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Also Known As: M. Borman Died:
Born: August 25, 1933 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Detroit, Michigan, USA Profession: actor, director, writer

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Though he had an affinity for playing villains, actor Tom Skerritt was a familiar face to audiences as all-American authority figures - soldier, police officer, father - in prominent features and television series over several decades. After first gaining attention as the irreverent Southern doctor Duke Forrest in Robert Altman's "M*A*S*H" (1970), Skerritt went on to an accomplished career that was marked with intelligent, penetrating performances. Perhaps most identified with the thoughtful gentleness he brought to his role as Shirley MacLaine's husband in "The Turning Point" (1977), Skerritt went on to score memorable film roles in Ridley Scott's sci-fi film "Alien" (1979), the Tony Scott blockbuster "Top Gun" (1986), and old friend Robert Redford's "A River Runs Through It" (1992). Switching gears to the small screen after years of big screen success, Skerritt starred as the perplexed town sheriff of an odd, fictional community on the hit series "Picket Fences" (CBS, 1992-96), a role that earned him an Emmy Award. After the show was cancelled, Skerritt remained busy with roles on "Huff" (Showtime, 2004-06) and "Brothers and Sisters" (ABC, 2006- ), solidifying his place as one of the most prolific...

Though he had an affinity for playing villains, actor Tom Skerritt was a familiar face to audiences as all-American authority figures - soldier, police officer, father - in prominent features and television series over several decades. After first gaining attention as the irreverent Southern doctor Duke Forrest in Robert Altman's "M*A*S*H" (1970), Skerritt went on to an accomplished career that was marked with intelligent, penetrating performances. Perhaps most identified with the thoughtful gentleness he brought to his role as Shirley MacLaine's husband in "The Turning Point" (1977), Skerritt went on to score memorable film roles in Ridley Scott's sci-fi film "Alien" (1979), the Tony Scott blockbuster "Top Gun" (1986), and old friend Robert Redford's "A River Runs Through It" (1992). Switching gears to the small screen after years of big screen success, Skerritt starred as the perplexed town sheriff of an odd, fictional community on the hit series "Picket Fences" (CBS, 1992-96), a role that earned him an Emmy Award. After the show was cancelled, Skerritt remained busy with roles on "Huff" (Showtime, 2004-06) and "Brothers and Sisters" (ABC, 2006- ), solidifying his place as one of the most prolific character actors working in Hollywood.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Divided by Hate (1997) Director
2.
  Question About Sex, A (1990) Director

CAST: (feature film)

3.
 Admissions (2014)
4.
 Ted (2012)
5.
6.
 Redemption Road (2011)
7.
 Whiteout (2009)
8.
10.
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1953:
Spent four years in the US Air Force (dates approximate)
:
Performed two seasons of regional theater in the Midwest
1962:
Screen debut, "War Hunt"; film also Robert Redford's feature debut
1963:
Early TV appearances in "Run for Doom" ("The Alfred Hitchcock Hour" NBC) and "Thunder Gap" episode of "Temple Houston" (NBC), starring Jeffrey Hunter
:
Portrayed Corky Mardis in "Gallagher", aired as nine segments of "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color" (NBC)
1967:
TV-movie debut, "A Bell For Adano", a presentation of "Hallmark Hall of Fame" (NBC)
1970:
Breakthrough screen role as Duke Forest in Robert Altman's "M*A*S*H"
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Appeared in several Italian features
1974:
Reteamed with Altman for "Thieves Like Us"
1977:
Portrayed Shirley MacLaine's patient husband in "The Turning Point", directed by Herbert Ross
1979:
Played Captain Dallas in Ridley Scott's "Alien"
1983:
Portrayed Sheriff George Bannerman in "The Dead Zone"
1983:
Starred in the short-lived ABC series, "Ryan's Four"
1986:
Played Tom Cruise's commander in "Top Gun"
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Had a recurring role as businessman Evan Drake on the NBC sitcom "Cheers"
1989:
Contributed to the background atmosphere as Sally Field's husband in "Steel Magnolias"
1990:
Directorial debut "A Question About Sex", an "ABC Afterschool Special"
1990:
Starred in USA Network movie, "The China Lake Murders"
1991:
Appeared in a series of Guess? Jean ads
1992:
Portrayed the fly-fishing minister patriarch in Redford's "A River Runs Through It", based on Norman MacLean's autobiographical novella
1992:
Acted the part of the reserved father lured into an affair by his daughter's high school classmate (Drew Barrymore) in "Poison Ivy"
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Starred as Sheriff Jimmy Brock in the acclaimed CBS drama series, "Picket Fences", earning an Emmy for his work during the first season
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Directed two episodes of "Picket Fences" in 1994 and 1995
1997:
Returned to features after a five-year absence in "Contact", starring Jodie Foster
1997:
Directed first feature-length movie, "Divided by Hate" (USA Network); also acted
1997:
Co-starred in the highly rated CBS TV-movie "What the Deaf Man Heard"
1998:
Made a cameo appearance as a police chief in Chris Eyre's "Smoke Signals"
1998:
Portrayed Sam Houston in TNT movie, "Two For Texas"
1998:
Has supporting role in Garry Marshall's "The Other Sister"
2000:
Inherited the Gary Cooper role in the TNT small screen remake of "High Noon"
2001:
Acted in the Texas feature "Texas Rangers"
2003:
Credited for his role in the Navy action feature "Tears of the Sun"
2004:
Starred in the miniseries "Homeland Security" and "The Grid," which is a Fox/BBC co-production
2006:
Had a recurring role as Ben Huffstodt in the Showtime drama, "Huff"
2006:
Cast as the patriarch in the ABC series, "Brothers & Sisters," who dies in the pilot episode; character is recurring in dreams and memories
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Education

Wayne State University: Detroit , Michigan -
University of California at Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California -
MacKenzie High School: Detroit , Michigan - 1953

Notes

Skerritt is the author of a play, "The Piano Teacher".

About acting while directing: "One day I was waiting to rehearse a scene with two of the actors and we were waiting for the third actor. I was starting to get impatient, irritated with the guy. Then it dawned on me. I was the third actor." --Tom Skerritt, DAILY NEWS, October 22, 1997

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wife:
Charlotte Skerritt. Divorced; mother of Skerritt's three older children.
wife:
Sue Skerritt. Second wife; married c. 1977; divorced in 1992; operated a bed and breakfast in Seattle.

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father:
Roy Skerritt. Businessman.
mother:
Helen Skerritt. Housewife.
son:
Andy Skerritt. Screenwriter. Born c. 1962; mother, Charlotte Skerritt.
daughter:
Erin Skerritt. Homemaker. Born c. 1964; mother, Charlotte Skerritt.
son:
Matt Skerritt. Actor. Born c. 1969; mother, Charlotte Skerritt; acted in "Dogfight" (1991).
son:
Colin Skerritt. Born c. 1978; mother, Sue Skerritt.
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