|Born||Thomas Michael Moore
May 31, 1949
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Missouri|
|Occupation||Actor, Producer, television Writer|
|Spouse(s)||Barbara Wilson (m. 1976–d. 1984), 2 children
Lisa Williams (m. 1986–d. 1997), 3 daughters
Patricia Alvaran (m. 1998–d. 2011), 1 daughter
Laura Moretti (m. 2012)
|Children||Allison, Patrick, Chelsea, Chloe, Shiloh and Scout|
Early life 
Berenger was born to an Irish Catholic family in Chicago as Thomas Michael Moore. Berenger's father was a printer for the Chicago Sun-Times and traveling salesman, and he has a sister, Susan. He picked "Berenger" as his professional name, after a school friend, because there was already a "Tom Moore" in the Actors' Equity Association. He graduated from Rich East High School in Park Forest, Illinois, in 1967. Berenger studied journalism at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri, but decided to seek an acting career following his graduation. The Tom Berenger Acting Scholarship Fund was established in 1988 by Berenger to award theatre students for excellence in performance. He worked first in regional theatre and moved to New York City in the 1970s.
Berenger worked in soap operas and had a starring role as lawyer Tim Siegel on One Life to Live. His feature film debut was the lead in Rush It (1976), an independent film now mostly forgotten except for those of its cast members who went on to greater renown. In 1977, Berenger had a small but noticeable role as a murderer in Looking for Mr. Goodbar. In 1978, he had a starring role in In Praise of Older Women for Avco-Embassy Pictures. In 1979, he played Butch Cassidy in Butch and Sundance: The Early Days, a role he got in part because of his resemblance to Paul Newman, who played the character in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969). These early roles highlighted Berenger's ability to play both villains and heroes.
Berenger starred in several significant films in the 1980s, including The Big Chill (1983), Platoon (1986), Someone to Watch Over Me (1987), and Major League (1989). In 1986, he received an Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of Staff Sergeant Barnes in Platoon (this performance won him a Golden Globe Award for "Best Supporting Actor"). In the mid-1990s he was most recognizable in his role from the movie Sniper (which would later be followed by three sequels of which Berenger starred in two). Other notable films from that period in which he was featured include Born on the Fourth of July (1989), Shattered (1991), Sliver (1993), and Chasers (1994).
It has been recorded[who?] that Berenger himself has said that his favorite movie of those he had starred in was the 1993 film Gettysburg, where he played the role of General James Longstreet. He has said he has seen Gettysburg more than any other of his starring movies. Berenger co-produced the 1997 miniseries Rough Riders, also starring as Theodore Roosevelt.
In more recent years, Berenger has continued to have an active acting career in film and television, although often at a supporting level. His most notable television appearance was on Cheers in its last season as Rebecca Howe's blue collar-plumber love interest, for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award for "Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series". He also began a career as a producer in the 1990s.
Berenger was also seen on the box art and promotional content for Novalogic's Delta Force: Black Hawk Down as his role in Sniper 2 and 3 were very similar to what was chosen for the artwork of the game. He starred in the mini-series version of Stephen King's Nightmares & Dreamscapes, as a celebrated author who realizes the warped painting he recently purchased is alive with illustrations of impending doom for him in "The Road Virus Heads North". Berenger stars opposite Armand Assante and Busta Rhymes in the dramatic thriller Breaking Point, which had a limited release starting in December 2009.
He has most recently appeared in the science fiction thriller Inception with Leonardo DiCaprio and Cillian Murphy, where he played a business executive who served as a mentor to and was an associate of the father of Cillian Murphy's character. Inception was a box office success and was his first appearance in a mainstream theatrical movie since Training Day in 2001.
In 2012 Tom Berenger appeared in the TV miniseries Hafields & McCoys as Jim Vance, uncle of protagonist Devil Anse Hatfield (played by Kevin Costner). On September 23, 2012 Berenger earned a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for the role.
Personal life 
Berenger has two children by his first wife, Barbara Wilson, to whom he was married from 1976 to 1984: Allison Moore (born in 1977) and Patrick Moore (born in 1979). He has three daughters by second wife Lisa Williams (to whom he was married from 1986 to 1997): Chelsea Moore (born in 1986), Chloe Moore (born in 1988) and Shiloh Moore (born in 1993). He has one daughter, Scout Moore (born in 1998), with Patricia Alvaran, whom he married in 1998. He married Laura Moretti in Sedona, Arizona in early September 2012.
Prior to becoming an actor, he was a flight attendant for the now defunct Eastern Air Lines. He was first based in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and on his first flight to New York he spent his layover taking pictures of the front of the main theater houses on Broadway saying, "One day I'll be acting in one of these" (as told by Os Marino a fellow flight attendant). Prior to working for Eastern Airlines, he was a bellman at the former Alameda Plaza Hotel (now the InterContinental Hotel) in the Country Club Plaza section of Kansas City, Missouri.
|1976||Rush It||Richard Moore|
|1977||The Sentinel||Man at end|
|Looking for Mr. Goodbar||Gary|
|1978||In Praise of Older Women||Andras Vayda|
|1979||Butch and Sundance: The Early Days||Butch Cassidy / Robert Leroy Parker|
|1981||The Dogs of War||Drew|
|1982||Beyond the Door||Matthew Jackson|
|1983||The Big Chill||Sam Weber|
|Eddie and the Cruisers||Frank Ridgeway|
|1984||Fear City||Matt Rossi|
|1985||Rustlers' Rhapsody||Rex O'Herlihan|
|1986||Platoon||Sergeant Barnes||Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated - Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
|1987||Someone to Watch Over Me||Det. Mike Keegan|
|1988||Shoot to Kill||Jonathan Knox|
|1989||Major League||Jake Taylor|
|Born on the Fourth of July||GySgt. Hayes|
|1990||Love at Large||Harry Dobbs|
|The Field||The American|
|At Play in the Fields of the Lord||Lewis Moon|
|Gettysburg||Lt. Gen. James Longstreet|
|1994||Major League II||Jake Taylor|
|1995||Last of the Dogmen||Lewis Gates|
|Body Language||Gavin St.Claire|
|1996||The Substitute||Jonathan Shale|
|An Occasional Hell||Dr. Ernest Dewalt|
|1997||Rough Riders||Theodore Roosevelt|
|1998||The Gingerbread Man||Pete Randle|
|Shadow of Doubt||Jack Campioni|
|1999||A Murder of Crows||Clifford Dubose|
|One Man's Hero||Sgt. / Lt. / Capt. John Riley|
|Diplomatic Siege||Gen. Buck Swain|
|2000||Turbulence 2: Fear of Flying||Sikes|
|2001||Training Day||Stan Gursky|
|The Hollywood Sign||Tom Greener|
|Johnson County War||Cain Hammett|
|True Blue||Rembrandt "Remy" Macy|
|Watchtower||Art Stoner||a.k.a. Cruel And Unusual|
|2002||Eye See You|
|The Junction Boys||Paul "Bear" Bryant|
|Sniper 2||Thomas Beckett|
|2004||Sniper 3||Thomas Beckett|
|2007||The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey||Jonathan Toomey|
|2009||Silent Venom||Admiral Bradley Wallace|
|Breaking Point||Steven Luisi|
|2010||Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball||Walter Weed|
|Sinners and Saints||Captain Trahan|
|Last Will||Frank Emery|
|2012||Brake||Agent Ben Reynolds|
|Fighting to Forgive||General McIntire|
|1975||One Life to Live||Tim Siegel||1975–76|
|1977||Johnny, We Hardly Knew Ye||Billy Sutton|
|1979||Flesh & Blood||Bobby Fallon|
|1986||If Tomorrow Comes||Jeff Stevens||Mini-series|
|1993||Cheers||Don Santry||Nominated: Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series|
|1997||Rough Riders||Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt||Won: Lone Star Film and Television Award for Best TV Actor|
|2000||Law & Order||Dean Tyler||Season 10, episode 13|
|2002||Ally McBeal||Harrison Wyatt||Season 5, episode 07|
|2003||Third Watch||Aaron Noble||Season 4, episodes 19–22|
|Peacemakers||Marshal Jared Stone||Season 4, episodes 19–22|
|2005||Detective||Sgt. Malcolm Ainslie||Mini-series|
|Into the West||Colonel J. Chivington||Mini-series|
|2006||Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King||Richard Kinnell|
|2008||October Road||The Commander||2007–08|
|Desperate Hours: An Amber Alert||Larsan|
|2012||War Flowers||General McIntire|
|Hatfields & McCoys||Jim Vance||Mini-series
Won: Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
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