Tom Berenger, 2013
|Born||Thomas Michael Moore
May 31, 1949
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Missouri|
|Occupation||Actor, producer, television writer|
|Religion||Roman Catholic|
|Spouse(s)||Barbara Wilson (m. 1976; div. 1984), 2 children
Lisa Williams (m. 1986; div. 1997), 3 children
Patricia Alvaran (m. 1998; div. 2011), 1 child
Laura Moretti (m. 2012)
Berenger was born as Thomas Michael Moore in Chicago, to a Roman Catholic family of Irish descent. He has a sister, Susan. His father was a printer for the Chicago Sun-Times, and also a traveling salesman. Moore selected "Berenger" as his professional name after he was forced to change his surname professionally as there was already a "Tom Moore" in the Actors' Equity Association. He graduated in 1967 from Rich East High School in Park Forest, Illinois.
He studied journalism at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri but decided to seek an acting career following his graduation. He established the Tom Berenger Acting Scholarship Fund in 1988 to award theatre students for excellence in performance. In 1972, he worked as a flight attendant with Eastern Airlines, based in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He transferred to New York in 1973. He worked in regional theatre before relocating 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. In 1977, he had a small role as the killer of the lead character (played by Diane Keaton) 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"). A role for which he has become well known for is Thomas Beckett, the main character in the mid-1990s film Sniper (which would later be followed by four sequels, featuring Berenger in the starring role for three). 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 roles in Sniper 2 and Sniper 3 were very similar to what was chosen for the game's artwork. 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 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 he appeared in the TV miniseries Hatfields & 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.
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 with Patricia Alvaran, whom he married in 1998. He married Laura Moretti in Sedona, Arizona in early September 2012.
|1976||Rush It||Richard Moore|
|1977||Johnny, We Hardly Knew Ye||Billy Sutton||Television movie|
|1977||The Sentinel||Man at end|
|1977||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|
|1980||The Dogs of War||Drew|
|1982||Beyond the Door||Matthew Jackson|
|1983||The Big Chill||Sam Weber|
|1983||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|
|1989||Born on the Fourth of July||GySgt. Hayes|
|1990||Love at Large||Harry Dobbs|
|1990||The Field||The American|
|1991||At Play in the Fields of the Lord||Lewis Moon|
|1993||Sliver||Jack Landsford||Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor|
|1993||Gettysburg||Lt. Gen. James Longstreet|
|1994||Major League II||Jake Taylor|
|1995||Last of the Dogmen||Lewis Gates|
|1995||Body Language||Gavin St.Claire|
|1995||The Avenging Angel||Miles Utley|
|1996||The Substitute||Jonathan Shale|
|1996||An Occasional Hell||Dr. Ernest Dewalt|
|1997||Rough Riders||Theodore Roosevelt||Television movie|
|1998||The Gingerbread Man||Pete Randle|
|1998||Shadow of Doubt||Jack Campioni|
|1999||A Murder of Crows||Clifford Dubose|
|1999||One Man's Hero||John Riley|
|1999||Diplomatic Siege||Gen. Buck Swain|
|2000||Turbulence 2: Fear of Flying||Sikes|
|2001||Training Day||Stan Gursky|
|2001||The Hollywood Sign||Tom Greener|
|2001||Johnson County War||Cain Hammett|
|2001||True Blue||Rembrandt "Remy" Macy|
|2001||Watchtower||Art Stoner||a.k.a. Cruel And Unusual|
|2002||Eye See You||Unknown|
|2002||The Junction Boys||Paul "Bear" Bryant|
|2002||Sniper 2||Thomas Beckett|
|2004||Sniper 3||Thomas Beckett|
|2005||Detective||Sgt. Malcolm Ainslie||Television movie|
|2006||Nightmares and Dreamscapes||Richard Kinnell||Television movie|
|2007||The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey||Jonathan Toomey|
|2008||Desperate Hours: An Amber Alert||Larsan||Television movie|
|2009||Silent Venom||Admiral Bradley Wallace|
|2009||Breaking Point||Steven Luisi|
|2010||Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball||Walter Weed|
|2010||Sinners and Saints||Captain Trahan|
|2010||Last Will||Frank Emery|
|2010||Inception||Peter Browning||Nominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast|
|2011||Bucksville||The Patron of Justice|
|2012||Brake||Agent Ben Reynolds|
|2012||War Flowers||General McIntire|
|2012||Fighting to Forgive||General McIntire|
|2014||Sniper: Legacy||Thomas Beckett|
|1975-1976||One Life to Live||Tim Siegel||Unknown episodes|
|1979||Flesh & Blood||Bobby Fallon||Television movie|
|1986||If Tomorrow Comes||Jeff Stevens||3 episodes|
|1993||Cheers||Don Santry||2 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
|2000||Law & Order||Dean Tyler||Episode "Panic"|
|2002||Ally McBeal||Harrison Wyatt||Episode "Nine One Nine"|
|2003||Third Watch||Aaron Noble||4 episodes|
|2003||Peacemakers||Marshal Jared Stone||9 episodes|
|2005||Into the West||Colonel J. Chivington||Episode "Hell on Wheels"|
|2007-2008||October Road||The Commander||19 episodes|
|2012||XIII: The Series||Rainer Gerhardt||6 episodes|
|2012||Hatfields & McCoys||Jim Vance||3 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
|2013-2014||Major Crimes||Jackson Raydor||4 episodes|
|2014||Hawaii Five-0||Eddie Williams (Danno's father)|
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- Profile, biography.com; accessed October 8, 2014.
- Profile, theatre.missouri.edu; accessed October 8, 2014.
- "Interview with William Katt". Chicago Sun-Times.
- Pennington, Gail (September 24, 2012). "'Homeland' wins big; Hamm loses again at Emmys". St. Louis Post-Dispatch via website. Retrieved September 24, 2012.
- Tom Berenger at the Internet Movie Database
- Tom Berenger at AllMovie
- Tom Berenger Online
- Celebrity Detective