; mother, Barbara Berenger.
daughter:
Chelsea Berenger. Born in 1986; mother, Lisa Williams.
daughter:
Chloe Berenger. Born in July 1988; mother, Lisa Williams.
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