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Born in Detroit on Aug. 25, 1933, Tom Skerritt was discovered as a student at UCLA and made his feature film debut alongside fellow newcomer Robert Redford in War Hunt (1962).

He eventually stood out in Robert Altman's MASH (1970) and made another memorable turn as Shirley MacLaine's husband in The Turning Point (1977), a role that led to parts in Ridley Scott's Alien (1979), David Cronenberg's The Dead Zone (1983) and Tony Scott's Top Gun (1986). The 1990s brought a plum role in A River Runs Through It (1992), an Emmy-winning run as a small-town sheriff in television's "Picket Fences" (1992-96) and another brush with aliens in Contact (1997).

Other work includes Tears of the Sun (2003) with Bruce Willis and Monica Bellucci, the television movie Vinegar Hill (2005) with Mary-Louise Parker and the miniseries "The Grid" (2004) with Dylan McDermott and Julianna Margulies.

Tom Skerritt in A Hologram for the King

A Hologram for the King

2016 R

Teetering on the edge of bankruptcy, U.S. businessman Alan Clay tries to reverse his fortunes by landing a lucrative contract in Saudi Arabia. As Alan attempts to navigate his way through an unfamiliar culture, he unexpectedly finds romance.

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  • Tom Skerritt in Harold and Maude Harold and Maude
  • Tom Skerritt in At Middleton At Middleton
  • Tom Skerritt in Contact Contact
  • Tom Skerritt in Top Gun Top Gun
  • Tom Skerritt in A River Runs Through It A River Runs Through It
  • Tom Skerritt in MASH MASH
  • Tom Skerritt in Steel Magnolias Steel Magnolias
  • Tom Skerritt in The Dead Zone The Dead Zone
  • Tom Skerritt in The Parent Trap / The Parent Trap II The Parent Trap / The Parent Trap II
  • Tom Skerritt in Tears of the Sun Tears of the Sun
  • Tom Skerritt in Beer for My Horses Beer for My Horses
  • Tom Skerritt in Field of Lost Shoes Field of Lost Shoes
  • Tom Skerritt in Those Calloways Those Calloways
  • Tom Skerritt in Ice Castles Ice Castles
  • Tom Skerritt in The Rookie The Rookie
  • Tom Skerritt in Homeland Security Homeland Security
  • Tom Skerritt in Whiteout Whiteout
  • Tom Skerritt in Redwood Highway Redwood Highway
  • Tom Skerritt in Wings Wings
  • Tom Skerritt in Poltergeist II / Poltergeist III Poltergeist II / Poltergeist III
  • Tom Skerritt in Moving Target Moving Target
  • Tom Skerritt in Shadow Casting Shadow Casting
  • Tom Skerritt in Fallen Fallen
  • Tom Skerritt in Stephen King's Desperation Stephen King's Desperation
  • Tom Skerritt in Mammoth Mammoth
  • Tom Skerritt in Bonneville Bonneville
  • Tom Skerritt in The Velveteen Rabbit The Velveteen Rabbit
  • Tom Skerritt in Your Love Never Fails Your Love Never Fails
  • Tom Skerritt in The Big Town The Big Town
  • Tom Skerritt in Picket Fences Picket Fences
  • Tom Skerritt in The Other Sister The Other Sister
  • Tom Skerritt in Path to War Path to War
  • Tom Skerritt in Changing Hearts Changing Hearts
  • Tom Skerritt in Thieves Like Us Thieves Like Us
  • Tom Skerritt in Calendar Girl Murders Calendar Girl Murders
  • Tom Skerritt in Nightmare at Bitter Creek Nightmare at Bitter Creek
  • Tom Skerritt in Nightmare at Bittercreek Nightmare at Bittercreek
  • Tom Skerritt in Greenmail Greenmail
  • Tom Skerritt in The Grid The Grid
  • Tom Skerritt in Category 7: The End of the World Category 7: The End of the World
  • Tom Skerritt in Killer Wave Killer Wave
  • Tom Skerritt in The Trojan Horse The Trojan Horse
  • Tom Skerritt in For Sale by Owner For Sale by Owner