Tom Skerritt is an American actor who is best known for his role in “Alien”, “Top Gun”, “Redemption Road”, “A River Runs Through It” and “Up in Smoke”. He has also worked for four years in the American Air Force during his early years. His career as an actor kicked off in 1962 with “War Hunt” which was a war film. After that, he got his big break in the American satirical war film “MASH” followed by “Harold and Maude”. He made his debut on the small screen as a soldier in the “ABC” series “Combat”. Spending more than half a century in the acting field, he has received several nominations and awards, including winning the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 1993 for “Picket Fences”. Besides this, he is the founder and chairman of Heyou Media, a Seattle-based digital media company.
What is Tom Skerritt Famous For?
- Being an American actor.
- For his appearance in more than 40 films and more than 200 television episodes since 1962.
- For his film roles in M*A*S*H, Alien, The Dead Zone, Top Gun, A River Runs Through It, Poltergeist III and Up in Smoke, and the television series Picket Fences.
Who are the Parents of Tom Skerritt?
Tom Skerritt was born on 25th August 1933, in Detroit, Michigan, the USA with the birth name of Thomas Roy Skerritt. He is American by nationality and he belongs to American-White ethnic background. His race is White. He celebrated his 88th birthday as of 2021. His zodiac sign falls under Virgo. He is Christianity by religion.
About his parents, he was born to his mother, Helen, and his father, Roy Skerritt. His dad, Roy was a businessman, and his mum, Helen was a homemaker. He also has two siblings as he was born as the youngest child.
When it comes to his educational qualification, he graduated from Mackenzie High School in 1951, and then he attended Wayne State University and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). After his graduation, he served a four-year tour of duty in the United States Air Force as a classifications specialist.
Tom Skerritt Career Timeline
- Skerritt made his film debut alongside Sergeant Stan Showalter in the 1962 film “War Hunt”.
- After his debut film, his notable film appearances include “M*A*S*H” (1970), “Harold and Maude” (credited as “M. Borman”, 1971), “Big Bad Mama”, “Cheech & Chong’s Up in Smoke” (1978), “Ice Castles” (1978), as Captain Dallas in “Alien” (1979), as a would-be astronaut in “Contact” (1997) and “SpaceCamp” (1986), and in “Top Gun” (1986) as Commander Mike “Viper” Metcalf.
- During the 1980s, he appeared in “Silence of the North”, “Maid to Order”, “Top Gun”.
- Next, he starred in “Poltergeist III” in 1988, “Steel Magnolias” in 1989, “A River Runs Through It” in 1992, “Poison Ivy” (1992).
- He also played a guest part in Ray Walston’s show “My Favorite Martian” in the 1963 episode “Mrs. Jekyll and Hyde” (Walston was a regular cast member 30 years later in Skerritt’s show Picket Fences).
- Back in 1963, he guest-starred in the television series “The Real McCoys”.
- Further, he was cast in “Bonanza” in 1964 and “Death Valley Days” in 1965. He also played Mark Twain in the 1968 episode “Ten Day Millionaires”.
- In the year 1972, he guest-starred in an episode of Cannon, entitled “Nobody Beats the House”.
- Also, he guest-starred in another episode of Cannon entitled “The Conspirators” in 1975.
- Moreover, he appeared in the ABC series “Twelve O’Clock High” (1964–1967), five episodes; “Gunsmoke” (1965–1972, also five episodes), and as Evan Drake on “Cheers”.
- Next, he appeared in CBS’s “Picket Fences” (1992–1996), in the role of Sheriff Jimmy Brock.
- He was later seen in the American television drama film “Homeland Security” (2004), and the TV drama serial “The Grid”.
- He also portrayed the deceased William Walker in “Brothers & Sisters”.
- After that, he played the role of Ezekiel on ABC Family’s miniseries “Fallen” (2006).
- He lent his voice to the video game “Gun” (2005), where he voices Clay Allison. Moreover, he guest-starred in seasons three and four of “Leverage” as Nate Ford’s father.
- He made his appearance in the title role in Pacific Northwest Ballet’s production of “Don Quixote” in 2012.
- In the year 2014, he starred in “Field of Lost Shoes”.
- He also appeared in “A Hologram for the King” (2016) as Ron and in the drama film “Lucky” as Fred (2017).
- His latest appearances on TV include the role of Tobias Cook in “Journey Back to Christmas” in 2016 whereas his latest appearance in the films includes “East of the Mountains” as Ben Givens and “Catch The Bullet” as Dex; both in 2021.
Awards and Achievements
- DVD Exclusive Awards for his work in “Alien” in 2003 under Best Audio Commentary (New for DVD) (for reissue – Alien Quadrilogy)
- Emmy Awards (Primetime) for his work in “Picket Fences” in 1993 under Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
- Key West Film Festival for his work in Alien The Phantom 52 in 2019 under Career Achievement Award
- National Board of Review Awards in 1997 for his work in The Turning Point under Best Supporting Actor
- Satellite Awards in 2022 under Mary Pickford Award
- Saturn Awards in 2012 for his work in “Leverage” under Best Guest Performance in a Television Series
- Western Heritage Awards in 1999 for his work in “Two for Texas”
How Rich is Tom Skerritt?
Tom Skerritt is a talented actor who has been active in the film industry for more than six decades. During his career span, he has appeared in more than 40 films and 200 TV episodes. He is still active in the field. With his hardwork and dedication, he has accumulated a net worth of $8 Million as of 2022. And his salary is in millions of dollars as of today. His main source of wealth is from his acting career. He is satisfied with his earnings and he is living a standard lifestyle at present. He is a role model to many.
Who is Tom Skerritt married to?
Tom Skerritt is a married man to his beautiful wife, Julie Tokashiki for the third time in the year 1998. The couple has adopted a daughter, namely Emi. Today, the lovely pair are enjoying their present life happily without any disturbances. Currently, he divides his time between his Lake Washington residence and his home on Lopez Island, which is part of the San Luan Islands.
Previously, he was married to his ex-wife, Charlotte Shanks. They got married in the year 1957. From their marriage, they were blessed with three children namely Andy, Erin, and Matt. The couple divorced in 1972. After that, he married Sue Oran in the year 1977. They had a son namely, Colin. However, the relationship ended in the year 1992.
His sexual orientation is straight and he is not gay.
How tall is Tom Skerritt?
Tom Skerritt is a handsome man with a charming smile on his face attracting a lot of audience towards him. He has a standing height of 5 ft 11 in or 180 cm. His body weight consists of 176 lbs or 80 KG. His body type is average. His eye color is brown and his hair color is gray. He has got a healthy body at present.
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