Tom Skerritt

Actor, Director, Writer
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 ... Read more »
Born: 08/24/1933 in Detroit, Michigan, USA

Filmography

Actor (126)

Madam Secretary 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Hologram for the King 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

At Middleton 2014 (Movie)

Dr. Roland Emerson (Actor)

Field of Lost Shoes 2014 (Movie)

Ulysses S. Grant (Actor)

Redwood Highway 2014 (Movie)

Pete (Actor)

The Good Wife 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Wings: Sky Force Heroes 2014 (Movie)

(Voice)

Leverage 2010, 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ted 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

White Collar 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Wings 2012 (Movie)

(English version) (Voice)

Redemption Road 2011 (Movie)

Santa (Actor)

Brothers & Sisters 2006 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Closer 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Velveteen Rabbit 2009 (Movie)

Voice of Horse (Actor)

Whiteout 2009 (Movie)

Dr John Fury (Actor)

Beer for My Horses 2008 (Movie)

Sheriff Wilson Landry (Actor)

Bonneville 2008 (Movie)

Emmett L Johnson (Actor)

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Vinegar Hill 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dead Zone 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Category 7: The End of the World 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Chicago Hope 1994 - 1998, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fallen 1994 - 1996, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Huff 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mammoth 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Picket Fences 1994 - 1998, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Grid 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Swing 2004 (Movie)

George Verdi (Actor)

TV Land Moguls 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Tears of the Sun 2003 (Movie)

Captain Bill Rhodes (Actor)

The West Wing 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Changing Hearts 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

Robert Redford 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Will & Grace 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Greenmail 2001 (Movie)

Tom Bradshaw (Actor)

Robert Redford: Hollywood Outlaw 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Texas Rangers 2001 (Movie)

Richard Dukes (Actor)

Voyage to Atlantis: The Lost Empire 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Aftershock: Earthquake in New York 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

An American Daughter 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Mount St. Helen's Fury 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

Elizabeth Taylor: The E! True Hollywood Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Into the Wild Blue: The World's Best Flight Teams 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Hunt For the Unicorn Killer 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Other Sister 1999 (Movie)

Radley (Actor)

Smoke Signals 1998 (Movie)

Police Chief (Actor)

Contact 1997 (Movie)

Dr David Drumlin (Actor)

The Second Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

46th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Over America 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Narrator

Wyatt Earp: Walk With a Legend 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Knight Moves 1993 (Movie)

Frank Sedman (Actor)

The American Television Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

A River Runs Through It 1992 (Movie)

Reverend Maclean (Actor)

Poison Ivy 1992 (Movie)

Darryl Cooper (Actor)

Singles 1992 (Movie)

Mayor Weber (Actor)

Wild Orchid 2: Two Shades of Blue 1992 (Movie)

Ham (Actor)

I'll Take Romance 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Heist 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rookie 1990 (Movie)

Eugene Ackerman (Actor)

Big Man on Campus 1989 (Movie)

Dr Webster (Actor)

Honor Bound 1989 (Movie)

(Actor)

Steel Magnolias 1989 (Movie)

Drum Eatenton (Actor)

Cheers 1987 - 1988 (Tv Show)

Actor

Moving Target 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Nightmare at Bitter Creek 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Poltergeist III 1988 (Movie)

Bruce Gardner (Actor)

Maid to Order 1987 (Movie)

Charles Montgomery (Actor)

On the Edge 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Big Town 1987 (Movie)

Phil Carpenter (Actor)

Opposing Force 1986 (Movie)

Major Logan (Actor)

Space Camp 1986 (Movie)

Zach (Actor)

Top Gun 1986 (Movie)

Viper (Actor)

True Believer 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Wisdom 1986 (Movie)

Lloyd Wisdom (Actor)

The Dead Zone 1983 (Movie)

Sheriff George Bannerman (Actor)

A Dangerous Summer 1981 (Movie)

Anderson (Actor)

Fighting Back 1981 (Movie)

John D'Angelo (Actor)

Savage Harvest 1981 (Movie)

Casey (Actor)

Silence of the North 1981 (Movie)

Walter Reamer (Actor)

Alien 1979 (Movie)

Captain Dallas (Actor)

Cheech & Chong's Up In Smoke 1978 (Movie)

Strawberry (Actor)

Ice Castles 1978 (Movie)

Marcus Winston (Actor)

The Turning Point 1977 (Movie)

Wayne Rogers (Actor)

Kolchak: The Night Stalker 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Big Bad Mama 1974 (Movie)

Fred Diller (Actor)

The Devil's Rain 1974 (Movie)

Tom Preston (Actor)

Thieves Like Us 1974 (Movie)

Dee Mobley (Actor)

Fuzz 1972 (Movie)

Detective Kling (Actor)

The Birdmen 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

M*A*S*H 1970 (Movie)

Duke Forrest (Actor)

Wild Rovers 1970 (Movie)

John Buckman (Actor)

Gallagher 1964 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

One Man's Way 1963 (Movie)

Leonard Peale--as an adult (Actor)

Those Calloways 1963 (Movie)

Whit Turner (Actor)

War Hunt 1961 (Movie)

Cpl Showalter (Actor)

A Touch of Scandal (TV Show)

Actor

A Valentine's Date (TV Show)

Actor

Backstory (TV Show)

Actor

Calendar Girl Murders (TV Show)

Actor

Child in the Night (TV Show)

Actor

Divided by Hate (TV Show)

Actor

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Movie)

Gabe Utterson (Actor)

Getting Up and Going Home (TV Show)

Actor

High Noon (TV Show)

Actor

Homeland Security (TV Show)

Actor

In Sickness and in Health (TV Show)

Actor

Killer Wave (TV Show)

Actor

Maneaters Are Loose! (TV Show)

Actor

Miles to Go (TV Show)

Actor

Origins of the Mafia (TV Show)

Actor

Parent Trap II (TV Show)

Actor

Path To War (TV Show)

Actor

Poker Alice (TV Show)

Actor

Red King, White Knight (TV Show)

Actor

Ryan's Four (TV Show)

Actor

Stephen King's Desperation (TV Show)

Actor

The China Lake Murders (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Day (TV Show)

Actor

Two For Texas (TV Show)

Actor

What the Deaf Man Heard (TV Show)

Actor
Director (1)

A Question About Sex 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Director
Other (1)

A Hard Rain 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Special Thanks

Biography

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.

Relationships

Charlotte Skerritt

Wife
divorced mother of Skerritt's three older children

Roy Skerritt

Father

Sue Skerritt

Wife
second wife married c. 1977 divorced in 1992 operated a bed and breakfast in Seattle

Helen Skerritt

Mother

Erin Skerritt

Daughter
born c. 1964 mother, Charlotte Skerritt

Andy Skerritt

Son
born c. 1962 mother, Charlotte Skerritt

Colin Skerritt

Son
born c. 1978 mother, Sue Skerritt

Matt Skerritt

Son
born c. 1969 mother, Charlotte Skerritt acted in "Dogfight" (1991)

EDUCATION

Wayne State University

Detroit , Michigan
first developed interest in acting

MacKenzie High School

Detroit , Michigan 1953

University of California at Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California
spotted in student production of "The Rainmaker" and cast in film "War Hunt"

Milestones

2006

Cast as the patriarch in the ABC series, "Brothers & Sisters," who dies in the pilot episode; character is recurring in dreams and memories

2006

Had a recurring role as Ben Huffstodt in the Showtime drama, "Huff"

2004

Starred in the miniseries "Homeland Security" and "The Grid," which is a Fox/BBC co-production

2003

Credited for his role in the Navy action feature "Tears of the Sun"

2001

Acted in the Texas feature "Texas Rangers"

2000

Inherited the Gary Cooper role in the TNT small screen remake of "High Noon"

1998

Has supporting role in Garry Marshall's "The Other Sister"

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"

1997

Directed first feature-length movie, "Divided by Hate" (USA Network); also acted

1997

Returned to features after a five-year absence in "Contact", starring Jodie Foster

1997

Co-starred in the highly rated CBS TV-movie "What the Deaf Man Heard"

1992

Acted the part of the reserved father lured into an affair by his daughter's high school classmate (Drew Barrymore) in "Poison Ivy"

1992

Portrayed the fly-fishing minister patriarch in Redford's "A River Runs Through It", based on Norman MacLean's autobiographical novella

1991

Appeared in a series of Guess? Jean ads

1990

Directorial debut "A Question About Sex", an "ABC Afterschool Special"

1990

Starred in USA Network movie, "The China Lake Murders"

1989

Contributed to the background atmosphere as Sally Field's husband in "Steel Magnolias"

1986

Played Tom Cruise's commander in "Top Gun"

1983

Starred in the short-lived ABC series, "Ryan's Four"

1983

Portrayed Sheriff George Bannerman in "The Dead Zone"

1979

Played Captain Dallas in Ridley Scott's "Alien"

1977

Portrayed Shirley MacLaine's patient husband in "The Turning Point", directed by Herbert Ross

1974

Reteamed with Altman for "Thieves Like Us"

1969

Breakthrough screen role as Duke Forest in Robert Altman's "M*A*S*H"

1967

TV-movie debut, "A Bell For Adano", a presentation of "Hallmark Hall of Fame" (NBC)

1963

Early TV appearances in "Run for Doom" ("The Alfred Hitchcock Hour" NBC) and "Thunder Gap" episode of "Temple Houston" (NBC), starring Jeffrey Hunter

1962

Screen debut, "War Hunt"; film also Robert Redford's feature debut

1953

Spent four years in the US Air Force (dates approximate)

Had a recurring role as businessman Evan Drake on the NBC sitcom "Cheers"

Portrayed Corky Mardis in "Gallagher", aired as nine segments of "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color" (NBC)

Performed two seasons of regional theater in the Midwest

Directed two episodes of "Picket Fences" in 1994 and 1995

Starred as Sheriff Jimmy Brock in the acclaimed CBS drama series, "Picket Fences", earning an Emmy for his work during the first season

Appeared in several Italian features

Bonus Trivia

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

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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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