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Tom Skerritt

Lean, ruggedly handsome leading man and supporting actor whose "outdoor" looks have improved with age, Tom Skerritt attended Wayne State University and UCLA, and was first noticed in a UCLA production of "The Rainmaker" before making his movie debut in War Hunt (1962). However, he spent most of the next decade in television, regularly appearing in Combat! (1962), The Virginian (1962), Gunsmoke (1955) and 12 O'Clock High (1964). Skerritt's next big break was appearing alongside Donald Sutherland and Elliott Gould in Robert Altman's biting satire MASH (1970). Several other film roles quickly followed, before he landed the plum role of Capt. Dallas of the ill-fated commercial towing vehicle Nostromo in the creepy sci-fi epic Alien (1979).Skerritt turned up again in another thriller playing a cop hunting a serial killer in the eerie The Dead Zone (1983), as a Navy Officer Flight instructor in Top Gun (1986) , in the six-chick flick Steel Magnolias (1989), and then as the poster boy for a "Guess" Jeans ad campaign utilizing his mature, weather-beaten features. Skerritt didn't neglect his TV background and reappeared on the small screen in Cheers (1982), The China Lake Murders (1990) and picked up an Emmy in 1994 for his performance as Sheriff Brock in the superb series Picket Fences (1992).Skerritt has remained continually busy for the past decade, contributing natural, entertaining and reliable performances in TV series, made-for-TV movies and major theatrical releases. He recreated the role of Will Kane in the TV production of High Noon (2000), and appeared alongside Bruce Willis in the mercenary war drama Tears of the Sun (2003).

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Aug 25, 1933 In Detroit, Michigan, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Gunsmoke 1955-09-10
Latest Project:
Series Madam Secretary 2014-09-21

Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 5 wins & 8 nominations.

Known For
Poster of Picket Fences
Madam Secretary Unknown 2014-09-21
The Good Wife Unknown 2009-09-22
White Collar Unknown 2009-10-23
Leverage Unknown 2008-12-07
Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Unknown 2007-02-11
Brothers & Sisters Unknown 2006-09-24
The Closer Unknown 2005-06-13
The Grid CIA Deputy Director Acton Sandman 6 episodes, 2004 2004-07-19
Huff Unknown 2004-11-07
The Dead Zone Unknown 2002-06-16
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Unknown 1999-09-20
The West Wing Unknown 1999-09-22
Will & Grace Unknown 1998-09-21
Chicago Hope Unknown 1994-09-18
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Picket Fences Sheriff Jimmy Brock 88 episodes, 1992-1996 1992-09-18
The Hitchhiker Unknown 1983-11-23
Cheers Unknown 1982-09-30
Baretta Unknown 1975-01-17
Kolchak: The Night Stalker Unknown 1974-09-13
ABC Afterschool Specials Unknown 1972-10-04
Cannon Unknown 1971-09-14
Hawaii Five-O Unknown 1968-09-20
Cimarron Strip Unknown 1967-09-07
The Time Tunnel Unknown 1966-09-09
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Richardson 1 episode, 1965 1964-09-14
The Fugitive Unknown 1963-09-17
My Favorite Martian Unknown 1963-09-29
The Virginian Unknown 1962-09-19
Combat! Unknown 1962-10-02
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Unknown 1962-09-20
Bonanza Unknown 1959-09-12
Gunsmoke Unknown 1955-09-10