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Tom Skerritt

Sheriff Jimmy Brock in Picket Fences

Photos Tom Skerritt Birth name: Thomas Alderton Skerritt
Birth date: 1933/08/25 (89 years old)
Birth place : Détroit Michigan
Height: 1.83 m

French Traduire

Biography for Tom Skerritt

Lean, ruggedly handsome leading man and supporting actor whose "outdoor" looks have improved with age, Tom Skerritt attended Wayne State University and UCLA, and was first noticed in a UCLA production of "The Rainmaker" before making his movie debut in War Hunt (1962). However, he spent most of the next decade in television, regularly appearing in "Combat!" (1962), "The Virginian" (1962), "Gunsmoke" (1955) and "Twelve O'Clock High" (1964). Skerritt's next big break was appearing alongside Donald Sutherland and Elliott Gould in Robert Altman's biting satire MASH (1970). Several other film roles quickly followed, before he landed the plum role of Capt. Dallas of the ill-fated commercial towing vehicle Nostromo in the creepy sci-fi epic Alien (1979).

Skerritt turned up again in another thriller playing a cop hunting a serial killer in the eerie The Dead Zone (1983), as a Navy Officer Flight instructor in Top Gun (1986) , in the six-chick flick Steel Magnolias (1989), and then as the poster boy for a "Guess" Jeans ad campaign utilizing his mature, weather-beaten features. Skerritt didn't neglect his TV background and reappeared on the small screen in "Cheers" (1982), The China Lake Murders (1990) (TV) and picked up an Emmy in 1994 for his performance as Sheriff Brock in the superb series "Picket Fences" (1992).

Skerritt has remained continually busy for the past decade, contributing natural, entertaining and reliable performances in TV series, made-for-TV movies and major theatrical releases. He recreated the role of Will Kane in the TV production of High Noon (2000) (TV), and appeared alongside Bruce Willis in the mercenary war drama Tears of the Sun (2003).


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Title Role
Whiteout (2008/II) (post-production)
For Sale by Owner (2007) (post-production) Clive Farrier
The Trojan Horse (2007) (mini) TV mini-series (completed) President Stanfield
The Dead Zone Herb Smith (1 episode, 2007)
Brothers & Sisters William Walker (5 episodes, 2006-2007)
Killer Wave (2007) (mini) TV mini-series Victor Bannister
Bonneville (2006)
Fallen (2006) (TV) Zeke
Desperation (2006) (TV) John Edward Marinville
Huff Ben Huffstodt / ... (3 episodes, 2006)
Mammoth (2006) (TV) Simon Abernathy
Gun (2005) (VG) (voice) Clay Allison
Category 7: The End of the World (2005) (TV) Colonel Mike Davis
Vinegar Hill (2005) (TV) Fritz Grier
The Grid (2004) (mini) TV mini-series CIA Deputy Director Acton Sandman
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Judge Oliver Taft (1 episode, 2004)
Homeland Security (2004) (TV) Admiral McKee
The West Wing Senator Chris Carrick (1 episode, 2003)
Swing (2003/I) George Verdi
Biography Passages Read By (1 episode, 2003)
Tears of the Sun (2003) Captain Bill Rhodes
Will & Grace Dr. Jay Markus (1 episode, 2002)
Greenmail (2002) (V) Tom Bradshaw
Path to War (2002) (TV) Gen. William Westmoreland
Changing Hearts (2002) Johnny Pinkley
Tuscaloosa (2002)
The Voyage to Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001) (TV) Host
Texas Rangers (2001) Richard Dukes
Chestnut Hill (2001) (TV) Daniel Eastman
Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (2000) (TV) Joseph P. 'Joe' Kennedy
High Noon (2000) (TV) Will Kane
An American Daughter (2000) (TV) Walter
Aftershock: Earthquake in New York (1999) (TV) Thomas Ahearn
The Hunt for the Unicorn Killer (1999) (TV) Fred Maddux
Into the Wild Blue (1999) (TV) Host
The Other Sister (1999) Dr. Radley Tate
Two for Texas (1998) (TV) Sam Houston
Smoke Signals (1998) Police Chief
What the Deaf Man Heard (1997) (TV) Norm Jenkins
Chicago Hope Jim Kellner (1 episode, 1997)
Divided by Hate (1997) (TV) Steve Riordan
Contact (1997) David Drumlin
Picket Fences Sheriff Jimmy Brock (87 episodes, 1992-1996)
Singles (1992) Mayor Weber
A River Runs Through It (1992) Rev. Maclean
Poison Ivy (1992) Darryl Cooper
Wild Orchid II: Two Shades of Blue (1992) Ham McDonald
In Sickness and in Health (1992) (TV) Jarrett Mattison
Knight Moves (1992) Capt. Frank Sedman
Getting Up and Going Home (1992) (TV) Jack Montgomery
The Rookie (1990) Eugene Ackerman
She'll Take Romance (1990) (TV) Judge Warren Danvers
ABC Afterschool Specials Jim (1 episode, 1990)
Child in the Night (1990) (TV) Bass
The China Lake Murders (1990) (TV) Sheriff Sam Brodie
Red King, White Knight (1989) (TV) Stoner
Steel Magnolias (1989) Drum Eatenton
The Heist (1989) (TV) Ebbet Berens
Big Man on Campus (1989) Dr. Webster
Poltergeist III (1988) Bruce Gardner
Nightmare at Bitter Creek (1988) (TV) Ding
Cheers Evan Drake (6 episodes, 1987-1988)
Moving Target (1988) (TV) Joseph Kellogg
Honor Bound (1988) Sam Cahill
The Big Town (1987) Phil Carpenter
Maid to Order (1987) Charles Montgomery
Poker Alice (1987) (TV) Jeremy Collins
Wisdom (1986) Lloyd Wisdom
Danger Bay Don Bared (1 episode, 1986)
The Twilight Zone Alex Mattingly (1 episode, 1986)
Parent Trap II (1986) (TV) Bill Grand
Opposing Force (1986) Logan
SpaceCamp (1986) Cmdr. Zach Bergstrom (Andie's husband)
Top Gun (1986) Viper
The Hitchhiker Detective Frank Sheen (1 episode, 1986)
Miles to Go... (1986) (TV) Stuart Browning
A Touch of Scandal (1984) (TV) Father Dwelle
Calendar Girl Murders (1984) (TV) Lieutenant Dan Stoner
The Dead Zone (1983) Sheriff Bannerman
Ryan's Four (1983) TV series Dr. Thomas Ryan
Ryan's Four (1983) (TV) Dr. Ryan
Fighting Back (1982/I) John D'Angelo
Silence of the North (1981) Walter Reamer
Savage Harvest (1981) Casey
A Dangerous Summer (1981) Howard Anderson
Alien (1979) Dallas
Ice Castles (1978) Marcus Winston
Up in Smoke (1978) Strawberry
Maneaters Are Loose! (1978) (TV) John Gosford
Baretta Al Brimmer (1 episode, 1978)
The Turning Point (1977) Wayne
Alle origini della mafia (1976) (mini) TV mini-series Bernardino Campo (episode Speranza, La)
Sara (1 episode, 1976)
S.W.A.T. Maynard Hill (1 episode, 1976)
Madama, La (1976)
...e tanta paura (1976) Chief Inspector
The Devil's Rain (1975) Tom Preston
Barnaby Jones Darrin Addison (1 episode, 1975)
The Last Day (1975) (TV) Bill Powers
Cannon Dude / ... (3 episodes, 1971-1975)
The Manhunter (1 episode, 1974)
Kolchak: The Night Stalker Sen. Robert W. Palmer (1 episode, 1974)
Big Bad Mama (1974) Fred Diller
Get Christie Love! (1 episode, 1974)
Arrivano Joe e Margherito (1974) Margherito
Thieves Like Us (1974) Dee Mobley
Bonanza Corporal Bill Tanner / ... (2 episodes, 1964-1973)
Gunsmoke Ben Stone / ... (5 episodes, 1965-1972)
Fuzz (1972) Det. Bert Kling
The F.B.I. Bill Leonard / ... (4 episodes, 1966-1972)
Nichols (1 episode, 1971)
Harold and Maude (1971) (as M. Borman) Motorcycle Officer
The Birdmen (1971) (TV) Orville 'Fitz' Fitzgerald
Wild Rovers (1971) John Buckman
Storefront Lawyers Paul Marek (1 episode, 1971)
The Virginian Billy Landers / ... (6 episodes, 1962-1971)
Bracken's World Gil Dobie (1 episode, 1970)
The Name of the Game Pete (1 episode, 1970)
Medical Center Artie Atwood (1 episode, 1970)
Hawaii Five-O Lew Morgan (1 episode, 1970)
MASH (1970) Capt. Augustus Bedford 'Duke' Forrest
Lancer Bill Blake (1 episode, 1969)
The Outsider Arnie Cambor (1 episode, 1969)
Death Valley Days Emmett Dalton / ... (5 episodes, 1963-1968)
Felony Squad Gerald Gardner (1 episode, 1968)
Run for Your Life Lou Patterson (1 episode, 1968)
Cimarron Strip Enoch Shelton (1 episode, 1968)
Mannix Morgan Carpenter (1 episode, 1967)
Combat! Soldier / ... (6 episodes, 1962-1967)
Twelve O'Clock High Lt. Paddy Gialella / ... (5 episodes, 1964-1967)
A Bell for Adano (1967) (TV) Trapani
The Time Tunnel Matthew Gebhardt (1 episode, 1966)
The Fugitive Neely Hollister / ... (2 episodes, 1965-1966)
Disneyland Corky Mardis (1 episode, 1965)
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Frank Richardson (1 episode, 1965)
Those Calloways (1965) Whit Turner
My Favorite Martian Dr. Edgar Edgarton (1 episode, 1964)
Wagon Train Hamish Browne (1 episode, 1964)
One Man's Way (1964) Leonard Peale, Grown
My Three Sons Young Steve (1 episode, 1963)
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Dr. Frank Farmer (1 episode, 1963)
The Real McCoys Mailman (1 episode, 1963)
Laramie (1 episode, 1963)


Attended Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan.

Plays the motorcycle cop in "Harold & Maude" 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".



Spouse : Julie Tokashiki (1998 - present), Sue Oran (1977 - 1992) (divorced) 1 child, Skerritt, Charlotte (1960 - 1972) (divorced) 3 children

Children: Andy (b. 1962), Erin (b. 1964) and Matt (b. 1969) with Charlotte Skerritt and Colin (b. 1978) with Sue Skerritt.

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