Tom Berenger

Actor, Producer, Steelworker
Having first established himself in brooding, aggressive roles, actor Tom Berenger first came to the public's attention as the self-effacing Tom Selleck-like television star in Lawrence Kasdan's iconic drama, "The Big ... Read more »
Born: 05/30/1949 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (91)

Major Crimes 2013 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bad Country 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Firedog 2014 (Movie)

Einstein (Voice)

Hawaii Five-O 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Reach Me 2014 (Movie)

Teddy (Actor)

Silent Venom 2014 (Movie)

Admiral Bradley Wallace (Actor)

Sniper 3 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Stiletto 2014 (Movie)

Virgil Vadalos (Actor)

War Flowers 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Avenging Angel 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Bad Country 2013 (Movie)

Lutin (Actor)

Doc Holliday's Revenge 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Lonesome Dove Church 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Sniper: Legacy 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

Brake 2012 (Movie)

Ben Reynolds (Actor)

Cocaine: History Between the Lines 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Narrator

Hatfields & McCoys 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

XIII 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sinners and Saints 2011 (Movie)

Captain Trahan (Actor)

Faster 2010 (Movie)

Warden (Actor)

Inception 2010 (Movie)

Browning (Actor)

One Life to Live 1967 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Breaking Point 2009 (Movie)

Steven Luisi (Actor)

Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball 2009 (Movie)

Walter Weed (Actor)

October Road 2006 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Arthur Hailey's Detective 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Into the West 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Takedown 2004 (Movie)

McCoy Rollins (Actor)

Peacemakers 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Third Watch 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ally McBeal 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cruel and Unusual 2001 (Movie)

Art Stoner (Actor)

Detox 2001 (Movie)

Hank (Actor)

The Hollywood Sign 2001 (Movie)

Tom Greener (Actor)

Training Day 2001 (Movie)

Stan Gursky (Actor)

True Blue 2001 (Movie)

Detective Rem Macy (Actor)

Law & Order 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Turbulence 2: Fear of Flying 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

A Murder of Crows 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

One Man's Hero 1999 (Movie)

John Riley (Actor)

A Murder of Crows 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Gingerbread Man 1998 (Movie)

Pete Randle (Actor)

The Substitute 1996 (Movie)

Shale (Actor)

Last of the Dogmen 1995 (Movie)

Louis Gates (Actor)

The Avenging Angel 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Chasers 1994 (Movie)

Rock Reilly (Actor)

Gettysburg Journal 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Major League II 1994 (Movie)

Jake Taylor (Actor)

Cheers 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

Gettysburg 1993 (Movie)

Lieutenant General James Longstreet (Actor)

Sliver 1993 (Movie)

Jack Lansford (Actor)

Sniper 1993 (Movie)

Thomas Beckett (Actor)

At Play in the Fields of the Lord 1991 (Movie)

Lewis Moon (Actor)

Shattered 1991 (Movie)

Dan Merrick (Actor)

Love at Large 1990 (Movie)

Harry Dobbs (Actor)

The Field 1990 (Movie)

The American (Actor)

Born on the Fourth of July 1989 (Movie)

Recruiting Sergeant (Actor)

Major League 1989 (Movie)

Jake Taylor (Actor)

Betrayed 1988 (Movie)

Gary Simmons (Actor)

Dear America: Letters Homes From Vietnam 1988 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

Last Rites 1988 (Movie)

Father Michael Pace (Actor)

Shoot to Kill 1988 (Movie)

Jonathan Knox (Actor)

Someone to Watch Over Me 1987 (Movie)

Mike Keegan (Actor)

If Tomorrow Comes 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Platoon 1986 (Movie)

Sergeant Barnes (Actor)

Fear City 1985 (Movie)

Matt Rossi (Actor)

Rustler's Rhapsody 1985 (Movie)

Rex O'Herlihan (Actor)

Eddie and the Cruisers 1983 (Movie)

Frank Ridgeway (Actor)

The Big Chill 1983 (Movie)

Sam (Actor)

Oltre la Porta 1981 (Movie)

Matthew Jackson (Actor)

Flesh and Blood 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Butch and Sundance: The Early Days 1979 (Movie)

Robert Leroy Parker--Butch Cassidy (Actor)

In Praise of Older Women 1979 (Movie)

Andras Vayda (Actor)

The Dogs of War 1979 (Movie)

Drew (Actor)

Looking For Mr. Goodbar 1977 (Movie)

Gary Cooper White (Actor)

The Sentinel 1976 (Movie)

Man at End (Actor)

An Occasional Hell (TV Show)

Actor

Body Language (TV Show)

Actor

Cutaway (TV Show)

Actor

Diplomatic Siege (TV Show)

Actor

Dream On (TV Show)

Actor

In the Company of Spies (TV Show)

Actor

Johnny, We Hardly Knew Ye (TV Show)

Actor

Johnson County War (TV Show)

Actor

Last Will (Movie)

Frank Emery (Actor)

Rough Riders (TV Show)

Actor

Shadow of Doubt (TV Show)

Actor

The Junction Boys (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Having first established himself in brooding, aggressive roles, actor Tom Berenger first came to the public's attention as the self-effacing Tom Selleck-like television star in Lawrence Kasdan's iconic drama, "The Big Chill" (1983). But it was his hard-edged turn as the Vietnam War-scarred Sergeant Barnes in "Platoon" (1986) that turned the relatively known actor into a bona fide star. Berenger next emerged in the unlikeliest of places, playing a professional baseball player in the surprise hit comedy "Major League" (1989), a role he reprised five years later in the inferior sequel. From there, he specialized in playing historical figures like Confederate Lt. Gen. James Longstreet in "Gettysburg" (1993) and Theodore Roosevelt in "Rough Riders" (TNT, 1997), while churning out a series of low-quality genre films - many of which went straight to DVD - like "Sniper" (1993) and its two sequels. Whether occasionally popping up in more acclaimed movies like "Training Day" (2001) and "Inception" (2010), co-starring on his first regular primetime series "October Road" (ABC, 2007-08), or winning an Emmy for his work in the acclaimed miniseries "Hatfields & McCoys" (History, 2012), Berenger seemed content playing a wide array of villains and antiheroes in non-theatrical releases.

Relationships

Patricia Alvaran

Wife
married on January 23, 1998

Barbara Berenger

Wife
married c. 1976 divorced February 1984

Allison Berenger

Daughter
born c. 1977 mother, Barbara Berenger

Chelsea Berenger

Daughter
born in 1986 mother, Lisa Williams

Chloe Berenger

Daughter
born in July 1988 mother, Lisa Williams

Patrick Berenger

Son
born c. 1978 mother, Barbara Berenger

Lisa Williams

Wife
married in July 1986 separated filed for divorce in June 1997 divorced

EDUCATION

St Leo High School

Chicago , Illinois

University of Missouri

Columbia , Missouri
Berenger has endowed an acting scholarship at the school

Rich East High School

Park Forest , Illinois 1967

University of Missouri

Columbia , Missouri
Berenger has endowed an acting scholarship at the school

HB Studio

New York , New York
studied with Uta Hagen and Herbert Berghof

Milestones

2012

Co-starred with Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton in The History Channel miniseries "Hatfields & McCoys"

2010

Played supporting role opposite Dwayne Johnson in the action drama "Faster"

2010

Co-starred with Leonardo DiCaprio in the Christopher Nolan-directed sci-fi thriller "Inception"

2007

Cast as The Commander on the ABC drama "October Road"

2003

Cast in a recurring role on USA Network's "Peacemakers"

2001

Landed lead role in drama thriller "Watchtower"

2001

Acted opposite Denzel Washington in "Training Day"

1998

Portrayed Pete Randle in Robert Altman's "The Gingerbread Man"

1998

Starred in "One Man's Hero" as Tom Riley, a member of the St Patrick Brigade, a group of Irish immigrants who fled to Mexico and fought for their adopted country in Mexican-American War

1997

Produced and starred as Teddy Roosevelt in TNT miniseries "Rough Riders"

1996

Played mercenary-turned-substitute teacher in "The Substitute"

1995

Co-produced and starred in TNT movie "The Avenging Angel"

1994

Reprised Jake Taylor role for "Major League II"

1993

Stole Kirstie Alley's heart on the final two episodes of long-running NBC sitcom "Cheers"; Alley had also acted with him in "Shoot to Kill"

1993

Turned in solid portrayal as Confederate General James Longstreet in Turner Pictures epic "Gettysburg"

1989

Portrayed veteran catcher Jake Taylor in baseball comedy "Major League"

1989

Reunited with Stone for small role in "Born on the Fourth of July"

1988

His stubborn mountain guide teamed up with Sidney Poitier's big-city cop in "Shoot to Kill"

1988

Appeared opposite Mary McDonnell in the Long Wharf production of "National Anthems"

1988

Played white supremacist Gary Simmons in Costa-Gavras' "Betrayed"

1987

Starred opposite Mimi Rogers in "Someone to Watch Over Me"

1986

Earned an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor for his role in Oliver Stone's "Platoon"

1983

Delivered breakthrough role as Sam, the handsome but insecure TV star in Lawrence Kasdan's "The Big Chill"

1983

Acted the part of Frank 'Word Man' Ridgeway in "Eddie and the Cruisers"

1981

Returned to the stage to play Stanley Kowalski in "A Streetcar Named Desire" at the Milwaukee Rep

1977

Portrayed a psychotic killer on the prowl in "Looking for Mr. Goodbar"

1977

Made TV-movie debut in "Johnny, We Hardly Knew Ye" (NBC)

1977

Film acting debut, "The Sentinel"

1975

Acted in Circle Repertory's "End As a Man" (1975) and the Long Wharf's "The Rose Tattoo" (1977), among other stage productions

1975

Played Timmie Siegal on ABC daytime soap "One Life To Live"

1969

Acting debut in a college production of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"

On a bet, tried out for a part in a college play

Bonus Trivia

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Berenger was part owner of the NYC restaurant Twins.

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"Tom comes in and he's totally reality-based. He did research on private detectives. He probably could be one."Once we were walking down the street and we saw an actor walking on the opposite side and this guy was living a role, living a role for a film. He was walking down the street and living the part of some cowboy or something. And Tom says, 'Oh look at so-and-so there, wasting it on a street corner. Not old Tom. He saves it for the screen.'"He reminds me very much of Spencer Tracy or Paul Muni, the classic actors. Sort of a no-bullsh*t attitude, a guy who understands the subtlety but won't celebrate it, doesn't do anything tricky. He understands the essence of things." – Alan Rudolph quoted in FAME, April 1990

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