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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 31 May 1949Chicago, Illinois, USA
Birth NameThomas Michael Moore
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Born in Chicago, Oscar nominee, Golden Globe and Emmy winner Tom Berenger was raised in a working class home as the son of a printer for the Chicago Sun-Times. Tom attended the University of Missouri to study journalism. It was there he first auditioned for a role in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" at the college theater on a whim and a bet with a roommate. He was accepted for the role of "Nick." After several stints in regional theater, Tom then attended the Herbert Berghof Studio School for Acting in New York City. While in New York, he pursued his professional career in theater and television. Tom's auspicious film debut in "Looking For Mr. Goodbar" led to other roles in films such as "Eddie & The Cruisers," "The Big Chill," "Platoon," "Someone To Watch Over Me," "Shoot To Kill," "Betrayed," "Last Rites," "Major League," "Shattered," "Gettysburg," "The Substitute," "Sniper," "Rough Riders," "Inception," "Hatfields & McCoys," among many others.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ellipsis Entertainment Group

Spouse (4)

Laura Moretti (8 September 2012 - present)
Patricia Alvaran (23 January 1998 - 14 June 2011) (divorced) (1 child)
Lisa Berenger (19 July 1986 - 1997) (divorced) (3 children)
Barbara Wilson (1976 - 1984) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (27)

Listed as a "Promising New Actor of 1977" in vol. 29 of John Willis' Screen World.
He has six children, Allison, Patrick, Chelsea, Chloe, Shiloh and Scout, and also a step-daughter, Julia, with his wife Laura Moretti.
Earned the highest rating (3 stars) from "The Bare Facts" -- a printed guide to on-screen nudity -- for eligible scenes in In Praise of Older Women (1978) and At Play in the Fields of the Lord (1991).".
Considers Flesh & Blood (1979) as one of his best films.
Graduated from the University of Missouri, where he majored in journalism.
He was offered his role in Nightmare & Dreamscapes and had 24 hours to decide if he wanted. He agreed without even getting a chance to read the script. He read it for the first time on the flight to Australia for the filming.
His father was a traveling salesman.
Tom is a history buff.
Lived in Puerto Rico for several months in his 20s.
Lives in Beaufort, South Carolina when not working on films.
Studied acting in New York at the Herbert Berghof Studios.
Admitted that he hated making Sliver (1993), as it went through endless reshoots and script changes.
Turned down the part of Det. Sonny Crockett on Miami Vice (1984). The studio was hoping to land a big star, and also approached Nick Nolte and Jeff Bridges.
Tom speaks Spanish and Italian.
Was the second ill-fated Timmy Siegal on 'One Life To Live'.
Tom's great interest in Civil War history has led him to collect on and research the Civil War era in his personal life as well.
The role that seems the nearest to his heart is that of Lt. General James Longstreet, whom he portrayed in the classic Gettysburg (1992).
He picked "Berenger" as his professional name, after a school friend, because there was already a "Tom Moore" in the Actors' Equity Association.
Started "The Tom Berenger Acting Scholarship Fund" This was established in 1988 by him to award Theatre students for excellence in performance.
He studied under Uta Hagen and Herbert Berghof at HB Studio while working in off-Broadway productions.
Prior to acting, he was also a bellman at the former Alameda Plaza Hotel (now the Inter-Continental Hotel) in the Country Club Plaza section of Kansas City, Missouri.
Berenger's earlier career before he became an actor was as a flight attendant for the defunct Eastern Air Lines.
Berenger lent his likeness for Frank Jaeger, in Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake.
As of 2014, has appeared in four films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: The Big Chill (1983), Platoon (1986), Born on the Fourth of July (1989) and Inception (2010). Of those, Platoon (1986) won in the category.
Tom is an avid reader.
Tom's first play was in high school was performed in the Spanish language for an advanced Spanish class. Being an extremely shy guy, he was forced to be in it by his teacher.

Personal Quotes (4)

[on playing bad guys] I enjoy playing them. I find something human in them, with the exception of Looking for Mr. Goodbar. It was such a slimy character with no redeeming qualities. To me it was like playing Charles Manson. I had nightmares after I finished shooting it. I felt dirty. Bad guys are interesting, even if you don't like them.
[in 1975] I first started thinking about being an actor when I was in college at the University of Missouri. I auditioned for a television play, and the director, who has some professional New York credits, encouraged me to pursue acting. In college I had a double major--drama and film editing. I worked with 16 millimeter film upon graduating, and from Kansas City I went on to Dallas. All of this time I suppose I had an unrealized commitment to acting. But then, I guess I ran away from acting. I was afraid of the business--I still am.
Even my agents say, 'We don't know what this business is anymore.' These days, you can do a TV series for five years and all of a sudden be on top of the business. Features don't even run in theaters very long anymore before going right to television. And every other movie is one of those action things. I mean, Lost in Space (1998)? - a bunch of good actors running around shooting at special effects on a soundstage? I took my kids to see that and almost felt like I was on an acid trip. Most of what gets made now, you laugh your way through, go home and forget you've seen it.
[in 2002] Since the '70s I've seen myself as a poet. Sometimes I express that poetry through acting, sometimes through cooking, and sometimes just having a good chat, you know, one of them chats you have when you're stoned and the hour is getting late. I don't know what's gonna come my way, but I think Berenger's gonna be big these next couple years.

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