Tom Skerritt

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Tom Skerritt
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Skerritt at the 2014 Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest, December 2014
BornThomas Roy Skerritt
(1933-08-25) August 25, 1933 (age 81)
Detroit, Michigan, United States
Alma mater

Mackenzie High School (Michigan)
Wayne State University

University of California, Los Angeles
Years active1962–present
Spouse(s)Julie Tokashiki (1998–present)
Sue Oran (1977–1992)
Charlotte Shanks (1957–1972)
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Tom Skerritt
Tom Skerritt 2014 (cropped).jpg
Skerritt at the 2014 Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest, December 2014
BornThomas Roy Skerritt
(1933-08-25) August 25, 1933 (age 81)
Detroit, Michigan, United States
Alma mater

Mackenzie High School (Michigan)
Wayne State University

University of California, Los Angeles
Years active1962–present
Spouse(s)Julie Tokashiki (1998–present)
Sue Oran (1977–1992)
Charlotte Shanks (1957–1972)

Thomas Roy "Tom" Skerritt[1] (born August 25, 1933) is an American actor who has appeared in more than forty films and more than two hundred television episodes since 1962. He is known for his roles in MASH, Alien, Top Gun, A River Runs Through It, Up in Smoke, and the television series Picket Fences.

Early life[edit]

Skerritt was born in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Helen, a homemaker, and Roy Skerritt, a businessman.[2][3] A 1951 graduate of Detroit's Mackenzie High School, Skerritt attended Wayne State University and the University of California, Los Angeles.[4] Skerritt served in the United States Air Force.


Skerritt made his film debut in War Hunt, produced by Terry Sanders and released in 1962. Skerritt's notable film appearances include MASH (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),[5] as a would-be astronaut in Contact (1997) and SpaceCamp (1986), and in Top Gun (1986) as Commander Mike "Viper" Metcalf. In 1988, he starred with Nancy Allen and Lara Flynn Boyle in Poltergeist III.

Skerritt guest-starred in the television series The Real McCoys (as a letter carrier), Bonanza (1964), "Twelve O'Clock High" (1966), Gunsmoke, and as Evan Drake on Cheers. He then appeared in CBS's Picket Fences (1992–1996), in the role of Sheriff Jimmy Brock, for which he won an Emmy Award. More recently, he has starred in Homeland Security and The Grid.

He portrayed the deceased William Walker on Brothers and Sisters, having appeared in the pilot as well as in several flashbacks scenes. This was his second time playing the husband of Sally Field, the first having been in the film Steel Magnolias, set in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

He played the role of Ezekiel on ABC Family's Fallen miniseries. He also appeared as the guide on the showcase website for Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system. He lent his voice in the 2005 video game Gun, where he voices as Clay Allison.

He guest-starred in seasons three and four of Leverage as Nate Ford's father.[6]

In February 2012, Skerritt played the title role in Pacific Northwest Ballet's production of Don Quixote.[7]

In 2014, Skerritt was reunited with ex-Picket Fences co-star, Lauren Holly, to star with her in Field of Lost Shoes.[8]

Skerritt is a co-founder of TheFilmSchool, in which he is also an instructor.

Personal life[edit]

Since 1988, he has divided his domestic life between his Lake Washington home in suburban Seattle, Washington, and a second home on Lopez Island in the San Juan Islands. Skerritt has three sons and one daughter and an adopted daughter with his current wife.



1962War HuntSgt. Stan Showalter
1964One Man's WayLeonard Peal (Grown)
1965Those CallowaysWhit Turner
1970MASHCapt. Augustus Bedford 'Duke' Forrest
1971Wild RoversJohn Buckman
Harold and MaudeMotorcycle OfficerCredited as M. Borman
1972FuzzDet. Bert Kling
1974Thieves Like UsDee Mobley
Run, Run, Joe!Margherito
Big Bad MamaFred Diller
1975The Devil's RainTom Preston
1976Plot of FearChief Inspector
Madama, LaRick Dylan
1977The Turning PointWayne
1978Up in SmokeStrawberry
Ice CastlesMarcus Winston
1979AlienDallasDVDX Award for Best Audio Commentary (New for DVD) (2003 re-issue in Alien Quadrilogy, shared with Ridley Scott, Ronald Shusett, Terry Rawlings, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton and John Hurt)
1981A Dangerous SummerHoward Anderson
Savage HarvestCasey
Silence of the NorthWalter Reamer
1982Fighting BackJohn D'Angelo
1983The Dead ZoneSheriff George Bannerman
1986Top GunCmdr. Mike 'Viper' Metcalf
SpaceCampZach Bergstrom
Opposing ForceLogan
WisdomLloyd Wisdom
1987Maid to OrderCharles Montgomery
The Big TownPhil Carpenter
1988Honor BoundSam Cahill
Poltergeist IIIBruce Gardner
1989Big Man on CampusDr. Webster
Steel MagnoliasDrum Eatenton
1990The RookieEugene Ackerman
1992Poison IvyDarryl Cooper
Knight MovesCapt. Frank Sedman
Wild Orchid 2: Two Shades of BlueHam McDonaldDirect-to-Video Release
A River Runs Through ItReverend Maclean
SinglesMayor Weber
1997ContactDavid Drumlin
1998Smoke SignalsPolice Chief
1999The Other SisterDr. Radley Tate
2001Texas RangersRichard Dukes
Changing HeartsJohnny Pinkley
GreenmailTom BradshawDirect-to-Video Release
2003Tears of the SunCaptain Bill Rhodes
SwingGeorge Verdi
2007The Velveteen RabbitHorse
2008Beer for My HorsesSheriff Wilson Landry
2009WhiteoutDr. John Fury
For Sale by OwnerClive Farrier
Rivers of a Lost CoastNarrator
2010Redemption RoadSanta
2014Field of Lost ShoesUlysses S. GrantFilming
TBAA Hologram for the KingFilming


1962–1967Combat!Soldier (uncredited)
Glinski (uncredited)
Sgt. Decker
Episode: Combat Front
Episode: A Day in June
Episode: The Prisoner
Episode: Losers Cry Deal
Episode: Nothing to Lose
Episode: The Gantlet
1962–1971The VirginianEric Kroeger
Rev. Paul Martin
Billy Landers
Bobby Allen
Episode: Impasse
Episode: The Secret of Brynmar Hall
Episode: The Showdown
Episode: The Crooked Path
Episode: The Saddle Warmer
Episode: Nan Allen
1963LaramieEpisode: No Place to Run
The Real McCoysMailmanEpisode: Aunt Win Steps In
The Alfred Hitchcock HourDr. Frank FarmerEpisode: Run for Doom
My Three SonsYoung SteveEpisode: The Proposals
1963–1968Death Valley DaysEmmett Dalton

Patrick Hogan

Sam Clemens
Episode: Three Minutes to Eternity
Episode: Honor the Name Dennis Driscoll
Episode: The Book
Episode: Sense of Justice
Episode: Ten Day Millionaires
1964Wagon TrainHamish BrowneEpisode: The Last Circle Up
My Favorite MartianDr. Edgar EdgartonEpisode: Miss Jekyll and Hyde
1964–1967Twelve O'Clock HighLt. Ryan
Lt. Parmalee
Sgt. Ben Rodale
Lt. Paddy Gialella
Tech. Sgt. Neely
Episode: Soldiers Sometimes Kill
Episode: Those Who Are About to Die
Episode: The Came the Mighty Hunter
Episode: Twenty Fifth Mission
Episode: Long Time Dead
1964, 1973BonanzaJerry
Corporal Bill Tanner
Episode: Thanks for Everything, Friend
Episode: The Hunter
1965Voyage to the Bottom of the SeaFrank RichardsonEpisode: The Enemies
Disney's Wonderful WorldCorky MardisEpisode: ...The Daily Press vs. City Hall
1965, 1966The FugitiveNeely Hollister
Episode: Nicest Fella You'd Ever Want to Meet
Episode: Joshua's Kingdom
1965–1972GunsmokeEdmund Dano
Ben Stone
Orv Timpson
Fred Garth
Tuck Frye
Episode: The Pretender
Episode: The Jailer
Episode: The Moonstone
Episode: The Noose
Episode: Jubilee
1966The Time TunnelMatthew GebhardtEpisode: The Death Trap
1966–1972The F.B.I.Robert Hastings
John Clarence Rim
Thorn Hazard
Bill Leonard
Episode: The Assassin

Episode: The Legend of John Rim
Episode: Unknown Victim
Episode: The Deadly Species

1967MannixMorgan CarpenterEpisode: Warning - Live Blueberries
Hallmark Hall of FameTrapaniEpisode: A Bell for Adano
1968Cimarron StripEnoch SheltonEpisode: Knife in the Darkness
Run for Your LifeLou PattersonEpisode: The Killing Scene
Felony SquadGerald GardnerEpisode: Matched for Murder
1969The OutsiderArnie CamborEpisode: A Bowl of Cherries
LancerBill BlakeEpisode: The Knot
1970Hawaii Five-OLew MorganEpisode: Most Likely to Murder
Medical CenterArtie AtwoodEpisode: Between Dark and Daylight
The Name of the GamePeteEpisode: Cynthia is Alive and Living in Avalon
Bracken's WorldGil DobieEpisode: A Team of One-Legged Acrobats
1971Storefront LawyersPaul MarekEpisode: This Money Kills Dreams
The BirdmenOrville 'Fitz' FitzgeraldABC Television film
NicholsEpisode: The Marrying Fool
1971, 1972, 1975CannonDude
Toby Hauser
Sheriff Andrews
Episode: The Salinas Jackpot
Episode: Nobody Beats the House
Episode: The Conspirators
1974Get Christie Love!Episode: Deadly Betrayal
Kolchak: The Night StalkerSen. Robert W. PalmerEpisode: The Devil's Platform
The ManhunterEpisode: Flight to Nowhere
1975The Last DayBill PowersNBC Television film
Barnaby JonesDarrin AddisonEpisode: Image of Evil
1976S.W.A.T.Maynard HillEpisode: Dragons and Owls
SaraNewt JohnsonEpisode: "The Child Bride"
Alle origini della mafiaBernardino CampoITC Miniseries
Episode: La Speranza
1978BarettaAl BrimmerEpisode: The Appointment
Maneaters are Loose!John GosfordCBS Television film
1983Ryan's FourDr. Thomas Ryan
1984Calendar Girl MurdersLieutenant Dan StonerABC Television film
A Touch of ScandalFather DwelleCBS Television film
1986Miles to Go...Stuart BrowningCBS Television film
The HitchhikerDet. Frank SheenEpisode: True Believer
The Parent Trap IIBill GrandABC Television film
The New Twilight ZoneAlex MattinglyEpisode: What Are Friends For?
Danger BayDon BaredEpisode: The Fish Who Walks
1987Poker Alice, based on the frontier gambler Poker Alice, with Elizabeth Taylor in the lead roleJeremy CollinsCBS Television film
1987, 1988CheersEvan DrakeEpisode: A Kiss is Still a Kiss
Episode: Tale of Two Cuties
Episode: Yacht of Fools
Episode: Let Sleeping Drakes Lie
Episode: The Sam in the Grey Flannel Suit
Episode: Backseat Becky, Up Front
1988Moving TargetJoseph KelloggNBC Television film
Nightmare at BittercreekDingCBS Television film
1989The HeistEbbet BerensHBO Television film
Red King, White KnightStonerHBO Television film
1990The China Lake MurdersSheriff Sam BrodieTelevision film
Child in the NightBassCBS Television film
ABC Afterschool SpecialJimEpisode: A Question About Sex
She'll Take RomanceJudge Warren DanversABC Television film
1992Getting Up and Going HomeJack MontgomeryTelevision film
In Sickness and In HealthJarrett MattisonCBS Television film
1992–1996Picket FencesSheriff Jimmy Brock
1997Divided by HateSteve RiordanUSA Television film
Chicago HopeJim KellnerEpisode: Guns N' Roses
What the Deaf Man HeardNorm JenkinsCBS Television film
1998Two for TexasSam HoustonTNT Television film
1999Into the Wild BlueHostHistory Documentary
The Hunt for the Unicorn KillerFred MadduxNBC Miniseries
Aftershock: Earthquake in New YorkThomas AhearnCBS Television film
2000An American DaughterWalterLifetime Television film
High NoonWill KaneTBS Television film
Jackie Bouvier Kennedy OnassisJoseph P. 'Joe' KennedyCBS Television film
2001Chestnut HillDaniel EastmanUnsold TV-Pilot
The Voyage to Atlantis: The Lost EmpireHostShort Documentary
2002Path to WarGen. William WestmorelandHBO Television film
Will & GraceDr. Jay MarkusEpisode: The Needle and the Omelet's Done
2003BiographyPassages Read ByEpisode: Jack London - Forces of Nature
The West WingSen. Chris CarrickEpisode: Constituency of One
2004Homeland SecurityAdmiral McKeeNBC Television film
Law & Order: Special Victims UnitJudge Oliver TaftEpisode: Poison
The GridCIA Dep. Director Acton SandmanTNT Miniseries
2005Vinegar HillFritz GrierCBS Television film
Category 7: The End of the WorldCol. Mike DavisCBS Miniseries
2006MammothSimon AbernathySci Fi Television film
HuffBen HuffstodtEpisode: Red Meat
Episode: So...What Brings You to Armageddon?
Episode: Radio Silence
DesperationJohn Edward MarinvilleABC Television film
FallenZekeABC Miniseries
2006–2008Brothers & SistersWilliam WalkerEpisode: Patriarchy (pilot)[9]

Episode: Mistakes Were Made (Part 1 & 2)
Episode: Love Is Difficult
Episode: Prior Commitments
Episode: Let's Call the Whole Thing Off

2007Killer WaveVictor BannisterMiniseries
The Dead ZoneHerb SmithEpisode: Denouement
2008Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!Himself
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. HydeGabe UttersonTelevision film
The Trojan HorsePresident StanfieldCBC Miniseries
2010LeverageJimmy Ford(TV series) Episode "The Three Card Monte Job"
The CloserJoey O
2012LeverageJimmy FordEpisode: "The Radio Job"
White CollarAlan MitchellEpisode: "Pulling Strings"
2015Madam SecretaryPatrick McCordEpisode: "Chains of Command"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards

DVD Exclusive Awards

Emmy Awards

Genie Awards

Golden Globe Awards

National Board of Review of Motion Pictures

Saturn Awards

Screen Actors Guild Awards

Western Heritage Awards


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