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Biography #2

Tom Berenger was nominated for a 1987 Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor for his role as the sociopathic, battle-scarred Sergeant Barnes in Oliver Stone's Oscar-winning Platoon. He also won a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for the film. He will next star with Sylvester Stallone in the police thriller Eye See You.

His first film assignments included the gritty role as Diane Keaton's murderer in Looking For Mr. Goodbar and Butch Cassidy in Butch and Sundance: The Early Years. Berenger's big feature break came when he joined the ensemble cast of Lawrence Kasdan's The Big Chill.

In addition, his numerous film credits include his role as affable Jake Taylor in the Major League franchise, The Dogs of War, Eddie and the Cruisers, Someone To Watch Over Me, Shoot To Kill, Born on the Fourth of July, Sliver, The Substitute, One Man's Hero (which he produced), All Along the Watchtower, Gettysburg and Last of the Dogmen.

Berenger also starred as Theodore Roosevelt in the TNT cable movie, Rough Riders. He was nominated for a 1982 Emmy as Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his role in Cheers.

A native of Chicago, Berenger graduated from the University of Missouri, where he majored in journalism. He began acting in regional theater before moving to New York.

Bio courtesy Warner Bros. (02-Jan-2000)


Biography #3

Tom Berenger (born May 31, 1949) is a American actor known mainly for his roles in action films.

Berenger was born Thomas Michael Moore in Chicago, Illinois. He studied journalism at the University of Missouri, but decided to seek an acting career following his graduation. He worked first in regional theatre and moved to New York City in the 1970s. He worked in soap operas and had a starring role on One Life to Live.

Berenger's film debut was the lead in Rush It (1976), an independent film now mostly forgotten except for its cast members who went on to greater renown. In 1977, Berenger had a small but noticeable role as a murderer in Looking for Mr. Goodbar. In 1979, he had the role of Butch Cassidy in Butch and Sundance: The Early Days, a role he got in part because of his resemblance to Paul Newman, who played the character in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969). These early roles highlight Berenger's ability to play both villains and heroes.

Berenger's film career peaked in the 1980s starting with The Big Chill (1983). In 1986, he received an Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of the sociopathic Sgt. Barnes in Platoon. In more recent years, Berenger has continued to have an active acting career in film and television, although often at a supporting level. He also began a career as a producer in the 1990s.

Berenger has been married three times; to Barbara Wilson (1975-1985), Lisa Williams (1986-1997) and to Trish Alvaran since 1997. Berenger has six children: Patrick, Allison, Chelsea, Chloe, Shiloh and Scout. Berenger resides in South Carolina.

Article text released under CC-BY-SA. It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Tom Berenger" (01-Jan-2000)


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