Skerritt, Tom 1933– (M. Borman)

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SKERRITT, Tom 1933
(M. Borman)


Born August 25, 1933, in Detroit, MI; son of Roy (in business) and Helen (a homemaker) Skerritt; married Charlotte (divorced); married Sue Aran (an operator of a bed and breakfast establishment; divorced, 1992); children: (first marriage) Andy (a screenwriter), Erin, Matt; (second marriage) Collin. Education: Attended Wayne State University and the University of California, Los Angeles.

Addresses: Agent United Talent Agency, 9560 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 500, Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Publicist Guttman Associates PR, 118 South Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Contact c/o 335 North Maple Dr., #360, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.

Career: Actor, director, producer, and writer. Also appeared in television commercials, including those for Kaufmann & Broad (1997), Aleve (1998), and MCI Long Distance (1998). Military service: Served in the U.S. Air Force for four years.

Awards, Honors: National Board of Review Award, best supporting actor, 1977, for The Turning Point; Genie Award nomination, best performance by a foreign actor, Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, 1982, for Silence of the North; Emmy Award, outstanding lead actor in a drama series, 1993, Emmy Award nomination, outstanding lead actor in a drama series, 1994, Golden Globe Award nominations, best actor in a television drama, 1994 and 1995, and Screen Actors Guild Award nomination, outstanding performance by a male actor in a drama series, 1995, all for Picket Fences; Blockbuster Entertainment Award nomination, favorite supporting actor in a drama, 1997, for Contact.


Film Appearances:

Sergeant Stan Showalter, War Hunt, United Artists, 1962.

Whit Turner, Those Callaways, Buena Vista, 1964.

Leonard Peale as an adult, One Man's Way, 1964.

Captain Augustus Bedford "Duke" Forrest, M*A*S*H (also known as MASH ), Twentieth CenturyFox, 1970.

(As M. Borman) Police officer on motorcycle, Harold and Maude, Paramount, 1971.

(Uncredited) Himself, The Moviemakers, 1971.

John Buckman, Wild Rovers, MetroGoldwynMayer, 1972.

Detective Bert Kling, Fuzz, United Artists, 1972.

Fred Diller, Big Bad Mama, New World Pictures, 1974.

Dee Mobley, Thieves Like Us, United Artists, 1974.

Margherito, Arrivano Joe e Margherito (also known as Run, Run, Joe!, Dynamit in der Schnauze, and Joe y Margherito ), 1974.

Tom Preston, The Devil's Rain, Bryanston, 1975.

La madama, Filmes, 1975.

Chief inspector, E tanta paura (also known as Too Much Fear and Plot of Fear ), C.P.C. Cinematografica/G.P.E. Enterprises, 1976.

Wayne Rodger, The Turning Point, Twentieth CenturyFox, 1977.

Strawberry, Up in Smoke (also known as Cheech and Chong: Up in Smoke and Cheech and Chong's Up in Smoke ), Paramount, 1978.

Captain Dallas, Alien, Twentieth CenturyFox, 1979.

Marcus Winston, Ice Castles, Columbia, 1979.

Walter Reamer, Silence of the North, Universal, 1981.

Howard Anderson, A Dangerous Summer (also known as A Burning Man and Flash Fire ), Virgin Vision, 1981.

Casey, Savage Harvest, Twentieth CenturyFox, 1981.

John D'Angelo, Fighting Back (also known as Death Vengeance ), EMI, 1982.

Sheriff George Bannerman, The Dead Zone, Paramount, 1983.

(In archive footage) Dallas in segment Alien, Terror in the Aisles (also known as Time for Terror ), 1984.

Commander Mike "Viper" Metcalfe, Top Gun, Paramount, 1986.

Commander Zach Burkstroom, Andie's husband, Space Camp (also known as SpaceCamp ), Twentieth CenturyFox, 1987.

Phil Carpenter, The Big Town, Columbia, 1987.

Lloyd Wisdom, Wisdom, Twentieth CenturyFox, 1987.

Major Logan, Opposing Force (also known as Hellcamp ), Orion, 1987.

Charles Montgomery, Maid to Order, New Century/Vista, 1987.

Bruce Gardner, Poltergeist III (also known as Poltergeist III: The Final Chapter ), MetroGoldwynMayer/United Artists, 1988.

Sam Cahill, Honor Bound, 1988.

Dr. Webster, Big Man on Campus (also known as The Hunchback Hairball of L.A. and The Hunchback of UCLA ), Vestron, 1989.

Drum Eatenton, Steel Magnolias, TriStar, 1989.

Eugene Ackerman, The Rookie, Warner Bros., 1990.

Darryl Cooper, Poison Ivy, New Line Cinema, 1992.

Reverend Maclean, A River Runs through It, Columbia, 1992.

Mayor Weber, Singles, Warner Bros., 1992.

Ham McDonald, Wild Orchid II: Two Shades of Blue (also known as Wild Orchid 2: Blue Movie Blue ), Triumph Releasing, 1992.

Captain Frank Sedman, Knight Moves (also known as Face to Face and Knight MovesEin moerderisches Spiel ), Columbia/TriStar, 1992.

Narrator, The Art of Nature (documentary), 1995.

Dr. David Drumlin, Contact, Warner Bros., 1997.

Police chief, Smoke Signals (also known as This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona ), Miramax, 1997.

Radley Tate, The Other Sister, Buena Vista, 1999.

Himself at Los Angeles premiere, Breaking the Silence: The Making of "Hannibal, " MGM Home Entertainment, 2001.

Richard Dukes, Texas Rangers, Miramax, 2001.

Tom Bradshaw, Greenmail, 2001.

Johnny Pinkley, Changing Hearts, PorchLight Entertainment, 2002.

Captain Bill Rhodes, Tears of the Sun, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2003.

George Verdi, Swing, 2003.

Television Appearances; Series:

Dr. Thomas Ryan, Ryan's Four, ABC, 1983.

Evan Drake, a recurring role, Cheers, NBC, 19871988.

Sheriff Jimmy Brock, Picket Fences, CBS, 19921996.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Bernardino Campo, Origins of the Mafia, 1974.

Fred Maddux, The Hunt for the Unicorn Killer, NBC, 1999.

Thomas Ahearn, Aftershock: Earthquake in New York, CBS, 1999.

Joe Kennedy, Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, CBS, 2000.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Orville "Fitz" Fitzgerald, The Birdmen (also known as Escape of the Birdmen and Operation Braindrain Codename: Chessboard ), ABC, 1971.

Bill Powers, The Last Day, NBC, 1975.

John Gosford, Maneaters Are Loose!, CBS, 1978.

A Question of Honor, CBS, 1982.

Dan Stoner, Calendar Girl Murders (also known as Insatiable and Victimized ), ABC, 1984.

Father Dwelle, A Touch of Scandal (also known as Somebody Knows ), CBS, 1984.

Stuart Browning, Miles to Go ... (also known as Leaving Home ), CBS, 1986.

Bill Grant, Parent Trap II, The Disney Channel, 1986.

Jeremy Collins, Poker Alice, CBS, 1987.

Ding Harris, Nightmare at Bitter Creek, CBS, 1988.

John Kellogg, Moving Target, NBC, 1988.

Ebbet Berens, The Heist, HBO, 1989.

Bill Stoner, Red King, White Knight, HBO, 1989.

Thurston "T" Bass, Child in the Night (also known as Murder in the Family and Testimone oculare ), CBS, 1990.

Sheriff Sam Brodie, The China Lake Murders, USA Network, 1990.

Judge Warren T. Danvers, I'll Take Romance (also known as She'll Take Romance ), ABC, 1990.

Jarrett Mattison, In Sickness and in Health (also known as Hearts on Fire ), CBS, 1992.

Jack Montgomery, Getting Up and Going Home (also known as Unfaithful ), Lifetime, 1992.

Steve Riordan, Divided by Hate (also known as Bitter Markings ), USA Network, 1997.

Sam Houston, Two for Texas, TNT, 1998.

Walter, An American Daughter (also known as Trial by Media ), Lifetime, 2000.

Will Kane, High Noon, TBS, 2000.

General William Westmoreland, Path to War, HBO, 2002.

Television Appearances; Specials:

"Inherit the Wind," Hallmark Hall of Fame, NBC, 1967.

Trapani, A Bell for Adano, NBC, 1967.

Himself, The Horror Hall of Fame, 1990.

Jim, "A Question about Sex" (also known as "Kelly vs. Kelly"), ABC Afterschool Specials, ABC, 1990.

Himself, The Making of "Alien 3, " 1992.

Himself, The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, 1994.

Host, Wyatt Earp: Walk with a Legend, CBS, 1994.

Narrator, Over America, PBS, 1995.

Norm Jenkins, "What the Deaf Man Heard," Hallmark Hall of Fame, CBS, 1997.

Elizabeth Taylor: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 1998.

Host, Into the Wild Blue (also known as Into the Wild Blue: The World's Best Flight Teams ), History Channel, 1999.

Robert Redford: Hollywood Outlaw, Arts and Entertainment, 2000.

Narrator, Mount St. Helen's Fury, The Learning Channel, 2000.

Himself/Captain Dallas, Alien Evolution, Channel 4, 2001.

Host, The Voyage to Atlantis: The Los Empire, ABC, 2001.

(Uncredited) Himself/interviewee, The Alien Saga (documentary), 2002.

Robert Redford (documentary), Bravo, 2002.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

The 47th Golden Globe Awards, TBS, 1990.

The American Television Awards, ABC, 1993.

The 46th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, ABC, 1994.

Presenter, The 2nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, 1996.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Dr. Thomas Ryan, Ryan's Four, ABC, 1983.

Jack Shake, On the Edge (also known as Dirty Work ), NBC, 1987.

Daniel Eastman, Chestnut Hill, NBC, 2001.

Admiral McKee, Homeland Security, NBC, 2003.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Eric Kroeger, "Impasse," The Virginian, NBC, 1962.

(Uncredited) "A Day in June," Combat!, ABC, 1962.

Glinski, "The Prisoner," Combat!, ABC, 1962.

Soldier, "Forgotten Front," Combat!, 1962.

Dr. Frank Farmer, "Run for Doom," The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, NBC, 1963.

"Thunder Gap," Temple Houston, NBC, 1963.

"No Place to Run," Laramie, 1963.

Mailman, "Aunt Win Steps In," The Real McCoys, 1963.

Emmett Dalton, "Three Minutes to Eternity," Death Valley Days, 1963.

Young Steve, "The Proposals," My Three Sons, 1963.

"Honor the Name Dennis Driscoll," Death Valley Days, syndicated, 1964.

Reverend Paul Martin, "The Secret of Brynmar Hall," The Virginian, NBC, 1964.

Hamish Browne, "The Last Circle Up," Wagon Train, ABC, 1964.

Edgar, "Miss Jekyll and Hyde," My Favorite Martian, 1964.

Jerry, "Thanks for Everything, Friend," Bonanza, 1964.

Lieutenant Ryan, "Soldiers Sometimes Kill," Twelve O'Clock High, 1964.

Lieutenant Parmalee, "Those Who Are About to Die," Twelve O'Clock High, ABC, 1965.

Hicks, "Losers Cry Deal," Combat!, ABC, 1965.

Richardson, "The Enemies," Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, ABC, 1965.

Sergeant Ben Rodale, "Then Came the Mighty Hunter," Twelve O'Clock High, ABC, 1965.

Edmund Dano, "The Pretender," Gunsmoke, CBS, 1965.

Corky Mardis, "Gallagher," Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color, NBC, 1965.

Corky Mardis, "The Further Adventures of Gallagher," Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color, NBC, 1965.

Corky Mardis, "The Daily Press vs. City Hall," The Further Adventures of Gallagher, 1965.

Neely Hollister, "Nicest Fella You'd Ever Want to Meet," The Fugitive, ABC, 1965.

Billy Landers, "The Showdown," The Virginian, NBC, 1965.

"The Book," Death Valley Days, 1965.

Burke, "Nothing to Lose," Combat!, ABC, 1966.

Lieutenant Paddy Gialella, "The 25th Mission," Twelve O'Clock High, ABC, 1966.

Ben Stone, "The Jailer," Gunsmoke, CBS, 1966.

Robert Hastings, "The Assassin," The F.B.I., ABC, 1966.

Pete, "Joshua's Kingdom," The Fugitive, ABC, 1966.

Matthew, "The Deadly Trap," Time Tunnel, ABC, 1966.

Rov Timpson, "The Moonstone," Gunsmoke, CBS, 1966.

"Sense of Justice," Death Valley Days, 1966.

"A Long Way Down," Twelve O'Clock High, ABC, 1967.

Tech Sergeant Neely, "Long Time Dead," Twelve O'Clock High, ABC, 1967.

Sergeant Decker, "The Gauntlet," Combat!, ABC, 1967.

"Warning: Live Blueberries," Mannix, CBS, 1967.

John Clarence Rim, "The Legend of John Rim," The F.B.I., ABC, 1967.

Corky Mardis, "Gallagher Goes West," Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color, NBC, 1967.

Enoch Shelton, "Knife in the Darkness" (also known as "Killer with a Knife"), Cimarron Strip, CBS, 1968.

"The Killing Scene," Run for Your Life, NBC, 1968.

Moran, "The Crooked Path," The Virginian, NBC, 1968.

Rafe, "The Saddle Warmer," The Virginian, NBC, 1968.

Gerald Gardner, "Matched for Murder," Felony Squad, ABC, 1968.

Sam Clemens, "Ten Day Millionaires," Death Valley Days, 1968.

Bill Blake, "The Knot," Lancer, CBS, 1969.

Arnie Cambor, "A Bowl of Cherries," The Outsider, 1969.

Lew Morgan, "Most Likely to Murder," Hawaii FiveO, CBS, 1970.

"Between Dark and Daylight," Medical Center, CBS, 1970.

Fred Garth, "The Noose," Gunsmoke, CBS, 1970.

"Cynthia Is Alive and Well and Living in Avalon," The Name of the Game, NBC, 1970.

"A Team of OneLegged Acrobats," Bracken's World, NBC, 1970.

Thorn Hazard, "The Unknown Victim," The F.B.I., ABC, 1971.

Bobby Allen, "Nan Allen," The Virginian, NBC, 1971.

"This Money Kills Dreams," Men at Law, CBS, 1971.

Dude, "Salinas Jackpot," Cannon, CBS, 1971.

"The Marrying Fool," Nichols, NBC, 1971.

"The Deadly Species," The F.B.I., ABC, 1972.

Tuck Frye, "Jubilee," Gunsmoke, CBS, 1972.

Toby Hauser, "Nobody Beats the House," Cannon, CBS, 1972.

Corporal Bill Tanner, "The Hunter," Bonanza, NBC, 1973.

"Deadly Betrayal," Get Christie Love!, ABC, 1974.

"Flight to Nowhere," Manhunter, CBS, 1974.

Senator Robert W. Palmer, "The Devil's Platform," Kolchak: The Night Stalker (also known as The Night Stalker ), ABC, 1974.

Sheriff Andrews, "The Conspirators," Cannon, CBS, 1975.

Darrin Addison, "Image of Evil," Barnaby Jones, CBS, 1975.

Maynard Hill, "Dragons and Owls," S.W.A.T., ABC, 1976.

Sara, 1976.

"The Appointment," Baretta, ABC, 1978.

Detective Sheen, "True Believer," The Hitchhiker (also known as Le voyageur ), HBO, 1985.

"Aqua Vita," The Twilight Zone, CBS, 1986.

Alex Mattingly, "What Are Friends For?," The Twilight Zone, CBS, 1986.

Guest, The Johnny Carson Show, 1992.

Jim Kellner, "Guns 'n' Roses," Chicago Hope, CBS, 1997.

Dr. Jay Markus, "The Needle and the Omelet's Done," Will & Grace, NBC, 2002.

Also appeared in "MASH," Backstory, AMC.

Television Work; Movies:

Director, Divided by Hate (also known as Bitter Markings ), USA Network, 1997.

Also worked as producer and director, Last of the Grape Jelly Glasses.

Television Director; Specials:

"A Question about Sex" (also known as "Kelly vs. Kelly"), ABC Afterschool Specials, ABC, 1990.

Television Director; Episodic:

"Rebels with Causes," Picket Fences, CBS, 1994.

"Bloodbrothers," Picket Fences, CBS, 1995.

"To Forgive Is Divine," Picket Fences, CBS, 1996.

Stage Appearances:

Appeared as Andrew Makepeace Ladd III in Love Letters.


Taped Readings:

Robert Stone's Outerbridge Reach, 1992.


Television Movies:

Divided by Hate (also known as Bitter Markings ), USA Network, 1997.

Also wrote The Last of the Grape Jelly Glasses.


Wrote The Piano Teacher.



People Weekly, April 17, 1995, p. 71.