Tom Berenger

Born in Chicago, Oscar nominee, Golden Globe and Emmy winner Tom Berenger was raised in a working class home as the son of a printer for the Chicago Sun-Times. Tom attended the University of Missouri to study journalism. It was there he first auditioned for a role in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woo...

Born on May 31, 1949

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Height 1.8m / 5' 11"

Biography

Born in Chicago, Oscar nominee, Golden Globe and Emmy winner Tom Berenger was raised in a working class home as the son of a printer for the Chicago Sun-Times. Tom attended the University of Missouri to study journalism. It was there he first auditioned for a role in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" at the college theater on a whim and a bet with a roommate. He was accepted for the role of "Nick." After several stints in regional theater, Tom then attended the Herbert Berghof Studio School for Acting in New York City. While in New York, he pursued his professional career in theater and television. Tom's auspicious film debut in Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977) led to other roles in films such as Eddie and the Cruisers (1983), The Big Chill (1983), Platoon (1986), Someone to Watch Over Me (1987), Shoot to Kill (1988), _Betrayed_, Last Rites (1988), Major League (1989), Shattered (1991), Gettysburg (1993), The Substitute (1996), Sniper (1993), Rough Riders (1997), Inception (2010), Hatfields & McCoys (2012), among many others.Read More

Known For

Trivia

Listed as a "Promising New Actor of 1977" in vol. 29 of John Willis' Screen World.

Lived in Puerto Rico for several months in his 20s.

Tom is a history buff.

His father was a traveling salesman.

He was offered his role in Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King (2006) and had 24 hours to decide if he wanted. He agreed without even getting a chance to read the script. He read it for the first time on the flight to Australia for the filming.

Graduated from the University of Missouri, where he majored in journalism.

Considers Flesh & Blood (1979) as one of his best films.

Father of Chelsea Berenger and Chloe Berenger.

Earned the highest rating (3 stars) from "The Bare Facts" -- a printed guide to on-screen nudity -- for eligible scenes in Érett nők dicsérete (1978) and At Play in the Fields of the Lord (1991).".

He has six children, Allison, Patrick, Chelsea, Chloe, Shiloh and Scout, and also a step-daughter, Julia, with his wife Laura Moretti.

Quotes

[on playing bad guys] I enjoy playing them. I find something human in them, with the exception of Looking for Mr. Goodbar. It was such a slimy character with no redeeming qualities. To me it was like playing Charles Manson. I had nightmares after I finished shooting it. I felt dirty. Bad guys are interesting, even if you don't like them.

Your body really changes a lot in your 50s. You start feeling old injuries and things start coming back ... so you better get it together then.

[on Charlie Sheen] I've always liked him, and I always worry about him like his parents do. He was always a good listener, which is probably why he is a real good actor.

[in 2002] Since the '70s I've seen myself as a poet. Sometimes I express that poetry through acting, sometimes through cooking, and sometimes just having a good chat, you know, one of them chats you have when you're stoned and the hour is getting late. I don't know what's gonna come my way, but I think Berenger's gonna be big these next couple years.

Even my agents say, 'We don't know what this business is anymore.' These days, you can do a TV series for five years and all of a sudden be on top of the business. Features don't even run in theaters very long anymore before going right to television. And every other movie is one of those action things. I mean, Lost in Space (1998)? - a bunch of good actors running around shooting at special effects on a soundstage? I took my kids to see that and almost felt like I was on an acid trip. Most of what gets made now, you laugh your way through, go home and forget you've seen it.

[in 1975] I first started thinking about being an actor when I was in college at the University of Missouri. I auditioned for a television play, and the director, who has some professional New York credits, encouraged me to pursue acting. In college I had a double major--drama and film editing. I worked with 16 millimeter film upon graduating, and from Kansas City I went on to Dallas. All of this time I suppose I had an unrealized commitment to acting. But then, I guess I ran away from acting. I was afraid of the business--I still am.

Spouses

Lisa Berenger Lisa Berenger July 19, 1986 - present (divorced) (3 children)

Filmography

One Life to Live One Life to Live Tim"Seigel#2(1975-1976)/...(unknownepisodes)
Johnny, We Hardly Knew Ye  Johnny, We Hardly Knew Ye  BillySutton
The Sentinel  The Sentinel  Manatend
In Praise of Older Women  In Praise of Older Women  AndrasVayda
Butch and Sundance: The Early Days  Butch and Sundance: The Early Days  ButchCassidy/RobertLeroyParker
Entertainment Tonight Entertainment Tonight Himself(4episodes,1989-2010)
Cheers Cheers DonSantry(2episodes,1993)
Eddie and the Cruisers  Eddie and the Cruisers  FrankRidgeway
Fear City  Fear City  MattRossi
Rustlers' Rhapsody  Rustlers' Rhapsody  RexO'Herlihan
If Tomorrow Comes If Tomorrow Comes JeffStevens(3episodes,1986)
Platoon  Platoon  Sgt.Barnes
Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam  Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam  (voice)
Someone to Watch Over Me  Someone to Watch Over Me  Det.MikeKeegan
Betrayed  Betrayed  GarySimmons
Shoot to Kill  Shoot to Kill  JonathanKnox
Major League  Major League  JakeTaylor
Dream On Dream On NickSpencer(1episode,1991)
Law & Order Law & Order DeanTyler(1episode,2000)
At Play in the Fields of the Lord  At Play in the Fields of the Lord  LewisMoon
Shattered  Shattered  DanMerrick
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Himself-Guest(1episode,1996)
Sniper  Sniper  ThomasBeckett
Chasers  Chasers  RockReilly
Major League II  Major League II  JakeTaylor
The Avenging Angel  The Avenging Angel  MilesUtley
The Avenging Angel  The Avenging Angel 
Body Language  Body Language  Atty.GavinSt.Claire
An Occasional Hell  An Occasional Hell  Dr.ErnestDewalt
An Occasional Hell  An Occasional Hell 
The Substitute  The Substitute  JonathanShale
Ally McBeal Ally McBeal HarrisonWyatt(1episode,2001)
Rough Riders Rough Riders TheodoreRoosevelt(2episodes,1997)
Rough Riders Rough Riders
The Gingerbread Man  The Gingerbread Man  PeteRandle
Shadow of Doubt  Shadow of Doubt  JackCampioni
One Man's Hero  One Man's Hero  JohnRiley
A Murder of Crows  A Murder of Crows  CliffordDubose
Training Day  Training Day  StanGursky
Takedown  Takedown  McCoyRollins
Eye See You  Eye See You  Hank
Third Watch Third Watch AaronNoble(4episodes,2003)
The Directors The Directors Himself(2episodes,2000)
Watchtower  Watchtower  ArtStoner
The Films of Wolfgang Petersen The Films of Wolfgang Petersen Himself
Peacemakers Peacemakers MarshalJaredStone(9episodes,2003)
Peacemakers Peacemakers
Peacemakers Peacemakers
The Making of 'Gettysburg'  The Making of 'Gettysburg'  Himself-'Lieut.Gen.JamesLongstreet,Confederate'
A Tour of the Inferno: Revisiting 'Platoon'  A Tour of the Inferno: Revisiting 'Platoon'  Himself/Sgt.Barnes
Capital City  Capital City  Sen.Foxworthy
Into the West Into the West ColonelJ.Chivington(1episode,2005)
Retrosexual: The 80's Retrosexual: The 80's (archivefootage)(unknownepisodes)
The Big Chill: A Reunion  The Big Chill: A Reunion  Himself
Nightmares & Dreamscapes Nightmares & Dreamscapes RichardKinnell(1episode,2006)
Nine One One Nine One One HarrisonWyatt
One for the Road One for the Road DonSantry
The Second Greatest Story Ever Told The Second Greatest Story Ever Told NickSpencer
Closing In Closing In AaronNoble
Bob Hope, Richard Harris, Helen Thomas Bob Hope, Richard Harris, Helen Thomas TomtheAmericanfromfilmTHEFIELD(archivefootage)
Especial Oscars 86  Especial Oscars 86  Sgt.BobBarnes(archivefootage)
Oliver Stone - Hollywoods Lieblingsrebell  Oliver Stone - Hollywoods Lieblingsrebell  Himself
Stiletto  Stiletto  VirgilVadalos
Sinners and Saints  Sinners and Saints  CaptainTrahan
The Hitmen Diaries: Charlie Valentine  The Hitmen Diaries: Charlie Valentine  Becker
The Road Virus Heads North The Road Virus Heads North RichardKinnell
Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball  Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball  WalterWeed
Inception  Inception  Browning
Bucksville  Bucksville  ThePatronofJustice
Bucksville  Bucksville 
Hawaii Five-0 Hawaii Five-0 EddieWilliams(1episode,2014)
The Lincoln Assassination  The Lincoln Assassination  Narrator
Grounded  Grounded  Jerry
Green Falls Green Falls RainerGerhardt
Major Crimes Major Crimes JacksonRaydor(7episodes,2013-2015)
Hatfields & McCoys Hatfields & McCoys JimVance(3episodes,2012)
Cocaine: History Between the Lines  Cocaine: History Between the Lines  Narrator
Episode #1.1 Episode #1.1 JimVance
The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards  The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards  Himself-Winner:OutstandingSupportingActorinaMiniseriesoraMovie
Episode #4.140 Episode #4.140 Himself-Guest
Episode #1.1 Episode #1.1 JeffStevens
American Dresser  American Dresser  JohnMoore
Impact Earth  Impact Earth  HerbertSloan
Episode #1.1 Episode #1.1 TheodoreRoosevelt
Episode #1.1 Episode #1.1
Episode #1.2 Episode #1.2 TheodoreRoosevelt
Episode #1.2 Episode #1.2
Boys Will Be Boys Boys Will Be Boys JacksonRaydor
Brake  Brake  BenReynolds
The Key The Key RainerGerhardt
The Train The Train RainerGerhardt
Revelation Revelation RainerGerhardt
Training Camp Training Camp RainerGerhardt
XIII: The Series XIII: The Series RainerGerhardt(6episodes,2011)
War Flowers  War Flowers  Gen.McIntire
Episode dated 12 April 1989 Episode dated 12 April 1989 Himself
Episode dated 17 May 2010 Episode dated 17 May 2010 Himself
Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball - Confessions of an Assassin  Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball - Confessions of an Assassin 
Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball - Confessions of an Assassin  Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball - Confessions of an Assassin  Himself-WalterWeed
Colorado River Rapids Colorado River Rapids Himself
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