Tom Berenger

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Tom Berenger
Tom Berenger - Monte-Carlo Television Festival.jpg
Tom Berenger, 2013
BornThomas Michael Moore
(1949-05-31) May 31, 1949 (age 64)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Missouri
OccupationActor, producer, television writer
Years active1968-present
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)
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Tom Berenger
Tom Berenger - Monte-Carlo Television Festival.jpg
Tom Berenger, 2013
BornThomas Michael Moore
(1949-05-31) May 31, 1949 (age 64)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Missouri
OccupationActor, producer, television writer
Years active1968-present
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)

Tom Berenger (born Thomas Michael Moore; May 31, 1949) is an American television and motion picture actor.

Early life[edit]

Berenger was born to an Irish Catholic family in Chicago as Thomas Michael Moore.[1] His father was a printer for the Chicago Sun-Times and traveling salesman. Berenger has a sister, Susan.

Moore selected "Berenger" as his professional name after a school friend after he was forced to change his surname professionally as there was already a "Tom Moore" in the Actors' Equity Association.[2] 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.[3] He worked first in regional theatre and then moved to New York City in the 1970s.[citation needed]


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,[4] 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.[citation needed]

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 Tom Berenger 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.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Berenger has been married four times and has six children. He resides in Vancouver, British Columbia, Beaufort, South Carolina and Toluca Lake, Los Angeles.

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.



1976Rush ItRichard Moore
1977Johnny, We Hardly Knew YeBilly SuttonTelevision movie
1977The SentinelMan at end
1977Looking for Mr. GoodbarGary
1978In Praise of Older WomenAndras Vayda
1979Butch and Sundance: The Early DaysButch Cassidy / Robert Leroy Parker
1980The Dogs of WarDrew
1982Beyond the DoorMatthew Jackson
1983The Big ChillSam Weber
1983Eddie and the CruisersFrank Ridgeway
1984Fear CityMatt Rossi
1985Rustlers' RhapsodyRex O'Herlihan
1986PlatoonSergeant BarnesGolden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
1987Someone to Watch Over MeDet. Mike Keegan
1988Shoot to KillJonathan Knox
1988BetrayedGary Simmons
1988Last RitesMichael
1989Major LeagueJake Taylor
1989Born on the Fourth of JulyGySgt. Hayes
1990Love at LargeHarry Dobbs
1990The FieldThe American
1991ShatteredDan Merrick
1991At Play in the Fields of the LordLewis Moon
1993SniperThomas Beckett
1993SliverJack LandsfordNominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor
1993GettysburgLt. Gen. James Longstreet
1994Major League IIJake Taylor
1994ChasersRock Reilly
1995Last of the DogmenLewis Gates
1995Body LanguageGavin St.Claire
1996The SubstituteJonathan Shale
1996An Occasional HellDr. Ernest Dewalt
1997Rough RidersTheodore RooseveltTelevision movie
1998The Gingerbread ManPete Randle
1998Shadow of DoubtJack Campioni
1999A Murder of CrowsClifford Dubose
1999One Man's HeroJohn Riley
1999Diplomatic SiegeGen. Buck Swain
2000Turbulence 2: Fear of FlyingSikes
2000TakedownMcCoy Rollins
2000CutawayRed Line
2001Training DayStan Gursky
2001The Hollywood SignTom Greener
2001Johnson County WarCain Hammett
2001True BlueRembrandt "Remy" Macy
2001WatchtowerArt Stonera.k.a. Cruel And Unusual
2002Eye See YouUnknown
2002The Junction BoysPaul "Bear" Bryant
2002Sniper 2Thomas Beckett
2004Sniper 3Thomas Beckett
2005DetectiveSgt. Malcolm AinslieTelevision movie
2006Nightmares and DreamscapesRichard KinnellTelevision movie
2007The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan ToomeyJonathan Toomey
2008Desperate Hours: An Amber AlertLarsanTelevision movie
2008StilettoVirgil Vadalos
2009Silent VenomAdmiral Bradley Wallace
2009Charlie ValentineBecker
2009Breaking PointSteven Luisi
2010Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' BallWalter Weed
2010Sinners and SaintsCaptain Trahan
2010Last WillFrank Emery
2010FiredogEinsteinVoice only
2010InceptionPeter BrowningNominated—Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
2011Right AngleJerry
2012BrakeAgent Ben Reynolds
2012War FlowersGeneral McIntire
2012Fighting to ForgiveGeneral McIntire
2014Reach MeTeddyPost-production
2014Whiskey BayLutinPost-production


1975-1976One Life to LiveTim SiegelUnknown episodes
1979Flesh & BloodBobby FallonTelevision movie
1986If Tomorrow ComesJeff Stevens3 episodes
1993CheersDon Santry2 episodes
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
2000Law & OrderDean TylerEpisode: "Panic"
2002Ally McBealHarrison WyattEpisode: "Nine One Nine"
2003Third WatchAaron NobleEpisode: "4 episodes
2003PeacemakersMarshal Jared Stone9 episodes
2005Into the WestColonel J. ChivingtonEpisode: "Hell on Wheels"
2007-2008October RoadThe Commander19 episodes
2012XIII: The SeriesRainer Gerhardt6 episodes
2012Hatfields & McCoysJim Vance3 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
2013Major CrimesJackson Raydor3 episodes


  1. ^ Walker, Janet (November 1975). "Tom Berenger: "I’ve Starved Before…I Can Again!"". Day TV Gossip. Archived from the original on 2009-10-22. Retrieved 2009-03-05. 
  2. ^ McMillen, Robert (1999-07-31). of Iirsh American Descent. /pageacc.asp%3Ftser1%3Dser%26par%3Dben%26sid%3D403133+%22Tom+Berenger+has+taken+great+pride+in+making+%22&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=1&gl=ca "One man’s hero". The Irish News. Retrieved 2009-03-05. 
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  4. ^ "Interview with William Katt". Chicago Sun-Times. 
  5. ^ Pennington, Gail (September 24, 2012). "'Homeland' wins big; Hamm loses again at Emmys". St. Louis Post-Dispatch via website. Retrieved September 24, 2012. 

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